Reader mail: Which sunglasses are best?

Women: Women's Metal-Trim Sunglasses - Black
Even though summer’s over, UV glare is forever, so we thought we’d address this question we got a while ago…

Was wondering if any of you have ideas about where to get a pair of decent sunglasses (polarized, but nothing fancy) for $20-$50 or so. I just don’t like to pay more because I always seem to break them often, and I’m not so picky on the style. I’ve been looking and finding either way too cheap and shoddy ones, or far too pricey for designer ones. Any suggestions are appreciated! I live in Seattle where we have most major stores.

(We actually saw our eye doctor yesterday, and asked him about sunglasses — are some better than others? ” Nope,” he answered: “At least not for my purposes.”)

Sunglasses really are a totally personal choice and one where — unless you get really wacky — you can express some personality. Are you the hipster with the Ray Bans? The hippie with the grandma glasses? The weekend warrior with the wrap-around glasses? Personally, we prefer to wear Jackie-O type glasses–the larger the frame, the better. We have prescription ones that we wear most days (we highly recommend spending the bucks if you don’t wear contacts all the time), or a pair of Old Navy ones ($9.99, recommended by Bunnyshop a few years ago) that we keep kicking around the inside of our bag for when we wear contacts. We’ve spent money on sunglasses that were supposed to be better for your eyes–
Maui Jim
and Hobie back in our lifeguarding days–but we must say, we’ve never actually bought “designer” sunglasses.

While we don’t really care what sunglasses you wear, we do encourage you to wear SOMETHING, because UV rays really can damage your eyes (even in the winter and, if we remember correctly, even on cloudy days).  (We have another, sillier reason for wearing them (with no actual proof behind it):  squinting can cause wrinkles, and we don’t want any wrinkles we haven’t earned.  Laughlines we will take aplenty, frown lines if we must–but no squint lines, s’il vous plait.)

Readers, how about you — do you let your personality shine through in your sunglasses? Do you swear by a certain brand?  How do you feel about a “label” pair of sunglasses?

Pictured above:  Women: Women’s Metal-Trim Sunglasses – Black, available at OldNavy.com for $9.50.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Merino Wool Paisley-Print Cardigan

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Picture 3Call us crazy, but we really like this merino wool cardigan. The paisley seems interesting in an old-timey kind of way, and the dark colors make the pattern more subdued. We like the price, too: was $94, now $52 at Lord & Taylor. Merino Wool Paisley-Print Cardigan

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Suit of the Week

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Great wool suit from Ann Taylor, which — for some reason — is available online only.  Particularly, we love the color, called “clover melange” — it’s a great basic to wear with white, black, or navy, but also purple or teal (as pictured, actually); we’d also try it with yellow. We also love a good wool with a bit of stretch.  The jacket (Wool Classic Jacket) is $230, the skirt (Wool Stretch Faux Sarong Skirt) is $110, and the pants (Signature Wool Cuffed Trousers) are $130; the jacket and pants are available in regular, petites, and tall sizes 00-18; the skirt is available in regular and petite sizes 0-16.

jacket skirt

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Amelie Short Sleeve Knit Dress

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dressFor today’s TPS we’re going to suggest this lovely sweater dress from Ralph Lauren. We like the silk/cashmere blend, as well as the ruching detail on the sleeves. It actually seems like a dress that would look great with a contrasting long-sleeved turtleneck beneath it, as well as on its own. We’d wear it with a long necklace (and definitely a slip beneath it). It’s $140 at macys.com, available in sizes XS-XL, in both black and gray. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Amelie Short Sleeve Knit Dress

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Open Thread: Let’s Talk Tech

Maybe this is a boring subject, but we’re obviously a bit on the techy-side, so we’re curious: what technology do you carry with you on a daily basis? How does it affect which purse you carry? Do you have any fun tech stories (e.g., trying to figure out how to carry your Blackberry while at a black-tie gala)? What devices do you love? What do you wish were different? What are your questions about the other devices?

Pictured:  April 8, 2009, originally uploaded to Flickr by Amanda Niekamp

Initial thoughts on our own questions, after the jump…
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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Charles by Charles David’s Melange Pump

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Women's shoes/bags: Charles by Charles David Melange - Dark brown
Happy first day of fall!  We’re liking these simple but interesting 3″ pumps from Charles by Charles David — the three different colors of brown make it sure to match something you own that is brown, and we like the layered look of the leather.  It’s available in navy, as well, in sizes 5-10 at Piperlime, for $115.  (There are pretty good sales going on at Piperlime, anyway — use code TREAT through 9/23 to take 20% off all shoes and handbags; if you’re buying from Piperlime and another store in the Gap family you can get free shipping with code SHIPPL. Gap also has a “take 20% off through 9/25” code, EXTRA20.)  Women’s shoes/bags: Charles by Charles David Melange – Dark brown

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