Big news for next year are cateye sunglasses – they’re back with a vengeance.
The resurgence of the cat eye frame is all part of the ’50s and ’60s fashion revival, with the look being sported all over the spring 2011 runways: from the extreme retro frames at Giles Deacon and Jeremy Scott, through to subtle cat eye shapes at the likes of Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger and Twenty8Twelve.
Generally speaking a cat eye frame with rounded edges will work wonders for a square face or diamond-shaped face, whileÂ a round faceÂ will benefit from sharper edges, or large frames that curve slightly upwards.Â It’s good to rememberÂ though that theses rules are never hard and fast: the best option is always to try on as manyÂ pairs as you can findÂ until you work out what’s right for your face shape and hairstyle.Â And there are hundreds of different takes on the trend, from seriously dramatic to utterly mainstream.
How do you wear them?Â If you get the right pair of sunglasses you’ll find that they work with just about any look, from vintage to modern.Â If you’re going for full-out vintage, stick to the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.
I have always maintained that summer is the time to play with fashion a bit, so in terms of the cat eye I’d go for a more dramatic look, something just a little crazy, for the silly season.Â And you needn’t spend a fortune either; there are plenty of knock-offs knocking around, at very affordable prices.Â Love these from ASOS.