By Audrey Williams
Summer has its own magical feeling. Warm weather, longer days, and weekend trips with friends all inspire us to live a little more freely. It also inspires us to dress a little more freely, too. Free-spirited style is different for everybody this time of year — some embrace barely there outfits while others go all out with bright, bold accessories — but for LA-based influencer and creative Everett Williams, free means one thing: style that feels alive.
That’s why, in partnership with Sunglass Hut, Williams is showing us how he makes the most of his summer style, starting with his favorite seasonal accessory: sunglasses.
“I have well over 50 [pairs of sunglasses]...I love having the collection of them to choose from every time I put an outfit together,” he says. “I'm not going to lie; I have actually had [rideshares] turn around because I forgot them at home.”
With such dedication to his West Coast summertime aesthetic, it makes sense that the rest of his style follows a beachy vibe. This time of year you can usually spot him in all-white and neutral looks, he says. “I am not that person against white before Memorial Day, but for some reason I do reach for those white shorts, white shirt, and white shoes during the summer months.”
Even though he keeps his palette clean and classic, he makes sure to find a way to inject a fun dose of personality into these chill looks. For Williams, that means extra accessories. This pair of updated Ray-Ban frames with a unique hexagonal shape were just the trick.
“I wanted to keep things very neutral, and let the frames really shine in this look,” he says. “Especially when you have a beautiful setting behind you and an amazing pair of sunglasses, you want to let them shine, so I kept the look very casual and simple.”
Of course, there are the days when he wants something a little different, but even then he reaches for a new pair of sunglasses with an unexpected detail.
“I love the gradient lens on the Michael Kors frames the most,” he says. “I've always been very attracted to gradient frames. I love how you can see reflections in the lens. It's really a nice touch that separates them from any regular aviator frame.”
It may seem like he’s extra passionate about the accessory (he considers himself a “sunglasses advocate”), but that’s because to him they’re more than just that.
“Sunglasses don't just add to an outfit and look great, but they also serve such a huge role in protecting your eyes from the sun,” he said. “They're easy, they're good-looking, they fit anywhere, and they protect you. How can an accessory get any better than that?”