Getting a Good Fit for Your Sunglasses

Jun 10, 2013 Olympic Eyewear


Sunglasses not only protect your eyes, they can also be a definitive fashion statement or complete the overall look you want to project. Of course, they should only not look good, they should also feel comfortable and provide a good fit for your face. A good fit is not just about comfort. It is also about maintaining the quality of your sunglasses by preventing distortion caused by an ill-fitting pair.

Buying sunglasses (especially if you're buying designer sunglasses wholesale) does not simply involve choosing the style you want. Remember, every individual is unique. This means that facial shape and size will vary from person to person. You may need to ensure that your selected Xloop sunglasses or wayfarer sunglasses are a good fit for the shape and size of your face.

To determine that your selected sunglasses are a great fit, they should provide a snug fit on the ears and nose. They shouldn't be so loose that they slide down the nose every time you move and not too tight that they squeeze your face or your eyelashes are too close to the lenses (enough for the eyelashes to touch the lenses every time you blink). There should also be an even distribution of the weight of the unit. They should fall too heavily with the bulk of the weight on the nose.

Here are some things you need to know about measuring the frame of your VG sunglasses.

  • Eye size. This refers to the horizontal width of one of the lenses. Note that this is not the horizontal width of the whole frame.
  • Bridge size. This is the measurement of the horizontal distance of the nose bridge of the sunglasses. To measure, take the distance between the two lenses at the part where they are closest to each other. The bridge supports a considerable portion of the weight of the sunglasses so the size and design of the bridge. The selected pair should be able to provide a comfortable fit so that they feel "natural" as you gaze through the lenses.
  • Temple size. Also referred to as the arm length, this refers to the length of the arm pieces. The length is measured from the hinge right down to the tip of the arm piece where it is a bit curved.
  • Vertical size. This may or may not be included in the list of measurements. This refers to the height of the lenses, starting from the highest point to its lowest point.

You can actually find these measurements on one of the arm pieces. These are signified by three numbers separated by dashes. Please note that these are measured in milliliters. The numbers represent the lens width, the bridge width and the temple size, respectively. For instance, if the arm piece shows the following numbers 50-18-140, this means the horizontal length of the lens is 50 mm, the bridge size is 18 mm while the temple size is 140 mm.

In addition, the total length of the frame includes the sum of the bridge size, the twice the eye size and twice the length of the temple arm (where the arm pieces are attached).

Knowing Your Size

A quick and easy way to know your size is to get a pair of sunglasses you currently have and taking note of the numbers on its arm piece or under the bridge. If the pair is a comfortable fit, you can start from there. When looking at a pair of eyeglasses for your size, it is also helpful to note that the frames of eyeglasses are usually smaller than their sunglass counterparts.

If you don't have a pair of sunglasses as your basis, you can take a ruler and a mirror. Using the milliliter section, line the ruler up with your temple. Measure the distance from the left temple to the right temple. This is your ideal total frame length.

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