It probably comes as no surprise that when you’re wearing a cool, chic, trendy pair of sunglasses, you’re doing so much more than protecting and/or covering your eyes.
Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses often times function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored, polarized or darkened.
Sunglasses have become so popular in adding to an edgy, cool, glamorous vibe, that sometimes people wear sunglasses indoors or at night.
(I wear my sunglasses at night…I can’t see where I’m going…but I look cool, all right!)
Sunglasses Fun Fact: In the early 20th century, sunglasses were also known as sun cheaters (cheaters being an American slang term for glasses). The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun, to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun, and blue light, which can cause several serious eye problems.
Nancy Mangano Fun Fact: Oh Mr. Sun, I simply adore you and could not imagine you not being in my life…but you sometimes shine so brightly you hurt my eyes or burn my skin and cause me strife. Have no fear though Mr. Sun… the heat, warmth and comfort that you provide to my bones cannot be surpassed by anyone! I LOVE SUNSHINE ABUNDANT DAYS!
In addition to protecting eyes from the sun, sunglasses can be worn to hide one’s eyes. Sunglasses can make direct eye contact nearly impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses. The avoided eye contact can also demonstrate the wearer’s detachment, which is considered desirable (or cool) in some circles. Eye contact can be avoided even more directly when wearing mirrored sunglasses.
And, of course, let’s not forget fashion. Let’s NEVER forget fashion! Fashion is a huge reason people wear sunglasses, especially designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes, colors and styles are a vogue fashion accessory.
What is a fashion passion for both lads and lasses? Wearing hip, cool, fun, styling sunglasses!
Sunglasses Fun Fact: Fashion trends often draw on the “cool” image of sunglasses and association with a particular lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. In some cases, this connection serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.
My oh my! Sunglasses do so much more than merely cover the eyes!
Slip on those spectacular spectacles and let’s get fashion wise!
Various Styles of Sunglasses:
- Shutter Shades
- Gradient Lenses
Sunglasses Fun Fact: Other well-known, popular words for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun specs, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses.
Sunglasses Thought to Ponder: If guys make passes at girls in glasses, perhaps girls should make passes at guys in glasses!
Designer sunglasses are big business…with many major designers launching major advertisement campaigns completely around sunglasses. Some famous designer brands of sunglasses include:
- Oakley, Inc.(Oakley blades, anyone?)
- Kaenon Polarized
- Maui Jim
- Foster Grant
- Dolce & Gabbana
A large part of the fashion look of sunglasses depends on the size and shape of the frames, the bedazzling of the frames and the colors of the lenses.
Oversized sunglasses make the wearer look youthful, playful and adventuresome!
Sunglasses Fun Fact: When wearing sunglasses, the nose bridge is important for comfort and proper fit. Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also help prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.
Who is that hiding behind those sassy, sexy sunglasses?
“When you slip those retro sunglasses on your face you look like a movie star.”
“What’s the point of covering your eyes…no one will know who you are?”
“I retreat from the spotlight when I wear sunglasses for a disguise.”
“People will recognize you anyway…the public is clever and wise.”
(She starts to strut away).
“Hold on. Let me gaze at you in sunglasses since you look cool, classy, great.”
“Then take a picture, sweetheart, …I don’t have time to wait!”
Sunglasses: No matter who you are and no matter what you wear…when donning a pair of sensational “shades” people will stop and stare!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846.