I’m going to go out on a limb here and invent a generic name for a style of which I am seeing more and more. Let’s call it the Extreme Pillowed Feminized Rectangle. The basic shape is indeed a rectangle, but all of the straight lines have been softened to an extreme, and there is a very noticeable lift at the outside corners that is unmistakably feminine. The good news is that this shape is very flattering for most women, and can be styled into small, medium or larger iterations.
And so it is with the Ted Baker B177. All the familiar traits I have cataloged elsewhere are back – the nice arch to echo the eyebrow, the flattering lift at the lower eyewire, and the bit of vertical line on the outside edge, with a fairly heavy endpiece of satin metal that sweeps back to the temple. Nice, but getting pretty predictable, and no longer approaching unique.
The one unique thing that makes this frame more fun than many others is the temple – it’s paisley! Yep! And not just translucent paisley, but the colors and patterns are transparent, which gives them the effect of a stained glass window. The sizes, shapes and colors of the paisley print are in perfect proportion to the width of the temple, and to the color of the frame front.
This frame will appeal to a broad generational band, from the early twenty-something to that woman of a certain age who is still having too much fun to be put in a stylistic box.
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