Shades of summer

Shades of summer

Shades of summer

First published in Lifestyle

It's not officially summer until you've got a shiny new pair of sunglasses on your head.

From Seventies-inspired aviators to modern bright frames, this season there are countless styles to see you through the sunshine months.

"Sunglasses can make just as much of a statement as jewellery," says Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist and author of Living In Style. "A fabulous pair of sunnies can upgrade a simple look to super-stylish and sophisticated."

Decorate your eyes with your favourite frames this summer. With shades this good, you'll be wearing them in the rain.

ROUND

The shape of the summer? Go circular, whether you prefer thick frames or rimless, a la John Lennon. Try Kite's Abbey round frames and choose from eight colourways, £95 (www.kitegb.com).

STUDDED

Embrace your inner rock chic with studs. While black frames can look too harsh, switch to white, with the likes of Primark's embellished pair, and the edginess is a little less intense, £3 (www.primark.com).

AVIATOR

Update the classic aviator by switching up the hue of the lenses. Choose a blue or yellow lens, or opt for statement mirrored styles with Next's Gold Aviator Style Sunglasses With Mirror Lens, £12.50 (www.next.co.uk).

GOLD

For go-with-everything frames, choose elegant gold. Dune's Gallop sunglasses have pretty scallop detailing and tinted lenses - the perfect accessory to beachy hair, £35 (www.dunelondon.com).

REFLECTIVE

Who needs a compact mirror for make-up touch-ups when you've got reflective lenses? The contrast of North Week's Matte Black frames and mirror lenses will add instant cool to your look, £19.99 (www.northweek.com).

RETRO

Make your sunglasses a time machine transporter to your favourite decade. Make a Sixties statement with Topshop's Vintage Lola sunglasses with bold, ivory frames, £18 (www.topshop.com).

STATEMENT

Forget the fancy dress box, novelty sunglasses are now perfectly acceptable attire for everyday sunshine. Get shades featuring built-in jewellery with F&F at Tesco's Pearl Cat Eye Sunglasses, £12 (selected Tesco stores; call 0800 505 555).

BRIGHT

Keep your outfit low-key and and let loud sunglasses do the talking. Match your mood to your sunglasses with Ice-Watch Eyewear collection's rainbow shades, £59.50 (www.pog.co.uk).

FLORAL

Blooms aren't just reserved for summer frocks. Wear your bold floral print on your face with Joules' Salcombe sunglasses, £60 (www.visionexpress.com).

OMBRE

Emulate the sunset with ombre, gradient lenses. Choose a colour or go mono, like Ralph Lauren's Black And Clear pair, £69 (www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk).

GET THE LOOK

Forget the dress. Lorraine Kelly does retro glamour on the red carpet in Coast separates. Her exact skirt has sold out but you can get a similar blue hue with the Harper Skirt, £75 (www.coast-stores.com).

BUY IT NOW

Come Together by wearing a charity tee for War Child. River Island has designed a range of T-shirts to support the international charity, with a campaign fronted by Millie Mackintosh and husband Professor Green. Come Together tees are available for boys, girls, men and women, priced £8-18 (www.riverisland.com).

FASHION FLASH

:: COLOUR CONFIDENCE

Half of UK women wear just two colours a day. A third of us stick to black, grey or dark clothing, according to a Dove Colour Confidence poll. Red topped the colour spectrum for the bright most associated with confidence. Raid your wardrobe for bold colour to take part in Dove's Colour Challenge. Throughout June, women can upload photos of themselves working brights for the chance to win a bespoke capsule collection exclusively designed by Olivia Rubin for Dove. Visit dove.com/colourconfidence

:: RECESSIONISTA ALERT

Give your ears an angelic touch with Warren James' Halo earrings. The sparkling statement studs are reduced from £32 to £10 throughout June. Available in three colourways at www.warrenjames.co.uk

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