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29.06.13

As far as summer accessories go, sunglasses have to be the most fun, don't they? Maybe it's the connotations attached to them; sun, sun, sun - anyone? Even if the sun doesn't shine, they make a nice little addition tucked in to the front of your sundress or for scooping back your hair, so no wonder we end up with about one hundred pairs... But which style will you be sporting this summer?

STATEMENT FRAMES

Certainly not for shrinking violets, these are the types of sunnies which scream 'hello, I'm a little bit zany and I really don't care'. Whether you're pushing on the glitter 'Noir' Miu Mius spotted on the nose of every fashion editor in the capital or Prada's Japanese-influenced daisy numbers, you'll be turning heads with your out-there choice of eye candy.

VINTAGE FRAMES

Wayfarers, Aviators and Clubmasters; these jaunty-shaped frames made mainstream thanks to sunglasses mecca, Rayban, are classics with a twist. Appealing to retro gals, the black, tortoiseshell or metallic-rimmed frames best sum the up the look and perfectly top-off an array of summer looks - their versatility knows no bounds and popularity is unlikely to wane.

ROUND FRAMES

From The Beatles to Oasis, small round frames have a Sixties influence but also tap in to the beyond-huge Nineties resurgence currently gripping the fashion world. Looking super-cute here with a neat top-knot and a casual feel, they work best on oval-shaped or petite little faces. Perfect for girls looking for rock 'n' roll appeal, try Linda Farrow or Maison Martin Margiela.

CATSEYE FRAMES

Definitely having a fashion moment, Fifties-inspired catseye sunglasses are uber-feminine and very flattering. Offering your face a feline shape, these shades are the flicky eyeliner of the sunglasses world. Vintage styles might be decorated with glitteringly camp rhinestones or kept plain in bold-coloured acetate, while modern catseyes can be found at Alexander Wang, Prada or Prism.

OVERSIZED FRAMES

Spearheaded by Jackie Onassis in the Sixties and rarely losing appeal since, huge, oversized frames have become an iconic frame shape, and are essential kit for popstars, actresses and hungover folk alike. The perfect pair of shades to shield a late night, these face-invading frames are super-glamorous. Try Bottega Veneta, Tom Ford or Victoria Beckham for yours.