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Sunglasses Trends for Summer 2012 & MMV Giveaway for a Pair of Derek Cardigan Sunnies

By Derek Desierto (Vancouver BC), Stylist and In-House Designer for Clearly Contacts

Balmy summer days call for backyard barbecues, chilled white burgundy, and feet-in-sand beach walks. Regardless of your summer indulgence, you’ll want sunglasses that suit the occasion. Derek Desierto, the Vancouver-based stylist and in-house designer for Clearly Contacts shares with us four looks of summer that will keep you looking cool even during a heat wave.

Nude & Blush Tones – If you’re the type to notice what the celebs are hiding behind, you’re no stranger to translucent frames. Nude and blush tones are the hottest shades this season. Subtle and stylish, these Derek Cardigans suit almost any face shape. Reach for these along with a printed dress, chunky wool cardigan, and your favourite ankle boots to rock the look.

Oversized – Sleepless night? Oversized sunglasses are masking some of the most stylish camera shy, sleep-deprived faces this season. These retro style sunnies don’t just rely on their size to make a statement. Keeping on trend with the irresistible cat-eye shape, these Tom Ford’s are the best date to any patio party. Pair with a soft chiffon dress and toughen up with a leather jacket and you’ll be ready to roll.

Timeless Vintage – Keep it classic in these timeless Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses. These shades are ideal for an afternoon ride on a vintage cruiser. Try them with a loose button down shirt, bright coloured slim pants and ballerina flats.

Geometrics – Aviators get better with age. Released in 1957, this geometric model is an alternative to the classic aviator style and perfect for those who are more interested in updating their style rather than recreating it. These Ray-Ban Caravan sunglasses look great with a cotton dress finished with a fitted denim jacket. If you’re beach bound, kick off your shoes and go bare foot for a fun flirty look.

MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving away a pair of Derek Cardigan Sunglasses worth $79 (the first featured pair of sunglasses in this article).  To enter, leave a comment below telling us what favourite summer activity you’ll be wearing your new sunglasses to.  A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you’re a winner. Canadian mailing addresses only. Contest ends June 30th (11:59pm PST).  

For additional entries, you can do the following things;

  • For a second entry: Follow @ModernMixVan on Twitter and tweet “I want to win a pair of Derek Cardigan sunglasses from @ClearlyContacts and @ModernMixVan. RT to enter!”
  • For a third entry: Like” the Modern Mix Vancouver Page on Facebook and write on the wall: “I want to win a pair of Derek Cardigan sunglasses from Modern Mix Vancouver!


  1. Lisa Holland
    June 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    I just love the summer to go read a book outside! Usually I go under a tree, or a big umbrella at the beach. Would love a great pair of shades to look stylish while I bring my dorky bookworm side to the greatout doors!

  2. Jenny
    June 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    I’d totally wear my sunglasses to go to a lakefront picnic on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon!

  3. Jordan s
    June 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait to be seen in my new sunny’s. I’ll have them on in the pool and you will never see them off me in summer. I’ll be the only cool one in CQ Australia!

  4. Allison
    June 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm — Reply

    I’d wear my new shades while hitting the beach!

  5. Jess
    June 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    I will wear these shades to all the summer outdoor events in Vancouver! And my upcoming Vegas trip!

  6. paola
    June 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    I love to have a nice pair of sunglasses I really really need a new pair!! Summer or anytime is good to have a beautiful pair of Derek Cardigan!!

  7. Ron R
    June 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm — Reply

    I plan on traveling across western Canada later this summer. And a new pair of snazzy sunglasses for the trip would be great!

  8. Jordan Smith
    June 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait to be seen in my new sunny, I’ll be using them in the pool and every other min. All ways sunny in Australia!

  9. Jil
    June 20, 2012 at 3:32 am — Reply

    I’d love to have a new pair of sunglasses. Perfect for canoeing out here in the wilderness in NS!

  10. Olivia
    June 20, 2012 at 9:20 am — Reply

    I’ll be enjoying these sunnies while I have a nice picnic in the park on a nice sunny day. 🙂

  11. June 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm — Reply

    Kayaking with the bf around Deep Cove, and an upcoming Whistler trip 🙂

  12. Kerrie
    June 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    If I won, I would wear these sunglasses daily while walking my dog on the seawall! Also to Texas when I go in September!

  13. KerrieB
    June 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    If I won, I would wear these sunglasses daily while walking my dog on the seawall!

  14. Kerrie
    June 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    If I were to win these sunglasses, I would wear them daily when walking my dog along the seawall!

  15. KY
    June 21, 2012 at 7:51 am — Reply

    I plan on wearing these shades while hanging out on the beach in Spanish Banks!

  16. Ada
    June 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    on the beach! or just generally if it’s a sunny day 🙂

  17. Ashley O
    June 24, 2012 at 8:09 am — Reply

    I would LOVE to wear my Derek Cardigan Sunnies EVERYWHERE!!! From Patios to camping to hanging out in the yard. If I was the lucky one picked of course 🙂
    Great Contest!!!

  18. Adrienne
    June 24, 2012 at 8:25 am — Reply

    I would love to wear a pair of new Derek Cardigan sunglasses as I dance tango at the outdoor milonga at Granville Island this July.

  19. June 24, 2012 at 9:53 am — Reply

    I totally had sunglasses in the blush tone when I was in junior high! I thought they looked very ‘move star’! I’d definitely were them to English Bay beach, where I spend a lot of my days lounging and reading!

  20. Helen
    June 24, 2012 at 11:00 am — Reply

    Picnics and Bbq’s

  21. Bons
    June 24, 2012 at 11:08 am — Reply

    Sure love to win this pair of sunglasses to enjoy shopping outside, hanging at Granville Island, and reading a book under the sun!

  22. June 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    I love wearing sunglasses while going on a summer road trip

  23. HarjitCh
    June 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    I would love to win a pair of sunglasses. I wear shades all the time as my eyes are sensitive after eye-surgery.
    S is for shade from the sun
    H is for Hoping I win a pair
    A is for A necessity
    D is for useful Day and night
    E is for Everyone needs eye protection
    S is for Summer fun in the Sun

  24. Elisse
    June 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm — Reply

    I would love to win a new pair of sunglasses enjoying drinks on a rooftop patio with friends 🙂

  25. Tintin
    June 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    I like to go out for walks with my family.

  26. icitea/Clare
    June 26, 2012 at 3:16 am — Reply

    To the beach, of course! And when I go travelling this summer.
    I’ve tweeted and posted on the facebook as well!

  27. Andrew
    June 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    Hanging outside with friends, playing sports…

  28. Grace
    June 29, 2012 at 6:56 am — Reply

    travelling to towns around vancouver on a mini road trip!

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