Oversize frames have been my fashion anthem since the dawn of my blogging journey in 2011. My love for grand, statement eyewear isn’t just about accessorizing; it’s about crafting an identity, a signature style that screams ‘me’ louder than words ever could. Today, I’m here to spill my secrets and maybe, just maybe, help you uncover your definitive eyewear style. And trust me, it’s a ride full of fun, fashion, and a dash of opulence, with a sprinkle of humor for good measure.

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In the world of eyewear, there’s nothing quite like finding that perfect pair of frames that not only complements your face but also perfectly encapsulates your personality. But what if I told you that the secret to unlocking the most unique, statement-making eyewear lies in a simple, yet utterly transformative idea? Yes, I’m talking about converting oversized, Iris Apfel-inspired sunglass frames into regular eyeglasses with clear lenses. This is the Gracie Opulanza signature move, a style revolution that I am so proud to have pioneered.

Imagine taking the boldest, most eccentric sunglass frames—pieces that are already works of art in their own right—and giving them a second life as your everyday eyewear. Sunglasses, by design, are meant to stand out. They’re crafted to make a statement, to shield your eyes not just from the sun but from the mundane. By swapping out their lenses for clear ones, you elevate your eyewear from a mere accessory to a defining element of your personal style.

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The beauty of this transformation lies in the fact that sunglass frames tend to be more adventurous in terms of design, color, and size. They push boundaries and defy conventional eyewear shapes, offering a playground of possibilities for those willing to explore. Larger frames, in particular, provide a canvas that’s ripe for customization, allowing for a level of eccentricity and flair that standard eyeglasses seldom afford.

Now, let’s delve into the specifics. Take, for example, a pair of Prada sunglasses or those quirky, limited-edition, pearl white frames. Each pair, with its distinctive design and flamboyant charm, captures the essence of luxury and individuality. But when transformed into eyeglasses with clear lenses, they evolve into something even more spectacular. They become a daily reminder of your boldness, a signature of your unwillingness to blend into the background.

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This transformation process isn’t just about changing lenses; it’s about reimagining the very role of eyewear in fashion. It’s a testament to creativity and personal expression, blurring the lines between functional and purely decorative. And the result? A pair of glasses that not only serves a practical purpose but also tells a story, your story, through its unique design and the audacious spirit it represents.

Adopting this Gracie Opulanza approach to eyewear isn’t just a fashion statement; it’s a declaration of independence from the ordinary. It’s a celebration of eccentricity, a nod to those who dare to see the world through a different lens—literally and figuratively. So, the next time you find yourself captivated by a pair of oversized, Iris Apfel-inspired sunglasses, think of the potential beyond their tinted lenses. Envision them as the centerpiece of your eyewear collection, a clear-lensed ode to your unparalleled style. After all, in the realm of fashion, it’s those bold, creative choices that truly define us.


Prada Baroque

My eyewear adventure began with a simple belief: the bigger the frame, the bolder the statement. Prada, back in 2012, was my first love in the realm of oversized eyewear. They understood the assignment before it was even given, introducing frames that were not just accessories but declarations of confidence. Fast forward to last year, and Prada wowed me again with their wooden baroque frames. Given my history of broken noses (three times, if you’re counting!), the weight of the frames became as crucial as their style. These light, yet fashion-forward pieces from Prada were a game changer, marrying comfort with undeniable style.

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Wearing those baroque beauties at Paris Fashion Week was a moment of revelation. As I strutted down the streets, the flurry of social media attention and street-style photographers made it clear: my eyewear was not just being noticed, it was being celebrated. It was a testament to the power of standing out, of embracing your unique style unapologetically. The versatility of these frames, pairing effortlessly with any outfit or leather jacket, only solidified their place in my style hall of fame.

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Vintage Fendi

But finding your eyewear nirvana isn’t just about following trends or splurging on designer labels. It’s about exploration, about daring to step outside the conventional. Take Fendi’s frames, for example. In a stroke of inspiration, I transformed a pair of their sunglasses into clear eyewear frames, pioneering a new trend before it even hit the mainstream. This journey of customization and personalization is what fashion is all about—making something your own.


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So, how do you find your definitive eyewear style? My advice: try on everything. Embrace the quirky, the oversized, the unconventional. Don’t shy away from colors or shapes that might seem out of your comfort zone. It’s through this process of exploration and experimentation that you’ll stumble upon the frames that speak to you, that say, “This is me.”

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Matrix Trinity Fendi Style

My adventures have taken me from the high-octane launch of the European Mustang (where I channeled my inner Trinity from The Matrix with a touch of Fendi glamour) to the quaint streets of Venice, where I discovered a pair of Gucci frames that seemed to capture the essence of my style: unique, confident, and unabashedly me. These experiences underscore a vital fashion truth: the right eyewear doesn’t just complement your look; it elevates it, transforming an everyday outfit into a masterpiece of personal expression.

And here’s the thing about eyewear—it’s not just about the frames. It’s about the story they tell, the confidence they imbue, and the style they unleash. Whether I’m reviewing luxury cars or skiing down Italian slopes, my eyewear is my armor. It’s a reflection of my personality, my mood, and my love for all things luxurious and distinctive.

Black High Heel Boots I chose to wear leather platforms that were super high. They certainly gave me height and a very sexy overall  appearance. I will never forget when I came out to get my photo's taken. The Ford team certainly got the message. 


Gucci Goofie Eyewear

Remember, the right eyewear can transform not just your look but your entire demeanor. It’s about finding pieces that resonate with your personal style, that make you feel confident, stylish, and uniquely you. So, embark on this journey with an open mind and a fearless heart. Who knows? Your perfect pair of frames might just be waiting to be discovered, ready to help you craft your own signature style. And when you find them, wear them with all the confidence in the world, because, at the end of the day, that’s what true style is all about.

Venice Gucci eyewear

Choosing between Gucci flower power sunglasses and the quirky goofie limited edition upside down Gucci frames feels like being asked to pick a favorite child. Both embody the essence of Gracie Opulanza’s eyewear style: daring, distinctive, and drenched in luxury. But let’s dive a little deeper into the heart of these two eyewear marvels, shall we?

Then there’s the goofie limited edition upside down Gucci frames. These frames flip the script—literally. In a world that often takes itself too seriously, these sunglasses are a reminder to embrace the playful, the unconventional, and the outright bold. They’re a conversation starter, a head-turner, and a declaration of individuality. With these frames, I navigate the fashion world with a wink, fully embracing the whimsy and the unexpected turns of the style journey.

So, how does one choose? It’s all about the mood, the moment, and the message you want to send. The Gucci flower power sunglasses are my go-to when I want to radiate sophistication and a love for the finer things in life, while still keeping my aura playful and bright. They’re perfect for those sun-drenched afternoons spent at chic outdoor gatherings or while cruising down the Italian Riviera, where style and substance go hand in hand.

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On the flip side, the goofie limited edition upside down Gucci frames are my armor for when I want to challenge the norms, break the fashion mold, and truly stand out. They’re for those days when I feel audacious, ready to flip the world on its head (quite literally) with my style choices. These frames are not just eyewear; they’re a statement of rebellion, a nod to the fashion-forward thinkers who dare to see the world from a different angle.

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Gucci Flower Power Frames

First up, the Gucci flower power sunglasses. These aren’t just accessories; they’re wearable art. Adorned with intricate floral designs, they speak to the soul that thrives on opulence and elegance. The flower power range is a bold statement, perfect for those who aren’t afraid to showcase their love for the extravagant and the colorful. Wearing these, I feel like I’m not just attending the party—I am the party. They’re a celebration of life, color, and the unabashed joy of standing out.

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At the end of the day, whether I’m swaying towards the floral fantasies of the flower power sunglasses or the delightful defiance of the upside down frames, it’s all Gracie Opulanza style—unapologetically luxurious, distinctively playful, and always, always fashion-forward. The decision isn’t about which is better; it’s about what story I want to tell with my style on any given day. And no matter the choice, the detail, the passion, and the love for fashion are ever-present, weaving through each pair of sunglasses like a golden thread in the rich tapestry of my personal style narrative.