High WASPs do have their favorite sunglasses. Like IBM in the 1970s, no High WASP was ever fired for buying Ray-Ban. That’s me, up above. And yes, I did Photoshop out a wee bit of my frown lines. I have not yet achieved the nirvana of a vanity-free midlife. Full disclosure. But I digress.
My middle sister wears Ray-Bans. And I did a Twitter poll of my preppy friends. While not all High WASPs are preppies, and not all preppies are High WASPs, in the sunglasses arena we’re pretty well aligned. Ray-Bans win in a landslide. Tortoise shell a plus. From @AgathaMChristie*, we have the recommendation for these cat-eyes. $145. Sturdy Gal can go a little Artsy.
As @girltuesday and @Agatha also reminded me, we have been known to go for the occasional pair of Pradas, or Oliver Peoples. These are Peoples’ “Riley” glasses. Also just a little bit artsy. Love the transparent frames. $365. Or Persol. These are $255. I have been ogling that particular hinge detail for, oh, 25 years now? My youngest sister wears Persol. Oh, yes. Don’t think I haven’t noticed.
What if you want to sport a Grande Dame look, in what we affectionately call our ‘sunnies?’ It wouldn’t be Versace, or Dolce and Gabbana. Just because it wouldn’t.
Hopsy loves Lilly Pulitzers. If I’m going Grande Dame, I’m wearing the logo with impunity. You want a logo that stands for something. Lilly does that. $170. Why logos are OK for sunglasses and not for other things, I don’t know. You’d have to ask a real Grande Dame.
Muffy chimed in with Chanel. I did buy a Chanel pair once. During our recent turn-of-the-century madness and concurrent stock market heights. They were black, with that matelasse detailing on the side. I loved them. I lost them. Now I rather like these below, in white. Especially the expansion of the famous double C’s to include the stylized camellia. Brilliant. I have no idea what they cost. Chanel figures if I have to ask I don’t want them. Fine then. If you’re going Grande Dame, go all the way to Florida.
Chanel can also take us pretty much all the way to Artsy. Silver fronds of plant material are definitely not Sturdy.
Espoused, in a show of secret and only suspected edgy fashionable depths, by our favorite Preppy Princess. Preppy waters run deep. I’ve said so all long.
Lest you worry I’m advising we all return to giddy, profligate, turn of the century ways, be assured. The Sturdy Gal likes Target specials just fine. That’s what my mom wears. She’s from the generation before all this brand folderol.
But Foster Grants are even better. $20.
Because the Sturdy Gal loses her sunglasses all the time anyway.
Watch that video. No, you don’t have to buy high end for good eye protection. But, things being what they are, you might do it just because.
Oliver Peoples here.
Lilly Pulitzer here.
Karen Walker here.
Foster Grant here.
Thank you to the Hostess for asking about sunnies. Thanks also to Worthington and Lauren for their contributions.
* The @thingie is how people show up in their Tweets. Their user name, if you will.