This post is sponsored by Ray-Ban. All opinions are assuredly my own.
Today I have one message for my fellow baby boomers; remind the young ones we’ve still got it. We still think and feel.
We still style it out.
But we’ve also been around too long to try too hard. You know what’s easy? Let’s take back our sunglasses. Yes, sunglasses. As I have said before, there’s no quicker way to add a little edge than a pair of Ray-Bans. Sturdy Gals rejoice. Why should the young define what’s cool?
I’ve worn iconic Ray-Bans off and on my whole adult life. Here, blurry, blissful, in the Swedish Archipelago. Summer of 2010. A bit like these. Or these, maybe. Or these? It’s possible I’ve worn men’s glasses?
Six years later, hair no longer blond, vision no longer quite so keen, lenses prescribed. But mirrored aviators are up for adventure. Here, in a field alongside Highway 101, preparing for a highway patrol office to pull over and ask my sister and me, “What (implied: in the he**!) are you doing?”
One never has to answer fully.
And recently, at New York Fashion Week. With my adult son behind the camera. Motherhood, cool.
Also on a boat on Lake Austin in Tex. Long-term friendship, diamonds and 60th birthdays. Pretty cool.
But on beyond icons, even a Polished Tomboy occasionally wants a touch of Movie Glam. The aviators didn’t quite work with the Prada dress and pink cardigan that I wore to my niece’s Bat Mitzvah. Impunity takes us only so far.
Bat and Bar Mitzvahs are the best.
Back to style. Imagine I’d had a Jackie Oh-ish pair. Hmm, you might think, we know our 60s references. How about frosted turquoise? Uhuh.
Ray-Bans, #4191. When it doubt, take it to the Pacific.
By the way, have you ever wondered what style bloggers do when a wave threatens to carry off our tripod and camera? Run like he**. Old enough to laugh at ourselves.
Practical with benefits. Coming into focus. Remember that Still Got It thing? We define “It” ourselves.
By the way, it might seem daunting to buy sunglasses online. But Ray-Ban.com provides measurements. Measure a pair you own that fit, across a lens, across bridge of the nose, and at the length of the temple. Now buy that size again. My aviators are 58-14.
Sunglasses are like shoes, we don’t sacrifice for beauty.
Did we baby boomers make Ray-Bans cool? No. It was our parents and the pilots of WWII. I think those flyers might wag their wings at us, overhead. Aging loves herself a little courage, and all kinds of encouragement from friends.
And if I pass the flag to my Ray-Ban wearing daughter, I’m thinking she might look great in these. Octagonal lenses, altogether new.