July 27, 2009 08:13 PM


With clients like Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian, stylist Jennifer Rade is one of Hollywood’s hottest authorities on glamour so who better to recommend the perfect shades for the summer? Ensconsced in the luxurious SoHo sunglass boutique Ilori, the boutique’s Style Ambassador explained that her belief that “people should put more time into [it] because it’s really the only accessory that covers function and form. Sunglasses are definitely an extension of your personality and of your outfit.” And there are no rules this summer — from bright plastics to classic aviators, it’s all about finding the right fit for your face. Jen suggests “to work in opposites.” So if you have a long, narrow face, find a wider frame that gives width to your face. Or if you have a round face, try a frame that has “a little angle so it helps give the illusion of definition of your jaw line.” But remember to “make sure the lens doesn’t go so far down that it affects the proportion of your jaw.” And neutrals don’t just have to mean tortoise shell or black – “try a pearl grey [or a] camel. There are beautiful lighter-toned plastics that would definitely be considered neutral, and therefore, I think could go with anything so long as it’s appropriate for your outfit personality.” And don’t be afraid to spend a little bit more at a store like Ilori, like Beyonce, who recently went on a shopping spree with her nephew and mother at their Beverly Hills location. “What is cool about sunglasses is that no matter what you buy or when, if you take care of them, you should be able to open a drawer and have all your options.” But her number one piece of advice is to make sure you know what you look like in the glasses by snapping camera phone pics. “You need to shoot yourself five pictures of yourself, [even] ten. Otherwise you can not see [what you look like].” Tell us: What sunglasses are you buying this summer?

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