As we turn over our closets from summer to fall and decide how we want to dress for the new season, now is the perfect time to update that front-and-center accessory: Eyewear.
Shoppers have more style choices for specs and sunglasses than ever before, at prices ranging from $20 at discount online retailers to hundreds of dollars at boutiques.
Plastics dominate the eyewear market, with some designers adding patterns or mixing in other mediums to the frames to add interest.
For women, the Jackie Onassis look glamorous, oversized frames in black or honey, without a lot of embellishment are big for fall, says Jenna LaRoche, a spokeswoman for the Vision Council, a trade association based in Alexandria, Va.
Cat-eye frames for women are popular in a huge variety of shapes, from the small angular frames to the more rounded versions, LaRoche says. There is such a huge variety (in cat-eye), that depending on your face shape, you can find something that works.
For men, aviator styles are big for both sunglasses and regular glasses, especially in plastics.
Geek chic glasses with bold, bookish brow lines are big sellers, as are John Lennon-style round frames. But instead of being fashioned from metal, as Lennon wore, todays men are buying them in more modern materials such as translucent plastics, LaRoche says.
Sure those glasses are a medical necessity, but dont discount the impact a flattering frame can have on your face, says Wick Morgan, owner of The Spectacle eyeglass shop in Raleighs North Hills Mall.
Someone will say, Ive never been complimented on my glasses, and Ive been stopped three times today, Morgan says. Thats the moment her glasses went from the necessity that they are to the accessory that they can be. ... Its brilliant to watch someone go from not really wanting to wear glasses to becoming someone who is excited about it.
Sure those glasses are a medical necessity, but dont discount the impact a flattering frame can have on your face, says Sally Broadway, owner of Sallys Optical Secrets on East Boulevard in Dilworth.
Your eyes are kind of like a big masterpiece of art. You would never put a bad frame on a great piece of artwork, Broadway says. Its the most important visible accessory.
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