No summertime Instagram photo feels complete without a striking pair of shades to seal the deal on that double-tap from your followers. Sure, everyone should have his or her classic frame nailed down — that favorite round black pair will always come in handy, especially on your laziest days. But, don’t underestimate the power of shades to elevate a shorts-and-tank look and bring it to street style snap-worthy potential.
Tortoise addicts of the world, it’s time to embrace a bolder frame — color-blocked, embellished, or mirrored shades will take your #OOTD to triple-digit-like territory. And, whichever pair suits your style can even double as the finishing prop in that perfectly framed outdoor brunch shot. Ahead, 16 statement-making, Insta-worthy shades that will make your feed the talk of the season.
Gucci Embellished Square-frame Acetate Sunglasses, $1,105, available at Net-A-Porter.
Jeepers Peepers Pink Tinted Lens Visor Sunglasses, $38, available at ASOS.
Karen Walker Hollywood Creeper Sunglasses, $126, available at The Outnet.
Dior Mania 1 Sunglasses, $390, available at Barneys New York.
Karen Walker Babou Cat-eye Sunglasses, $220, available at Moda Operandi.
Gentle Monster Noir Cat Sunglasses, $215, available at Opening Ceremony.
Topshop Polly Pointy Cateye Sunglasses, $38, available at Topshop.
In a short trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia and her dominant boyfriend Christian are on a date at an upscale restaurant. “Take them off,” Christian orders, and then we see Ana slipping her black lacy underwear down her leg and around her strappy stilettos. As a former professional dominatrix, the first time I saw this video, I reflexively snorted and rolled my eyes. Years into the Fifty Shades phenomenon, I still couldn’t believe that corny tricks like this pass for BDSM in TV and movies.
I did, however, try to be self-critical about my scorn. Cheesy “spice up your sex life” techniques, like answering the door wearing nothing but a trench coat or busting out the whipped cream, are probably ubiquitous for a reason. Any adult sex game that elicits the thrill of danger, or the novelty of doing something out of the ordinary, has the potential to bring happiness into someone’s sex life. I had to endorse that happiness, even if that particular act was seemingly not for me.
I haven’t seen the movie yet (it comes out on Valentine’s Day), but I heroically returned to this passage in the source material, nauseating prose be damned! In the E.L. James book, Christian actually sends Ana to the bathroom to “divest” herself of her intimates.
I was 25, beginning a years-long affair with an elegant and much older gentleman. My attraction to this man had everything to do with his experience as a BDSM top (which meant that he was the dominant one). I was very curious about exploring my masochistic side and the eroticism of relinquishing control. I was also keen to be pampered by someone who could take me to hotels and restaurants I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford. I was used to playing the dominant role in my sex life, and I thought I knew every trick in the book. I craved having the tables turned on me, and I needed to be surprised.