Summer is officially in full swing! It's the season for heading to the beach, the park, and all kinds of other outdoor activities. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and people can't wait to get outside. With the additional time outdoors in the sunshine comes the need for sunglasses. There are many reasons that we need (and want) sunglasses. Before you start buying, make sure you know what to look for when you are choosing a new pair of sunglasses to enjoy the summer with. But, before we get started, here are a few fun facts:
A Few Things You've Never Heard About Sunglasses
- The average person loses their sunglasses every 7 months. Don't you hate when one of your favorite pairs goes missing? You aren't alone! In the United States a pair of sunglasses breaks or goes missing every 14 minutes.
- In ancient China judges used an invention similar to sunglasses to hide their expressions from those in the court while they listened.
- Rumor has it that Sir Elton John owns over 1,000 pairs of sunglasses. See, you can always use another pair!
- Sunglasses became popular in America after the 1920's. Movie stars were filming the majority of movies in Hollywood where the sun was blazing. The actors and actresses started wearing sunglasses while on set. Once images started to come out the trend caught on and by the 1930's sunglasses were very popular amongst women.
Memorable Movie Sunglasses
Over the years there are some people that have made their sunglasses famous. They set the way for trends that caught on and had everyone wanting to get a pair:
- The Aviators - Back in 1986 a little movie came out known as Top Gun. Maverick (Tom Cruise) wore aviators and everyone took notice. They soon became the big trend in sunglasses.
- Wayfarers - To stick with Tom Cruise for a minute, he also is responsible for the comeback of the Wayfarer style sunglasses in the 80's after he wore the over sized black shades in Risky Business.
- The large oversized glasses made famous by Al Pacino in Scarface. - That's right, these glasses may never have been in style if it weren't for this movie.
- Tortoiseshell with blue lenses - the Thomas Crown Affair brought attention to these glasses.
- Small round and colorful - John Lennon and Elton John may have made them famous originally, but Will Smith brought them back in a new way in Wild, Wild, West. Who wore them better? We'll let you decide.
As you can see sunglasses do more than just protect your eyes from the sun. They are a way to express yourself and your sense of fashion and style. No one pair is right for every person. And, choosing the right one for yourself can be tricky. Here are the things you need to focus on when buying sunglasses.
Determine Why You Need Them?
As we discussed sunglasses serve different purposes. If you are choosing a pair strictly based on fashion then that will be your determining factor. In this case choose ones that fit, are comfortable, and show off your sense of style. However, if you are choosing sunglasses because you are going to be outside and want to protect your eyes from the sun you have to consider a few other things along with it.
If you are going to be participating in a sporting event you need glasses that are going to stay on your head as you move around. Most people don't want to have to wear the strap around the back of their heads to keep their glasses on. When you try on a pair of sunglasses move your head up, down, and side-to-side. If you notice that the glasses are slipping down or moving too much from their position it isn't the right pair for you. Practice the movements that your head will be doing during your activity. The last thing you need is your sunglasses flying off your face as you try to catch a fly ball.
If you are using your sunglasses outside you want to make sure that they will actually protect your eyes from the sun. That means they need to have 100% UVA and UVB protection. This may not seem like a big deal because you can't feel the effects of sun damage in your eyes immediately the way you do sun burn on your skin. But, UV rays can cause cataracts, damage the retina that helps you to see clearly, and cause the tissue of the eye to thicken and harden which can cause great discomfort. Yes, this might be boring information, but we're guessing you are going to want your eyes to still be working properly 10 years from now.
If you are choosing your glasses to add a little something to your look, then this doesn't apply. Sunglasses are for a lot more than eye protection these days.
The Right Fit
There is nothing more annoying than sunglasses that don't fit right. They either make your head feel like it's being squeezed in a vise, hurt the crown of your nose, or constantly slide down your face. Choose a pair that is going to fit. Every person's head is different.
You also want to make sure that you can see out of them. That sounds simple enough, but it doesn't always work like that. Chances are you have probably bought a pair at some point that didn't do what you wanted them to. Put the glasses on your face and look straight forward. Are you looking through the lense or is the edge of the frame in your line of sight? Once you know the answer you will instantly know if that bothers you or not.
If you are buying for eye protection you need the lense to cover your entire eye. However, when you are buying for fashion you have options. Some people like to be a little dramatic with glasses that they have to look down to see through the lense completely. And, some like the option of being able to eye someone over their glasses. Figure out which type of person you are and rock it!
Having multiple pairs of glasses to match your look for the day is always a good idea. You can choose colors for both your frames and your lenses. If you find a pair you love, like these Cat Eye Sunglasses, you can get them in a variety of colors to have a new look each day. Whether you want gold rims with green lenses or black steam punk glasses you can find the color choices you want at Pink Donut!
Choosing Sunglasses that Work with your Face Shape
Round Face - To help give your face a longer look choose glasses that are asymmetrical on either the top of the bottom. Stay away from glasses that are super square or lennon style. However, flat brimmed glasses can look great.
Heart Shaped Face - If you have a heart shaped face your face is wider at the top than it is at the bottom. You will want to look for sunglasses that do the same thing. Cat eyed glasses can be the perfect fit. Other include frameless glasses.
Oval Face - If you have an oval face the world of sunglasses is wide open for you. The symmetry of your face allows you to play around with all different kinds of styles.
Oblong Face - Girls with oblong faces, like Liv Tyler, do well with larger framed sunglasses. Try to keep the bottom edge at the apple of your cheek.
Square Face - When you have a square face and a strong jaw line the best glasses for you will be ones that come up higher up instead of coming lower down on the bridge of your nose.
When it all comes down to it, the most important thing with your sunglasses is how you feel in them. Choose a pair of sunglasses that make you feel confident and like you own the room. Buy a variety, that way you can pick the right pair for the right moment. You can show off your techy side with Pixel Sunnies and your sexy side with some colored aviators. The options are limitless and when you find a pair you love buy them in a ton of colors so you always have a pair to fit your fashion for the day.
Pink Donut's sunglass options are not only fashionable, but they are affordable. This makes it easy to find a pair or two you love and buy a few so you will never be without. Don't let the summer pass without finding a few pair of sunglasses that let you show off your style from one day to the next.