Since style icons like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly first ignited the popularity of tortoiseshell sunglasses in the 1950’s, they have endured as one of the most fashionable yet timeless eyewear styles.
Sunglasses obviously serve an important practical purpose, but in fashion terms, they are also key to providing that important finishing touch to a look. Tortoiseshell, with its distinctive, mottled brown and amber appearance, adds a sense of warmth to the face, which is flattering on a variety of different skin tones. Plus, this colouring makes them so versatile that they can be paired with almost any outfit, meaning they are a great investment buy. This win-win situation surely explains their on-going appeal!
So while it’s fun to mix things up with different coloured frames and mirrored lenses, we believe that a pair of these timeless shades are a must-have staple in your accessories arsenal.
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