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Buying Sunglasses

No matter the season, sunglasses are the perfect accessory. Shades block the sun's harmful rays and keep you from straining your eyes so you can enjoy the sights around you, all while looking stylish. Find out about all the different styles of sunglasses and which ones will complement your face shape and style perfectly.

 


Types of Sunglasses

Butterfly Sunglasses

The shape of the butterfly sunglasses refers to wings of a butterfly. The shape of these shades are wide on the outer rim and taper in at the bridge of the nose for a trendy oversized look.

  • Face shape - These designs fit with oblong face shapes.
  • Modern version of a classic - The oversized designs are a must-have for any woman looking to channel a retro-glam look. Butterfly shades combine the roundness of oval frames and hard edges of rectangular shades to create a soft-edged pair of shades.

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cat eye glasses have lens with a rounded bottom portion and tapered top that pulls towards the temple.  

  • Face shape - These designs fit best on square, oval and heart face shapes
  • Vintage hollywood-inspired - The cat-eye shape and large frame hides your eyes and gives you an ultra-chic, vintage look. With the elongated corners and oversized frame, these shades add a hint of starlet appeal to any outfit.
 
 

Oval Sunglasses

Oval sunglasses are formed to mimic the shape of your eye. These full-coverage styles give you ample shade from the sun.

  • Face shape - Oval sunglasses a perfect options for long and oval faces.
  • Ideal for Athletes - The oval shape is a combination of practicality and an on-trend look with its form-fitting shape.

 


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Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator sunglasses, also known as pilot sunglasses, range in shape from an inverted triangle to a rectangle. Choose from many different popular lens colors for a unique touch on a well-known style.

  • Classic appeal - Aviators have been in-style for years and won't be going out of style any time soon. Pair these with your business suit or your swim suit, either way you'll look great.
  • Women & men - This style comes in variations for both men and women, so you and your better half can rock these shades.



Rectangular, Sqaure & Wayfarer Sunglasses

Rectangular, sqare and wayfarer sunglasses come in a variety of shapes. Sunglasses with a square lens tend to differ from the wayfarer with varying thicknesses of the top bar and frame.

  • Face shape - If you have a face with a wide jawline, these designs are a good choice. 
  • Versatility - This timeless and streamlined shape makes them versatile enough to go with nearly any outfit.
 
 
 

Round Sunglasses

Round sunglasses offer the wearer a retro-chic look, while offering your eyes protection from the sun. With varying lens sizes, there is a range of styles that allows you to balance out your look appropriately.

  • Face shape - These designs are best for oval, square and heart face shapes.
  • Perfect for unique style - The round style is gaining popularity, but still makes a fashion statement. When paired with a sleek outfit, it makes you standout from the crowd.
 

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Shield Sunglasses

Shield sunglasses wrap around to block out sun from the side, as well as the front. They're sometimes referred to as the wrap-around style.

  • Face shape - Shield designs work best with round, oval and heart-shaped faces.
  • Maximum sun protection - This style not only protects you from the sun head-on, but also blocks rays coming in at an angle. No more squinting through the glare while driving or performing other activities.
 

Rimless Sunglasses

Rimless and semi-rimless sunglasses have the lens secured either by the bridge, top bar or the temple of the pair. The broad range of styles gives you flexibility when choosing a pair that is right for you.

  • Face shape - These types of shades can fit different face shapes. It's best to try these on when in the sunglasses' section.
  • Lightweight design - Rimless shades are light, allowing you to wear them longer than other styles. This construction also can reduce marks and smudges from the nose pads.

 

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Features & Considerations

Lens Colors & Coatings

  • Brown/gray/green - Allows you to see objects in their true color while cutting down on glare and making it easy for you to do everyday activities
  • Yellow/gold/amber - This color family strengthens contrast and increases vision in low-light situations. If you often find yourself skiing down mountains where you'll have high glare and low depth perception, this color lens is for you
  • Pink/red - Since these are contrasting colors with blue and green, they help cut glare when you're out on the water or outside in cloudy conditions
  • Mirrored - This is a type of coating added to your lens that reflects the glare away from your eyes
  • Polarized - This type of lens is best for high-glare situations like being on the water or snowboarding down a mountain on a sunny day.Polarized lens treatments are designed to block glare and brighten colors.

 


Types of Lenses

  • Glass - Lenses made of glass give you the clearest image and are fairly durable
  • NXT polyurethane - NXT polyurethane is nearly indestructible, scratch resistant and very lightweight, but costs the most out of all the lens options
  • Polycarbonate - Polycarbonate is a type of plastic that's highly durable and great for people on the move
  • Acrylic - Commonly found in fashion sunglasses, acrylic doesn't stand up well to the elements but is the least expensive type of lens