If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I’m a proven sunglasses whore. I would hate to tally my running total on designer frames. After the past two years of shopping at Selima et Benjamin in the Brentwood Country Mart, I’m embarrassed to realize that most of that money I spent previously went towards flashy brands like Chanel, Gucci, or Tom Ford instead of well-made frames and lenses sold by brands like Salt, Benjamin, Dita, Tavat, Randolph Engineering, Thome Brown, to name a few.
The other thing I love about the boutique, owned and operated by local Cindi Montoya and her sunglasses-designer husband Benjamin, is that their collection is always on trend (if not ahead) AND secures designers’ exclusives.
So what better place to explore some of the summer’s best trends for us to adopt?!
Wham, GLAM, Thank you Thierry Lasry.
Thierry Lasry is like the Tom Ford of the sunglasses world, a trend in himself. He creates “elite-looking” frames for women that make even a mommy trucking around soccer gear feel sexy. Every woman on the westside owns at least one pair. His oversized cat-eye is fabulous, and the acetate which comes in bright translucent hues, striking opaque colors, two-toned ombre, and multi-colored tortoise make them the statement piece of your outfit. Thankfully as flashy as they are, you won’t see a brand in sight. You’ll know them by their signature metal temples, the latest of which is matte as seen on his biggest fan, Anne Hathaway below.
I bought my mamma a pair for her birthday!
A little pop of reflective color goes along way, ladies who love Lulu.
Wildfox is like the instant solution to updating your outfit.
In one pair, you can combine any of the popular trends you want:
I love the Catfarer pair I bought above because it takes my very plain workout wear to being fun and funky.
Their whole collection is that way, so hit up Wildfox.com and shop around. Prices start around $160.
Along with Beyonce and Alessandra Ambrosia, my sister is a huge fan.
Trendy, Tactful, and Timeless
Salt, started by 8 guys from Oliver Peoples, delivers a variety of trendy designs in a much more subtle way. You’ll pay more for them and wear them for a lot longer than a pair of Wildfox. All of their lenses are polarized. I adore the Odin avaitors I’m wearing in the opening shot of this post.
Other trendy options you should try:
Round metal frames by brands like Ralph Lauren, Benjamin, and Wildfox. You can find some great vintage ones too.
Not many people will tell you to get heavier, but when it comes to Jacque Marie Marge, that’s his schtick right now. The French designer turned LA local only distributes his frames to a few retailers, so if you find a pair, grab them. Otherwise, many other popular designers are going heavier on the frame.
I’m sure you’ve already seen the cross-bar on these Celine frames (which Cindi is usually sold out). Now you’ll notice that little connecter everywhere. Historically on an aviator or a throwback style, the cross-bar has befriended the hipsters and subsequently the fashionistas. Like the thicker acetate above, you’ll either love it or hate it.