I have to start this blog post in the most journalistically ethical way possible — by fully disclosing the fact that I was given these featured sunglasses for free. But I’ll also fully disclose the fact that my opinions are 100 percent true and unbiased. Alrighty, that’s out there on the table. Are you happy, FTC? My Ethics of Journalism teacher would be so proud right now.
I’ve never been much of a sunglasses connoisseur. I always prefer the Forever 21 knockoff Ray Bans rather than the real thing. Why? Well, for one, I’m a college student, so dropping $100 on sunglasses isn’t in the cards if I want to fulfill my Big Apple dreams. Aaaand secondly, I’m a college student, so things are bound to get lost or broken among my hectic day-to-day schedule. That’s why Faded Days sunglasses are so dope — they’re well made so it doesn’t feel like they’ll break when I shove them in my backpack, and they’re affordable enough to warrant me buying another pair in case they do break.
I’ve wanted to get back into blogging, so I figured the best way to showcase these beauties would be to pair them with some fall/winter outfits. I know, I know… fall is nearly over. But when you live in Florida, the seasons seem to sort of just blend together. Though cool breezes and rain showers come and go throughout the year, one constant in the Sunshine State is — you guessed it — sunshine! These rad tortoise sunglasses provide great UV protection and pair well with just about any outfit. With an eclectic wardrobe like mine, what more could I ask for?
Outfit #1: Shorts and a Sweater
The upper half of my body always tends to get colder than my legs in the event that Mother Nature graces us with temperatures below 70 degrees. Pairing a sweater with shorts may seem absurd in any other state, but in Florida it’s totally commonplace. This outfit looks cute with knee-high socks that are either worn above the knees or scrunched down with combat boots. The brown hues in these tortoise sunglasses mesh really well with the warm fall colors in this look.
Outfit #2: Scarf and Jeans
This look is more of the stereotypical approach to fall and winter weather. Though I usually try to stray away from anything remotely “basic,” I couldn’t resist showcasing my new favorite scarf. You can’t deny the coziness of an oversized sweater and fuzzy tribal print scarf. This duo goes hand-in-hand with the sound of crunching leaves and scent of pine trees, making it the perfect go-to outfit. These classic tortoise shades pull the whole look together and make things cohesive.
Outfit #3: Flannel and Sneakers
Anyone who’s ever peeked inside my closet knows that my flannel shirt obsession is a little out of hand, so this is probably my favorite outfit of the three. Flannels are the perfect layer because they can easily be tied around your waist when the afternoon temperatures heat up. They’re also super versatile — you can wear them with jeans and sneakers like this look, or you can dress them up with a bold collar necklace and leather shorts. Throwing on this pair of tortoise sunglasses is the perfect way to top off this ‘90s-inspired look.
Shout out to the homies at Faded Days for sending me these rad shades. Be sure to check out their website for a peek at their stunning array of sunglasses. Their orange aviators and clubmaster-style sunglasses are definitely on my holiday wishlist. Take note, Santa Claus.