I don’t own a ton of pairs of sunglasses, but I do have enough to make a choice as to which pair to wear with certain outfits. Most normal people who aren’t completely obsessed with fashion only own one pair of sunglasses to wear with everything, which I completely understand. But since I recently bought two new sets and made a New Year’s Resolution to wear shades more often, I decided to do a little experiment. How big of a difference do sunglasses really make to your outfit?
I want to begin by noting the four pairs of sunglasses featured in this post. These white polka dot sunnies with the orange flower are from a small store in the Container Park in Las Vegas. The black sunglasses with gold arms are from Charming Charlie and only cost $7, same with the black and white printed ones with the mirrored lenses. The aviator sunglasses on the end were $16 from Icing.
I wore this outfit to see the movie Isle of Dogs on Sunday afternoon at an old fashioned movie theater. (The movie was really strange but really good, in case you were wondering.) I love the bright bold colors of the pink belt, green cardigan, and black/white patterned top. It’s kind of hard to see in these photos, but I also wore a rose gold floral necklace from Francesca’s, last seen here. I thought this was a good outfit to try with multiple sunglasses because the colors match most of my sunnies and the style of the outfit is dressier than some, like the style of my glasses. (Whereas, a strictly boho or super girly girl look would only match one pair of sunglasses.)
I started by pairing my outfit with the polka dot sunglasses. They added a flirty girliness to the look and complemented my pink polka dot purse. While the color of the flower detail didn’t match my outfit, the flower itself looked pretty with the rose gold floral necklace. I love the shape of these glasses, and they really seemed to fit the style of my outfit.
Next I tried what I call the “cow print” sunglasses. These ones have an edgier shape, and the pattern was a little bolder paired with the diamonds of my top. However, I loved the perfectly unmatched look of the pattern mixing, and the color of the mirrored glass added a little something extra to the outfit.
These black cat-eye sunglasses were the “play it safe” option. Of course the color looks great with my top and the gold arms complement the rose gold of my necklace, but the simple black seemed kind of boring. While my old self would prefer the perfectly matching black sunglasses, my experimenting fashionista-self likes the added flair of the first two pairs of printed sunnies.
The aviators were my least favorite with this outfit, and I knew from the get-go that I wouldn’t like them. I just thought I should share them anyway for comparison. While these sunglasses don’t look horrible with the look, they don’t really match the overall vibe. I consider aviators as an accessory for edgy, summer, or boho outfits. This look is pretty put-together and has girly elements, so the aviators just weren’t the best option.
And the verdict’s in. Here’s what I decided about sunglasses: they don’t make that big of a difference to an outfit. I realized that while scrolling through these photos, I hardly noticed the different pairs—and I’m the one who actually wore them! If this post wasn’t all about sunglasses, I’m pretty sure a lot of people wouldn’t even realize that I kept changing them throughout the photoshoot. Sure, sunglasses can add that extra detail or be the cherry on top of an outfit, but your actual clothing is more important than one small accessory that’s only worn outside. Even though I didn’t like the aviators with this outfit, they still looked good, just not as good in comparison to the other pairs. Moral of the story? One pair of sunglasses will suffice. 🙂
With that said, I do feel like I have to declare a favorite with this outfit. And the award goes to…[drumroll please]…the mirrored cow print sunglasses! It was a close call between the polka dot ones and these because they both looked super cute with the outfit. But ultimately, these glasses just seemed extra spicy and stylish to me. My sandals are kind of edgy, and I felt that the slight edginess of the glasses pulled everything together. What do you think? Which pair was your favorite?
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Miles of smiles,
Black & White Checkered Top: Charming Charlie, $13 // Green Cardigan: Nordstrom, $30 // Skinny Jeans: A.N.A. via JCPenney, $25 // Black Studded Sandals: Arturo Chiang via Dillard’s, $30 // Aviator Sunglasses: Icing, $16 // Polka Dot Sunglasses: random boutique, $15 // Black Cat-Eye Sunglasses: Charming Charlie, $7 // Black and White Sunglasses: Charming Charlie, $7 // Pink Belt // Polka Dot Kate Spade Purse: gift