Cool in the shades

July 18, 2006|by STEPHANIE RULLE

There is no doubt that this summer's hottest accessory - from hats to flip flops and everything in-between - is sunglasses.

Sunglasses can add so much more to an outfit if you choose one of the latest trends. This season, women need to know that size does matter. The bigger the glasses, the better. Bug-eyed and bold-framed are popular in fashion this year.

You can usually catch Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and any Laguna Beach star in these large, round, over-sized sunglasses. These glasses will draw attention to you and give you the movie star look that everyone wants.

Not only are big glasses a rage right now but the more your sunglasses cover, the better they can protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays.


Big glasses are good for fun in the sun, but when you go to work you'll want to sport a more professional look. For the office, squares are in. Square frames will give anyone the look of success.

Afterhours, feel free to get funky with rhinestones. Rhinestones can add sparkle for both sexes which allow you to shine like Jennifer Lopez and Ludacris. If mimicking Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Britney Spears is more to your taste, then wrap-around aviators are for you. Aviators usually have light, metal frames and look excellent on people with heart-shaped faces.

Consider your face shape while picking out glasses. The wrong style can make this summer's fashion do into a fashion don't. Cynthia Nellis, writing for, advises shoppers, "... Choose the opposite of your face shape: rectangle (sunglasses) for a round face and round shades for an angular face."

Square-shaped faces look good in round, thick-framed glasses, and for those of you with round faces, rectangles are your best choice. Rectangle frames make your face appear thinner and longer. If you have an oval-shaped face, you're lucky. Any style of shades will look great on you.

"However, large oval frames look good on most face shapes," Nellis says.

Today's hottest brands of sunglasses are Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana. Don't forget about Oakleys. Ginny Neisser, manager of Designer Sunglasses in Valley Mall, said that Oakleys are their top-selling brand of glasses among teenagers.

No matter what style of sunglasses you buy, stick with traditional black and white frames with brown, grey or purple lenses.

When the sun is shining, be sure to keep cool in the shades.

Quick health facts about sunglasses

- Sunglasses can protect your eyes from retina damage, sunburn of the cornea, and cataracts.

- Darker lenses don't mean better protection from the sun. When picking out sunglasses, be sure the lenses absorb 99 to 100 percent of ultraviolet light.

- The most harmful radiation from the sun occurs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

- Wear sunglasses while on the beach or while boating, because there are no buildings near you to block the sun.

- Wear sunglasses whenever the light is bright enough to make you squint.

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