Fashion Forecast: Sunnies

We’re all dropping money on sunglasses right now, so we might as well know what’s hot, where the trends are headed and who has the best knowledge on summer’s favorite accessory.

Rx Optical

A photo of round sunglasses and square sunglasses from Rx Optical.

The sunglasses for spring/summer 2019 are trending toward a twist on retro shapes. Expect lots of color on the frame and lens, and even prints.

“Instead of offering the typical black or brown frame, our patients now have many color options from clear to blues to reds, frames with two tones and can even match a pattern to an outfit by the same designer — Bebe and Lilly Pulitzer for example,” said Jillayne Krogel, director of strategic planning and special projects at Rx Optical.

For women, look for styles with wider rounds, cat eyes in both plastic and metal materials, floral prints on temples and sharper edges. Trends for men include round shapes in metals, double bars added in plastic, patterned colors, blended colors for a fade look and frames in clear and grey tones.

Krogel’s favorite sunglasses are the Chloé metal twist round version. “It goes with any outfit, is really comfortable and I feel like a movie star in them.”

Fashion aside, to protect eyes from harmful UV rays, Krogel suggests looking for sunglasses with 100-percent UV protection, with lenses that are impact resistant and do not pop out of the frame. Make sure to choose lenses that are large enough to shield your eyes from most angles.

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