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Colorful retro shades

The future's bright, but these shades take cues from the past

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This season, sunglasses peek into the past with designs inspired by the 1980s and the 1920s. "The look is that bad '80s look of a bunch of guys headed to spring break," says Chris Yarbrough, manager and buyer for St. Charles Vision's Uptown location. For sunglasses, that means mirrored shades and matching Croakies. If bright green mirrored aviators give you the heebie-jeebies, consider 1920s-inspired small frames.

  "Anything Great Gatsby is in," Yarbrough says. To achieve Gatsby's sophisticated style, look for sunglasses with small circular frames in dark colors, especially tortoiseshell.

  Retro shades take on a modern edge this season with plastic frames and metal trims. "We've all done the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer for so long," Yarbrough says. "Metal accents liven up this look, plus it's great because it's age appropriate across the board."



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