I was a little surprised to find such shock and awe over the idea that over-sized sunglasses are in bad taste the other day and I thought it might be a good opportunity to talk about the lifespan of a trend.
If you go for a trend you mark yourself as trendy. That’s fine, but trendy has a shelf life and you’d be wise to know when to jump off that band wagon before it drives itself into gas station and dollar store wasteland.
Let’s talk about over-sized sunglasses. The trend? She is over.
I have three problems with oversized sunglasses. Four if you include they look dumb.
First and foremost they are played. out.
Way played out.
Way WAY played out, and have been for a good couple of years now. They were fresh-looking in 2004 and stayed more or less on the right side of gauche (see what I did there?) until late 2007. It had a standard three year trend run. Fine and respectable. And I’m sure they’ll come back again in say, 2025 so if you bought an expensive pair, keep ’em somewhere.
It is now 2010.
The industry-standard two year trickle down grace period is well over. It’s time to put ’em away.
Generally speaking, if you can buy a trend at the dollar store or a gas station, then chances are that particular trend has officially become saturated and is now followed only by People Who Don’t Know.
You are not People Who Don’t Know.
The other thing about big sunglasses is this:
They’re not glamorous.
They’re not going to make you glamorous or mysterious or interesting if you’re not glamorous or mysterious or interesting already, and if you ARE glamorous or mysterious or interesting already, you probably already know better than to make that sort of rookie mistake. (For further reference please see fig. 142a in your texts, tit., Mathematical Odds of Women in Shirts Spelling “Classy” in Rhinestones Actually Being Classy.)
Also: You’re Not Famous (probably)
Most of us aren’t famous. I’m the level of famous where I get recognized for who I actually am maaaaybe once a month, and then get the “Hey! You’re! Uh! Somebody!” about every other week (we will not speak of the dark days as a 20 year-old big girl in our Nation’s Capital where I was constantly mistaken for Monica Lewinsky) and yet somehow I manage to avoid the papparazzi glare on a regular basis.
I’m not Jackie Onassis and this isn’t 1974. I can get away with regular sized sunglasses. I’m pretty sure you can, to0.
The thing about a trend is you’ve got to know when to let go. I’m not talking about the hyper-militant Fashionistas who wouldn’t be caught DEAD wearing last year’s Balmain military jackets. That’s dumb, but a good rule is if you’re playing the same card now that you were three years ago without a significant tweak in a modern direction then maybe you want to go ahead and give yourself a little revamp.
Hope this helps! Ask questions in the comments field