As some of you know, I’m almost as obsessed with sunglasses as I am with shoes, and I’ve amassed quite a collection, mostly focusing on retro cat eye styles, which work best with my mostly retro-inspired outfits.
I wear sunglasses on all but the very dullest days, and find it creates quite a stir amongst people who think it’s silly to wear sunglasses “when it’s not even summer”, or who assume I do it “just for the photos”. Well, I won’t deny that wearing sunglasses makes it a whole lot easier to take outfit photos (I’m a chronic blinker, so when I don’t wear my sunglasses I usually end up with a memory card full of un-usable photos of me with my eyes closed!), but that’s not why I wear them. Actually, I have very light-sensitive eyes, and am prone to light-triggered migraines, so even on days which don’t seem particularly bright to other people, the daylight will really bother my eyes and make them water. (That, combined with the perma-squint I adopt against the glare, doesn’t make for great photos either, obviously!) Because of that, I never leave house without at least one pair stashed in my handbag, and they’re one of the items I’m happy to spend a bit more on: given that I wear them so much, I always get my money’s worth, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a bargain when I see one – which brings me (finally) to these fabulous, retro cat eye sunglasses from River Island.
Red isn’t a colour I can wear close to my face, unfortunately, but if I could, I’d be snapping up these in a heartbeat. I like both pairs, but particularly love the top pair, which I would never have guessed cost £13: they remind me of glasses by Prada or Miu Miu, rather than by River Island, which makes the price tag even more refreshing!
Here’s how I’d style them: obviously retro cat eye sunglasses call for an equally retro outfit, so…
What to wear with retro cat eye sunglasses:
The shoes you’ve seen before: they’re the red Zara flats I bought a few weeks ago, and which are destined to be a mainstay of my wardrobe this spring/summer. The skirt, meanwhile, is also by River Island (as is the top), and is leather, which I think adds a little bit of an edge, and gives the outfit a slightly more contemporary feel. Finally, the bag is by Charlotte Olympia, and while the price-tag is absolutely ridiculous, I just love the little red cat eye sunglasses on the handle: such a cute little touch!