There are certain people out there in the fashion ether (most notably some folks at the paper of record, The New York Times), that think sunglasses are the new handbags. I find the idea of one inanimate material good being the ‘new’ other inanimate material good kind of inane and annoying, but hey, they’ve got to fill up their Style section with something, I suppose.
But, if you’re going to buy in to the NYT’s ridiculous assertion that sunglasses are the new must-have accessory (were sunglasses ever NOT must-have? Don’t they perform an important, practical function?), I whole-heartedly suggest that you start by finding the perfect aviator for your face.
Stay with me here, people – I know a lot of you guys just started scrolling down to the next post at the mention of the word ‘aviator.’ It seems that many, many women have given up on that particular style, and I can’t entirely say that I blame all of you, because they take some commitment at the beginning.
I tried on at least a dozen – Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Armani. I had tried on the classic Ray-Ban women’s aviators many a time, but they were just too small for my giant, fat head and made my face look oddly droopy. I had all but written them off, but then I realized that not all of the Ray-Bans in the case were exactly the same…and that’s when I came across my perfect shape, the Ray-Ban Wrap Aviator Sunglasses.
These frames are curvier than traditional styles, and the lenses are a bit oversized (meaning they don’t look quite so tiny on my enormous noggin). I still get the full BAMF effect of the style (Angelina Jolie’s character wears the same pair in ‘Wanted’ while she’s in full butt-kicking mode, so you can rest assured that you will be awarded full BAMF points), and they’re not radically different from the legendary originals – just different enough to be a bit special.
I personally prefer the grey lenses, but for those with different coloring, they’re also available in brown. They’re also a relative steal over ‘designer’ glasses that will run you well over $300 (besides, there’s nothing more authentically cool than Ray-Bans). Buy through Saks for $130.