I thought I would blog about something that I’m passionate about…sunglasses. I know this sounds weird but I do love a good pair of sunglasses and I have had everything from the cheapest ones to designer sunglasses and everything in between. I will actually be doing a video on my sunglasses collection here in Bali so you will see some high street versions plus the designer ones.
Ok, so here’s the thing you can actually get a perfectly good pair of sunglasses that are on trend for $20 at Cotton On or Sportsgirl. That’s the great thing trends filter the market so you can get it substantially cheaper. So why would you invest in any designer shades?
I have to say from experience my Cotton On ones lasted barely a season with them falling apart, the lens in fact popped out. I also take full responsibility over the fact that I myself have left them on the couch to get sat on or me rolling over a pair with my chair. Absolute Fail!!!
There is something to be said about quality in anything and to be honest you can get a pair of Ray Bans for $200 and they are the epitome of cool. Ray Bans have a folklore around them and are entwined in popular culture with references in movies and in songs. The fact they are affordable is just icing on top.
But can I say this about my Dior, Celine and Chanel sunglasses? Hmmmm…yes and no. Yes, I love the style and how they look plus the clever detailing on them. They certainly can make an outfit and do look good in blog posts but I don’t reach for them on a daily basis.
So what I would say to people is there are affordable options out there that are not the $10 ones I once bought at a service station but actual sunglasses brands. These brands specialise in sunglasses and often have high profile collaborations. Here are a few off the top of my head…
These are fab and are supper affordable as in the $40 – $70 price range. There are collabs with bloggers such as the QuayxDesi range which is hugely successful and some of my fave glasses. They also did a collection with Kylie Jenner if you are into that type of thing. Quay is also on trend as they release new styles a few times a year. They also jumped on quickly to the small sunglass trend that is happening plus also maintaining oversized styles.
I have to say I’m loving what Le Specs are doing lately. The glasses are on trend with all the 90s styles you could ever want and the use of metal hardware for the frames. I have to say I’m currently rocking my Adam Selman x Le Specs The Last Lolita and I cannot get enough of them!
As I said earlier some of my favourite style of sunglasses are Ray Bans and they are just so iconic with their classic Wayfarer and Aviator styles. A pair of Ray Bans if you take care of them will last for years to come so I think they are worth the price. I remember my Dad’s wayfarers and how I kept asking if he kept them but he didn’t. 😟However, I did find a similar pair online which I jumped at the chance for. The re-released ones are not as good as the ones from the 80s and 90s…
I’m loving these oval ones at the moment…
Aside from these brands mentioned I would check out:
These all have exceptional quality without a $600 price tag that goes with it just for it to say Chanel on the sides.
the expat xxxx