WHAT YOUR SHADES SAY ABOUT YOU
Think those dark sunglasses are hiding you from the world?
Think again: the style of frames you choose speaks volumes about your personality. See if you can recognise yourself in these classic pairs.
Talk to me: If ever there was a style that said, “I’m over here and I’d like a little attention, please”, this is it. Running the gamut from unusual shapes to perforated lenses and often in colours bright enough to require – well – another pair of shades, these are not for wallflowers.
Wear them with: We could suggest making quirky shades an accent by wearing them with something simple but the reality is that if you’re the type to try them, you’ll probably want to pair them with something equally eye-catching. Sequined hotpants, anyone?
Who’s wearing them: Iris Apfel, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry (above).
Talk to me: Maybe it’s the cockpit connotation, but a pair of Aviator shades tells the world you can handle just about anything – and you’ll do it without breaking a sweat. They’re more likely to be worn by men, but a woman who can pull off this unisex style is a woman who commands attention.
Wear them with: It’s more about what not to wear – do not wear them with a flying jacket a la Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Or George W. Bush on Airforce 1.
Who’s wearing them: Jennifer Aniston (left), Kourtney Kardashian
Black and oversized
Talk to me: Chic and sophisticated are clearly on your to-do list as this style instantly channels the soignée looks of Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn. Nursing a hangover post breakfast at Tiffany’s (or night at the pub)? Oversized black shades will hide all sins and help you look pulled together. Bonus.
Wear them with: A little black dress is the obvious choice but they will make almost anything look more chic.
Who’s wearing them: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway (left), Ashley Olsen
Talk to me: This may come as a surprise, but right now, wearing a pair of coloured frames marks you as a dedicated follower of fashion.
Colour and colour-blocking have been big news for a couple of years, and there’s no reason for your shades to miss the party.
Wear them with: A cute printed dress or blocked against other, contrasting colours. Either way, you’ll be continuing the fashion vibe nicely.
Who’s wearing them: Sienna Miller (above), Snooki, Whitney Port, Cheryl Cole
Talk to me: So obviously made for sporty pursuits, the only question when you pull on a pair of traditional wraparound shades is whether you’ll be hitting the slopes or attempting a half-marathon. Updated styles are less sporty but just as useful at blocking out UV rays. Either way, the sleek style says, ‘whatever I am doing, speed is on my side’.
Wear them with: Ask yourself: do they have foiled lenses? If the answer is yes, please wear with Lycra or snow gear only.
Who’s wearing them: Sarah Jessica Parker (left), Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Angelina Jolie
Talk to me: This is the technical term for the small, round styles favoured by the likes of John Lennon and donning a pair will still help create an eclectic, hippie-ish vibe. Newer versions have a slightly wider circular frame.
Wear them with: For authenticity, team with your latest score from the vintage shop and an old pair of Doc Martens boots. Or just use them to add a certain quirky charm to a black blazer.
Who’s wearing them: Lady Gaga (left), Ashley Olsen