Sunny days any time of year call for a good pair of sunglasses. Wearing shaded glasses in the sun was not always the custom. For centuries, starting around the 1400’s, Chinese judges used them to shield their eyes so the emotion on their face could not be seen.

In the USA, to protect their eyes from the glaring lights aimed at them, early silent film actors wore glasses with darkened lenses. It developed into a style related to the glamour of Hollywood which has persisted even today. Then, sunglasses hit the mainstream in the 1930’s. Invented in 1929, Sam Foster founded the Foster Grant company and started making sunglasses. The first pair was sold on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City New Jersey. A year later, sunglasses were all the rage. Sunglasses became chic in the 1960’s thanks to an advertising campaign for Foster Grant. Escalating in the 1970’s by fashion designers and Hollywood stars which created a huge industry.

Get the Best Protection and Great Style

While there are any number of sunglasses for any budget, undoubtedly the pair that will last the longest, look timeless and wear the best are high end designer glasses in classic shapes. While it may be easy to select a pair that is inexpensive, it is not always about price. The quality of the lenses and glasses themselves is what’s important, and not all glasses are made the same. When it comes to timeless design and quality glasses sometimes it is worth spending a bit more and get a vastly better pair. They will invariably remain favorites for years and better protect your eyes. There is a huge difference between cheap and quality sunglasses that transcends the price tag and their look.

The protection a good lens offers your eyes is of great importance. The biggest difference where eye protection is concerned is in the lens.  Sunglasses whether less costly or expensive must offer enough UVB and UVA protection. Good sunglasses will offer almost complete UV protection and block out nearly all the harmful rays. Another feature to look for in the lenses is polarization as this will eliminate glare. Cheap sunglasses don’t offer any of this protection and will damage your eyes. Since the glasses are shading your eyes, this opens up the iris more but since the lenses aren’t blocking the harmful rays, your opened irises aren’t protected.

When it comes to style, you’ll always look your best when you choose shapes that flatter your face shape and hair color. Go for a timeless frame to endlessly compliment your wardrobe as the years pass. A pair of Chanel tortoise shell sunglasses from 20 years ago looks as great today as they did then!

Top 5 Designer Sunglasses

  1. Chanel
  2. Dior
  3. Halston
  4. Gucci
  5. Louis Vuitton

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