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Instagram may be filled with beautiful girls, but Miss Alissa stands out from the crowd with her enviable sense of style, a collection of stunning photography and an inspirational take on being true to yourself. She also just so happens to be a Zenni fan who’s been wearing our frames since 2011 after ordering two pairs and instantly falling in love with what Zenni has to offer. The admiration is mutual, so we reached out to this captivating model, actress and blogger to gain her insight on fashion, eyewear and making it in today’s modeling industry.

Zenni: Describe your personal style. What staples are in your closet? Where do you love to shop? 

Alissa: My style is always changing, but I would say I am kind of tomboy chic. I love Dr. Martens, baggy jeans and baggy tops. My staples are definitely a good pair of worn-in boots and a loose white tee.

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Zenni: Tell us about the shoot you did wearing Zenni glasses and the blog post you wrote on eyewear. What are your favorite eyewear styles? 

Alissa: Favorite Zennis? I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8, and I got contacts when I was 12. About three years ago, my eye doctor told me if I didn’t start wearing glasses, I would eventually go blind, because I was killing my eyes wearing contacts for 12-18 hours a day. It is so hard to find glasses that look good and are a decent price. My sister showed me Zenni, and we ordered a few… and became obsessed!!! My FAVORITE pair are discontinued – they are huge circle frames. I have them in black brown and neon green!

Zenni: We are actually working on bringing them back! Do you have a second pair that you love that we can share with our readers?

Alissa: My next fave would be frame 636412!636412 browlines

636412- the glasses featured in Alissa’s photoshoot!

Zenni: We know you credited Kiehl’s with saving your skin over the winter. What is your beauty routine? Any beauty tips you can offer? What products are in your makeup bag?

Alissa: I try EVERYTHING. I still get adult acne, and I’m starting to see wrinkles, so I just started Retin-A, which helps both. It’s kind of killing my skin though. I love oils (still using Kiehl’s nighttime oil). I also just started using RESCUE Skin, and I love that.

Zenni: Models have to be chameleons in many ways (hello, pink hair!) What is one look that you haven’t attempted yet that you think would be fun to try?

Alissa: I’m dying to cut l my hair off and do a pixie cut. It’ll happen soon!

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Zenni: What advice would you offer to girls wanting to follow in your footsteps in this field?

Alissa: Be prepared to sacrifice everything. This career is not glamorous. I never know when my next job will be, I get paychecks for 36 cents (yep), and my schedule is always all over the place, so I miss out on a lot. You need to want this more than anything, because it will consume you!

Zenni: Any modeling tricks you can share? How can we look our best in photographs and daily life?

Alissa: Lighting is key! I always prop my phone against the window to get amazing light! Also, the self-timer mode is great!

For style wisdom from a woman who’s earned her stripes, look no farther than Iris Apfel. The fashion icon and subject of Iris, an upcoming documentary by renowned filmmaker Albert Maysles, is known for her ability to accessorize an outfit (a skill she learned from her mother). “I get more compliments on accessories than anything else. I think they’re kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit,” Apfel has advised, and we couldn’t agree more. Take a page out of this fashion legend’s playbook by adding a little zest and zing to your own wardrobe with these fresh sunglasses styles.

Jet-Setter: Aviator

It doesn’t get more classic than a chic pair of aviators, and the addition of mirror tinting only makes them hotter. These shades go with everything in your closet, and the lenses even double as a compact if you’re in need of checking your makeup. Brilliant, right?
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White Now: White Sunglasses for Summer

When it comes to fashion choices, effortless simplicity is always effective. These sunglasses blend the two best basic colors in your wardrobe — black and white — for a look that never goes out of style.

white sunglasses

Take a Brow: Clubmaster Sunglasses for Her

Is your wardrobe a bit borrowed from the boys? Is Alexa Chung all over your Pinterest boards? Then browlines are the frames for you. This style took hold in the 1950s and has a masculine feel to it, which is why it complements feminine basics so well.

womens browline frames

Round Sunglasses

Round frames are such a fresh and playful look, and they’re an excellent alternative to the standard sunglasses styles for those who long for a change. While this particular look is a bit more challenging to pull off, it works quite nicely on square, oval and heart shaped faces.

round turtle shell sunglasses

Feline Fine: Cat-eye Sunglasses

If you covet a ladylike approach to eyewear, look no farther than the classic cat-eye frame. With upswept temples and undeniable elegance, it’s a polished look that flatters a variety of face shapes and complements a modern wardrobe.

cateye sunglasses

Retro Sunglasses

Show off your playful side while adding some charm to any ensemble with a pair of retro shades. Incorporate this quirky style into your daily wear to liven up everyday neutrals, and don’t be afraid to mix these statement-makers with colors and prints for extra fun.

polka dot cat eye sunglasses

Flat Top Sunglasses

Give your wardrobe an edgy detour with the addition of flat top shades. This bold style has plenty of attitude to spare, and it looks so innovative and fashion-forward even in basic black.

flat top sunglasses

Living Large: Oversized Sunglasses

When it comes to fashion, it’s hard to argue with the likes of Rachel Zoe, Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins… all of whom totally approve of oversized sunglasses. They’re a celebrity mainstay for a reason, evoking mystery and sophistication at its finest.

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Festival Trend: Boho Sunglasses

You know the look: youthful, artsy and relaxed. The festival trend isn’t going anywhere, so why not join the movement? Translucent frames give these sunglasses the right amount of boho flair.

yellow tinted glasses

Alright, ladies… we know it’s basically impossible to choose between all of these adorable summer styles, but which frames do you like best? Let us know your favorites below and how you plan on wearing them, of course!

Jack Nicholson famously joked that, “With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson, but without them, I’m fat and 60.” While we tend to think that Jack would look cool no matter what, there’s something undeniably charming about a man wearing a great pair of shades. This season is set to be a hot one for sunglasses trends, and we’re eager to try on all of the top styles.

Top of the Line: Flat Top Sunglasses

One of the newest trends to emerge in the eyewear scene is the flat top frame with its 1980s-inspired shield style. This look offers more thickness above the nose with a straight line from both temples. Tenacious, futuristic and a bit edgy, it’s favored by celebrities such as Kanye West, David Beckham and Leonardo DiCaprio.

silver wayfarer sunglasses

Prismatic Wayfarer

What do you get when you combine the quintessential wayfarer frame with a cool mirror tint? Quite possibly perfection. This fresh look adds a trendy twist to a traditional favorite and is a true *ahem* reflection of great taste.

mirrored wayfarers

 Sunny Skies Ahead: Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator sunglasses are definitely worth setting your sights on as this popular summer look holds its own this season as a tried-and-true classic that definitely has wings.

 

wireframe aviators

 

Brow Down: Clubmaster Sunglasses

This masculine frame adds strength to your eyebrow and temple area for a strong look that hearkens back to the 1950s in the most modern way. Versatile and polished, this style offers simplicity and commands respect.

browline sunglasses

Globe Sunglasses 

Forgive the pun, but this trend is running circles around other styles this season! This frame is a challenging one to master, but if you’re looking for a fresh and fashion-forward look, this is your ticket.

round wood frame sunglasses

Men’s sunglasses are fittingly getting better with age, don’t you think? Which of these trends will you sport this season? Let us know your favorite styles in the comments!

 

Interview with Miss Alissa

Instagram may be filled with beautiful girls, but Miss Alissa stands out from the crowd with her enviable sense of style, a collection of stunning photography and an inspirational take on being true to yourself. She also just so happens to be a Zenni … [Read more]

Sunglasses Trends for Her

For style wisdom from a woman who's earned her stripes, look no farther than Iris Apfel. The fashion icon and subject of Iris, an upcoming documentary by renowned filmmaker Albert Maysles, is known for her ability to accessorize an outfit (a skill … [Read more]

Sunglasses Trends for Him

Jack Nicholson famously joked that, "With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson, but without them, I'm fat and 60." While we tend to think that Jack would look cool no matter what, there's something undeniably charming about a man wearing a great pair … [Read more]