Shopping for the best sunglasses is one of the first duties of ushering in everyone’s favorite sunny seasons, and 2012 has some of the most exciting looks for women that are both flattering and on-trend. Designer brands like Gucci and Dior bring the retro-inspired glamour, while mainstays like Ray Ban offer updated favorites in timeless shapes. Though aviators continue to dominate the scene, oversized frames and square-shapes are pushing forward full steam. To keep up with the high demands of fashion and eye care, you will want to discover some of the best women’s sunglasses for 2012. Below are a few styles that will get you noticed, envied, and imitated in no time.
The classic Wayfarer style returns to the forefront of fashion, and Ray Ban has updated the square framed shades with a practical new feature. The sunglasses now have hinges on the nose bridge as well as halfway down the ear stems to fit easily and safely in a pocket without getting misshapen or broken. Made of acetate, the glasses provide reasonable protection from the sun and harmful UV rays, cost roughly $155, and come in universally complementary shiny black tone.
If Ray Ban is the brand your mother, or more likely, father, wore and you are looking for a style that is more youthful and fashionable, then there is no better choice than the Marc Jacobs Horsebit Sunglasses. Available in four fun colors including a modern tortoiseshell, these oversized plastic shades are chicly adorned with a horsebit jewel on the temples. At $335 they are not inexpensive, but they do come packaged in a signature case and include a two-year warranty.
For all out glamour the only true option is Dior. The Cannage Metal Plate Sunglasses are a gorgeous example of high-end elegance with their oversized frames that are softly rounded to flatter the face. These glasses are available in three distinctive color schemes. Subtle vintage touches mark them out as perfectly on-trend, and the beautifully designed metal logos on the sides are demure but instantly recognizable. These sunglasses, like the Jacobs ones, come with a two-year warranty and will set you back about $259.
Classic is nice and elegant is fine but sometimes you want a fun, flashy pair of sunglasses to add a dramatic flair to your outfit. Juicy Couture delivers your attention grabbing feminine shades with the nostalgic pair of pink sunglasses. The clear plastic fully round frames are retro in style but are brought up to date with the bubblegum pink lenses and charming heart detail on the edge of the stems. For only $125 it makes a great accessory for a girl's day out or when cruising the boardwalk.
A final funky pick comes from Roberto Cavalli. Another pair of square framed and retro-inspired glasses, but the difference here is the endearingly whimsical bee insignia and geometric patterning on the stems. The eye-catching design is playful and available in two color schemes. Though higher priced at $378, it is certainly worth the extra bucks for the unique style.