Your Sunglasses Style Guide for Spring
There is something positively electric about New York City in the spring. Manhattanites make a hobby of complaining through most of the winter months, scurrying about in an effort to spend as little time in the whipping wind as possible. Then one day the sun comes out, the down jackets come off, and the streets become abuzz with smiling faces! Okay, maybe not smiling faces, but there’s an indisputably conspicuous change of mood when winter’s veil has been lifted.
For me, the most celebratory day of the year is the one on which the Park Avenue tulips emerge from their seasonal hibernation. On the calendar, the end of winter is nothing more than an arbitrary date, but the telltale sign that spring has sprung in The Big Apple is the emergence of these beautiful buds. Yesterday happened to be the day on which I noticed tiny green shoots popping from the soil on Park Avenue, and I took them as my annual cue to break out the sandals and write about this season’s must-have sunnies. From dainty florals to seventies punk, spring’s most popular styles run the gamut, and since fashion eyewear is no exception, I’ve chosen some of my favorite designer frames to pair with its most wearable trends.
Leverage The Logo
Once upon a time (we’ll call it the early 2000s), logos and bold branding were essential aspects of an outfit, and the signature prints of the Louis Vuittons and Guccis of the world were status as well as style symbols. This was a time when oversized Chanel sunglasses with rhinestone encrusted Cs represented the epitome of “cool,” but eventually the pendulum swung the other way. However, as is often the case with fashion and pendulums, it has recently swung back again. What began as an ironic trend for the über fashion-forward has ventured into the mainstream, and the bold logos of top luxury brands are being spotted on bomber jackets, t-shirts, handbags, and – you guessed it – rhinestone encrusted designer sunglasses.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived! From glam-rock to grunge, and metallic to neon, the eighties are back and they’re not messing around. We’re talking perms, shoulder pads, asymmetric ruffles, wide belts, and power suits. This also means that when it comes to spring sunglasses, fashion’s boldest devotees will be sporting neon wayfarers, futuristic plastic frames, and aviators complete with mirrored lenses.
Feelin’ the Blues
Keith Urban might think blue ain’t your color, but Gucci, Vetements, and Marchesa respectfully disagree. Admittedly, it seems a bit impractical to regard the innumerable variations of the color as a true trend (has blue ever been “out?”), but a handful of specific shades (think royal blue, periwinkle, and aqua) showed up in multiple iterations on the spring catwalks. There is simply no denying that blue has surpassed its usual staple status and is having its long awaited moment in the sun.
“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” Even way back in 2006, Miranda Priestly was right about the lack of imagination required to adopt flowers as a spring trend. Floral prints emerge every April without fail, but not all flowers are equal. In 2015, floral prints were oversized, with enormous and sparsely dispersed buds. In 2016, blooms were petite and prints were contrasting (florals on florals on florals). In 2017, they’re temperamental. Broody blossoms situated on black and navy textiles made a showing on the SS17 catwalks of Altuzarra and Ana Sui, and even the uber feminine pastel versions of Alexander McQueen and Alexander Wang expressed a bit of an attitude when contrasted with goth-inspired leather accessories. Pair your feisty florals with dark, moody shades for an updated spin on this old classic.
Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase these emerging trends with the hottest designer glasses from your local Cohen’s Fashion Optical. Visit cohensfashionoptical.com for the store nearest to you, or visit the location at 132 West 57th Street for many of the brands and styles mentioned above. And don’t forget to follow @cohensfashionoptical for instant access to the most popular fashion eyewear this season.