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By TRACI DUTTON LUDWIG
he bulbs are greening. Temperatures are rising. Café tables have been positioned in the fresh air. It’s finally time to trade boots for wedges and swap wool scarves for trenches. Spring fashion has arrived! A bit of ’80s retro, a bit of bright-color bold, this season emphasizes a reinterpretation of fashion classics through statement details, exaggerated shapes, cunning asymmetry and creative mixes. Embrace the unexpected. Dare to be your own individual. Pick and choose from our style guide and own the season’s signature styles.
Armed and dangerous Which feature commands sex appeal this season? Think outside the box, and you’ll be a goddess of the trend. Spring 2017 is all about the sensuality and glamour of shoulders and arms. Designers are showcasing simple dresses and tops that play up the energy of interesting sleeves. Creative options include arm candy in the following silhouettes: bell and trumpet shaped, billowy and ruffled, laser cut, banded and slit down the side. Look for strapless constructions with straight top-lines, square necklines and broad shoulder straps. These structures keep the garment’s overall architecture subdued so sleeves can shine. Complementing the current interest in sleeves is the love affair with shoulders. Similar to last spring’s obsession with the cold shoulder look, current taste prefers the baring of one single shoulder. Look for patterns structured around one sleeve, a single strap or a unique cutout shoulder. Alternatively, manipulate your own version of the trend by allowing an oversized sweater to languidly slip off one arm to reveal a shoulder. Of course, you’ve got to channel the attitude of character Alex Owens’s iconic look in the 1983 film “Flashdance.” What a feeling…
Sheer madness Light and lovely, this season’s abundance of sheer, diaphanous textiles are meant to be worn in layers. This approach distinguishes the trend from previous peekaboo fashion moments in which the goal was to expose flashes of bare skin. The current look conjures a carefree, breezy mood. Rather than being risqué, today’s sheers are actually demure. These looks are intended for daywear and should not be mistaken for approximations of the “naked dress,” an abundant trend on recent celebrity red carpets. Sheer blouses pair sweetly with similarly toned bralettes or lacy tanks. Gauzy skirts float over leggings, slips, opaque boy shorts or even pants. This trend invites textile play. It explores volume without weight, Continued on page 7A
Veronica Beard gingham pant suit at Angela’s in Rye shows this season’s focus on stripes and patterns.
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BEAUTY: Say goodbye winter; hello spring! page 4A
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TODAY’S WOMAN — NINA ORVILLE
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local organizations working with indigenous peoples. “That experience taught me to really see the power of business to create economic opportunity,” Orville said. “And it made me realize that I needed better business skills.” After five years with Cultural Survival Enterprises, Orville enrolled at Columbia University’s School of Business. In 1996, armed with an MBA, Orville joined the staff of New York Community Investment Company. “At Columbia,” she
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f your definition of “environmentalist” leans more toward “tree-hugger” than business school graduate, then you haven’t met Nina Orville. A Dobbs Ferry resident since 2004, Orville has built a career on her financial savvy, love of nature and commitment to economic development. As the principal of Abundant Efficiency, Orville, 53, works with municipal governments across Westchester County to improve energy efficiency through projects that benefit the environment and the bottom line. Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., Orville was influenced by her mother’s job at a high school for pregnant girls. “I grew up around a lot of conversations about the challenges that her students confronted,” Orville said. “I’ve always felt some responsibility to understand some of the complexity in the world and to try and find my place in that.” After graduating from Oberlin College in 1985 with degrees in government and history, Orville spent two years in Mexico and Honduras, where she worked in an orphanage. Although she had studied economic development in school, her time in Central America was eye-opening. “I was really aware of the lack of opportunity for people who were living in those rural communities where I was based,” she said. “When I came back to the States, I was interested in the question of whether it was possible to use the international market to create
recalled, “I became interested in the question of whether you could use capital as a tool to support economic growth in distressed communities in the U.S.” Now defunct, New York Community Investment was a venture capital fund that backed businesses in the New York metropolitan area with the goal of generating economic development. Like Cultural Survival Enterprises, Orville noted, it was “a new business model in the field of community development and capital.” Orville worked at the “great job” for seven years. However, by 2003, family life was beginning to pull her in other directions. She was juggling the responsibilities of outside work with the demands of parenting a baby and a toddler. Her husband, Ed Nammour, a director and filmmaker, was frequently away on national advertising campaigns. “I felt I needed to step away for a while,” Orville said. “And so I took a few years off.” While home, Orville realized she wanted her next focus to be sustainability issues. “I went through a period where I was waking up in the middle of the night in a panic about the state of the natural world,” she said. “It was really startling because even though I had been working on issues of economic development and land rights and environmental sustainability earlier in my career, it never hit me close to home in the way that it did during that time. As parents we spend so much time and attention planning for our children, to ensure healthy, happy futures for [them]…
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more style. Backless shoes, such as clogs and mules, are spring’s feminine favorites. You can find them in fun colors, metallic finishes and embellished with feathers, bows or branded logos. Heels either hover low to the ground or tower toward the sky. Wear kitten heels by day and trade up for stilettos at night. For sharp sexiness, show off your arches in patent leather kitten heels and stilettos with supershiny metallic finishes. Draw attention to your ankles with delicate ties, wrapped leather cords and banded straps with buckles. Or create the look yourself with ankle bracelets, some of which feature chainmail mesh or fringe. Other footwear styles include pointy-toe Baboche slippers from Morocco, thigh-high boots in lightweight microfibers and funky sculptural heels.
erhaps it is time to learn French. Parisian femmes have developed a certain chic reputation: hard to define, but recognizable all over the world. French wardrobes historically consist of well-tailored, well-fitting classics that perform as blank canvases for elegant details. A French woman’s style savoir-faire depends on her playfulness with accessories. She knows the secret of enviable fashion is uttered through the expression of personality — through jewelry, scarves, bags, sunglasses, hats and shoes. These elements punctuate and individualize everyday looks, elevating the ordinary into something truly special. This season, add new treasures to your cache. Current accessories are over-the-top and supremely creative. They challenge expectations of scale and are anything but ordinary. Let accessories be your wildcards, and play your best game, like in Paris.
Shoes Stand tall. Build yourself from the bottom up. Current shoe trends push toward the extremes, with attention on the heels. Since today’s looks go from head to toe, shoe choices abound. Step up your attitude and sashay through the season in block or cylindrical heels. Such chunky sandals, booties and platforms are well suited for cropped pants, body conscious leggings and full skirts. “Flatforms” (or platform flats), white sneakers and embellished Crocs are other popular options for casual and sporty looks. Look for them in quilted and banded constructions for a bit
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Moving up from the feet, socks are experiencing a glorified fashion moment. Printed novelty socks are no longer gag gifts. They have joined the ranks of textured socks and other luxury footwear, primed for being showcased in open sandals and strappy heels. Many designers featured runway models in strappy sandals paired with sheer ankle socks. In coordinating tones, these combinations resemble chic spring booties. Inspired by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pantyhose are making a ladylike comeback. While nude tones beautifully present a woman’s legs, go for colored, fishnet and patterned stockings to add a fashionable Continued on page 10A
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BEAUTY: Goodbye winter; hello spring! By MAJA TARATETA Winter. For months, your hair has been mostly hidden under a furry hat. A fluffy scarf has wrapped your neck. Cozy gloves have covered your hands. Chunky boots have bundled your feet. Your skin feels pale, dry and itchy. Your hair has lost its luster. But all that is about to change. As spring blossoms, warmer weather brings fewer accessories that cover, along with a desire to shake off the winter doldrums. Several area salons are ready to get you ready for spring and summer. For many women, step one is skin. “Most clients are noticing the effects of winter cold and indoor heat on their skin — not only in their facial skin, but on their bodies as well,” said Devra Bader of Devra Bader Skin Care and Beauty Spa in Scarsdale. “We offer wonderful, delicate scrubs for the body and moisturizers that are healing and clinically proven to treat dry, flaky skin that can be used at home, as well as offering amazing facial and body treatments to kickstart a routine.” “In cold weather we lose moisture and skin can get dry, cracked and flaky,” said Susan Giordano of Giordano Beauty in Hastingson-Hudson. “One of the most important things you can do for your skin is exfoliate. Exfoliation clears the debris of dead cells from the surface of your skin and allows your moisturizer to penetrate better. It also promotes cellular turnover, which will give you younger looking skin. This applies to both face and body.” Indeed, Bader advises her clients to remember their backs, which she calls “an often-ignored area due to lack of reach and not being able to see.” She said, “We offer an amazing hydrafacial back treatment that is also available for the face, that is so beneficial in just one treatment. Open-back dresses, sleeveless tops and bathing suits are showing off new and hydrated skin.” Giordano offers a few other tips for combatting dry skin. “A humidifier in the bedroom will add moisture back into the air so your skin can stay hydrated and supple,” she said. “Our Turkish Rose Hydrating Facial Mist is suitable for all skin types and contains anti-bacterial and cell-regenerating properties to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. For an extra boost of hydration, lightly mist face before applying moisturizer. You can mist it on when necessary throughout the day, even over makeup.” At Balance Day Spa in White Plains, owner/esthetician Allison Adamiak says her
clients’ primary concern following the winter months is dehydrated skin. “Our Quench Facial is a fabulous antidote for seasonal dehydration — it literally quenches the skin,” she said. “The cold, dry air wreaks havoc on your skin so you need to take protective measures with an appropriate moisturizer,” said Giordano. “It’s not about a thicker moisturizer as much as it is about a moisturizer with the right ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant — moisture binding ingredient — that keeps skin plump, hydrated and young-looking. Other great choices for hydration include Vitamin C, aloe vera, grapeseed oil and rice bran oil. For the roughest bits, like heels and elbows, a formula containing shea butter is a great choice.” Getting a glow goes beyond exfoliating and moisturizing. Bader recommends healthy airbrush tanning and a “tired leg” pedicure for “a noticeable glow.” “Spring and summer bring thoughts of less layering and revealing more skin,” she added. “Getting some color sounds like a great idea, but we want to expose our skin carefully and encourage lots of sunscreen and instead of laying out, our airbrush tan is the answer. “In and out in 15 minutes, there is no better way to kick off that healthy, but safe tanned look which always makes everyone feel spring is here.” At Balance Day Spa, they offer a sunless bronzing “Glow” treatment. Adamiak says it is a great accompaniment to the spa’s renowned waxing treatments, which are a must for skin that will be exposed. “Having a facial with the change of seasons or a fresh waxing can completely brighten your outlook and make you feel great about yourself,” she said. Hair should not be ignored when transitioning from winter to spring. Gabriel Abrams, creative director at Numi & Company Salon in Scarsdale, cites the biggest chal-
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lenges for clients in winter: dry hair, static and knots. Around the last week of March and into April and even May, his suburban clients come in looking for seasonal change. “They are more open to change in the spring,” he said. “They are more bold and daring. The biggest change that I’ve seen is a lob. A lob is to the collar bone, longer in the front, shorter in the back, but long enough for a pony tail. It’s perfect for someone who wants a change, but not too much.” For clients with long hair who long for change, but want to keep their length, he has one word: bangs. “It’s a game-changer in every person’s hair style,” he said, but cautions that it’s not for everyone. “We offer complimentary bang trims,” he said. “Never cut your own bangs.” Some new makeup colors can also help bring a glow to winter-weary faces. “I also always look forward to the incredible spring collections of make up,” Bader said. “Beachy, natural and fun looks are always coming in for spring and summer, and we love showing our clients how to use them the correct way.” “Spring and summer bring longer, brighter days with lots of outdoor activities,” Giordano said. “Change of season means change of palette. Dark colors and heavy textures seem out of place at this time, and I like makeup with a more casual feel. For spring/summer 2017, expect to see lips and cheeks in petal pinks and peachy corals with softly shaded eyes in dusty pinks and shimmery bronze.” While getting ready for warmer weather may bring some challenges, women should take heart. Said Giordano, “I have always felt that I looked better in the warmer weather and now there is proof. Researchers found that people look sexier, are happier and feel healthier in the summer months. The study showed that women looked considerably better as the temperature gets higher. Definitely something to look forward to.”
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The physical state of the world was undermining that cherished desire. I just realized, in part to quell my panic, I had to start working on issues that related to that.” Orville connected with others in Dobbs Ferry and surrounding communities who shared her environmental concerns and passions. In 2008, she was asked to chair the newly formed Dobbs Ferry Energy Task Force, an ad hoc citizens’ committee that works with elected officials and municipal staff to reduce the village’s carbon footprint. She still holds that post. Under her leadership, Dobbs Ferry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 40 percent through energy efficiencies that include new LED streetlights and the installation of solar panels on the library and the Department of Public Works building. Dobbs Ferry resident Cathy Bobenhausen, who has served on the Energy Task Force with Orville since the beginning, said, “Nina is a very effective leader who has… a ‘can do’ spirit.” Orville, in turn, praises her colleagues on the Task Force, who promote pedestrian safety, waste reduction, solar energy and more. She also credits village officials with investing nearly $1 million in energy-related projects, including $360,000 in grant funding that Orville helped secure. As her connections and experience grew, Orville looked to share Dobbs Ferry’s success with other communities. It became clear, she noted, that “there was tremendous benefit to sharing expertise across municipalities.” Using the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC) as a model, Orville joined others in forming the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium, or SWEAC. After she successfully applied for
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Ruffled up Pump up the volume with ruffles. This spring, fashion’s favorite, super-sweet trend goes from girly to grownup with bold structures, unexpected fabrics and over-the-top interpretations. Ruffles are a versatile detail; so play them up wherever you can. This includes ruffles placed on sleeves, hemlines, cuffs, collars and bodices. Or take ruffles out of the accent mode and go all out. Imagine the fun of a skirt made from countless undulating layers or jackets piled so high and proud that you will wear your ruffles like a energetic skin. Ruffles still connote femininity for sure, but this season’s applications are more assertive than frilly. An untucked ruffled blouse paired with jeans and a thick corset belt is edgy. Pinstriped ruffled pants are playful and irreverent. Paperbag-waist trousers are another favorite interpretation of this trend. They use voluminous fabric and a cinched dropped waist to create ruffles at the beltline of loosefitting, high-waist pants. Be sure to pair this style with a fitted top to look chic. Now is the moment to nod to traditions but reinvent them in new ways.
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ion houses. Khaki has gotten a makeover and emerged very chic. The consummate neutral, khaki separates will most certainly find ideal pairings with existing items in your closet. But don’t stop there. This trend is not necessarily about practicality, functionality and common sensibility — it’s about rewriting rules and breaking expectations. Designers have assumed the challenge and created a wealth of think-again, fashion-forward neutral dresses, skirts, pants and coats that “just happen to be khaki.” The neutrality and mutability of the ubiquitous, indeterminate color enable intriguing designs to shine. So, with this spring’s khaki couture, you might think you know what you’re getting… but you will end up with an enviable surprise instead. Like the sweet treat inside every box of classic molasses-coated Cracker Jack.
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in between — celebrate strong hues to define your outfit’s palette or apply them as significant accents.
Back to basics Simple shirtdresses in basic white or blue “banker stripes” are a welcome alternative to the vibrancy of the season. These classics are tried-and-true, but anything but predictable this year. Intriguing sleeves, asymmetrical hemlines, exaggerated collars and cuffs and statement belts project confident femininity. Wear these shirtdresses with statement necklaces and chunky sandals or ballet flats for casual, chic perfection. Or, pair a shirtdress with leggings or skinny jeans to rock the tunic look. A colorful headscarf, such as one with a Pucciinspired print, adds a relaxed Boho vibe.
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Individuality. Creativity. Innovation. Define your own look by combining wild prints and patterns. It’s cool to clash. Striped jackets and plaid skirts — good. Floral dresses and garden-print parkas — gorgeous. Chevron tights, polka dot skirts, textured vests and checkered blouses — divine. This season’s mantra is “more is more.” So, pump up the look with more than just piled-on patterns and prints. Introduce scarves, hats, bracelets, necklaces and layers of accessories. With so much accumulated visual texture, the aggregate whole triumphs. Looking for a tip to unify disparate elements? Find commonality of color, balance of scale or complementary silhouettes. Whatever you combine, wear it with cheeky confidence and you’ll be the star of the party.
Eveningwear has always invited over-thetop details, and this is the season to go all out. Be inspired by the glamour and excess of the 1980s, as you allow yourself to play with big shoulders, sashes, high-shine metallics, draped volume, textile flower embellishments, cinched waists and dramatic skirts. Minimalism no more — today’s spring flings flirt with outrageous ensembles. Miss America style sashes are making a debut in unexpected ways. You will find them referenced as diagonal straps, singular shoulder structures or scarves draped across the body and pinned at the hip. Tiaras not included.
Secret agent Trench coats aren’t just for spies and double agents anymore. They’re one of the season’s hottest outerwear trends. Trenches have been a wardrobe staple for decades, riding the barometer of fashion, but always finding a place in classic closets. This season’s redux favors classically colored trenches with eyecatching details. Look for oversized belts, boxy shoulders, angular hemlines, pleats, generous volume and other fun details. Cool vintage trench coats are prime consignment store finds this season, especially if they have interesting linings and modern, structured silhouettes. Another fashionable choice for outerwear is spring’s new favorite, the robe coat. Save fluffy varieties for bedtime and leave terry wraps at the spa. Instead, express your inner diva in a long silk robe or kimono with a fabulous vintage-inspired print. A jewel of a robe coat sparkles on top of daywear, perfectly adding gorgeous luxury to jeans and a t-shirt or trousers and a tailored shirt.
Florals and stripes Pattern comes on strong this season as amplified favorites emerge anew. Florals are a perennial favorite of warm-weather dressing, but today’s crop takes new emphasis through exaggerated color and scale. This is not the year for dainty blossoms, pale petals or featherlight prints. Instead, get ready for gardens of heady blooms, loud palettes and heavy-handed bouquets. Floral separates remain popular, but this year’s spring flowers love wallpaper patterns on head-to-toe ensembles like pantsuits and dresses. Matching shoes are optional. Departing the garden, stripes are another option for spring pattern. Like florals, stripes are a classic spring standard, but this season, they are bigger and bolder than ever before. Inspired by cheerful sun umbrellas, nautical styles, canvas beach totes, café awnings, and French mattress ticking, this season’s stripes are wide, saturated and edgy. Look for bold juxtapositions such as red and blue, turquoise and orange, yellow and green. So visually arresting, you might even stop traffic.
Rainbow connection Bright sunshine, blue skies, pink tulips, green grass — the world renews itself with joyful color this season, and fashion follows in perfect quickstep. Vivid popsicle shades intensify the optimism of spring and are a welcome contrast to basic black, white and khaki. Yellow is especially popular this season. Look for it in all variations, from clear lemon to saturated sunshine to golden curry. Carried over from the fall, shades of pink also remain popular, the hotter, the better. Pick your personal pleasure like a cool cocktail. Whether it’s raspberry or citron — or something uniquely
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waist is both feminine and strong, especially when belts are styled to capture attention. Look for extreme width, length, color or texture. Corset style belts featuring woven bands or laced-up sections are very au courant. In shiny patent leather or matte black, they add edgy percussion to an outfit. Play with the power of contrast by pairing them with a white shirtdress or a sheer, lacy blouse. Long belts, colorful scarves and even neckties appeared on runways, wrapped at the waist and decoratively knotted like traditional Obi belts. Tied this way, they draw beautiful attention to the midsection and hips. Eye-catching belts with grommets, studs, medallions and double buckles are other manifestations of the trend. Wear these belts outside of belt loops and over un-tucked shirts, dresses and jackets. Belts this season are like decorative chokers for the waist.
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edge to sandals and open shoes. Athletic striped socks — to the ankle, the knee or the thigh — capture a retro flair. Not just for sports fields anymore, athletic socks are making unexpected appearances with short skirts and dresses, platform shoes and wedges. Paired with the season’s dramatically striped separates and strongly hued palettes, these athletic socks support spring’s penchant for whole body looks.
Belts To balance the volume and excess of many spring silhouettes, belts are one of the most coveted accents of the season. The cinched
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Handbags Many women love a new handbag. A variety of styles dominate the spring season, ranging from teeny-tiny to supersized. Oversized, slouchy tote bags — printed with brand logos and stylized stencils — are the new workhorses. Roomy and practical, you will adore them in rich metallic finishes, vivid colors, cheeky pop prints and adorned with creative embellishments. Opposite to huge totes is the season’s selection of miniature bags. Look for structured forms, defined handles and clever closures. Don’t expect to be able to carry much more than a credit card, driver’s license, car key and cell phone. If you can’t minimize the contents of your bag to such Spartan necessities, you might want to hang an adorable miniature on the strap of your workhorse tote. This way, you’ll have the best of both worlds — and everything you need. Cinched bags and pouf satchels are popular new constructions. The cinched handbag looks like a paper bag, gathered at the top with a leather drawstring or belt-like band. If it reminds you of the season’s love affair with paperbag-waist pants, you’re absolutely right. Filtered down from street fashion is also the pouf handbag. Its mushroom-like, bubble shape reflects spring’s interest in volume. Think blousy tops, large-shouldered cocktail dresses and ruffled hemlines. Structured handbags with interesting handles — round, square, triangular, resin, bamboo, metal and wood — are another option for spring. If you like the cinematic drama of a bag clutched at your fingertips, this is the style for you. Go for it, leading lady. Continued on the next page
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Jewelry Jewelry is anything but shy this season. It’s loud and proud, oversized and heavy. Metals remain popular, but designers are also making use of interesting, non-traditional materials such as natural stone, rubber, resin, plastic, cord, feathers, leather, pom-poms and silk fringe. Sparkly rhinestones and chunky crystals cannot be missed either. This year, creative designers use sparkly stones artistically, alternatively evoking the vibe of Hollywood glamour or badass rock-and-roll. Chokers remain popular in leather, satin and chainmail. Oversized pendants are also a huge trend. Palm-sized cross pendants have lost their religious associations and have been transformed with a punk identity. Other enormous pendants, made from agate discs, molded plastic, cast metal, burnished wood, woven tassels and braided cord hang low on metal, plastic or wooden chains. They are not to be missed. These shield-size decorations nod to the taste of wearing hood ornaments and gem-encrusted initials, popularized by rap artists and other performers in the mid-1980s. Bracelets this spring are big and bold, like the season’s corresponding necklaces. Look for them to be piled onto wrists, worn high on the arm as forearm jewelry or duplicated as a matched pair. With an identical metal bangle on each wrist, you won’t be blamed for secretly imagining yourself as Wonder Woman. Super hero-sized bracelets and necklaces need equally dramatic earrings. Look for unexpected materials, natural feathers, pompoms and tassels. Shoulder-length drops, mother-of-pearl shimmer, long chains, crystals and organic metal forms are standout
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Sunglasses The spotlight is on statement shades this season. Tinted lenses and colorful frames look out with optimism onto the world. Sunglasses assume a prominent position, center stage with exaggerated shapes and dimensions. Look for styles that extend beyond foreheads and cheekbones. Have fun with frames constructed out of large circles, triangles, ellipses, squares and other polygons. Blinged-out, rhinestone-encrusted sunglasses are a favorite for girls who like to shimmer and shine. Inky cat-eye frames, on the other hand, evoke a darker, femme fatale kind of style.
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