Why Sunglasses are the Perfect Beach Accessory

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Sunglasses With Style

Sunglasses for beach cruising

Sunglasses are one of the greatest beach accessories since the margarita.  For starters, aside from being a must-have fashion staple and an integral part of your wardrobe, a pair that blocks 100% of both UVB and UVA radiation also serves an important function in protecting the health of your eyes. 

Prevent wrinkles around the eye

Wrinkle free sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses on a regular basis might just seem like a fashion statement to some people, but did you know that the skin around your eyes is among the thinnest and most sensitive on your body? This makes it particularly susceptible to wrinkling from excessive exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. The bigger the sunglasses the better to help prevent premature aging and wrinkles caused by squinting from direct sunlight. So, go on and throw on some boho sunnies, your eyes will thank you.

What to look for when buying sunglasses

Happy shades

You would think that buying the best looking pair is a straightforward process, but there is a minefield of different frame materials, styles, and colored lens sunglasses in the market today that can perfectly compliment your beachwear.  The first thing to look out for when buying sunglasses is to get a pair that provide 100% UV protection of both UVA and UVB light. Another way to say this is UV 400 protection. They should also have polarized lenses that help block horizontal oriented light so glare is almost eliminated. The coolest thing about a pair of polarized sun glasses is that they;

  • Reduce eye strain and improve visual comfort
  • They give a real perception of colors
  • They provide improved contrast and visual clarity
  • The eliminate glare and reduce reflections

In addition to suiting your lifestyle, the right pair of sunglasses should complement both your complexion and face shape. A good rule of thumb to go by when picking a pair to suit you is to work with the angles on your face and look for opposite frames that will balance out your proportions.

In general, go for square frames if you have a rounder face because in this case, adding some definition is key. As a rule, the stronger your features are, the bigger the frame should be, so work with curvy styles in warm or neutral tones to soften a strong jaw line and wide cheekbones, you get the drift.

Red aviator sunglasses

What’s trending

Whether you’ve had a night of counting sheep or had one too many at a beach festival, the right pair of sunglasses can revamp your style or conceal those morning eyes and dark circles in seconds. Depending on your style, whether oversized lenses, trendy, classic aviators, retro square styles, cat eyes, browline, or sport, 2019 brings a lot of stylish glasses designed to speak your language. Check out the following list;

  • White and clear frame glasses – these unisex frames are all the rage right now and are ideal for people who want to either achieve a subtle look or want to dress to impress and shades like transparent honey will look great on light, pale skin tones. The frames can be worn as prescription glasses or at the beach.

Thin round sunglasses

  • Butterfly and Oval sunglasses - Are you obsessed with oversized lenses? Butterfly sunnies and the beach go together like warm mittens and snowfall. Do your eyes a favor and always keep them protected while you’re at the beach, the generous sizing provides great coverage against the sun. They both are a staple for any collection and fit almost any face shape.
  • Cat Eyes sunglassesThese beach style glasses have show off feminine vibes with feline prints and old-school charm for retro lovers. They are categorized by upswept angles and passé frames made famous in the ’50s by stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.
  • Brow Bar sunglasses - This trend is a spin-off of the Aviator frames that have recently hit the mainstream. The frames vary in shape, size, and material and the addition of a second brow bar that rides along the eyebrows adds a fun addition to any bikini look.
  • Aviator sunglasses  These cool-looking shades were popularized by pilots. They have a dark metal frame and reflective or smoke, teardrop lenses designed to block the sun from all angles. The make a great addition to all modern-day Maverick, don’t you think? Even after 80 years, this all-American style remains the best-selling pair worldwide.

  • Browline sunglasses – They have a thick top frame that runs across the brow and extra-thin rims around the bottom half of the lens (hence the name). Thanks to Colonel Sanders who was a browline fan, today, you can see celebrities rocking the retro-inspired showstoppers at the beach or bikini festivals.
  • Oakley Offshoot sunglasses – These glasses are great because you can choose between six different lens colors and ten frame shades and its classic design means that you can wear them while out and about or at the beach
  • Sports sunglasses – These are a great fit for the adventure-seekers out there because many come with special polarized lenses and the thin, sleek lenses tapering at the temples are sturdy and made to fight glare and enhance visibility.
  • Marine sunglasses – These glasses have caused quite a stir among celebrities such as Gigi, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, etc. For about $200, this slim cat-eye style pair is not only stylish but it also offers 100% UV protection.
  • Illesteva Leonard style – These sunglasses are made in Italy and France from quality materials, which ensures their durability. The versatile design epitomizes the need for classic eyewear with a downtown New York aesthetic. So why not grab a pair of these for your next beach vacation because they will protect your eyesight, and leave you looking stylish while you’re at it.

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