Which Sunglasses Will Make You Shine?

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As you may have gathered, we love particular people. Particularly those who take a thoroughly bold approach when accessorizing the windows to their souls. You also may have noticed that winter is taking a backseat and summer is on its way. While it may seem that the glasses-wearing among us are more indoorsy-types, those of us that spend hours and hours cataloging vintage record collections or re-reading the Odyssey can also enjoy, you know, going outside. Indeed dear reader, the top of today’s post is sunglasses.

When we raise the topic of sunglasses, many folks think there’s only one thing to consider, which is style. And while the Roy Orbisons and the Anna Wintours of the world may be onto something, there’s so much more to choosing the right sunglasses, specifically, the right lenses. So, before you break out the SPF, golf clubs, and summer reading list, feast your eyes upon the wide variety of sunglasses available to your perfectly-particular, statement-making selves.

What’s your (lenses) type?

What’s your (lenses) type?

If we’re being (brutally) honest, which we always are, style is truly in the eye of the beholder. We cannot emphasize enough how personal, personal style is. We can (and will) make suggestions but what needs to be addressed immediately is lens types. There are several and which one is best for you really depends on your visionary requirements and your favorite summertime activities. Anyway, this is not a drill, but it is basically a sunglasses quiz, so please read carefully and answer truthfully, because like anything in life it’s really best to know all of your options.

Question 1: Would your closest friends describe you as an avid reader?

Question 1: Would your closest friends describe you as an avid reader?

Have you already begun compiling a long list of summer reading? Do you consider reading on the beach all day an endurance sport? Have you ever experienced a lack of facial tanning due to burying your face in a book on sunny days? Do you typically wear readers to read said reading material? Then my friend, living your life to the fullest this summer requires reader sunglasses equipt with full lenses. Full lenses are designed to combine your readers and your sunglasses for the perfect summertime specs. They come fully tinted with your reader strength and are 100% UV protected. Get ready to re-read all of Harry Potter (or whatever light summer reading you prefer) without the eye strain.

Question 2: Do your summer interests have multiple focal points?

Question 2: Do your summer interests have multiple focal points?

Are you a person who enjoys activities that require you to look up close at something and then look out at a distance? Say, golfing? Gardening? Or urban birding perhaps? If you’re a bifocal-wearing person, reader sunglasses with bifocal lenses are here for you AND made without a noticeable bifocal line. Other perks of getting yourself a pair of these beauties include an anti-reflective coating to prevent glare (from the sun, not Cheryl from accounting), a scratch-resistant coating, and 100% UV ray protection.

Question 3: Are you prepared to deal with glaring issues?

Question 3: Are you prepared to deal with glaring issues?

Look, we understand that when you’re willing to sport sassy frames, a little jealousy glare here and there is to be expected, it’s a compliment really. However, with polarized lenses, glare should only come from sheer envy, not from the sun. Polarized lenses are known for their ability to reduce glare and provide contrast on sunny days so you’re not blinded by the light. The real question is: which type of polarized lenses are right for you, grey or brown?

It’s very common to go grey, in fact, most people do. A grey lens offers a neutral color perception meaning everything will look fairly the same, just a shade darker. Brown lenses are made to enhance contrast and boost color. By brightening your surroundings overall, brown lenses are great for activities like golfing, biking, or fishing.

On-trend, not trendy.

On-trend, not trendy.

Not to go all Teen Magazine on you, but if you answered yes to any of these questions, purchasing a pair of sunglasses with your preferred lens type is recommended. The only question remaining is: what style do you prefer? As we said before, your look is completely up to you. However, some find it helpful to play to their facial strengths. For those with square faces or more angular features, rounded frames like Board Stiff or Off The Record are very complementary options. If you happen to have a round face with soft features, a square frame like Biff or Anomaly will be just what your face shape ordered.

Any way you slice it, the perfect pair of sunglasses is just waiting to be propped up upon your nose just in time for summer. Here’s to warm weather and looking hot as hell while you’re out there enjoying it.