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Your Stylist: Channeling John Lennon in spring’s round shades

January 31, 2011 |  8:00 am

Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist post


In this installment of Your Stylist, we address spring's hottest shape in sunglasses -– the circle. Reminiscent of John Lennon's signature specs, round frames have been popping up from various brands and on more than a few celebrities over the last year, but this season it's the frame du jour.  RB 3447 001  

In February, Ray-Ban is launching the exact style Lennon used to wear ($145). These are obviously the most authentic in style and shape and would work for anyone who consistently rocks a classic Ray-Ban aviator but wants to switch things up for spring. Chanel is also making a gold metal pair ($290), but they're not so perfectly round. They’re a cross between an aviator and a round shape, with gorgeous amber colored lenses that will look so chic through CH04190TQ-c125_T5 summer. And if less flashy is more your speed, Persol has a matte silver pair with tortoise arms ($205) that are a little more on the masculine side, but would work for a woman as well.

For a not so literal interpretation of the trend, I love the oversized black acetate round frames from Proenza Proenza Schouler Round Frame at Barneys New York310 Schouler ($310), and so do a slew of young celebs, especially the pint sized Mary-Kate Olsen who is almost always wearing a pair of round frames to suit her haute hippie look. Persol also has a cute pair in a tortoise frame ($235) that are a little more classic and preppy than the Proenza Schouler version, and the speckled color adds an interesting detail to any look.

And because Lady Gaga has also been a huge fan of round sunglasses, there are sure to be more and more PO 2988S  928-51 exaggerated styles out there as we roll into summer. For something a tiny bit over the top but still totally wearable, zebra-striped round glasses from Ralph Lauren Collection ($250) are sure to turn a few heads.

Round sunglasses, more than any other shape of shades, have an immediate impact on your look and can take a    totally simple outfit into the 1960s or Ozzie Osbourne territory. So tread lightly. A quirky tortoise shell Collection-Keyhole-Sunglass pair with rounded lenses or something in an oversized acetate can look fresh and on trend, while metal frames with colored lenses (see Olsen in one of her more literal looks) look more like the groupie who got left behind.

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Upper photo: Mary-Kate Olsen. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Lower photos, from top: Ray-Ban sunglasses, $145 at Sunglass Hut (Credit: Ray-Ban); Chanel, $290 at Sunglass Hut (Chanel); Proenza Schouler, $310 at Barneys New York (Barneys New York); Persol, $235 at Ilori Boutiques (Persol); Ralph Lauren Collection, $250 at (Ralph Lauren)