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This edition, we’d like to dedicate our stylish feature to the stylish men. Gentlemen sunglasses, they call it. And these sunglasses are not just any piece of accessory, they are the accessory that make fashion headlines!
When the same piece of attire is not okay for all the occasions, why should one think that it is okay to have just one pair of sunglasses? However, some sunglasses are great multi-taskers. With the growing need of standing out, especially, amongst the youth, one must know there are a lot of stylish options to look forward to. Let’s face it, the ultra-technical, wrap around ones don’t go with everything. Do they?
It is time to mix-and-match and honestly, to go crazy!
And no, blindly choosing round sunglasses is not going crazy. There is a need to take an extra step and add that EXTRA element to your style statement. There is a need to go wild with the colours and unconventional with the shapes. Why should only girls have all the fun?
Well, it’s time men opened up to some experimentation in life when we talk about sunglasses. But with the guys, a word of caution, be careful because there is a thin line between being cool and being funny.
So here are our picks for the season that one must know about:
Cool shapes for cool people
First of all, the world should be thankful for geometrical shapes. Specifically designed for people with round faces, these styles are a blessing in disguise. Well, the designers thought it through, but we’d like to put it this way. Alongside an ability to add structure to orbicular heads, these overtly angular shades are very different from the standard shapes. Recently the stylist at Paul Higgins made a statement, “Geometric-shape shades – whether they are square or hexagonal – offer an easy way to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Because of their shape, subtlety is key, so be sure to choose thin frames and classic colours.”
We would like to think he is absolutely right in his choice
The beauty of these unconventional and unusually shaped sunnies is that they are relatively smaller in size in comparison to other sunglasses. These allow your face to be the star!
Red, Yellow, And Everything Bright
If we go back in time, people never really liked the idea of bright sunglasses, because sunglasses are supposed to be sophisticated. Well, let that mental note take a hike. Sophistication is how one perceives it. And in the way the sunglasses are designed these days, colours are everything! So make sure to showcase options to your customers accordingly.
So go wild with your choices, and mind you, there is a colour for every season and no one is going to deny this in today’s eyewear fashion world. One can wear a rainbow in the eyes and no one will complain.
Aviators Are Changing
Aviators are changing and everyone should know. Your customer might wanna rethink before he buys a boring pair of sunglasses that (we won’t take the name) brands have been making since ages. There are shapes with edgy appearances and one must go gaga over them!
Key to avoiding the pitfall of rocking average aviators is seeking out plot twist design details. Suggest gold frames, coloured lenses or patterned acetate designs to ensure your customer knows what they need!
Welcome The Nineties But With A Twist
In the world of modern infrastructure to technology, an eyewear must also have an update. Yes! This simple logic is what has inspired designers’ work when they took the styles from the season of Elton John and created the new Nick Jonas!
The Backstreet boys are literally in the backseat, now. Your customer must very well know this when they head out to buy the ‘modern’ piece of eyewear. So it is safe to say that the ‘ Britpop era’ is back but with some salt in it.
Prada to Persol, all are looking for inspiration.
Raise The Bar With The Top Bar Shades
Let’s get one thing straight, the top bar sunglasses are not subtle, they are designed to stand out. For those customers who are going OTT (over the top) with their eyewear, there’s good news because this season has ushered in a new crop of designs which take down the frame width for a less startlingly obvious wear.
When combined with a thin metal top bar, the acetate frames end up making a very statement-worthy piece of accessory!
Tip for the customer: if they have a broad face, don’t let them wear something too narrow in oval shape.
We’d also like to suggest one tip to the shopkeepers that they can employ while advising their customers: never choose a frame or sunglass that has the shape of your face. For instance, if you have a round face, choose a square sunglass.
“It is great to see people opening up to newer designs and experimenting with eyewear styles. While internationally, people have realised the charm of eyewear as a style statement. In India, it still is a rare sight for someone to go over the top with this accessory,” says Gulzaar Shah, Associate Editor, VisionPlus Magazine.
Brands Which Are Going OTT
Wiley X’s model WX Hayden features a more squared off lens shape and accommodates two purposes: smart appearance and superior vision. The polarized model provides wearers with advanced glare-cutting performance and distraction-free vision when worn even in water, during snow, on highways, and other highly reflective environments.
Polaroid is one brand that goes OTT and owns it. They have recently launched the new PLD 6045/S acetate model featuring a rectangular shape that comes in three colours – white, black, and red. The front bears the original wording ‘press’, which indicated where on the frame one needed to apply pressure to attach the clip-on to the glasses.
The PLD 6048/S and PLD 6049/S metal sunglasses are a contemporary take on clip-on. The first features a pilot shape, while the latter a squared design, but they both bear the original ‘press’ detail on the lenses and metal hook on the front.
Also, another hit from the brand is this particular square model with a contemporary twist, combining pop colours with polarized cosmetic lenses. This model PLD 6050/s offers the wearer superior protection from UV rays and the opportunity to enjoy a true ‘instant experience’.
CK8051S is a modernised navigator shape, and is impeccably finished with an elegant top bar offering a striking, masculine look. The open metal temples and signature barrel hinges complete this style with understated architectural details.
Flaunting the iconic chain, KL950S, serpentine metal temples balance the slender look and lightweight feel of these chic and sophisticated sunglasses. The acetate frame front and temples feature an exclusive coloured gloss finish that adds to the allure.