When you are lounging on the beach on Koh Samui, or chilling by your private villa’s pool in Phuket, it's a good idea to protect your eyes from the bright sunshine – while looking good at the same time. Choosing the right style and colour sunglasses lets you combine shade with the ultimate fashion statement.
While many people see sunglasses as a functional holiday necessity to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, they can also be a major style statement. A great pair of glasses is often the first thing people notice, and whether you prefer a classic or more contemporary style of frame, the colour and the shape of your shades can give your whole beach look an extra dash of spice.
Here is a range of shades designed to suit all types of beach-goer: from those who prefer classic style to those seeking something with a little more sassy.
The solution has arrived for poolside style queens who forego mascara to avoid smudgy panda eyes. The "eye-catching" eyelash sunglasses by Tatty Devine feature UV400 lenses, giving the wearer 100 percent protection from harmful rays. The cat’s eye style frames come in either a tortoise shell or plain black finish.
Make your eyes Pop
On vacation the only thing that you might want to be bluer than the crystal waters of the sea are your sunglasses. Zara special frames in turquoise make a bold statement, as well as adding a flourish of colour to any beach outfit. These also give the round frames made famous by Oasis in the 1990s a whole new lease of life.
These cat-eye sunglasses are not only very affordable, but also ooze 1960s Jackie O chic with their lightweight tortoiseshell frames. Featuring moulded nose pads for extra comfort while you are sunbathing, they offer total UV protection. These are the sort of frames that will never go out of style. In fact, they will spice up your winter wardrobe on a drab day back home as well.
Rocked by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and James Dean, classic Ray Ban wayfarers are one set of frames that will always be in vogue. The pair pictured above feature plain black frames and green lenses, and even have the ability to fold, making them extra easy to pack up in your beach bag. But bear in mind that if you are carrying your fashionable (and valuable) shades around in your bag, it is always wise to invest in a protective case to avoid scratching the protective anti-UV coating from the lenses.
Eyes that Sparkle
Girls on holiday in tropical destinations like Thailand and Bali can easily up the style stakes with a pair of Louise sunglasses by Kurt Geiger. Delicately embellished with various shaped gem stones, the unique design of these sunglasses will give any beach outfit that extra bit of sparkle.
by MAX VEE