Style Spy: Summer Essentials

Here comes the sun.

Sunglasses may seem like a simple accessory, but they’re more than meets the eye (pun intended). They shield your peepers from the sun, help prevent wrinkles, add some pizazz to your ensemble, hold your hair back and even give you an air of mystery. If you are like most people, you tend to carry a spare pair. This summer we’ve got you covered with eyewear styles ranging from classic to retro to sporty for lounging by the pool, cruising on a boat or mingling at a backyard barbecue. 

Ray-Ban’s universally flattering original Aviators ($200) complement any face shape (square, oval, round and heart). Available in 40 colors, ranging from neutral to bold it’s almost impossible to choose just one.

Sunglass Hut, Tanger Outlets, Suite 1160, Rehoboth Beach,

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There’s something very feminine and alluring about a cat-eye frame. Kate Spade New York modernizes the classic look by offering its Genette 56mm Cat Eye Sunglasses ($175) in trendy colors like mint. 

Nordstrom, Christiana Mall, Newark, 

While soaking up the sun, look effortlessly cool with a pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs 51MM Square Wayfarer Sunglasses for a fraction of the price. At Saks Off Fifth, frames that normally sell for $120 retail are just $39.99.

Saks Off Fifth, Christiana Fashion Center, 2500 Fashion Center Blvd., Newark,

What’s old is new, and mod never seems to go out of fashion. Get the retro look a la John Lennon (or the Olsen Twins) with a pair of Tokyo Matte Round sunglasses. At just $14 a pair, grab one for you and one for your fashionable best friend, too.

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Francesca’s, 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 655-5222,

If you’re into extreme sports and the outdoors, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Costas ($149-$279). Developed by a group of fishermen, the patented lens and frame technology is designed to stand up to the toughest elements. Each frame style is customizable. Simply select your size and frame color, then choose your lens material and lens color. Available in both regular and prescription lenses.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, 1365 N. Dupont Hwy., Suite 6000, Dover, 678-9160,

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How often do we forget our trusty bottle of water on our way to the beach? The rise in chic water bottles can help. Super stylish, many are also remarkably functional—most keep your beverages cold for up to 24 hours. The S’well bottle is perfect for those on the go and will keep your drinks extra cold, thanks to the non-toxic stainless steel interior. The bottles are available in three sizes and a dizzying array of colors and patterns, from art-deco hearts to shimmery metallics. The bottles can even be monogrammed. Prices range from $25-$45. (Don’t forget: Staying hydrated is key to warding off dry skin and parched strands.)

Artisans Gifts & More, 2113 Concord Pike, Fairfax Shopping Center, Wilmington, 651-9900

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