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Eye of the tiger

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.

Scarlett Johansson; Alexander Wang sunglasses; Dree Hemingway

Generally speaking a cat eye frame with rounded edges will work wonders for a square face or diamond-shaped face, while a round face will benefit from sharper edges, or large frames that curve slightly upwards. It’s good to remember though that theses rules are never hard and fast: the best option is always to try on as many pairs as you can find until you work out what’s right for your face shape and hairstyle.  And there are hundreds of different takes on the trend, from seriously dramatic to utterly mainstream.


How do you wear them?  If you get the right pair of sunglasses you’ll find that they work with just about any look, from vintage to modern.  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.  And you needn’t spend a fortune either; there are plenty of knock-offs knocking around, at very affordable prices.  Love these from ASOS.

Cat eye from ASOS

Jenny xx



Images via Fashionising, College Fashion and Teen Vogue.


Jenny Russell is the founder of Friends with Jenny a fashion store that imports high street finds, but also stays proudly South African with a complement of some of South Africa’s best local talent. To find out more visit her website

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