Sunnies and Eyewear Trends 2014: Dr. Ngozi Etufugh Weighs In on What to Buy + Wear!
I have a love affair with eyewear. No matter if it’s sunnies or regular eyewear (I use a pair for distance and also a pair for computer work.) It’s fun to have an assortment of great frames. Even if you don’t need prescription lenses, having good optical quality lenses makes eyewear (sunnies or regular) prevents eye strain. If you must wear them often (as I do), you find that you collect lots of frames from different adjustments to your lens prescriptions. Rather than ditch them, recycle and reuse them for sunglasses or for different uses.
Recycling sounds great but not all frames will recycle well and most great optical stores will help you get a new lens RX but will tell you that they can’t guarantee if the frames will survive a lens transplant! So do be prepared to buy more frames and when find a pair that speaks to your fashion sense- buy them!
Last year, American consumers spent $2.3 billion on nonprescription sunglasses. The 260 million pairs of sunglasses sold include those bought from street vendors and at flea markets, as well as glasses purchased at drugstores, supermarkets, and boutiques. Sunglasses priced higher than $30 represent the fastest-growing segment of the market, with specialty retailers reporting sales of $475 million last year, according to the Sunglass Association of America. Whether you are purchasing your “sunnies” on the street for $5.00 or at a designer counter for hundreds or even thousands, fashion blogger Dr. Ngozi Etufugh helps you to keep your eye on styling with these essential tips.
1) A starter collection should essentially have 3 pairs:
One black plastic with metal detail,
an all-white plastic pair
Chelsea white frames from Vint and York
and a gold metal rim pair.
2) White plastic rims will pull together a sporty casual look or support a ‘high-low’ hybrid combination.
Ghost from Ivory Mason is white/crystal type coloring.
3) Make fashion your victim by adopting a trend element. Translate this trend to your glasses. If neon is a trend, buy neon glasses. If pink is trending, buy a pink pair of glasses.
Sanded Owl from thewildsoul.com in a great shade of yellow as well as other colors.
Side view of “Owl” from TheWildSoul.com
4) Opposites attract, choose a pair with the opposite shape of your face. This is more flattering and appealing. An opposite shape to your face will frame your face and draw attention to your face.
5) A small face is better suited with a pair of glasses that shows some part of the eyebrows so as not to overpower the face.
6) Wider faces should avoid heavy thick plastic and stick to light metal frames.
7) When in doubt, buy aviators. They flatter a wide range of facial shapes and sizes and are usually always in fashion.
8) Instant glam is achieved by a pair of designer sunglasses. Invest in a pair! They complement your face when you have no makeup on or can be instantly livened up with a dash of lipstick. They give an immediate illusion of mystery and allure.
Dr. Ngozi Etufugh
Isn’t Dr. Etufugh’s piece just so easy to understand? It’s smart and great to feature all the key elements you might want in sunglasses! The eyewear shown here is not just limited to the category in which I placed it. Eyewear is very stylistically flexible and you should love the color and the frame style before you invest in a pair- even if it’s only a $5 investment. It should be a reflection of you and your personality. It’s a visual statement piece since it’s a facial decoration as well as a utilitarian instrument as well.
Now for those of you wondering how you store all your glasses, I have the answers to that too!
OYOBox Luxury Eyewear Organizer boxes are the perfect gift for anyone at any time. Think about yourself and which one you would like and start hinting. Available in bright colors as well as compressed wood in amazing finishes, this is the perfect gift for anyone with multiple sets of eyewear that they are constantly misplacing or they just want to be organized.
Expertly crafted by a European design team, this 14 ½” x 7 ½” x 3 ¼ handcrafted compressed wood box is lined with a soft leatherette interior and a specially engineered interior partition to hold up to eight optical frames in place. A shatterproof top window provides convenient view of the contents as stainless steel ball hinges allow the box to open effortlessly. The velvet underside allows safe rest against the most easily scratched surfaces. The OYOBox is finished in seven layers of generously applied lacquer and is available in rich Burl, Mahogany and Bamboo, as well as in vivid hues of red, yellow, orange, blue, white and black.
Talk about the ultimate protection, this is it. I think I need to snag one of these (hint hint) because then I wouldn’t have to track down computer glasses, regular distance glasses x 2, my SALT sunglasses, Armani Sunglasses along with Anne Et Valentin distance glasses. It’s not hard to accumulate eyewear. I would only get new eyewear every third year. But I tried to take good care of them too. This box should be offered at every optical place around. Talk about a perfect gift for the hard to buy for.. this is the answer!
Find Oyoboxes at http://www.oyobox.com/.
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