Summer Shade – Everything You Need to Know About Sunglasses
When it comes to men’s fashion there are few accessories that can transform your look in seconds. One accessory that can however is a pair of sunglasses. You can go from zero to hero in a matter of minutes and generally speaking, there aren’t many occasions where sunglasses won’t suave to your look.
Why Choose Expensive Sunglasses?
Other than looking great, sunglasses also have an extremely important job to do, protecting your pupils from those damaging light rays. Over time numerous pairs of shades have no doubt fallen victim to your clumsiness or your ability to put something down in a safe place (and never remember where that safe place is). This usually leads you to wear cheap, brittle plastic sunglasses that last around five minutes’ tops.
These five minute wonders may look OK and yes you can buy 10 pairs – however, unless they have ‘CE’ or ‘ANSI’ marked somewhere around the temple area then it’s highly likely you’re frying your corneas like an egg on Sunday morning. These two markings ensure that the lenses comply with common standards and that they block out 95% of UV rays below 380 nanometres. #Protection
Factors to Consider when Purchasing Sunglasses
When it comes to selecting the perfect pair of sunglasses there are a number of things that you should consider. This includes simple things like “which is your favourite brand” to “which lenses and frame shape would suit me”.
Facts about Sunglasses
When it comes to selecting lenses you can either go for CR-39 or Polycarbonate which are both reasonably lightweight. However, the issue with these lenses is that they are not entirely scratch resistant. An alternative option to these lenses are glass lenses – generally more expensive but more resistant to wear and tear.
At this point we know your brain is already a little zapped from thinking about lenses, but one final question to ask yourself would be whether or not to fork out for polarised lenses.
Now, not all polarized lenses are expensive, but as a general rule of thumb they are. The main reason to buy polarized lenses is if you will be wearing them near water or for driving.
Polarized lenses will account for the glare from the water/road and allow you to see more effectively. Quality sunglasses can withstand the forces of nature (or the human force accidentally sitting down on them… whoops!)
Which Material Should I Choose for My Sunglasses?
When it comes to choosing a material for your sunnies you’re likely to be selecting between acetate or metal. The pros of acetate sunglasses are that they come in a wider variety of colours, however, pros of metal sunglasses are that they are more durable and can withstand corrosion for longer.
Other factors that you may want to look out for are springs at the arms – which allow for some flexibility when wearing and the padding at the bridge. Of course you can pay attention to smaller details that make your sunglasses standout.
Which Style of Sunglasses Should I Choose?
Sunglasses can come in a variety of different styles which is mainly set by the shape of the frame. The variety of styles can suit a range of different face shapes and before you select which pair of sunglasses to buy, you may want to read into which frame shape suits which face shape.
If the lens is wider than it is tall, then it is likely to be a rectangle lens. These types of frames offer angles that work well with rounded or oval face shapes.
Round frame glasses ooze vintage style and have been worn by many great people along the way. With Malcolm X, John Lennon and Jeff Goldblum all wearing round sunglasses it’s safe to say that you’d be in great company by wearing them. Generally the round frame is best suited to square, heart and diamond face shapes.
Double Bridge Sunglasses
Once again these are a particularly vintage inspired look and have been popular for many years. These types of glasses have a secondary bridge that is there for added detailing, which brings about some extra interest to your eyewear. The double bridge will often be used on acetate or thin metal frames such as aviators.
Wrap Around Sunglasses
The wrap around frame is designed primarily for athletes. The lens covers your entire eye and wraps around the edge of your face (ensuring no light creeps through the sides). Most of these glasses will have spring loaded arms to ensure they don’t fall off during any sporting activities.
Before you buy, remember to consider your face shape and which lens will suit you best. Also, try to decide which material and lens you would like to purchase as this will narrow down your choices and make purchasing the right pair a lot easier. To satisfy your sunglass needs click here. #STANDOUT