Thursday, May 1, 2008

Here Comes the Sun

In the past year, price points for suns have seemed to skyrocket for no apparent reason. A couple of years ago, the only shades I paid over $300 for were a Chanel and an Oliver Peoples, neither of which I wear anymore. Today, the trendy ones go for upwards of $400, and I just can't bring myself to part with the cash for something that will be totally obsolete six months from now. We continue to pay top dollar for them, reasoning that eyewear is a daily, year-round staple in most of our wardrobes, worn as much for practical as stylistic reasons. If it's going to be a fixture on your face, it seems reasonable to invest in a timeless style that works for your face and pay a little more for it. The problem is, what is "timeless" is hard to discern when eyewear styles change so quickly. Because eyewear statements have been rather bold for the past several years (from bling-encrusted to the shield to massively oversized), a certain of-the-moment shape seems to dominate each season, rendering your "classic" Chanel totally unwearable. If we're going to change it up with the seasons, there seems little sense in shelling out big ones. While you ponder this conundrum, check out Alex and Chloe's Santa Cruz black aviator, which might just be my new favorite style for Spring/Summer. It's unisex and available in black (shown), brown quartz, and grey quartz @ Oak, they're reasonably priced at $198. They're the most transition-friendly I've seen in a good while.

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