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Accessorizing? Don’t Overlook Sunglasses!

May 8, 2020

Happy Friday, sweet gal! I hope your week has been pleasant. It’s rainy and cool here today, but as I typed this post the sun was shining through my window over my computer monitor. That seemed fitting since today I’m talking about one of the most important but often overlooked accessories we all wear: sunglasses!

Accessorizing_ Don't Overlook Sunglasses

I’ve been guilty in the past of just throwing on some cheap and even dinged up sunglasses as I headed out the door. The crazy thing is, I would have spent plenty of time putting on makeup, doing my hair and curating a nice outfit. And yes, I probably put on some cute shoes and loaded my lipstick, wallet and keys into a nice handbag that I loved and deemed stylish. But then I’d give little to no thought to the shades I fitted squarely onto my face, front and center. Go figure!

As Simple as a Popover
See this post to shop this look and get styling tips. My sunglasses.

Think about it. Your sunglasses are probably among your most frequently worn accessories, especially if you live in a sunny state or have sensitive eyes. My green eyes are extremely light sensitive, so I wear sunnies out and about even on cloudy days. Sunglasses are not optional for me. And really, even if you don’t squint in the sun like I do, you probably need the protection good shades provide.

See the post to shop the look and get styling tips. Sunglasses from Talbots.

It really wasn’t until I started blogging here at Dressed for My Day a little over two years ago that I discovered the importance of fashionable sunglasses. As I began posting my photos here, I saw the difference attractive sunglasses could make, elevating an outfit and adding a touch of class and sophistication rather effortlessly. But I also discovered that shoddy sunglasses could completely spoil an otherwise curated look. Who wants to do that???

white linen blazer
See the post to shop the look and get styling tips. My sunglasses.

So now I own several pairs of nice sunglasses that I try to coordinate with my outfits. Some of them are a little pricey (over $100) and others are mid range ($49-99). I bought all of them, however, on sale or with gift cards or shopping bonuses. At this point, I don’t own any extremely cheap sunglasses, and here’s why. I’ve discovered that when I buy cheap sunglasses I take care of them like they’re cheap sunglasses, meaning, I don’t take care of them at all. Ha! Yeah, that’s a character flaw I guess. But since I want my sunglasses to accessorize my outfits rather than detract from them, I’ve decided it’s better for me to spend a little on nicer glasses and then use the cases they came in and take good care of them.

Italian merino wool polo
See the post to shop the look and for styling tips. Sunglasses from Loft.

What Should You Look For?

Here are some general guidelines for selecting sunglasses that I mentioned in an earlier Q&A with Kay. (Need to know how to figure out your face shape? Check out this post.)

  • If you have an oval shaped face you can wear just about any frames you’d like.
  • Oval shaped faces are also a nice backdrop for squared frames. (I have an oval shaped face, by the way)
  • Heart-shaped faces tend to have small chins. So you’ll want to choose smaller frames, cat-eye frames or rimless glasses. Large frames will “take over” your face.
  • If you have a square shaped face, I suggest rounding off the hard edges with round or oval frames.
  • If your face is square in shape avoid small frames that will “get lost” on you.
  • Keep in mind that black frames tend to look larger than colored frames.
3 Ways to Wear Crop Chinos this Spring and Summer
See the full post to shop the look or to get styling tips.
  • If your face is circular, you’ll want to select frames that are wide enough to go a little beyond the broadest part of your face. Avoid round or oval glasses and opt for those with more angles.
  • If you’re hiking, golfing, watching a baseball game or doing anything that requires you to see long distances, you might want to select brown or amber lenses, which improve depth perception.
  • But black and grey lenses are best if you live in an area where it’s equally sunny and cloudy because they help reduce glare, prevent eye fatigue and provide ample protection for your eyes.
See the full post for style tips.
  • Blue lenses reduce glare, so they’re great for spending time on the water or in the snow on a sunny day.
  • Finally green lenses are perhaps the best all around shades. They make shadows darker and colors brighter, reduce glare and are good for cloudy and sunny days.
  • As far as the color of the rims, choose a color that works best with your wardrobe. Black works with any wardrobe, but remember they will appear larger than other colors on your face.
Halter Neck Gingham Jumpsuit
See the full post for styling tips. My sunglasses.

I suggest having at least a couple of pairs of sunglasses that work for your face shape and vision needs in neutral shades that you can wear with most anything. Then, if you’d like to add to this accessory collection, I recommend looking for some “fun” sunnies in colors you enjoy accessorizing with, such as white, pink, red or blue. This spring and summer I’m pulling out my Michael Kors pink Key Biscayne Sunglasses shown above (now 25% off), but I don’t wear them much in the fall and winter.

Shop for Sunglasses

I’ve prepared a shopping boutique full of sunglasses that I love. Some are pricey (even more than I care to pay full price) but most are even rather inexpensive. I think all of these are chic and would add something to your overall look rather than detracting from the outfit you’ve so carefully curated. Keep in mind that many of the styles are available in multiple colors. Oh, and some of these are readers, too.

Keep in mind, these are affiliate links. If you shop through them I potentially earn a commission on your purchases, but at no additional cost to you. thank you so much for supporting my work here by shopping through my links.

If you prefer to shop for sunglasses from a particular store rather than the boutique above, you might enjoy shopping for sunnies from the same places I do. The following links go straight to the store’s sunglasses selection.

Thank you so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a sunny day!

Blessed for My Day

Always be joyful. That’s what Paul instructed the people of Thessalonica…in the midst of persecution. How can we always be joyful during difficult days? Well it really is a choice. That may sound trite and over-simplified, but it’s true.

We can choose to be joyful by constantly communicating with God. Instead of ruminating, pray! We can also choose to be joyful by expressing gratitude throughout the day. I recently pulled out my little gratitude journal and began again noting throughout the day things for which I am grateful. It’s not enough to feel grateful; I need to express it. Finally, I can choose joy when I come to turns with the fact that God is sovereign and He is doing something…even in the midst of my difficulty.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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11 thoughts on “Accessorizing? Don’t Overlook Sunglasses!

  1. My sunnies are prescription so I can’t indulge in all the adorable ones out there. Have a great weekend Kay.

  2. Oh do I have a thing for sunglasses. I also buy quality so have spent quite a lot, but like you point out, your really protect your purchase when you pay a little more! Protection is important to me too, and you’re so right, pay attention to your face shape! Just because the glasses look fabulous on the shelf or in a picture, doesn’t mean they are going to work on every face shape. I really like your Key Biscayne glasses, that beige color on the frames adds something a little unexpected from the usual dark ones. And I notice they are currently on sale……! My eyes are gray and also very sensitive to light, and I’m trying to avoid the cataract issues for as long as possible, so sunglasses are part of my everyday look!

  3. A very informative post, Kay. I’m guilty of wearing the same sunglasses all the time and I never thought about them being an accessory. Thank you for calling that to my attention.

  4. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses that are a pain to wear if I’m in and out of stores or other buildings. I can’t see without my glasses, so I have to continuously switch between the sunglasses and my regular glasses. I finally bit the bullet and had Transitions lenses put in my regular frames. They automatically darken in bright sunlight but lighten again when I go inside. Although I had always associated Transitions lenses with “old people,” (and at 63, I guess I AM now an old person ha!) they have come a long way. I try to wear stylish frames at all times, so these lenses look pretty good. My mom has macular degeneration, so I try to protect my own eyes from the sun.

  5. I am fairly new to your blog and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy it! While I enjoy the style advice, my favorite part is blessed for my day. We all need encouragement in our faith and you faithfully offer it. Thank you and God bless you.

    1. Great to hear, Connie. Thanks so much for introducing yourself and letting me know how much you’re enjoying the blog. Thanks for sharing! ?

  6. I’ve discovered sun glasses that go over my regular glasses in order to prevent that switching problem.I keep a pair in the car to use whenever I’m driving

  7. Kay, I’ve bought a couple of things lately from Talbots that your posts helped me decide upon. (One was already on my Talbots wish list.) I would like to have bought through your website, but at purchase time I couldn’t find them here. (Not an impulse buyer) Do you have a search function that I am missing?

    Also, I’ve subscribed under my real name. I’d like to change that. Some of my comments on your site are turning up in Google searches. As a little bit of a public figure I’d like Google searches to focus on my books and blogs and not on my fashion comments. :0 Should I just subscribe again with a pen name? Will your site allow it?

    1. HI Lael. Thanks for sharing. You could certainly start on my Shop My Talbots Favorites page You’ll find it in the Shop category in the top menu (best accessed through a laptop or desktop computer. Or you can also find a “search” function if you click on the pink in the top menu. Of course, if you can remember what post it was in, you can just start at the home page and scroll through the posts. Or you can click on the Fashion tab in the top menu and it will pull up only the fashion posts for you to scroll through. Finally, if you just shop through the “Shop Where I Shop” list (located on the right sidebar on the computer view or at the bottom of the page on a handheld device), you can go to any of those stores and begin shopping there. I get credit through any of those means.

      As far as the subscription goes, the way you’ve subscribed to the blog through my email service doesn’t have anything to do with the way your comments show up. So your subscription should be okay. But when you comment, you could try using a different name and different email address, if you have another. Your photo and name are showing up probably through your own WordPress account. So I suggest using a different name and email when you post. Especially the email.