Bulging bug-eyed sunglasses haven't been exterminated for summer 2010, but they're not the buzz they've been over the past few years.
Taking their place in the sun are squarer shapes, modified cat-eyes, vibrant color, animal-skin patterns and — above all — '80s looks.
Carrera glasses, similar to the ones Don Johnson wore at times in "Miami Vice," are the hot sunglasses in music videos, said Eden Wexler, a spokeswoman for Solstice Sunglass Boutiques. Usher wears aviator-shape "Endurance" Carreras in his "Hey Daddy" video, as do Rihanna in "Rude Boy," and Christina Aguilera in "Not Myself Tonight." Lady Gaga flashes white aviator-shape "Champion" Carreras in "Bad Romance." Alicia Keys chose the teardrop "Panamerika" style for "Sleeping with a Broken Heart."
If you can no more imagine yourself in Carreras than in a Ferrari, you can avail yourself of new styles with celebrity or designer stamps. Madonna has done a line with Dolce & Gabbana; the glasses bear an MDG logo on the temple. Fashion designer Jason Wu has added sunglasses to his stable.
"Stylewise, the overall big theme for summer is anything that has a vintage or retro feel," Wexler said.
Cat-eye shapes have popped up on Catherine Zeta-Jones, in a black Alexander McQueen style, and Gwen Stefani, who has a white Marc Jacobs version, Wexler said.
Chunky retro plastic aviators and navigators abound, Wexler said. "A lot of men in particular seem to like these, but they're also on women." The navigator style, she explained, has more squared-off lenses than the aviator's teardrops. "The teardrop can sometimes give you a sad face. People in the industry say it 'cries.' A squared-off navigator can be more wearable, especially for someone who has full cheeks."
Wayfarer shapes remain popular, in colors ranging from DayGlo orange, bubble-gum pink and sky blue to black.
Evolving from Nicole Richie's signature style, rounded sunglasses have shrunk closer to John Lennon proportions.
A note on lenses from Eden Wexler.
•Polarized lenses cut glare, but they can render digital displays unreadable. "I would recommend polarized when you're out of the car doing sports."
•Polarized gray is the best all-purpose lens, Wexler said. "It provides enough coverage for bright sunny days, offers general protection and can help with eye fatigue."
•Polarized browns add contrast and are good for water and snow sports.
•Rosy lenses adjust well to variable light and are good for athletes or others wearing sunglasses for extended periods.
•Clear or yellow lenses are suited to indoor sports, night activities and rainy days, sometimes improving depth perception.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun