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Monthly Archives: July 2017

All about Men and Women Sunglasses

When men purchase sunglasses, they usually opt for styles that are more traditional in nature. Men’s sunglasses are usually shades of black, gray, or brown, while the lenses are normally oval or rectangular. Men tend to prefer sunglasses that reflect classic shapes and styles, and modern fashions do not play a large role in their selection. Women tend to be a little more flamboyant with their choice of sunglasses. No shape, style, or color is taboo. Although many women prefer oversized sunglasses, current trends and seasonal colors play a big part in selecting the perfect pair. Light pinks and other pastels are perfect for spring and summer, while darker colors are more commonplace in cooler weather.

Men’s sunglasses often follow the same trends year after year. This is why men’s sunglasses are timeless, and a good pair never goes out of style. For women, this summer’s top fashion choice is larger-than-life frames that cover a good portion of the face. These glasses represent both a fashion statement as well as a health precaution. UV protective lenses in these glasses add an additional layer of protection from the sun’s harmful rays, and the increased coverage area means less fine lines and wrinkles in the future. Another trend many people are leaning toward is self-darkening lenses. These lenses eliminate the need for a separate pair of sunglasses for people who wear prescription glasses for sight correction. They accurately sense the amount of sunlight in their surroundings and get lighter or darker accordingly.

In the future, trends for men’s sunglasses are likely to stay the same. While slight variations in shape and color may help modernize the overall look, men will likely continue to fall back upon traditional style choices. Women, on the other hand, are very innovative. Willing to take fashion risks and be the first to wear new styles, women’s eye wear and sunglasses are forever changing and being redesigned. It is anticipated that the current styles will remain fashionable during the next several years, with slight variances in lens shapes and sizes. As with any fashion, sunglass trends phase in and out. For instance, Aviator-style sunglasses were popular from the 1930s until the 1980s. After this time frame, they were phased out and replaced by the more ‘modern’ styles that we see today. That said, as of today, Aviator-style sunglasses are quickly gaining popularity once again.

For both men and women, sunglasses are a direct reflection of their personalities and fashion choices. No matter if they are going for a conservative look or something much louder, a pair of sunglasses can finish off any look. It has been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but there is a pair of sunglasses for any age, gender, and personality right here on Earth.

Styling in the Sunshine

Some of the hippest sunglass styles continue to be the oversized type. Sometimes these shades can look like they take up half of your face. But all the starlets and stargazers are wearing them, whether on the sand or on the way to the supermarket. Try some of the newest versions of the oversized genre, such as the “bug eye” look or “wide-line” styles that can actually fit over your prescription eyeglasses.

What about retro? Well, the classic “Jackie O” look–sleek, dark plastic frames with that rounded ’50s look–is making a comeback, as well as the popular 80’s wayfarer look. The ultimate in classic sunglasses, the aviators made famous in movies like “Top Gun”, are revisiting runways too. For men, aviator types may have never gone out of style, but women’s aviator sunglasses are the new rage. New aviators come in all colors including classic black, brown, gold, and silver, as well as pink, blue, green, and “gun metal” frames.

As for colors and textures of today’s top sunglasses, keep your eyes out for the newest designers that feature animal skin and lizard leather textures, crystal-jewel touches, or even mother-of-pearl inlays. Even sunglasses’ carrying cases can be glamorized with touches of gems, dangling doodads, or the designer’s logo.

One of the top new lines of sunglasses of late has been aimed specifically at athletes, and not just the pros on the beach volleyball courts, ski lifts and golf courses need to wear them. These shades can benefit any athlete, pro or weekend warrior alike. They usually come with polarized lenses to protect against glare, and many times their lenses darken or lighten depending on the light. One of the top features of athletic sunglasses is their interchangeable lens systems–so no matter the weather or sport you find yourself in, you can switch out to the correct lens type.

Art of Accessorising

When choosing accessories, you need to think about the outfit that you are accessorising. An eye catching dress may look too much with statement accessories as well. Some other considerations when choosing accessories are:

o Mood – Do the accessories match with the mood of the outfit and the look you are trying to create? Unless you are a real trendsetter a gothic style scarf will not look great with a power suit.

o Colour – Do the accessories match or compliment the colours of the outfit? – Contrary to popular belief black does not go with everything. Accessories are a great way to add colour to an outfit and experiment with different colour combinations.

o Silhouette – How will the accessories that you add affect the overall shape of the outfit? eg wearing a belt will completely change the look of a loose fitting top or dress.

o Drawing or diverting attention – do your accessories draw attention to your best features and draw attention away from your worst features? If not they should e.g. draw eyes towards a pretty face with a neck scarf, a neat waist with belt, long legs with some gorgeous patterned tights.

As with any fashion and style advice the only real way to find out what something is going to look like is to try it on. Try on two or three different accessory combinations with an outfit and choose which looks and feels best.

Get some Advantages Wearing Sunglasses

The idea of looking cool in sunglasses seems to have begun in the 1950’s with the cool, tough guy, biker look of Jimmy Dean, Marlon Brando, and Peter Fonda. In the 1970’s “the Fonze” in the hit TV show Happy Days, a show based on the every day life in the 1950’s, also reinforced this look. The concept of sunglasses and being cool also existed in the music of that time. Jazz musician, Mile Davis, recorded an album Birth of the Cool in 1957 that included songs from 1949 and 1950. On the cover of that album Miles is wearing Sunglasses, his cool trademark.

The mystery factor for wearing sunglasses probably dates back to the early days of film making when starlets wore sunglasses that were thought to help disguise themselves from the public. Today we now know that this is only partly true. While the sunglasses did help with disguise they also concealed the redness of their eyes caused by the harsh lighting on the movie set. Hence, sunglasses are a single item with a multitude of benefits.

Through the years we have come to use sunglasses to symbolize so much of what we feel or believe. Do you remember the Jackson’s all wore sunglasses to symbolize their solidarity during their final word tour? Also the use of key phases like “My future is so bright I need to wear sunglasses to see it.” And what about these unforgettable song lyrics “I wear my sunglasses at night…”

Sunglasses have a long history but today we know that there most valuable benefit is that they help protect our eyes over the long term from cataracts and macular degeneration. Since not all sunglasses are capable of protecting your eyes from UV rays, make sure that sunglasses that you purchase state this fact on their label. For active or performance sunglasses make sure that they provide all the protection that you need for your sport. For my biker friends, “Protect your eyes and enjoy the ride.”