Shades of style
Frame your face in style says the Liverpool Echo’s Katie McLoughlin, as she takes a look at this season’s must-have sunglasses from Specsavers on Lord Street in Liverpool...
This year’s trends
They are the quintessential summer accessory and whether you want to evoke a retro round style akin to Rita Ora, sport a catwalk-worthy cat’s eye or make a statement with big, bold frames, there’s a sunglasses trend to suit you this season. Spring’s catwalk shows were awash with statement sunnies – from 70's-inspired shades at Marc by Marc Jacobs to chunky white frames at Karen Walker’s SS14 show; bold white cat’s eye shades at Carolina Herrera and flat-top new wave sunglasses at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Molly Mason from Specsavers in Lord Street says: 'The bigger the better when it comes to fashionable frame styles this season.' The store stocks prescription sunglasses from brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Red or Dead, Osiris, Aurora, Hugo Boss Orange, Timberland and Cheap Monday – a young, hip brand which specialises in high-fashion frames.
Dispensing optician Sarah Greenough, who has been helping locals find frames to suit them for 10 years, adds: 'Liverpool girls are a bit braver with their fashion choices and will experiment with different frame styles.
'With sunglasses, people tend to go for bigger styles than they would for glasses. You don’t wear sunglasses every day, so you can experiment with different styles – sunglasses are more of a fashion statement.
Molly, who joined the city centre branch in October, continues: 'The big geek-chic styles with coloured frames by Osiris are very on-trend, while Timberland metal frames are popular with men and the Hugo Boss Orange sunglasses provide more variety in terms of colour. Big round Lady Gaga style sunglasses are also really on-trend – the Cheap Monday round frames we have are proving really popular.'
Matching frame style with face shape
When it comes to choosing a pair of sunglasses to suit your face shape, Molly advises that those with round faces should go for a more angular or square frame to off-set the curves of your face, while cat’s eye frames suit heart-shaped faces best and those with a strong jaw or more angular face shape should go for a curved frame style to add softness.
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