First off, I am a major klutz & sunglasses break easily. I'm not about to spend a ton on something that will very likely get squashed in my tote (my mainstay is a LeSportsac Ziptop Shopper in black...more on that later) by a heavy library book (regular readers will know I am all about libraries). The absolute most I will pay for a pair is $12.99 + tax, and even that is an emergency purchase only. I have super light, super sensitive peepers so being caught without a pair on hand is near-disaster & at times I have been forced to fork over the bucks.
A couple rules:
- Always buy primarily the classics, like the pair Jackie is sporting in the above pic. I would say 2/3 of your haul should be your basic black and dark tortoise shell frames.
- Then leave 1/3 of your purchase to styles of the season: funky-colored frames, over-sized aviators, etc.
And there you have it, folks. While my shopping secret may make some fashionistas exclaim "Quelle Horreur!" I can't stress this point enough: I live in a city that is a virtual sea of rich women sporting top-brand eye wear, and yet I am constantly getting compliments on my no-name specs. Ironic, no?
And Psst! Jackie may be fab, but as I get older, I admire more and more the style of her kooky cousin Edie Beale. Because, despite her reputation as a trend-setter in the States, Jackie was not one to take fashion risks and by and large took cues from European designers & styles. Edie on the other hand, love it or hate it, created & defined fashion for herself...and that's what it's all about!