How to choose your sunglasses
A well-chosen pair of sunglasses can be a wonderful year-round companion. They will help you combat low sun while driving in the autumn and repel glare from snow in winter. However, they come into their own in the spring and summer months when we spend more time outdoors in brighter conditions.
Every pair of sunglasses we sell offer full protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays whilst outdoors. Just because the sun has not come out, there can still be UV light bouncing off surfaces such as buildings and roads. Some frames will suit your specific facial shape and lifestyle better than others. For instance, if you spend long periods outdoors, it is more important to consider wraparound frames which prevent UV rays being able to get over or around the sides of the lenses.
If you spend most of the day driving, narrower sides will provide optimal peripheral vision during manoeuvres. And if you are regularly found on sports pitches, dedicated sports sunglasses offering impact resistance are a must.
Your facial shape can affect the optimal choice of sunglasses, as it does with spectacles. Dainty facial features may suit smaller, rounder lenses, whereas a square jaw tends to complement larger aviator-style frames.
Your skin tone might also steer you towards (or away from) certain styles or colours, and people wanting to accentuate their cheekbones and eyebrows should consider whether certain sunglasses would highlight or obscure these facial features.
It is also important to consider the weight and thickness of your lenses in larger sunglasses frames – this is something our team will be able to discuss with you to find the optimal solution.
Many sunglasses can also be a fashion statement, so it’s really important to be happy with the sunglasses frames you choose from us.
Feel free to try on different designs in our practice while looking in the mirror or taking selfies, so you can judge them from every angle. Our qualified experts will also offer advice on issues like practicality and durability, to ensure your new sunglasses will be practical and comfortable for years to come.