Women's Sunglass Considerations



It's not uncommon for women to own a variety of sunglasses, typically a pair for each outfit or occassion. While it is critical to match your shades to your style, there are other considerations you may want to examine before dropping a few dollars on your next pair.

Face Shape

You'll want to find a frame shape that is opposite of your face shape. Granted, there may be a few exceptions but overall if you follow these guidelines, you'll like how the shape fits and looks on your face. Below are the most common face shapes. Which one do you have?

  • Heart: Characterized by a pointy chin and a forehead much wider than your chin. A rectangular frame will balance out your forehead to chin ratio. Stay away from oversized frames that emphasize your forehead.
  • Square: This means you have a strong jaw line that is similar width as your forehead. Look for round frames or Aviators. Avoid square or geometric shaped frames.
  • Long or Oval: If your face is longer than it is wide, you have a long or oval shaped face. Careful not to go much wider than your face. Symmetrical sunglasses, with the same length and width of each lens will be flattering -- think Clubmaster style.
  • Round: If the widest part of your face is your cheeks, you have a round face shape. You're going to want to look for rectangular frames that will make your face appear longer. Steer clear of round or circular frames that will be less flattering than other frame shapes. If you have a lighter complexion and hair, opt for brown or yellow toned sunglasses.


Lens material

Most ladies can admit that they don't pay very much attention to what kinds of lenses are in their favorite pair of sunnies. However, making it a significant part of your sunglass buying decision will ensure your stylish shades have more valuable. Between the purpose, look, quality and durability, it's a wide world of lenses. Let us simplify it for you.

  • Cellulose Triacetate: Made from renewable plant sources, these lenses offer impeccable scratch resistance, UV filtering, optical clarity and are even made to absorb shock.
  • CR39: CR39: Commonly used by many sunglass manufacturers, these are a cheap yet decent type of lens material. Usually, these lenses posses no UV protection or anti-scratch coverings unless added by the manufacturer.
  • Glass: Generally running on the more expensive side of materials, these are much heavier than the aforementioned lenses. Glass lenses tend to be the cream of the crop as they offer the best optical accuracy and the most protection against scratches.
  • Acrylic: Generally run on the cheaper side and best for casual sunglasses. They tend to be less durable and optically clear than other lens material.
  • Polycabonate: Popular to the market place, these sunglasses are great for clarity, hold up well in varying temperatures and can handle quite a bit of impact.
  • Polyurethane: Tends to be a bit more expensive but worth it. Polyurethane lenses are great for impact resistance and provide very clear vision.


Ageless

When investing in your next pair of sunglasses, think about getting a pair that can withstand the test of time and serve you for years or even decades! It's worth spending the time searching for a pair that won't break tomorrow, fall off the fashion bus next season and will grow old with you. By purchasing a pair that is classic and timeless, you'll be sure to have years of enjoying your favorite pair of shades.


Coatings

Back in the day, the only sunglasses with protective coatings on the lenses were big, bulky and a far reach from flattering. Nowadays, many high-fashion, trendy sunglasses utilize some sort of protective coating, and for good reason. Each of these coatings offer a different barrier between your eyes and harmful external elements. It's important to know what kind of coating will be applicable to your lifestyle.

  • Anti-reflective (AR): This coating eliminates the glare you see, from driving at night, computer screens and flourescent lighting. It also helps minimize glare that others would see. If you get a premium pair of AR, they may even repel dust, water and oil.
  • Polarized: This specialized coating blocks glare and reflection by filtering out specific light vibrations. These are especially great for outdoor enthusiasts but also great for safe visibility when driving.
  • Tinted: Not only do these sunglasses have a fun color applied to the lens, they offer functionality for performance. Depending on the color, they can reduce glare, enhance depth perception and improve contrast. Proving beneficial for athletes and spectators alike.
  • Photochromic: The tint on these lenses changes depending on the lighting. If you go between shade and sunlight often, these lenses would be a convenient choice.
  • Mirrored (Flash): These sunglasses aid in protecting against glare. While they are still effective, polarized lenses offer a better shield from glare and reflection. Plus, they look snazzy.


Styles

This is where it gets fun! Remember when we talked about what shapes will be flattering of your face shape, now is the time to tie that in with the style to create the perfect sunnies for you. Have fun with finding the right style for you, don't rush it and be open minded. A style that you've always been drawn to might not be the perfect match for you.

  • Cateye: Made popular in the 50's and 60's, these types of sunglasses epitomize the sexy, confident female. Cateye frames are recognized by their thick rims that flare at the upper edges by the temples and are often embellished. They make for a fun addition to any ensemble.
  • Surf Style: A classic frame style of sunglasses for both men and women, made popular decades ago by Ray Ban. features a thicker banded silhouette with squared edges by the temples.
  • Clubmaster: Generally an all-around flattering style which is characterized by a thick upper rim and bare bottoms. Many women find that Clubmasters compliment their face shape nicely and complete any outfit.
  • Aviator: Originally worn by Air Force pilots, this design has become a sexy style for many women to pull off. As long as the frame shape compliments your face shape, you'll have a classic style for life. Aviators are known for their oval shape and dark lenses.


UV radiation

It's important to understand the risks of UV radiation and what can result from ignoring the facts. UV radiation can cause cataract (which cloud the eye's lens), macular degeneration (where part of the retina, needed for clear vision, is damaged) and other similar eye problems.

Sunlight, which reflects off of flat surfaces, such as snow, water and asphalt, can be especially dangerous. Polarized sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun.

Sunglasses help to shield the tender tissue around the eyes, which can be very susceptible to skin cancer. They will also help avoid more cosmetic concerns, like the formation of wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow's feet.

Optometrists suggest that the bigger the sunglasses, the better, as they offer more protection. They also suggest that sunnies should fit snug to your nose and ears without rubbing or hurting at all. Sunglasses should also be worn close to your face to avoid any extra sun exposure.