Ray-Ban is the brand that it synonymous with A list style. Celebrity folk such as Robin Pattinson, Audrina Patridge, Kate Beckinsale, Leona Lewis, Nicole Ritchie, Drew Barrymore and Brad Pitt are just a mere handful of stars who have all been spotted numerous times wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to protect their peepers and of course, to make a style statement.
Sunglasses are so much more than a functional accessory, which is ironic in the case of Ray-Ban as the first ever pair manufactured in 1936 were designed specifically to protect the eyes of pilots. This particular style was the iconic RB3025 Ray-Ban aviator, which is still one of the most popular types of sunglasses in the world and is persistently seen worn by a huge number of celebs and fashion icons. The style is timeless and never goes out of fashion.
What people love about Ray-Ban is that the brand is constantly surprising us with new and exciting designs, as well as introducing re-vamped versions of the old school styles. Everyone can wear a pair of Ray-Bans and look fab as there are so many designs to suit a number of face shapes whilst remaining in keeping with current trends. The Ray-Ban RB4141 sunglasses for example, are a favourite with singer Florence Welch and are an easier to wear version of some of the more prominently rounded sunglasses that were popular this year. The RB4141s perfectly capture the trend but infuse an effortless and versatile edge.
The Ray-Ban Cats collections have also been a favourite during 2010 with their vibrantly coloured frames and statement oversized shapes. The RB4126 Cats 1000 sunglasses have a definite high-fashion appeal with their highly positioned arms and chic oversized lenses, but the distinctive Ray-Ban vibe makes them fun and easy to wear.
What Ray-Ban always gets right is providing a wide array of colour choices in nearly every design. Black can often look harsh on some skin tones, or perhaps you just don’t like to wear black. Therefore, the brand has versions in softer shades including tortoiseshell, dusky pink, cream and brown to name only a few choices, which are more flattering against pale faces whilst the ultra vibrant colours look superb on darker complexions. The Wayfarer is a great example of an iconic Ray-Ban style that is available in an incredible selection of colours and patterns.
If you’re looking to invest in a truly great designer brand then you really can’t go wrong with Ray-Ban. Many of the sunglasses are accessible from a price perspective, some styles feature specific types of lenses if you require superior lens technology, and the choice is so varied that you’ll be sure to find something to perfectly suit your skin tone, face shape and general style preference. Plus, a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses will instantly add a sense of chic to your look and will remain timelessly stylish year after year.
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It’s perhaps a little too early to mention the ‘C’ word (Christmas…), however there’s no harm in starting to think about it! We’ve got the perfect gifts at Shade Station for that special man or woman in your life… think of us as your little online helper.
Bound to impress any male, Tokyo Flash watches are among some of the most original wristwear on the market. Throwing convention aside, Tokyo Flash watches are futuristic, mind boggling and super cool. With LEDs, flashing lights, crazy patterns and a unique time-telling concept, these watches need to be seen to be believed. If your guy is a little leftfield, a gadget geek or simply likes to stand out from the crowd, a Tokyo Flash hi-tech watch is bang on the money. Each design comes with directions on how to read the time, as run of the mill numerals are given the heave ho and time is indicated by various coloured LEDs instead. Impressive to look at and fun to use, Tokyo Flash wristwear is the ultimate man-pleasing treat for Christmas!
Whilst the men like their flashy gadgets the majority of women like a feminine, elegant slip of a watch. Look no further than Shade Station for an incredible range of pulse-quickening designer watches. May we point you in the direction of Guess watches… a designer brand with a glamorous history of celebrity endorsement. Worn by the likes of Paris Hilton and modelled by Drew Barrymore and Claudia Schiffer among others, Guess watches are beautifully designed and make stunning accessories. Most Guess wristwear is produced in highly polished silver or gold plated stainless steel and is often studded with diamante or features a pretty patterned bracelet. Listen up boys, these popular watches are sure to be a hit with your better half and earn you brownie points well beyond the festive period!
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Guess! was thrown into the super league in the early Eighties with the launch of it’s ‘3 zip Marilyn’ jean – the sexiest pair of jeans ever to hit New York and the entire collection sold out within hours. From a sassy pair of jeans, an international brand was built.
The company headed up by French siblings, the Marciano brothers, combine an all American style with a dash of European flair which has become the blueprint for every offering the label serves up.
Watches are dear to the Guess! label being one of the first products the company sold way back in 1984, and in 2004 Guess! celebrated the twentieth year of it’s watch collection by issuing a special addition watch. The same year the company expanded it’s accessories portfolio considerably. In line with their glamorous outlook, the Guess! watch collection is as eye-catching and as playful as the world has come to expect.
In the dim and distant past the majority of the range was made of steel... not so now. The introduction of gold, silver and diamonds has created a dazzling aura around the watches and boosted their retail price somewhat too! A number of Guess! watches retail in their thousands as the company battles it out with labels such as D&G and Fendi at the top end of the market. However luckily for the less fortunate among us, Guess! haven’t lost the common touch and are able to combine style with affordability to offer us a stunning range at around the hundred mark, which’ll keep even the sourest of pusses gleeful and certainly the ugliest of wrists beautiful!
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In the same way you wouldn’t wear an outfit that didn’t suit your figure, don’t choose sunglasses that won’t flatter your face. Work with what you’ve got and make the most of your features, and resist splashing out on certain styles if you’re only buying them for fashion’s sake. After all, your face is the one part of the body you can’t cover up, and once you’ve planted a pair of whoppers on your mug, there’s no avoiding people’s stares!
So, before you start your sunglasses spree clarify what face shape you have, as it’s this that will distinguish which styles are winners and which are losers…
Circular frames will only make your face appear rounder so steer clear of curves and opt for square, angular designs instead as these will make your face appear longer and slimmer.
Circular Celebs: Sophie Ellis Bexter, Kiera Knightley, Drew Barrymore, Charlotte Church
Face Flatterer: Dior Cottage shades
To draw attention away from a wider forehead and narrow chin you need to draw the focus in towards the middle of your face to balance out your features. For this, thin rimmed frames and larger styles will work wonders.
Heart Shaped Heroines: Sophie Dahl, Michelle Pfieffer, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Reese Witherspoon
Face Flatterer: Dolce & Gabbana shades DG2027B
Luckily for you anything goes as you’ve been blessed with the face shape that has the most balanced proportions. Experiment with the latest trends or choose squarer frames with rounded off edges if you want a fail-safe solution.
Oval Icons: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Bosworth, Cat Deeley
Face Flatterer: Fendi shades FS445 207
A square face means strong, angular features so round, curved or wrap-around frames look best as they help to soften the face. Classic oval styles will also compliment your characteristics.
Square Faced Superstars: Demi Moore, Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock
Face Flatterer: Stella McCartney shades STM74 LITEQ
Thin frames are a no-go, but both round and square shapes will look great on long faces. Oversized specs and decorative detailing at the temples will also help to add width to your face.
Long Faced Leading Ladies: Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox
Face Flatterer: Bvlgari shades BV8012B 851/13
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