Okay, so I broke my sunglasses rule...

Read my post Shades of Snobbery and you'll learn it is like pulling teeth for me to spend $10 + on a pair of sunglasses. Well, I recently caved and bought from T.J. Maxx a pair that were, gasp!, a little under $30 USD but I just could not take my eyes off of them  (no pun intended). And comparatively speaking, it was a great deal: an oversized set of Diane von Furstenberg shades (model #527S) that originally retailed at around $145 USD.

While they did not say "past season" on them Google has left me to conclude that this must be the case, as that design series was first launched a couple years ago. Still, I found more than one legit website selling the very same pair for close to the aforementioned $145. The suggested retail price on the store tag however was less than half that and T.J. Maxx knocked off another 50% from there --I suspect because there is a tiny flaw in the paint job. It's barely discernible in the photo but on one side the lower taupey-brown section has a perfect oval of black where there should only be brown. I'm not too keen on flawed fashion merchandise in general: I'd rather buy something no-name and mint rather than a big brand with a boo-boo. But this was such a perfectly shaped, almost intentional-looking flaw and barely noticeable to boot. I loved the glasses enough that it seemed an adequate compromise.

Shoestringers, don't cry foul over my buying designer. I'm all for designer fashion. I'm just against the conspicuous buying of labels for labels sake. I love DVF --the clothes and the woman. But I love the glasses because I love the glasses.

And why do I love these glasses? They're sorta weird, a little unusual and definitely something you would notice me wearing. I thought the color-blocking at the front was so neat & not something you see every day (unlike the ubiquitous Le pliage tote, which I discuss 2 posts back). And they have this kitsch factor that appeals to my love of the decade that brought me into the world, the 1970s. To me the glasses scream  leather-tanned rich Santa Barbara housewife, circa 1971 like the ever fabulous and fascinating Pat Loud from PBS's groundbreaking reality series An American Family:

This pensive moment from An American Family
fails to do the fashionable Pat justice.

But actress Diane Lane recreates Pat's look to a T in Cinema Verite
an intriguing HBO movie about the Louds and An American Family:
The patterned blue dress and contrasting white accessories  in the outfit 
pictured left are to die for! 


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