How To Choose the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Accessories

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. The American Optometric Association says you should always wear them during daylight hours regardless of the weather. The sun’s UV rays are harmful and can cause cataracts; moreover, sunglasses provide protection from blue light which increases macular degeneration.

That being said, it’s still important they look good and make you feel good, so here’s a detailed guide on how to get the most from your sunglasses.  

Match them to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sunglasses, the more the merrier. You want a few pairs, so you can work them across several outfits. Don’t worry about cost, as it’s possible to find high-quality affordable designer glasses for women and men. Instead, worry about style and how that style matches what you’re already wearing. You want wear-to-work lenses, casual lenses, and a more upscale style for shopping and lunch meetings.

Keep it subtle, especially when it comes to color. Try and match the color of your shades to your shoes. For women, this could mean a pop of red if you’re sporting red heels. But, don’t overdo it. Red shoes, red sunglasses, and a red shade of lipstick should do it. For men, black and brown are always in style and likely to be the color of your shoes too, but there are instances when this could vary (blue suede shoes for example).  

Look for UV Protection

Your sunglasses should a serve a purpose beyond fashion. Choose sunglasses that limit your exposure to harmful UV rays. Health.com recommends that you seek out sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays. And, the bigger the better. “You can further protect yourself with oversized and wraparound frames that offer more coverage to protect the soft tissue around your eyes (which can help prevent wrinkles).” Sunglasses labeled as “cosmetic” don’t provide any protection from the sun.

Choose a Contrasting Size

It’s best to choose sunglasses that offer contrast from your face shape and size. For example, rounder frames are best for square heads and angular frames are best for round heads. Larger sunglasses look glamorous on small head sizes, while larger heads require less size.

Here are the types of sunglasses and what size/shape they look best on:

  • Aviators – aviators look best on oval shaped heads, but are versatile enough to look great on most people regardless of shape/size. They got their name because they’re popular among pilots and military personnel. These distinct frames feature teardrop-shaped lenses and metal frames, and are typically medium to large in size.
  • Oversized Sunglasses – oversized sunglasses were made popular in the 50s by glamorous movie stars, and that’s the image they still present today. They are better for smaller head shapes.
  • Mirror shades – popularized by Morpheus from the film The Matrix, mirror shades are reflective. Your eyes can’t be seen beyond their reflective mirrored surface. These shades come in a variety of sizes to suit many different people’s needs.
  • Wayfarers – wayfarers are a typical frame, medium-sized with a thick plastic frame. They go by a couple different names, including “Manhattans.” Audrey Hepburn wore Manhattans in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wayfarers are best suited for medium to large skulls.
  • Teashades – super tiny teashades aren’t designed for small heads, and probably shouldn’t be worn by anyone considering they do little to keep your eyes protected from the sun.

Choosing Lens Color

Finally, you have to choose your lens color. Different lenses have different aesthetic value, such as matching your clothing and shoes or denoting your personality. They also come with some health benefits. Traditional gray lenses reduce light. Red lenses are good for winter weather activities. And, violet lenses provide hunters with increased visibility. What you choose should factor in your needs and your style without breaking the bank. 

 

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