Well folks…it’s that time of year again!! Spring is here, the sun is out, the flowers are in bloom, pollen is everywhere, and it’s arguably the best time of year for Austin weather. That can only mean one thing…WEDDING SEASON IS HERE. There are so many lovely wedding venues in Austin – within South Austin’s 78704 alone there is Mercury Hall, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, and the Sanctuary Event Space. With so many people looking to tie the knot outdoors in these coming months, here’s a look at how to wear sunglasses to a wedding– and not look silly!
At the last outdoor wedding you went to, you may have decided not to wear sunglasses because you wanted to appear respectful and appropriately formal. However, going without sunglasses on a bright day can be a real pain and bad for your eyes.
Is there a way you can wear shades to a formal event like a wedding without being disrespectful or looking like you’re trying to hide that you’re falling asleep? We think the answer is a resounding YES. You just have to make sure that you choose the appropriate eyewear. Here’s a simple guide for what shades are great for weddings, and which ones aren’t.
Classic over Modern
If you’re going to a wedding that requires formal wear, you want to make sure that your glasses are appropriate for your attire. This may be easier for men than women. We’ve seen plenty of men look great in a suit and a pair of classic teardrop aviators, but this might look out of place with a more feminine outfit like a floral dress.
If you’re going feminine and classy, look to Audrey Hepburn and other old Hollywood actresses for inspiration. A pair of oversized, plastic-rimmed sunnies or a pair of feminine cat-eye shades would work perfectly. When in doubt, choose classic styles over modern ones.
Shown: For women – the classic oversized white Tom Ford ”Telma” (front) would look fabulous with a spring wedding outfit. The Ray Ban “Andy” (back) might be too bold and casual for an outdoor wedding.
Shown: For men – the Salt. Optics “Francisco” (front) is a classic aviator style that would be appropriate for any wedding – moreso than the Rudy Project “Dee Why” (back).
Leave the sport sunglasses at home
Sport sunglasses (like our awesome line from Rudy Project) are great when you’re cycling or playing beach volleyball outside. However, they look distinctly out of place with a suit or dress. Avoid wrap around glasses or anything too technical looking. Wearing sporty sunnies to a wedding is a lot like wearing white socks with a black suit – it’s NOT okay.
Shown: This bright and colorful Rudy Project “Firebolt” is perfect for cycling and running, but leave these at home at your next wedding event.
Choose lighter-colored lenses
While mirrored lenses are very in style (and we carry quite a few!), they can be make you look aloof and mysterious – not desired at a social or formal event. You should be connecting with others, and enjoying the atmosphere and company. Choose a pair of lighter-tinted lenses so that you can still enjoy conversations and make eye-contact.
Shown: Both the Lafont “Los Angeles” and the Ray Ban “Cockpit” feature light colored lenses that will allow you to look great and still connect with fellow wedding guests.
Follow this guideline and you won’t be making an eyewear faux pas at your next wedding event. All of the sunglasses featured in today’s post are available at Look + See Vision Care, so come visit your favorite South Austin optometrist today for your own wedding season sunnies!