Allison Janney expresses herself through vast sunglasses collection

Actress Allison Janney depends on her extensive sunglasses collection to look chic while out and about in Hollywood. The former The West Wing star expresses herself through eyewear that is both practical and stylish, utilising prescription lenses to h…

Actress Allison Janney depends on her extensive sunglasses collection to look chic while out and about in Hollywood.

The former The West Wing star expresses herself through eyewear that is both practical and stylish, utilising prescription lenses to hide tiredness and save time when she’s in a rush and hasn’t applied makeup.

“When you live in Los Angeles, a great pair of sunglasses is crucial,” she tells InStyle. “The hair and makeup process in this town is a lot, so you have to have shades to throw on that’ll make you look instantly chic when you’ve stayed up too late and don’t have time for any of that.”

Janney has developed quite the collection over the years and chooses her accessories to match her wardrobe.

“I’ve had bad eyesight for most of my life and hate wearing contacts, so I’ve collected dozens of prescription sunglasses over the years,” she adds. “I keep them all in a cabinet right by the door so I can swap them out every day, depending on my outfit and what I’m doing. I have lots of frames that I love, but lately I’ve become obsessed with the ones by the L.A.-based brand Jacques Marie Mage.”

The Oscar winner appreciates the wide range of offerings the brand has and the fact that proceeds from purchases benefit a good cause.

“They all have beautiful, luxe shapes and colourful tinted lenses,” she notes, “and for every pair you purchase, the brand donates to organisations that protect American wildlife and national parks, which is just the icing on the cake. I wear the thick green frames most often to work on the set of (TV comedy) Mom, and everyone says I look like a Greek shipping magnate.”

The 59 year old also depends on her frames to enjoy one of her favourite pastimes – people watching.

“When I want to go incognito, I wear the dark navy ones,” she shares. “I love to people-watch, especially at the airport, but unfortunately my height always makes me stand out. These glasses are like having a force field on, so I have more freedom to look around. When I put on the gold-wire aviators, I just feel cool – I know I look so much better in them than I do out of them.”

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