The Ray-Ban sunglasses that convinced me to try the tiny eyewear trend

This trend brought me back to college, when Coach logo bags were all the rage among 13-year-olds in St. Louis. I thought they were pretty ugly, but guess which was number one on my Christmas list? My mom gave me a small wallet covered with a double C, hoping I would be happy with it until the fashion faded. I dutifully used it for years, not because I liked it, but because it was so expensive that I felt guilty for asking for it in the first place.

In the years that followed, I thought I had learned my lesson. I’d jump on a trend that I love – hello, skinny jeans and straw bags – but I’m abstaining from those that seem fleeting to me. (Example: I might be the only white woman under 30 who resists the allure of off-shoulder tops.)

But back to the tiny sunglasses. They are all over this summer. On my colleagues. In my news feed. At Forever 21, I walk whenever I want to feel very, very old. It was frustrating. Mindy Kaling includes:

I complained so often about the tiny sunglasses that Ana used to send me random pictures of Bella in hers just to torture me.

I had a trip to Hawaii coming up and wanted some new sunglasses, but everything I found, I thought, was lousy. One afternoon, before my next vacation, Ana walked over to my desk, sneering: she pretended to have a pair of tiny sunglasses that would change my mind. Yes indeed.

But then I tried them – the flat oval lenses from Ray-Ban. I wasn’t sold at first (blue lens? Who am I, Papa Smurf?), But my colleagues assured me they looked good. Not above flattery, I reluctantly took them for a test drive in Atlantic City.

As I walked around the Borgata pool, I received several compliments from women of all ages (and types of sunglasses). On Sunday, I felt so much myself that I considered them Instagram worthy:

So they came with me to Hawaii, and I was glad I brought them. They’re small enough to fit in my straw bag (a trend I can follow), I didn’t sweat profusely wearing them because they’re so light, and, really, who doesn’t love compliments? The mounts were close enough to the aviators that they were familiar.

Even after my trip, those tiny sunglasses stuck in my rotation and I’m thinking of buying more. they will not be like small like Bella’s… but it will be close.

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