Trending: Tortoiseshell Accessories

I’ve recently noticed that (faux) tortoiseshell seems to be Having A Moment. And why not, it’s versatile and classic, and a bit more subtle than most animal prints. Tortoiseshell accessories work nicely with summer ensembles and through into fall, and play well with a range of colors.

Tortoiseshell Accessories

Eyewear especially, whether sunglasses or regular glasses, is a great way to wear this look.
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27 Comments

  1. July 19, 2011 / 11:34 am

    I have never fallen out of love with tortoiseshell, it’s been calling to me since I was seventeen.

  2. July 19, 2011 / 11:34 am

    I have never fallen out of love with tortoiseshell, it’s been calling to me since I was seventeen.

  3. Swissy
    July 19, 2011 / 12:22 pm

    Bonjour, Pseu! I’ve always loved tortoise shell and I have a number of vintage jewelry pieces that I wear year round. Looks great with khaki and neutrals in summer, darker shades in autumn and even with black, surprisingly, in winter. I’m not fond of other animal prints, since I like them on animals! But tortoise shell is the exception, I guess.

  4. July 19, 2011 / 12:42 pm

    Those sunglasses – they are calling my name! Love the pendant too, it would look so pretty with a black tee.

  5. July 19, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    Tortoiseshell sunglasses beneath a wide brim hat – what could be better? Love the array of accessories.

  6. July 19, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    Tortoiseshell makes me think of Fall…please Pseu not yet, Summer only just arrived here.

  7. July 19, 2011 / 3:21 pm

    Just had a screw replaced in my tortoiseshell sunglasses, so I’m good to go again, and now reassured that I’m “on trend.” It’s all good . . .

  8. Jill Ann
    July 19, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    Love the sunglasses, but was disappointed when I clicked through for a closer look, and found they have a big logo on the side piece. I’ll stick with my tortoiseshell Ray-Bans with their tiny logo!

  9. July 19, 2011 / 5:08 pm

    I agree with Metscan, tortoiseshell sunglasses are a classic look and often more flattering than a black frame.

  10. Pam @ over50feeling40
    July 19, 2011 / 11:49 am

    Thank you for reminding me…I have some tortise shell accessories that I had forgotten about…I think I will wear them today!! Thanks!

  11. July 19, 2011 / 7:11 pm

    Love the tortoise, and that jewelry is totally swell. It’s calling to me, with khakis and a white shirt, sandals…

  12. Jane and Lance Hattatt
    July 19, 2011 / 12:15 pm

    Hello:
    Tortoiseshell rimmed spectacles have always been a favourite of ours. They serve to make the wearer look intelligent as well as stylish which makes them the perfect accessory in our book.

  13. Anonymous
    July 19, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    I think that tortoiseshell glasses are classic but the other tortoise items will not stand the test of time the same way. They just feel trendy to me.

  14. July 19, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    I’ve had my eye on a tortoise shell watch from Fossil for a while now. I plan to order before fall starts. Considering that it feels like about 500 degrees today, I think I have some time.

    Also, an update on the Nordstrom’s sale: I got my goods today. The Eileen Fisher wool pencil skirt is nice and heavy- will be great for winter with boots. It’s a little short though, might not work for the tall set.
    I also ordered a couple of the Halogen drape-neck sweaters. They run very, very large and are lighter than I expected. The drape is lovely though. I plan to keep the small one and return the medium.
    My leopard print flats should arrive in the next few days. I’m very tres excited about those.

  15. July 19, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    When I first needed glasses (4th grade), I requested tortoise shell and the optometrist said they were for boys only: I had a choice of blue with sparkles or pink with sparkles. Yes! Still bitter.

  16. RoseAG
    July 19, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    I have always gotten a lot of mileage out of patent shoes so those tortoise heels look good to me.

  17. metscan
    July 19, 2011 / 5:05 pm

    I like tortoiseshell on sunglasses, having a pair myself. Quite ok with normal eyeglasses too.
    I think that on eyewear, tortoiseshell is a classic.

  18. July 20, 2011 / 1:15 am

    I’m due for new specs, and have been debating about whether to continue wearing tortoise frames. I think you’ve answered my question…

    As for those shoes, want, want.

  19. Jill Ann
    July 20, 2011 / 2:33 am

    Frugalscholar: My first pair of glasses, in the second grade, was WHITE with sparkles. And a cat-eye shape. Must have looked stunning with my pixie haircut!

  20. Susan Tiner
    July 19, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    The tortoiseshell pendant and kitten heel shoes are fantastic! I have to think of what I wear those with though — not that the shoes would fit 🙂

  21. Tiffany
    July 19, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    I’ve always worn tortoiseshell sunglasses – and I have a small collection of vintage lucite tortoiseshell handbags which I adore. I’d really like a tortoisehell cuff, I think …

  22. July 20, 2011 / 11:31 am

    I love torty, and it mixes so well with everything. Beware plastic tortoise jewelery, though- it scratches and then looks dull if it’s a bracelet or ring (most susceptible to wear). If you can find pre-ban tortoiseshell, you will see the difference as clearly as genuine vs glass pearls.

  23. neki desu
    July 20, 2011 / 8:02 am

    i own some authentic tortoise bangles avant le ban and a pair of gorgeous salad servers.but i must say the clutch is seriously want want want.

  24. ida
    July 20, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    Another tortoise fan here all my sun specs are that hue….ok if not over done!! Ida

  25. Veuve
    July 20, 2011 / 6:17 pm

    I love (faux) tortoiseshell. I have a pair of tortoise cat’s eye Persol sunglasses that are absolutely classic and were worth every penny. They work with everything.

  26. SheWhoAccessorizesWell
    July 21, 2011 / 1:01 am

    I have always loved tortoiseshell. I used to have eyeglasses that had that frame. Also hair combs. I think it is as classic as leopard.

  27. Ali
    October 25, 2011 / 9:50 am

    I really need to put a teeny bit more effort into keeping up. I only spied the tortoiseshell trend being mentioned on Bobbi Brown’s site last week. I’m way overdue for new specs and these aren’t so trend-driven that they’ll look outmoded six months after I’ve bought them. God bless classic style!

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