How To Pick Sunglasses

By Subodh / July 15, 2014

Sunglasses can be a perfect add-on to your attire and they can also protect you from the harmful UV rays. They are much more than a fashion accessory. But finding the right frame is also necessary or you’ll end up buying a pair that you’d never use.
Sunglasses can be picked according to various factors like shape, size, and functionality. Here are a few ways on how to pick sunglasses

Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

Everybody has a different face shape like round, heart, oval and square. Plus, not all frame shapes suit everyone. Choosing the right frame which compliments your face shape is very essential.

  • Heart-shaped face – A heart-shaped face like is characterized by a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. The best sunglasses for this face shape are aviators and wayfarer types as they are wider at the top than at the bottom, which complements the face shape.
  • Round face – A round face is widest at the cheekbones and narrower at the forehead and jaw line. For rounder faces, it is best to go for angular frames which help add definition. Square and wayfarer type frames are the best choice.
  • Oval face – For oval-faces just about every frame shape works. It is characterized by the narrow proportions and jaw line, and usually high cheekbones. Aviators, wayfarers, oversized, you name it! All these frame shapes will suit an oval face. Just make sure the proportions are right, they should not be too big or too small.
  • Square face- A square face generally has a narrow forehead, strong jaw and wide cheekbones. Choose a frame shape that will complement the broad features and soften it. Round frames with soft or rimless edges are the perfect choice.

How to pick sunglasses

Sunglasses For Eye Protection

Sunglasses aren’t merely used as a fashion accessory, they are also essential in protecting and safeguarding your eyes and the surrounding tissues from harmful rays, dust and pollution. Here’s how to choose sunglasses for protection.

  • Just as UV rays are harmful to your skin, they can damage your corneas too. Choose sunglasses which provide 100% UV protection and blocks up to 400 nanometers.
  • Choose sunglasses with Polaroid filter. They cut down the glare which comforts your eyes.

Lens Color (Tint)

The color of your lens isn’t merely for a fashion statement. They affect how you differentiate colours and detect contrast. Some coloured lenses can help with the color distinction while others can alter the way you perceive few colours which can be problematic.

  • To reduce the light intensity without affecting or altering the natural colours, choose grey lenses.
  • For sports like tennis, opt for blue or green lenses as they enhance contrast.
  • Brown lenses enhance contrast by partially blocking blue light. They are best suited for snow sports.
  • Violet and orange lenses are the best choice for hunting when you need to see clay targets on a green background.

Lens Coatings

Expensive sunglasses usually contain several layers of coating. These coatings add additional protection and features to your sunglasses

  • A hydrophobic coating will help repel water from your sunglasses, keeping it dry and clean.
  • Anti-scratch coating prevents unwanted scratches that occur during handling of the sunglasses keeping it optically clear.
  • For humid conditions and high–energy activities, go for sunglasses with anti-fog coating.

Choosing The Right Lens Material

Lenses come in a wide range of materials like plastic, glass, fibre and so on. Some are durable and scratch-proof while others are fragile. Scratched-up sunglasses are useless.

  • Lenses prepared from NXT polyurethane are shock-resistant, bendable, lightweight, and boast great visual clarity, but they’re pricey.
  • Glass provides superior clarity and scratch resistance. But it can also be heavier, expensive, and can “spider” on impact.
  • Polycarbonate is impact-resistant, lightweight and inexpensive. They are not as scratch-resistant and provides less visual clarity than NXT polyurethane or glass.
  • Acrylic is also inexpensive and is best suited for casual and occasional-use sunglasses. But they are the least durable and visually-clear.

Frame Material

Choosing a right frame is as important as selecting the right lens for your sunglasses. They contribute to the feel, look, durability and comfort of your sunglasses.

  • Metal – Metal frames are easy to adjust to your face and provides less obstruction to your field of vision. But they are not suited for high-impact activities as they are more expensive and less durable. Also, they can get too hot in extreme temperatures.
  • Nylon – They are more durable, lightweight and inexpensive than metal and sometimes have high-impact resistance. The downside of this material is that they are not adjustable unless they have an internal wire core.
  • Acetate – These are variations of plastic which are generally found in designer sunglasses. They provide a wide range of colour options, but are less flexible and not suitable for high-activity sports.

Now was that not an interesting piece? Remember, that choosing the right kind of sunglasses can accentuate your looks and make you look chic and sophisticated. So invest time in picking a pair of sunglasses that do justice to your face and features, and you are sure to look no less than a diva or super hero!

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