Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fashion's Most Needed Accessory: Sunglasses

Hello Beauties! Summer is vastly approaching, and we want to make sure you’re ready for this scorcher- Do you have your summer shades picked out yet?! Don’t get caught in the sun without fashion’s most needed summer accessory! Today on Button and Bows blog, we are going to go through a short and very informal history of YOUR favorite accessory: Sunglasses.

This hot trending accessory has not always been a part of fashion; these babies were actually invented to protect our delicate eyes from the harsh rays of the sun! DUH. In the prehistoric and historic time, Inuit peoples (Eskimos) wore flattened walrus ivory "glasses," looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the sun and snow (See photo above).   

 An inventor by the name of, Sam Foster, mass produced what we would consider sunglasses today in 1929. Many film stars during this time were commonly wearing sunglasses to help ease there red eyes from the harmful filming lights and rays while filming, but also to help conceal their identity.

By 1938 Life magazine wrote of how sunglasses were a "new fad for wear on city streets, a favorite  of thousands of women all over the U.S." It stated that 20 million sunglasses were sold in the United States in 1937, but estimated that only about 25% of American wearers needed them to protect their eyes!

Now, let's take a closer look at what we consider SHADES today! (Style Inspiration is highly encouraged)

Amazing Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses
Vintage Ray-Ban Advertisement, 1950s
Sunglasses Advertisement, 1960s
Vintage Advertisement, 1960s
Model, Twiggy in the 1960s
Vintage Advertisement, 1970s
Over sized Tinted Sunglasses, 1970s
Vintage YSL Advertisement, 1976
Blonde Beauty from the 1970s
Legend John Lennon with Shades of Glory
Lisa Bonnet looking super fly in the late 1980s
Kate Moss wearing Chanel in the 1990s

Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, 1997

Mui Mui, Fall 2011
Model, Abby Lee Kershaw
Oliver Peoples Advertisement, 2011

Rhianna Arriving at Stella McCartney, Spring 2014
Karen Walker Spring Collection, 2014

 Stay Sexy & Cool.
Happy Summer Babes!!!

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