By: Liana Satenstein
What is it about glasses with lenses hued somewhere between orange and yellow? They have all of the connotations of a creepy uncle, or Ali G, or Christian Bale's paunchy character from American Hustle. But forget all of that, because the retro item has been receiving a serious comeback: Most recently, Slick Woods, the Internet's favorite cool kid, gave her '90s amber-hued redux pair the red carpet treatment to go with her '70s-style Gypsy Sport getup at the CFDA awards; while en route to Las Vegas, Vogue.com Market Editor Kelly Connor got in the Fear and Loathing mood with canary-tinted aviators to match the sun-bleached City of Sin. The amber shades are an opticwear staple for photographer Lea Colombo, who wears them indoors, too. For those looking for UV protection, model Emma Oak often wears a pair of mustard-glazed shades, while Lily Donaldson sported a rimless version during the Louis Vuitton Resort 2017 show in Rio, and rapper Dej Loaf blinged out her tawny sunnies with a neck full of jewelry.
Considering that they combine both the current good-taste-meets-bad-taste obsession with the naughties and the retro '70s, the return of the sleazy-chic shades shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Even on the recent runways, the sunglasses made a return, whether at Fall/Winter 2017 Prada, where yellowed lenses were put into quirky, plastic frames, or the sculpted, flat brims at Loewe. Alessandro Michele's Gucci has long paraded pairs of the by-way-of-Boca shades: At Resort 2017, the yellowed lenses were seen as fist-sized flip-ups or inserted into square black rims, while in Fall 2016, they took on a cool aviator form. Sounds like it's time to call up that uncle of yours and borrow a pair.
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