Like all the classic trends in sunglasses or opticals, tortoiseshell or tortoise ‘touches’ never go out of style. Year after year, the typical tortoiseshell butterfly shapes have found a re-birth in the trends of today. Until 1973, some frames were made from the shell of real turtles. But the turtles soon became an endangered species and the trade in their use was banned. Since then frames are made from synthetic materials, such as acetate.
Today’s tortoisshell frames have retained the beauty and strength of the authentic material and have become more stylish than ever before. So what’s new? Not only available in full tortoise, the shapes are adorned with little details. Inserts to just cover the edge of your glasses silhouette, on the arms, on the bridge, or mixed with other colours and materials. You can play with lenses too, colourful, mirrored, dark, shiny, or classic brown - and indulge in big round shapes, aviators, rectangles or extra squared designs.
“No man will ever make you feel as protected and safe as a cashmere coat or a pair of sunglasses,” said Coco Chanel, but it is not always easy to match your outfit with the perfect accessory in line with the new fashion trends. Pair a pair of tortoise sunnies with a printed coat like the socialite Olivia Palermo, try a 70’s look like the influencer Chiara Ferragni or a sexy outfit like Bella Hadid.