Sunglasses are a part of any “sunny day” outfit and it’s not just because sunglasses protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. They also add style to any outfit.
People wear sunglasses for different reasons, whether it’s protection from glare, for comfort and protection while engaging in outdoor activities or simply as a fashion accessory. There are different kinds of sunglasses based on style and type of lenses. Whatever the reason, make sure to choose the right type of lenses along with the style.
Aviator sunglasses are one of the oldest kinds of sunglasses but this design has never gone out of style. Developed in the 1940’s by Ray-Ban to help pilots protect their eyes, they are considered a classic. Typical characteristics of the aviator glasses are large dark lenses, often reflective and with a thin metal frame.
The lenses are usually slightly convex and protect the entire range of the human eye from light at all angles. Besides their protective properties, they tend to look good on everyone.
Style Tip: Choosing mirrored lenses with aviator sunglasses ups the style quotient, as well as offering added protection.
Wayfarer sunglasses are another product introduced by Ray-Ban and they have been one their best-selling fashion icons of the 20th century. The typically trapezoidal shaped lenses are tempered by a strong frame to provide an elegant look for both men and women. The glasses come in various colors and textures. These kinds of sunglasses go with all sorts of outfits and are perfect for daily wear.
The Wrap-around style of sunglasses gives the person wearing them a sporty look. These kinds of sunglasses are usually worn by people engaging in outdoor activities and sports. The wrap-around style usually has sleek lenses tapering at the temples and covering the eye area fully to protect from harmful UV rays. These sunglasses are less likely to fall off your face during strenuous activities.
Style Tip: You can pair polarized lenses with wayfarer and wrap-around sunglasses to further protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.
Gradient sunglasses have lenses that are shaded from bottom to top or from top to bottom. The two types of gradients are single and double. The most commonly used is the single gradient, which is dark at the top and lighter at the bottom. Although not so good at reducing glare, they are particularly useful while driving. The shaded part cuts the glare from the sky and the bottom part allows for a clear field of vision.
Double gradient lenses are shaded at both the top and the bottom but are lighter in the middle. These kinds of sunglasses are best used for water sports where light reflects off the water.
All of the above-mentioned sunglasses styles are available from countless manufacturers, including famous makers like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Burberry, Maui Jim and many more.