Sunglasses can act as a frame for your face and can complete whatever look you are going for. Think of Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's or Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator. The important thing is choosing the pair of sunglasses that suits you the best.
Here are some things to consider when choosing your sunglasses:
Choose your frame. When choosing your frame, consider what would best suit the shape of your face. It will fit any of these seven shapes – triangle, inverted triangle, oval, round, oblong, square or diamond. Then, select a frame that accentuates the shape of your face. Here are some suggested frames for the various face shapes.
- Triangle: Frames that have straight lines at the top
- Inverted triangle: Frames without rims
- Oval: Squarish frames
- Round: Squarish or rectangular frames
- Oblong: Squarish frames that are wider than your cheekbones
- Square: Thin frames that are round or oval in shape
- Diamond: Frames without rims or ovoid frames
In addition to choosing the shape of your frame, you should also choose the material, depending on how and where you plan to use the sunglasses. When making your choice, consider your lifestyle, safety and comfort, as well as the durability of the frame. Metal frames can be adjusted to fully fit the frame of your face but may get hot if you are exposed to the sun for an extended period. Nylon frames, while lightweight and stronger, are less adjustable. Acetate frames provide more color varieties but are less durable and less impact-resistant.
Choose your lens material. Lenses may be made of glass, polycarbonate, acrylic or polyurethane.
- Glass lenses are heavier but are scratch-resistant and provide clearer views.
- Polycarbonate lenses are suitable for high-impact activities and are lightweight. However, they are prone to scratches and provide less optical clarity.
- Acrylic lenses are colorful and inexpensive but are less durable and may cause images to be a bit distorted.
- Polyurethane lenses are durable and flexible but can cost more.
Choose the lens color. Locs sunglasses come in various colors, which provide various levels of protection and clarity. It is best to choose the lens color based on your specific needs – the way you see colors and contrasts and your sensitivity to light.
- Gray lenses. No color distortion and reduces overall brightness. Best for moderate to bright light and for everyday wear.
- Orange or yellow lenses. Provides sharper views and better depth perception by filtering blue light. Best for low to moderate light. Works best for snow sports such as snowboarding or skiing, as well as indoor sports such as shooting, racquetball or indoor basketball.
- Amber or rose lenses. Provides stronger contrasts and brighter views but may result in significant color distortion. These provide greater visibility in green or blue backgrounds. Best for low-light conditions. Ideal for driving or cycling in forested areas, trekking, hunting or shooting.
- Brown or copper lenses. Provides increased contrast and depth perception by filtering blue light. Best for low light conditions and changeable weather patterns. Ideal for golf, skiing, fishing, cycling and baseball.
Choose the lens coating. You can have more than one coating for your lenses or filters. Your choice of Olympic Eyewear can include:
- Polarized filter. This minimizes reflected light or glare for more comfort and clarity.
- Mirrored coating. This minimizes the penetration of light but reflecting it.
- Anti-scratch coating. This prevents scratching, particularly if worn by those with an active lifestyle. Lenses that are particular vulnerable to scratching include high index plastic lenses and polycarbonate lenses.
- Hydrophobic coating. This repels water.
- Anti-fog coating. This prevents fogging during high-energy sports and humid weather.