Monday, September 10, 2012

Manly Monday: Sunglasses

Occasionally I will create "Manly Mondays" posts, with tips for guys about creating easy, effortless fashion. Today's post is great for both girls and guys.

With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60.  
- Jack Nicholson

Image found on Google.

If you decide to make only one change in your wardrobe, I would suggest finding a cool pair of sunglasses. The logic behind this is that you'll wear your sunglasses every day, and owning a nice pair does a lot for your style. If you are going to splurge somewhere in your wardrobe this would be the place to do it. Let's say you are wearing a plain white t-shirt, jeans,and leather flip-flops, but before you go out the door to buy groceries you put on a pair of aviators:

Instant effortless style.

A word of caution, this is not going to work if you wear any old pair. I have seen enough lame sunglasses out there to suggest taking a good friend shopping with you. The sunglasses must be met with approval (take a stylish friend with you, please), they must make you feel amazing, and they must have 100% UV protection for your eyes. Be prepared to try on a lot of sunglasses to find the best look for your face. Avoid sunglasses with that weird colorful sheen on the lenses; they tend to look dorky on most faces and come in creepy bug-eyed styles. Also, unless you are doing sports, there is no reason for you to wear a neck strap with your sunglasses. Just don't do it.

If you're not sure what to buy, you can't go wrong with classic Aviators or Ray-ban Wayfarers. You could go to your local Sunglass Hut and spend quite a lot of money (it might be worth it if you're the kind of person who takes care of your sunglasses), but if you're on a budget I recommend driving to Marshalls and trying on discount designer sunglasses. You can probably find a nice pair for about $15 to $20.

As a treat to myself for working full time all summer, I went down to the Sunglass Hut to find myself a classy pair of sunglasses. I found a beautiful pair of cat-eye Ray-Bans (half-off on Labor Day!). I love them and wear them every day. I also take very good care of them because they are an important investment piece. If you decide to buy a discount pair of sunglasses at Marshalls instead, I advise finding a case and a cleaning cloth for lenses because they will last longer and look nicer. There's nothing like a pair of lenses with smudges and scratches all over the surface to ruin the mystery.

Happy Monday!


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