Trending Now: The NEW Take on Retro Sunglasses for Summer 2011

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We are entering the peak of summer with July 4th approaching this holiday weekend, and there is no better time to talk about sunglasses!  If you have been reading my posts about cataracts, you know that wearing UV protection is not only essential for protecting your skin, but also the health of your eyes.  Luckily there are plenty of stylish options out there for your ocular protection.  So what is this summer’s biggest style trend?

Cat-Eye Sunglasses of 2011
Celebrities embracing this summer's Cat-Eye trend Photo courtesy whowhatwear
Retro looks have been dominating the fashion seen for several years now.  Summer 2011 is seeing those Aviators and throw-back Ray Ban Wayfarers beginning to be replaced by another retro trend: the cat-eye.  First popularized in the 50s and 60s, the cat-eye sunglasses of this summer’s top designers are slightly larger (to continue the over-sized trends we have been seeing for almost a decade now) and brimming with bright colors and designs.  

Cat-Eye Sunglasses of the 1950s-60s

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's just keeps giving today's designers inspiration.   No complaints here!
Looking to purchase new sunglasses for your Independence Day celebrations?  Here are some of my favorites:

Left = Linda Farrow Luxe    Right = Ralph Lauren Cat-Eye in honey
Left: 80s purple in a vibrant polka-dot (this one is for you, Al) that retails around $15
Right: Lots of color from retroeyewear on Etsy
And if you are still loving your Ray Ban Wayfarer's, do not fear.  They are still quite popular this summer in two-tones and bright colors!
Ray Ban Wayfarer in eye-popping red, perfect for displaying your Independence day spirit.

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