“Gucci shades up on my braids when I Escalade/When I’m riding Sprewells sliding like a escapade/I got it made the big boss of the north/Ain’t ish changed I still represent Swisha House.” Mike Jones, “Still Tippin.”

When it’s bright and sunny outside, there’s no better way to accessorize your summer wardobe than with a pair of cute, face flattering stunna shades…


The right sunglasses, chosen carefully, can instantly upgrade and ‘chic’-ify your look.
Before you run to the store, know that there’s actually a method to picking the perfect pair. Let’s take a look at a few of our fave celebs to see how it’s done:
Ms. Kelly…


..and Rihanna…

…all don sunglasses with rounded frames to balance and complement their angular jawlines. Doing so adds a bit of softness to their more straight edged facial features.
On the other hand, women with rounder faces like Eve…

…and Mariah…

…look more balanced with the opposite: angular more boxy shade shapes that lend a little edge to their softer features.
Unsure of your face shape?
Classic aviator sunglasses look good on almost everyone. Ciara…

…and Zoe Saldana…

Know what’s up.
And if you’re feeeling playful, don’t be afraid to experiment with color. Get creative with a pair of orange shades like Nicole Richie…

Or mix it up more with a retro pair of white sun-specs a la Kelis…

Need a few ideas? Try the following:

Top Row: Ray Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses, $119, http://www.eluxury.com/; Royal Flush Sunglasses, $38, http://www.anthropologie.com/.
Bottom Row: Kenneth Cole Rev-eye-vul Sunglasses, $98, http://www.kennethcole.com/; Dior Glossy Large Sunglasses, $260, www.eluxury.com.
I threw in a pair of Dior specs for you divalicious babes out there. Now get those stunna shades on!
PS Intern Elita says, “According to Fashionista.com there is a Rachel Roy sample sale going on today and tomorrow from 12-7 at 25 W. 39th St, 14th floor.”

So Elita was right! Rachel Roy is having a sample sale, and I dropped in briefly while running errands. The prices were a little higher than expected…shirts from $50-$100 and dresses starting at $150. Also, forget about sizes. I couldn’t find a button down bigger than a size 8, or a dress bigger than a medium. But I did manage to leave with one Grecian gathered cotton top (perfect with some skinny jeans) and a work ready white ruffle trimmed sleeveless sweater for $150. Bonus: Totally saw Damon Dash! Don’t you hate when you see a celebrity…and you’re all cheesing…and you expect them to know who you are cuz you know who they are…but you just end up looking lame (meanwhile, they’re like who’s this crazy person staring at me?) ANYWAY, celeb sightings aside, it was worth it. Rachel’s clothes are so pretty, even a simple top will upgrade your wardrobe. Hit up her sale. It’s going on until tomorrow!

9 thoughts on “Get Your Stunna Shades On”

  1. Love Rachel’s stuff. It’s so expensive, why she gotta do us like that? Anyway I’ll hit up her sale, hopefully there’s some scraps leftover.

  2. Claire, c’mon! Of all the rappers you could’ve quoted, and you use one with no reference to the actual title of your blog? Go listen to some E-40 (Tell Me When To Go) and get an actual reference to the term “stunna shades.” Or “Stunna Shades @ Night” by The Federation. If you ever need a quote consultant, holler at Huey P. Langston.

  3. personally, i dont think the quote/ song lyrics being mismatched is a big deal. love the post!

  4. I love oversized shades. Have you seen the purple Gucci shades? I’m doing my best to resist the temptation (and the price tag).

  5. Yay, I am glad you were able to get some good deals at the sample sale! I am so jealous!

  6. i love oversized sunglasses!!
    have you seen dita’s supa dupa and pretender?!!

  7. Claire,

    Where can a find a dress similar to the one Kelis has on in this post! It’s casual and dressy at the same time, I love it!

  8. Not all sunglasses are stunna shades. Please consult a Baydestrian for your information before you perpetrate items as something they are not.

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