Once you realize how much strategic, well-executed accessorizing can transform any look, buying an endless amount of knick-knacks can be addicting. But are you buying too much of one thing, and not enough of another? Do you have dozens of pairs of frames, only to realize you never seem to have the one that would really accentuate your wardrobe? If so, we’ve put together a list of five eyewear essentials you should always have on hand to take any look to the next level.
While keeping up with current trends is great, there are some things that never go out of style. Each item on this list is completely unisex and flattering on almost everyone, so you can feel free to shop at ease. Before you complete your collection with extravagant finds, make sure you have these classics in your collection.
This browline style was first invented all the way back in 1947. You know an idea is good when it stands the test of time! Whether you’re a corporate executive in a smoking jacket or a biking hipster in jeans and plaid, these semi-rimless specs will upgrade either look.
Two words: Effortlessly cool. Aviators, or “pilot glasses,” have enhanced the ensembles of everyone from 16 year old girls sipping Starbucks Frappuccinos to Tom Cruise in Top Gun. It’s hard to find a more versatile, universally flattering style.
This harmonious mix of metals—plastic and metal—gives the perfect juxtaposition to your look with one accessory. Black paired with gold is a combination as old as time itself, and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Yet another look you can never go wrong with.
While a relatively new trend, we predict this one has serious staying power. It won’t be long before the world of fashion discovers the endless advantages of these specs! Because the lenses are transparent, they won’t overwhelm delicate facial features, nor will they clash with any color combination.
Boy, Tom Cruise sure has a way of finding his way into movies with notorious fashion product placements, huh? Don’t worry, you don’t have to star in Risky Business to rock this simple look. Even the ever-so-feminine Audrey Hepburn sported wayfarers, both on screen and off.