The 2013 Sunglass Grads

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This was the sight of the room of my floor as I was spot cleaning a couple of areas in my room. From your view, it may be tough to count, but I have 61 pairs of sunglasses. This shouldn’t be such a surprise since eye wear accessories made the top two of my 10 Essentials. I don’t understand my obsession, but I definitely love the way a great pair of shades makes me feel. It’s a mix between complete invisibility and arrogance.

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I’m taking it a bit hard that summer is drawing to a close. All of my favorite stores are swapping out my favorite summer accessory for jackets and scarves. Even though there have been gray clouds and rain for the past two weeks, I’m desperate to hold onto the sunny weather that let’s me bust out any one of these beauties you see above. As parents prepare their for kids school and fashionistas putting together their winter wardrobes, I would like to take this time to remember the sunglasses of 2013 that made it one of the best summers EVER!

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The 30+ pair that I added to my collection helped shape my summer style. It was my mission to make an impression with every outfit and as the last thing I grabbed before walking out the door. Sunglasses quickly became a bold statement for my summer fashion. Here are a couple of favorites from my collection:

Mostly Likely to Succeed
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Always a staple piece in any wardrobe, my black wayfarers was my go to pair when I wanted to say “I’m cool!”.

Class Clown
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Mirror frames became an unexpected favorite for me this summer. I started off thinking they were overly obnoxious. While I’ve changed my mind about wearing them, I still describe them as obnoxious but in a way that is totally charming!
Most Creative
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Keyhole frames have quickly risen as a way to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. With a design that isn’t like anything out there, this is pair of sunglasses I love to wear when I’m feeling a little quirky!

Teacher’s Pet
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I rarely wear black, so I needed a pair of sunglasses to go with all of the tans and browns in my closet. These leopard print frames are definitely clutch when no other pair will do.

Coolest in the School
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If someone absolutely forced me to pick a favorite pair of sunglasses, these would be it. This is the first pair I owned that made me feel simply Cooooooooooool.

Valedictorian
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In elevating my style, my faux frames have put in the most work to really help me define my style. Of course they would be top of the class, this is the go to accessory for my fashion alter ego.

The class of 2013 are some characters through and through. Like their owner, they don’t know how to act, but they definitely know how to impress.

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-D. Wills

wo(Men)’s Wear… It’s About Time!

There isn’t a happier time for me than when I come across an accessory that I fall head over heels for, and I manage to incorporate it into an outfit. I came across this clock necklace at Forever 21 a couple of weeks ago. I was out with Mrs. Gent and her best friend, Adrian. It was a fight to the death between Adrian and me for this stylish accessory. She came across the item first, so the rule of dibs entitled her to ownership. However, pity and a broke college-student budget was on my side, and the prize was mine!

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If you read my interview with Danielle from Stylistic Aesthetics, my style is inspired by women’s fashion. My girlfriend is mostly to blame for such a muse. In a women’s store, I’ll buy whatever I think can integrate well into my wardrobe. Sunglasses, earrings, backpacks, and I’ve even bought some clothes. When it comes to clothes, I believe we shouldn’t limit ourselves to whatever culture deems appropriate for us to wear. If women can raid our closets, I believe we men should take the same initiative.

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When it comes to accessories, it’s difficult for a man to get into a groove that works. I don’t think a man should have flashy accessories. Diamonds are going to shine regardless if they’re in a watch or a pair of earrings. However, I follow the rule the accessories should be functional and appear you’ve had it for a long time.

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Since I grabbed my main accessory from a women’s store, I definitely wanted to amp it up with a very masculine outfit. I couldn’t think of anything better than these boots I grabbed from Dirt Cheap. They go for $40 retail at Target, but I like to get great pieces for greater prices. These shoes are tough. I’ve already worn them a couple of times, and they just get better with every wear. Not to mention, I love wearing them because they’re a favorite of Mrs. Gent. They gave me a rugged hiker look which went really well my jean shorts and henley.

I hope I’ve inspired you to go outside of your comfort zone. Women’s clothing stores are the places where I get my best stuff besides thrift stores. What are some good finds you’ve found in the clothing stores of your opposite sex? Leave a comment and let me know.

-D. Wills