If you think that wearing sunglasses in winter is like wearing sunglasses after dark, that it’s for those sad souls who try just a little too hard, then think again. Not only has wearing sunglasses in winter been established as cool, for some time now, there are also some pretty compelling health reasons why you should be wearing them.
Low winter sun, the kind that shines directly into your eyes, is potentially more dangerous than that summer heat. Those UV rays cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Snow reflects up to 85% of the sun’s UV rays which means you can actually get sunburned eyes and temporarily lose your sight.
But hey, you don’t need a bunch of health reasons to whack those shades on, you just want to know which ones you’re going to look cool in. Here are three styles trending at the moment and if you can’t make up your mind why not try one of each and you’ll be set for every winter eventuality.
If you’re out in the snow, then you need a pair of mirrored shades because they reflect light away and give you more eye protection than a conventional pair of sunglasses. They’re also tougher and harder to break, but more to the point, they make you look cool and mysterious. Channel your inner Morpheus and gaze out at the world from behind an impenetrable reflection. Not necessarily everyday wear, other people can find them rather intimidating. Think American motorcycle cop ‘Step out of the car please sir’. Not sure? Try the Costa Del Mar Beachcomber for starters.
Round glasses are inescapably old style rocknroll: John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne all used them as trademark specs. OK so Harry Potter wears them too, but I still maintain that round sunglasses have a definite hippy vibe. They are all over the media at the moment. Less of a statement than mirrored shades and definitely more boho. If you fancy a Johnny Depp kind of look then they could be good everyday eyewear for you. If you’re not sure where to start, then check out the funky range of round sunglasses on offer at ASOS.
Hexagonal and Octagonal Sunglasses
Six and eight-sided glasses are very in fashion right now. Part glam-rock part sixties Sci-Fi, it’s not a look that everyone can carry off. They are much more widely available for women than they are for men, so you are going to have to hunt to find a retailer who stocks them. That, of course, makes them desirably exclusive. Ray-Ban is currently selling reasonably priced designer octagonal sunglasses. You can get them as normal sunglasses, or you can get them as prescription sunglasses here.