PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 October, 2007, 12:00am

Designer shades, especially aviator, Jackie O and wrap-around styles, are a dime a dozen. But those who want to be different should check out quirkier pairs that are equally stylish.

Despite many fashion insiders cursing the return of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, I must admit I still like them. Made famous by Tom Cruise in Risky Business and seen on celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst, Mary-Kate Olsen and Heath Ledger, these sunglasses are cool. They come in three sizes in colours such as black, tortoiseshell, red and white. Most optical stores carry only the two smaller sizes but Canaan Optical in Central stocks the hard-to-find but super-desirable extra-large version (G/F, 18 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2522 6964).

Denise (right) is wearing a pair of vintage white Wayfarers with mirrored lenses and, next to her, Jeanette has echoed the green strip on her pair throughout her outfit (neon-green bra straps and ballet flats as well as accents in her romper). They copped both pairs of vintage sunglasses on eBay.

If you know exactly what you're looking for, eBay is a great place to search as it carries an extensive selection of vintage sunglasses. But if bidding online is too stressful for you, check out Melbourne Optical Company (Shop 110-112, Melbourne Plaza, Central, tel: 2525 3334). The walls of the store are lined with vintage sunglasses, along with the usual designer brands. The price range is also reasonable (about HK$150-HK$400 a pair) so you can pick up more than one at a time.

When buying vintage styles, make sure the lenses have UV protection. If they don't, you can take them to most optical stores and have the original lenses replaced with new lenses that block UV rays.

For the daring, opt for frames in anything but typical shapes and colours. Lynn (left) wears bold neon green and orange plastic shades and, next to her, Zhi sports a pair of even quirkier martini glass frames.

Bobby (right) kicks it up a notch with a pair of bright red-lips frames. Look for these funky options at the stalls on Pottinger Street in Central or check out Open Sesame (G/F, E6, 105 Austin Road, Kowloon, tel: 3114 1313) for funny shapes. They aren't for the faint-hearted but these fashionistas are clearly having fun with their style.

After all, isn't that what fashion is all about?