My Guide to Sunglasses

 No new season wardrobe is complete without a statement pair of shades, find the right ones for you…

Whistles dress, Prada sunglasses. Photo by Victoria Adamson.

Must Have Sunglasses.

Celine top, bag and shoes, Topshop trousers and Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses. By Victoria Adamson.

Celine top, bag and shoes, Topshop trousers and Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses.
By Victoria Adamson.

I’ve been told that I have an unhealthy relationship with sunglasses. I think in my life I’ve owned about 100 pairs (some borrowed form my mum) and now I have around 26 favourites of which seven are on constant rotation. You see for me sunglasses are like shoes and bags, you can never have too many as there is a different pair for a different occasion and once you find your perfect style it’s hard to resist buying a few more.  Tip: choose a frame that has the opposite shape to your face.

I started my collection classic black pair from Dolce & Gabbana. I love the slightly cat eye shape which work great for oval faces like mine as they highlight the bone structure.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket, Topshop top, RayBan sunglasses.

Dolce & Gabbana jacket, Topshop top, RayBan sunglasses.

For the summer, especially if you’re festival bound, nothing beats mirrored lenses. The Ray-Ban aviators are a great statement and are a perfect style if you have a heart shaped face.

Whistles dress, Prada sunglasses. Photo by Victoria Adamson.

Whistles dress, Prada sunglasses. Photo by Victoria Adamson.

I love decorative eyewear, instead of worrying about accessories you just throw on a fun pair like these ones from Prada. I also like the embellished detail on the super popular Fendi sunnies and their exaggerated cat-eye frame.

Saint Laurent jumper, Fendi sunglasses. By Victoria Adamson.

Saint Laurent jumper, Fendi sunglasses.
By Victoria Adamson.

If you have more of a round face I found angular square shape glasses work best, keep them oversized for that stylish statement a la Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Saint Laurent jacket, Topshop shirt, Dolce & Gabbana jeans and American Apparel fedora.

Saint Laurent jacket, Topshop shirt, Dolce & Gabbana jeans and American Apparel fedora.

Finally onto the round frames, how I wish I could pull them off but this style seems to mainly complement angular features. I did take a risk and bought the very sought after Dior glasses, and lucky for me the sleek lines make them more wearable than a bold rounded shape from brands like The Row for example (shame, I love them so much!)

Zara top, Dolce & Gabbana trousers and Dior sunglasses. By Victoria Adamson.

Zara top, Dolce & Gabbana trousers and Dior sunglasses.
By Victoria Adamson.

From trying on thousands of pairs and aspending way too much time at sunglasses stands at airports, the most important thing I’ve realised is that eyewear should highlight your best features and compliment your individual style. They add a certain edge to even the simplest of looks so choosing a pair that works for you is a shortcut to an instant fashion update and a confidence boost.

Peter Pilotto shirt, Dior sunglasses. By Victoria Adamson.

Peter Pilotto shirt, Dior sunglasses.
By Victoria Adamson.

Is there a pair of sunnies you can’t live without? Share your favourite brands in the comment box below! x

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  1. I also used to have this unhealthy shopping obsession with sunglasses until my mom put a stop to it…oops! It’s alright tho, I got all the staples and a couple of statement pieces to last me a looooong time 😉
    I friggin LOVED the embellished Pradas, I wish I could get my hands on a pair for this summer 🙁
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