When it comes to essentials for your Labor Day weekend, sunglasses are a must.
In Miami, ladies love to keep their peepers safe and styling with aviators, over-sized sunglasses and lots of retro shades like Ray Ban’s Wayfarers.
If you're into the whole '80s trend right now, Wayfarers are what you should have your eye on -- or should we say eyes.
These hip shades come in an assortment of bright hues like fuchsia, violet, pink and blue.
Coconut Grove resident Michelle Echeverria Martens and Kendall resident Ivette Travieso are fans of the 'Bans.
Martens, 36, likes to sport them with her everyday ensembles while Travieso said a polarized pair is perfect for a day of fishing.
South Florida gals also love couture cover-ups for their peepers. Brands like Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Dior are some of the leading labels here.
West Kendall resident, Illeana Lima is a fan and owner of several high end shades like Prada, Chloe and Marc Jacobs.
“I just got all three pairs at the Saks Fifth Avenue outlet in Dolphin Mall and spent less than a $100 on each,” said Lima who co-owns Electric Couture boutique. “The Prada glasses are for when I’m sporting a classy look, the red Marc Jacobs are for hitting the beach, and my oversized Chloe glasses are for everyday.”
In Coral Gables, denizens like Paola Arencibia don Dior while East Kendall women like designer Ashley Nobbe go for Gucci.
“Suprisingly, I got them on Ebay,” said Nobbe.
Other locals list Urban Outfitters, Miami International Merchandise Mart and Forever 21 as top spots to nab trendy affordable eye-wear.
Wherever you get them, one thing about sunglasses is that they can compliment anything, as Coral Gables resident Arencibia points out.
“Like a good handbag, the right glasses can elevate an outfit even if you're just leaving the gym and going to the supermarket."
Annie Vazquez is a Miami-based journalist and shop-a-holic. Email her with any fashion tips, boutique openings, events, sales and bargains at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published at 8:30 AM EDT on Sep 1, 2009