As soon as these sunglasses arrived from SmartBuyGlasses, I knew I wanted to style them as part of an Audrey Hepburn-inspired outfit. And, I mean, it’s possible I took that inspiration a bit far, really, but when I tell you I’d originally intended to wear my hair in a beehive, and that the only thing that stopped me was the fact that I was running late (as usual), we can all just be grateful I stopped when I did. In related news, that’s my Halloween costume sorted for this year, too!
Anyway! The sunglasses! As someone with extremely light-sensitive eyes, I wear sunglasses almost every day – even on days when it’s not particularly bright out, and “normal” people are all staring at me wondering if I’m in disguise or something. (Actually, one time at Disney World it was blazing hot, so I was wearing both sunglasses for my sensitive eyes, and a hat to stop my scalp from burning, and one of the cast members started shouting, “Look, everyone, it’s a famous person in disguise!” I was mortified. And also secretly quite pleased, to be honest.) Because of this, I’ve amassed quite a collection of sunglasses over the years, and the vast majority of them are very similar to each other. What can I say, I know what I like, and what I like is normally a 50s-inspired cat eye shape. Multiplied by 10.
As well as those retro cat eye styles, though, I’m also quite partial to the good ol’ bug-eye frames, which have that classic Jackie O/ Audrey Hepburn feel to them, and which are the perfect way to turn a simple black dress into an outfit that looks like you put a bit of effort into it, even although you totally didn’t.
Which brings me to these sunglasses and this dress – and also these shoes, which, as you can see, are the same Boden flats I wore in this post. Very unusually for me, I’ve been quite into flats lately: don’t worry, they’ll never replace heels in my affections, but I find myself reaching for them more often at this time of year, when I’m out and about more, and doing more walking than usual. They’re also a handy way to make a big skirt or fancy dress feel just a little bit more wearable: because after all, you can’t be over-dressed when you’re wearing flats, can you?
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WEARING: ZARA dress (2013); Boden pointed flats (2013); Dune clutch (2012); Ralph by Ralph Lauren sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses