White Out: Sunniestory

Leandra Medine | April 12, 2012

I hate myself for calling sunglasses, sunnies and even more for merging the fake word and story to create this dumb title. Maybe you hate me too but soon you’ll forget all of that and we will be party rocking in the house tonight. Yes, everybody will just have a good time. I digress. I’ve done pertinent stories on white shoes and then on white clothes, I suppose it’s only natural that a progression to white accessories–namely sunglasses–would follow. The infatuation started with a look at Celine’s classic wayfarer/cat eye hybrid lens in a very stark and opaque shade of white. I tried them on, the outcome read more elegant than it did wacky and so I got to thinking about the lenses and noticed that no frames I could account for in recent weeks didn’t include at least one pair of the white variety anymore. It seems they’re having a moment, but then again what isn’t? Call it a corresponding accessory for the fifties throwback, another salute to unexpected elegance among women or just simply an easy solution to summer-time man repelling when it’s too hot for layers. Whatever it is, the fact of the matter is simply that it’s good. And we are into good things.

Behold here, a selection of high and low, fancy and casual shades to induce the ideal white out. I love hate to make another reference to Coachella, but aren’t they surfacing at just the nick o’time? From left: Chanel pearl sunglasses–for when your phallic necklace needs a break. Prada Baroque sunglasses, $290. White furniture on your face, why not? ASOS round shades, $27. Linda Farrow snakeskin–no, really–sunglasses, $725. At center: Dries van Awesome x Linda Farrow clad in green lens, $390, more of the Chanel variety, this time far more blatantly. Gucci square frames, $270. At right: Miu Miu, $340, Jeremy Scott via Linda Farrow, too white wings–and perhaps my favorite of the loot–$315, these, by ASOS are pretty fly too. And finally, a reliable pair of the good old Karen Walker sort, $250. Speaking of KW, this pair, not white, can bring new meaning to the cat-eye.

Give your face what it wants, dammit: a party. Will you give it a try?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 .Tinacious Me.

    wow, this is like a party on your face! love these designs!
    xo, Tina

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13198070297839008231 Vanessa.

    And I love this sunnies you chose 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08493078350123391270 Sandra

    Prada baroque sunglasses are absolutely beautiful.

  • http://styleseer.blogspot.com Lauren@Styleseer

    Love the Dries and Miu Miu styles!


  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    Thank you so much for sharing! Fantastic sunnies!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16279236699691725304 Mary

    Chanel <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    amazing picks!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036195286626825176 MONI

    i keep the pradas!!!!!


  • http://eclecticuniform.typepad.com Lawrence !!!

    The chanel ones are abit…..80s


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    The one from Prada is pretty!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17850634239551807303 Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie

    WoOtWoot. My friend told me people's eyes are drawn to void spaces – i.e., white.

    I suspect it's a combination of the whole resurgence of femininity (w/ which I admit I'm not fully on board) and a the "look at me" aesthetic that said eyewear embodies. Who doesn't want a little attention after being draped in wool all winter long?

    Also, they make you look tan.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Love me some good sunglasses. I'll take the Karen Walker ones 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02532025846080696690 Xoxo ☺

    Great funky selection xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

    the miu miu ones have my name written all over them!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06569563852426205282 Aurélie and Angelo
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    those chanel shades are killer 🙂
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01862856685689985823 jenaly enns

    love these. favorites are the chanel ones, the prada one, asos round ones and linda farrow ones. so quite a few!!! really i would take any of them!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    I think it's difficult to find a nice pair of white sunglasses, but the ones you picked out definitely aren't bad. I also have a pair of clear/transparent sunnies, very cool to match !

    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Anonymous

    You are a genius! Cant afford a shit, but will tip-ex the contours of my eyes for good fashion. Cheerios!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09992993979200400606 Clémence

    I'll definitely give a try to the baroque by Prada…
    I loooove then!

    What about the baroque sunglasses in blue and white by Prada?
    Are they not FABULOUS??



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08288180388103391807 alexsandra g.

    Love those sunnies!


  • Anonymous

    No can do. I have dark skin and find that the contrast of white sunglasses makes me look demented. YMMV, of course. I'm also budget-conscious (translation: cheap/poor) and usually limit my sunglasses to what's available at Target. (And some of those aren't bad, BTW.) That said, if money were no object I would buy a pair of Tom Ford Nikitas in a heartbeat.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08281450496741897176 Anna

    The Prada are my favorite!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18297177994418175436 Angel Demure

    Wow, I love them all!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05555716734084058815 ~Cleo~
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 Meganne

    I'm not sure I'm quite ready for this white sunglasses trend. I'm only justcomming around to the innovative concept of wearing something other than black.
    Material Fixations

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03683836263018672829 Neijah

    We're going to be seeing a lot of white and pastels! I love the pearl frames, I wonder how they'd look on me.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09796438061909509871 Rachel Cheng

    Ah, sunglasses is always my favorite accessory when it comes to style up a notch.
    Love your blog.


    xo Rachel

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • Karoll Gonzalez

    Amo sunglassessss! Quero todossss!
    Bjs do Brasil


  • http://www.tone.femelle.no Tone

    i will definately wear white SINGLASSES this summer ^^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14571700497676533783 B Allen @ What2Wear

    I want all of them!
    Brooke @ what2wear, monikabrooke.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    Such wonderful pieces! Love the Prada and Chanel ones!


  • Catalina

    I have the white Prada baroque ones. I wore them every day last summer and I got complimented on them by complete strangers on the street a handful of times!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00076142953049556670 Reptilia

    I want these chanel sunnies!!!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05567221896875386435 Izael Garrido

    The prada ones and the chanel are soo cool!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09310936273375124353 **Addict**

    I've been drooling after the Prada pair since they came out ..where the hell is Santa when you need him. great blogpost btw!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08784047289138430006 Miss K

    Gucci and Miu Miu

  • http://amomentinstyle.com/ Sabrina Strelitz

    love the round up, whites always so chic! just did a sunglass round up on my site last week, guess their on everyone's mind w/summer around the corner. mine were all retro inspired thick frames..really i haven't met a sunglass i didnt love.


  • Anonymous

    love the pearly ones, so kitsch.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    every pair is just brilliant


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02524745347983259848 Maria

    Love them!!! I'm obsessed with glasses!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    Ah love love love! The Prada ones are cray. I can't even imagine wearing them, but on the other hand I would absolutely die in love to have them! The Chanel ones are amaze too.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    I've been trying to find white sunglasses TOO! They're so different and more mod than your typical shades!

    The Quiet Spaces

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02853753997297949718 dictionary_of_fashion

    For me it's really hard to find a suitable glasses because my head is small 😛
    But I am really trying to find a pair that fits me great and that is not so expensive..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12521570299453474331 Cherie

    Saw some great stuff on ASOS too. 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00359601849746918491 ItsMeChelle

    white furniture on your face?
    lololol..i love you! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14069400289454012514 DNA (designers+artists)

    Linda Farrow snakeskins all the way…and those Chanels.


  • Tabitha

    I already have some white sunnies. They're cat eye & fabulous. They were like $4 too. Kind of a miracle.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04957875704237753075 l’abito fa la monaca

    so funny!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17533589393093462609 celine outlet

    Ah love love love! The Prada ones are cray. I can't even imagine wearing them, but on the other hand I would absolutely die in love to have them! The Chanel ones are amaze too.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00200817566554453809 Natasha Fatah

    I'm loving the exaggerated cat eye style for this summer.
    Great selection.

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17183390012533455951 Katja

    i looove sunnies but my head is shaped like an egg and non of them looks good on me. it`s impossible to find the kind that fit me 🙁


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17767393858263494522 far and wild jewelry

    i came to the mediterranean in the hopes of busting out all sorts of amazing sunnies and swimwear and it's so freezing that i've had to layer all said swimwear to stay warm. talk about organic man repelling! enjoy coachella and that cali sunshine!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12972407396062492788 Xen

    haha the jeremy wings are rad and the only ones i can see myself rock thru the whole year? aight?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02903640722114840583 My Style

    love the sunnies!


  • Anonymous

    Cant agree more, luv this site btw. Whit is something i want to wear constantly, but saddly, its not memorial day yet. CAnt wait though! once again, luv the site, bye!!!!:)

  • Anonymous

    I found the CUTEST white skirt, CANT WAIT 4 MEM DAY!!!!!!

  • http://www.stylespotting.com/2012/04/10/clementines-sawed-off-sunglasses/ Jerri

    I love your round up. I am so obsessed with white sunglasses (and can't bring myself to say sunnies).

    Have fun at Coachella. I used to live in LA and never made it out. pathetic.

    Jerri stylespotting.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    White sunnies rock, and your selection rocks even more.


  • http://ouijetaimee.blogspot.com/ e

    you are amazing and MR is totally inspiring.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04164975226972306241 Jen

    Your posts always make me laugh out loud (literally, not just internet-ally like the usual 'lol'). Beautiful sunglasses xx

  • Anonymous

    nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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