Hello, Sunshine! Stylish Essential Summer Sunglasses


Fashion is about fun and self expression, and there are so many ways to share your personality through your style. As the weather heats up, one sure fire way to show off your style is with sunglasses. But what kinds of sunnies suit you best? We've done a completely casual and personally biased study that will help to answer that question! Allow us to be your sunglass sommelier, if you will. Get into these styles of sunglasses and choose some frames that are right for you!

1-2. Cat’s Eye – A woman who rocks a pair of cat’s eye sunglasses is playful and whimsical, with a flair for the retro. Her style is likely to be ultra feminine and also a touch old-school, think pencil skirts and peplums, a Modcloth kind of sensibility. She may also be slightly narcissistic and totally into selfies. Aren’t we all? Indulge in your fabulous feline side with a pair of fly cat’s eye sunglasses, like these by MiuMiu, or these via BleuDame which are just $18.

3. Aviators – If your sunglass style involves a classic aviator, then you’re a bit of a prep at heart. You may or may not own a pair of boat shoes. It is possible that you collect monogrammed items. You may enjoy movies that star Tom Cruise or Vince Vaughn. Your aesthetic is clean cut, sporty, unisex and timeless. You’re the kind of person who can be taken anywhere, who gets along easily with everyone. Slide on these classic Ray-Bans and bask in the glow.

4. Colorful accent – Some people call it attention seeking, you call it being self expressive. A bold, bright pair of sunglasses completes your look for the summer and turns heads without you saying a word. Aficionados of colorful sunglasses may have a tendency to be collectors, who pay casual yet totally studied attention to their look. If you’re a colorful sunglasses kind of person, you pay attention to trends but don’t want to break the bank on your accessories. The Margeaux sunnies by Toms are perfect for you – they’re quality for a decent price and your purchase benefits those in need. Win win.

5. Top Heavy – this style is strictly for the fashion forward. Folks around you may refer to you as a maven, a taste maker or an influencer. That just means you’re down to try things before your peers and you’re not afraid to make a statement even if others think its silly. You’re like the person who says “FIRST!” in the comment thread. Be the FIRST amongst your friends to rock a pair of top heavy sunnies, like these square Poeme frames by Prada.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.