Spotlight Saturday: Retro Sunnies, Glamour in the Sun

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As a gal who lives in the Arizona desert, sunglasses are an accessory MUST if you want to protect your gaze from the sun’s harsh rays. In the vintage reproduction community, brands exist that sell retro-inspired items ranging from shoes to bras to make-up, but no prominent brands revealed themselves whenever I went on the look-out for some sunnies. When Retro Sunnies contacted me through Instagram for a collaboration, I was completely surprised and excited to see a shop producing (and specializing in) something that often gets overlooked as a marketable accessory in the repro world.

Scrolling through their Instagram, my interest was sparked as I absorbed a feed full of gorgeous midcentury gals showing off their sunglasses, and happy customers showing off their Retro Sunnies. While a whole slew of styles are available on their website, I naturally gravitated toward styles replicating the true vintage cat eye that’s surprisingly difficult to come by in modern sunnies, and one of their statement sunnies.

The Vicky

The Vicky Sunnies, priced at $45 and available 4 color ways, had the roundest shape of the 3 I chose, but something about the flow of the band on top with the metal bar running parallel below gave a very butterfly-y, almost art deco-y feeling to them that immediately appealed.

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As the highest priced sunnies I received (and one of the highest on the site,) it was interesting to feel the difference in quality from the lower priced Ava sunnies I received. While looks-wise, there is no perceptible difference in quality between the pricier sunnies and the cheaper ones, these felt much sturdier when wearing them. Luckily, Retro Sunnies provides a handy little measurement chart to ensure the glasses will fit before committing to the bill:

Lens Width: 60 mm
Bridge Width: 17 mm
Height: 46 mm
Temple Length: 132 mm

On my rounder, fuller face shape, these probably flattered me the most. The metal striping through towards the top helped give just enough of that cat eye feel that they fit into my wardrobe, while flattering me like modern, larger shapes tend to do. Plus, the detail, while simple, is absolutely stunning. Perfect for statement glasses that can double as a neutral staple.

 

The Maria

The Maria, clocking in at $35, is a bit cheaper than the Vicky, while retaining the same sturdiness and quality level. She is available in 3 colorways, but I opted for tortoiseshell to break up the black I generally lean toward. 

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Unlike the other two sunnies I chose, these were the only ones featuring metal instead of plastic, and I generally tend to prefer this as I find they’re a bit more malleable and can be shaped to head size more because of it; however, like the Vicky, Retro Sunnies did provide the chart to double-check and make sure they’ll fit:

Lens Width: 51 mm
Bridge Width: 21 mm
Height: 48 mm
Temple Length: 132 mm

Shape-wise, these are a nice in between cat eye. These are definitely more angled with that lovely point on each side, but they’re large enough that someone who’s not necessarily into dressing vintage or retro all the time could still wear them without seeming out of place.

The Ava

The Ava, which clocks in at $24 but is on sale for half off at the moment, is the most affordable pair of the three, but definitely my favorite. While available in only 2 colors on their website, I did notice scrolling through images of customers that they were once available in white as well as black and tortoiseshell. For these, I opted for black as the colors in my wardrobe match it best, and I knew these would be my new staples sunnies.

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These sunnies are definitely my favorite, and for obvious reason. I tend to lean toward repro items that echo styles that have gone out of fashion or are simply harder to find easily. A truly thin cat eye pair of sunglasses is hard to come by unless shelling out the big bucks for a vintage pair (something I have never felt comfortable doing). The Ava perfectly satisfies this desire of mine with it’s slanted, long shape. Of the three, it’s a style that will perhaps not flatter everyone’s face shape, but I find they actually accentuate the fact that my face is oval instead of making it rounder by hiding my cheeks.

With Retro Sunnies’ wide range of styles and prices, there’s definitely something for everyone! Whatever your wardrobe (or your features), they’re sure to have something that’ll fit into your look while flattering you. You can head to their sites here to take a look at other styles, and they’re currently holding an Instagram contest that’ll win you the chance to get a few pairs for yourself for free should you win!:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

OUTFIT ROUNDUP CATCH-UP/MASTERPOST: (09/12/2016-10/16/2016)

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Starting to wonder if I should turn this into a monthly outfit roundup. Been really tough keeping up with it with everything happening in my life at the moment. But for now, I’ll still try to post this roundup weekly!

Hope you enjoy this past month’s collection of looks.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Week of 09/12/2016-09/18/2016

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09/12/2016

Can’t believe this was only the second time wearing this skirt! Insane. Most exciting part of this outfit is probably the scarf situation. As my wet set wasn’t dry, I knew I had to create an outfit that made use of one of the few scarf colors I own, so I decided to try layering my scarves for the first time. Absolutely LOVE the look it gave! And it helped show off the green of the hills and the flower stems in the skirt while nodding at the purple. Also, this is a top I purchased somewhere like Kohl’s that’s actually perfect for the bullet bra shape. I always hesitate with stretchy modern tops, but they help show off the shape of a vintage bra better than some vintage tops!

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Vintage Green Scarf: Thrifted
Vintage Purple Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Teal Triangle Earrings: Thrifted
Black Top: Kohl’s?
Schoolhouse Brooch: Bookman’s Used Bookstore
Lavender Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Hand-Painted Custom Hercules Skirt: Vance Clothing
Green Heels: Thrifted

09/14/2016

The best part of this outfit was definitely my kitty photobombing my photos. The worst part was that I dropped my brooch and she broke in half after this 😭 Just have to glue her back together….

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1930s/1940s Hat: Gifted
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Plastic Fantastic “Eve” Brooch: Deer Arrow
White Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Blue Belt: Forever 21
Heidi Dress in Mary Blair Cats (converted to skirt): Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Heels: Bettie Page Shoes

09/15/2016

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits of all time. I originally decided on this top so I had more opportunities to make use of this most fabulous of vintage skirts. And the addition of the hat is really just the icing on the cake. Sooooo gorgeous!

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1930s/1940s Hat: Gifted
Gold Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Retro TV Brooch: Martinis & Slippers
Mint Tiki Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Pink Skirt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

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09/19/2016

Ever have one of those days where your camera just doesn’t want to cooperate? This was one of those days. Anyway, this outfit was put together to take my shoes for my future Disneybound out for a test run, and to play around with possible hairdos for the bound as well. This messy poodle would DEFINITELY be perfect for an Ursula bound.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Poison Apple Brooch in Blue & White: Etsy shop LilSweetumsBowtique
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
1950s Purple, Blue, & White Floral Capris: Thrifted
Blue Lace-Up Flats: Nine West

09/21/2016

I’m still unsure if I actually like this outfit as pink, white, gold, and brown aren’t really my ideal pairing or color schemes I’m used to, but I loved getting to think outside of (my) box to match my wonderful new Belle brooch! She’s so perfect, I knew I had to put something together that matched her perfectly.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Belle Brooch: Etsy shop TheAmbrosiaBowl
1950s Pink & White Sundress w/ Pink Bow Embellishment: Thrifted
1950s Gold Belt: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Brown Heels with Black Trim: Thrifted

Week of 09/26/2016-10/03/2016

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09/26/2016

I was having a damn good hair day this day. Sometimes wet sets just…turn out perfectly and you really wish you knew what made it happen, but there’s no rhyme or reason. Also, my camera/the lighting decided to make me super pale when shooting this outfit. Again, no rhyme or reason.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Floral Clip-On Earrings: Buffalo Exchange
Green Pencil Brooch: Thrifted
Pink Arabella Peasant Top: Tatyana
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Boats Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Pink Satin Heels: Thrifted

09/29/2016

Was excited to finally bring out my Halloween pin-up skirt to play! Had this custom made for me last year and it’s truly one of my favorite pieces. Also tried Besame’s Dusty Rose lipstick shade for the first time. Definitely need to get used to wearing pinks still, but I was rather fond of the contrast between the dusty shade when paired with dark eye make-up.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Dusty Rose
Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Nimbus 2000 Broomstick Brooch: Etsy shop FemmedeBloom
Black Vamp Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Gold Belt: Thrifted
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Custom Purple Halloween Pin-Up Skirt: Etsy shop HollyDaiBoutique
White Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Heels with Gold Embellishment: Thrifted

09/30/2016

I’ve had this sweater top so kindly gifted to me by one of the participants in one of my last giveaways for what feels like ages and just been DYING to wear it. This rich green color is so damn hard to find, so having the chance to add it to my wardrobe in the form of a cashmere sweater is just…a dream come true. And finally I got to take it out for a drive! Ignoring the 90 degree weather as always, to do so. Love the color combination with the rich jewel tones.

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Vintage Red Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Peacock Earrings: From Turkey
1920s Flapper in Green & Brown: Etsy shop LaviniasTeaParty
1950s Green Cashmere Sweater: Gifted
1950s/60s Burgundy Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

Week of 10/10/2016-10/16/2016

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This Wednesday

This look was put together as I felt it matched all of my new Fox Paradox brooches (as reviewed on my blog here) best. Plus, I haven’t worn this dress in ages.

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1950s Black Platter Hat: Gifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Crescent Gold & Cream Earrings: Thrifted
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Hermione Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
Kiki’s Delivery Service Brooch: Etsy shop Fox Paradox
1950s Navy Blue Pin-dot Dress & Matching Belt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
1950s Crochet Gloves: Thrifted
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black Heels: Thrifted

This Thursday

Definitely embraced “autumn” with this look! And was happy to do so. Seems this outfit was as much of a hit with everyone else as it was with me! Couldn’t ask for more.

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Handmade Autumn Leaves Hair Flower: Made by Miss Amy May
Red Snood: Belle Blossoms
Holly’s Resin Hoop Earrings in Red Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Robin Hood Brooch: Disney pin
Norma Jean Infinity Halter Top in Rust: Le Bomb Shop
Red, Orange, & Green Plaid Skirt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Leopard Print Kitten Heels: Thrifted

This Friday

This look was sort of hastily thrown together to match my snood since I’ve been working with my natural hair all week and needed to put it up.

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Green Snood: Belle Blossoms
Blue & Silver Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
1950s White Summer Blouse with Chicken & Flower Embroidery: Thrifted
Teal Wiggle Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted