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Fashion Intelligence: Shade Essentials

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08 Aug Fashion Intelligence: Shade Essentials

by ATFDC Contributor Susan Stipanovich

Now that it’s August, it feels as if the city should be winding down the summer and getting ready for fall.  However, the oppressive D.C. summer heat hasn’t dissipated yet, and there’s still plenty of fun in the sun left in the season.  Sunglasses are a staple of any Fashiontonians wardrobe; a chic pair of shades can pull together many an ensemble, whether off to the office to save the world or relaxing on a rooftop with a cocktail in hand.  Unfortunately, this is one accessory that many miss the mark on.  Legendary style columnist Lucia van der Post of the Financial Times says, “This year, it’s the shades, almost more than the clothes, that sum up the summer of 2012.  The look of the moment is easy to spot- it’s round and it’s retro and it’s often oversized.  All the usual suspects are doing them.”  She highly recommends Cutler & Gross for vintage shades, in particular Cutler & Gross’ Audrey-Hepburn inspired sunglasses (number 0383), made from red and black Italian acetate.   Unfortunately, the oversized sunglasses popularized by Jackie O. (the undeniable Queen of D.C. Chic) do not flatter every face. 

The right pair of sunglasses can accentuate your best features and add polish to any style.  LensCrafters takes the effort out of finding your face shape with their glasses style guide.  You can decide on your shape yourself or upload a photo for their online assessment.  They will then recommend the best sunglasses to suit your shape for both men and women.  If you’re feeling very ambitious and looking for the gold-standard in service you might consult Ms. Virginia Burton of Burton Optician, located at 3252 Prospect St NW.   Whether you need prescription lenses or not, her selection and service have received rave reviews and won over a substantial cult following both in and out of the District. 

For those seeking avant garde style on a budget, Warby Parker won’t disappoint.  Founded with a rebellious spirit and an ambitious objective, to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point, Warby Parker sells all frames (including lenses) for a flat rate of $95.00. If the thought of investing in a pair of shades only to lose them in the shuffle of your busy schedule is a concern, Target has a myriad of styles that suit all face shapes at wonderful prices, and their Merona line is particularly good this season. 

With all the fantastic options available, choosing the proper pair of sunglasses is a fun way to embellish an outfit and be creative with a wardrobe staple.  Whether meeting colleagues for a business lunch or sunning yourself by the pool, make sure your shades are just as chic as you are.  

photo courtesy of Galactic/Star Max


Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.