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These Nicole by Nicole Miller tortoise glasses look great with any skin tone. / HO / Nicole by Nicole Miller


The tortoise is winning the accessories race. “You name it, you’ll find it: glasses, shoes, handbags, belts and bangles,” says InStyle’s Ariel Foxman, who also was a judge on Lifetime TV’s Project Accessory. The mottled translucent material “is a neutral that’s almost impossible to do wrong.”

It was once made of actual shell, but today’s tortoise is resin or plastic. It is usually paired with black, brown or camel, but increasingly with bold hues. Touches of tortoise appear as buttons on Milly’s trench dresses, as clasps on Miu Miu’s clutches and as Michael Kors’ watch links. Equally striking are Ben-Amun cuffs, Manolo Blahnik patent pumps and Nicole by Nicole Miller sunglasses. Hunting vintage tortoise online or at secondhand stores is a snap, Foxman says: “You’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces that never go out of style.”

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