May Days

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By Michelle Crowe




Chic sunglass style, photograph by Andrea Placquadio


Sunglasses are the favorite accessory of style icons everywhere. Nothing else adds glamour as quickly as throwing on a pair of statement shades. Some seasons are especially loaded with striking sunnies shapes. This seems to one of them.


Classic aviators, photograph by Nitin Dhumel


Aviator sunglasses are an iconic symbol of timeless coolness and adventure. Originally designed for pilots in the early 20th century, these shades have since become a staple accessory for anyone seeking a blend of style and functionality. Classic metal-rimmed aviators received a boost from Gwyneth Paltrow attending court last year. Her signature Ray-Bans complemented understated outfits with an effortless edge. Associated with adventurers, aviator sunglasses evoke a sense of wanderlust and exploration, making them an enduring symbol of freedom and daring spirit. For those who’ve avoided metal frames in the past, explore the gorgeous versions in acetate. Same great shapes, softer look.


Edgy cat eye sunglasses, photograph by Nick Mayer

Cat Eye

The classic cat-eye shape has never truly gone away, but it’s making a welcome return to top trend in 2024. First invented by the artist Altina Schinasi Miranda in the 1920s, the pointed, teardrop-shaped frames work to accentuate any facial structure. Characterized by their distinctive upswept outer edges, these iconic shades exude a sense of retro charm and sophistication. With their sleek and elongated frames, cat eye sunglasses add a touch of vintage flair to any outfit, whether it’s a casual daytime look or a chic evening ensemble. Their versatile appeal transcends generations, making them a beloved accessory for fashionistas and trendsetters alike. Whether you’re strolling down the bustling streets of a city or lounging by the poolside, cat eye sunglasses always make a statement. I once left a pair of cat eye glasses on the roof of my car and drove away. I still think longingly about these lost beauties.


Bold glasses, photograph by Andrea Placquadio



A bold fashion statement with minimal effort, oversize sunglasses are the best. The outsized lenses provide ample coverage, ensuring maximum protection from harmful UV rays while providing the mystery and allure that is the hallmark of mega stars and ladies who lunch alike. Those who stay true to their large and in charge favorites enjoy undeniable charm in the moment and create a lasting persona for themselves. The late fashion writer Carrie Donovan and the beloved entrepreneur Iris Apfel proved this. Though they have passed, their iconic eyewear styles endure.