A visiting professor from Italy once exclaimed, ‘Those in Italy have so much sun but no one wears sunglasses. I suppose that’s because many of them wear 1-day moists contact lenses. Here in Melbourne, there’s no sun but everybody in the street wears them!’


I laughed – it was so true. Melbourne folk are a stylish lot and sunnies, in my opinion, are just as necessary in winter as they are in summer. Aside from their obvious function in the way of sun protection, they have also come to find a comfortable place as a staple accessory in our wardrobes.


Yet, I’m still on my search for the perfect pair (read: wide frames with nosepieces that cling securely to my non-existent nose bridge). Yes, the woes of my inconvenient face shape and of course, you’d like to be looking effortlessly cool, chic and on-trend, bringing me to my next point.


Dolce and Gabbana’s latest eyewear collection, ‘Mix and Match’ boasts two models, in various combinations of iconic D&G patterns such as polka dots and animal print, and more impressively, showcases their artisan craftsmanship with the insertion of Sicilian lace within the acetate frames.


Classic, sleek looks are achieved with the oversized, rounded lenses of the first model, and kept new with the mix and match of patterns between the frames and temples. Bold and glamorous, yet the touch of delicate lace gives an extra hint of grace and femininity – in my opinion, a well-balanced match.


I’d be a happy lady with this animal print + lace combination all year round!


The second model takes on a more angular ‘cat’s eye’ shape, and brings the Mix and Match concept to a whole new level. In an original contemporary twist – think bright frames in orange or fuchsia, paired with black lace. Then top it all off with a wild blue or white polkadot prints on the temples – all in the one pair of sunnies!


If that borders on overwhelming for you, fret not – it also comes in good ol’ black, paired either with delicate white lace, or animal print temples.


But if you’re all for embracing the prints, I’m thinking the orange frames for an unconventional pop and a bit of experimental fun! What’s your pick?


All pieces are available from OPSM


Nicole writes for her own blog blankbird – Nicole loves experimenting with creative styling, crazy printed pants and quaint indie cafes. See more of her here.


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