tortoiseshell sunglasses, $149.
is that hot time of year when your shades do more than
shield your eyes from blinding glare on your
early-morning commute. They are key to your looking cool
on the beach.
the tortoiseshell frame. This bold neutral — even when
outfitted with blue or yellow lenses — won’t clash
with your floral maxi or pinstripe, lightweight suit.
DOES IT COME FROM?
Greeks used tortoiseshell — actually, the hulls of
hawksbill sea turtles — in furniture because of its
solid texture and interesting print.
in eyeglasses dates to the late 18th century, although
spectacles were more functional than fashion. The
mottled print became fashionable in the 1900s, thanks to
actor Harold Lloyd.
shell was hunted and harvested for glasses until the
First World War, when eyewear manufacturers began using
plastic as a substitute. (In the 1970s, it became
illegal to use real tortoiseshell.)
the 1930s, the sunbathing pastime turned sunglasses into
a fashion must-have. Round tortoiseshell Ray-Ban frames
became the It accessories because of stars from Gene
Tierney to Judy Garland. During the 1960s, the frames
enjoyed yet another revival.
to the University of Pennsylvania’s Warby Parker
entrepreneurs, nerdy glasses came into vogue about 2010.
So started the revival of horn-rimmed, browline and
tortoiseshell frames. In recent years, the tortoiseshell
pattern comprises more than earthy and sunset hues: They
are now available in groovy blue, green and pink.
Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Chris Brown and Mary Kate and
YOU WEAR THEM?
This pattern won’t clash with your wardrobe or your
face. Go for it.