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Come out of your shell with tortoise-colored sunglasses

Grey Ant New Foundry Sunglasses, $259.90, http://www.shopakira.com/products/grey-ant-new-foundry-sunglasses-in-tortoise.html
Grey Ant New Foundry Sunglasses, $259.90, http://www.shopakira.com/products/grey-ant-new-foundry-sunglasses-in-tortoise.html
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Sunglasses are a tricky business. While finding the perfect pair all depends upon the shape of the sunglasses framing the shape of your face, there is one thing that does work on everyone-- color.

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With each season comes a new color palette, which can often be hard for trendsetters to follow. While I always generally stick to black sunglasses (because black "looks expensive" and goes with everything), there is a color I've always wanted to experiment with.

Tortoise, while always tempting, is still a little scary to try. But, finally, I let go of my fears and tried a pair on one day. And, wow! What a nice change of pace from the everyday black it is.

This speckled brown is a perfect transition from summer to fall. As a fall staple color, tortoise will definitely keep you out of your school or work rut.

Whether you go with a pair of exaggerated cat eyes or settle with some small sunnies, one thing remains constant-- the amber specs will look good on everyone, and I mean, e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e.

After all, tortoise is an unexpected pop of color on your shades and will easily spice up any outfit (especially if it's all black!). And for all of you that are scared to wear bright-colored shades, tortoise is your go-to guy. It manages to do the trick, while still playing it safe with a basic color that matches with everything. Brown is the new black.

Slow and steady may win the race, but tortoise shades are sure to get you there quicker. So check out my slideshow for some new ginger-y frames.

Forget the hare and just go with the tortoise. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.

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