Necessary | Luxury
WHY?I have purchased a new pair of designer sunglasses once a year since college, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Everyone needs to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes, and there is a big difference in quality between the cheap frames + lenses and the statement designer frames with UV blocking lenses. My favorite pairs of sunnies feel heavy and substantial, and have stood the test of time (through many accidental falls from the top of my head). Ranging from $100-$400, and often going on sale, sunglasses are a great way to enter into the world of designer goods. Also, you can (and should) wear them every day, which drastically decreases their cost per wear. If you add up the amount of cheap sunglasses I bought and broke throughout my first three years of college, I could have purchased at least a pair of Ray-Bans that I'd still be wearing today.
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DOs & DON'TsWhile trying them on, do take pictures of yourself on your phone (#selfie), just to make sure you can picture how they actually look on you (and if they photograph well). I find it impossible to look at myself in the mirror when I have a pair of dark sunglasses on inside, so the pictures help. When choosing your first pair, start with the basics: a pair of aviators, black cat eye frames or classic tortoise-shell will always look chic. Once you’ve checked those off the list, mix it up with something bold, or a twist on a classic. Try to stay away from white frames, as they often look cheap no matter how expensive they are. Also, always carry them around in their case so they don’t get scratched (don’t just throw them in your bag, naked!), and try your best not to lose them. Keeping track of them gets easier if you make it a habit to wear them everyday. Once you walk outside, it will become instinctual to put them on, so you'll notice right away if you've left them sitting on the table at the restaurant. After a year or two, you’ll have the start to an awesome collection. xx