SUNNIES!

Eduardo A. Braniff, Creative Director, Franklin + Gower
Contributor’s Website: Franklin + Gower
To quote the inimitable Zoe, ‘tis the season for “sunnies.”
 
You can only make a sunglasses choice by trying them on, making sure they look good on your face and conveying the attitude your aiming to put out into the world. However, we are here to serve up some sources for groovy shades that you might not have considered otherwise. 
Classic:
We’ve praised these before, but you can never go wrong with a Ray-Ban Aviator. However, we recently discovered the magic of Rayban.com where there are many more styles than we’ve typically found at Sunglasses Hut. Might we recommend the Outdoorsman 11 in orange. 
Hipster:
If you are bit more on the hipster tip, check out Garrett Leight California Optical. We are big fans of GLCO as the company is California-based and takes Venice Beach as its inspiration. Owner and designer Garrett is the son of the Oliver People’s founder, so he knows how to put a modern spin on a classic frame. We are big fans of the Hamptons frames, which are available at GLCO in Venice or online at Opening Ceremony and Barney’s. 
Fashionista:
We are big fans of Dita as this company delivers rock star and film legend styling in spades. Or should we say shades?! Each of their styles harkens back to an iconic look from Steve McQueen to Elvis (in the stylish days). Wear these to keep the sun out, or the camera flashes away. Check out the Selector in black at Dita Legends.

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Now, if you really want to stake your place in the sun, we suggest you go vintage. And, by that we mean, shop the flea markets, antique shops and old-school glasses shops. At all of these places, you can find truly unique frames that you can update with new lenses. Check out Hotel de VilleVintage Eyewear in Hollywood.

Let us be clear about one thing: no matter the style or attitude you’re going for, do not skimp and opt for cheap lenses. Not only do they make a major statement but more importantly, they are your armor against the sun and the flashbulbs. Make sure they work their hardest to keep your peepers protected.  

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Contributor’s Website: Franklin + Gower

(image credits: Ray Ban: rayban.com; Garrett Leight: garrettleight.com; Dita: ditalegends.com; Vintage: stylehive.com)

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