The right sunglasses for 2019
Let’s face it, sunglasses are not just a summer trend they’re a want, a need, a must. Whether for masking the sun or “hiding” after a long night out, they remain constantly relevant. Trends come and go, so read on to check out how to choose the right sunglasses for 2019.
Are you seeking a glamorous frame for a wedding? Or hunting for a bold sunglass to rock on the beach? military aviator style maybe? Or cool retro round eye? We’re here to help you find the best sunglasses frame and lens combination.
Our range of sunglasses includes Chanel, Tiffany, Ysl, Gucci, Maui Jim, Dita, Dita Lancer, Persol, IcBerlin, Paul Smith, RayBan, Cartier and Oakley.
The choice of frames is vast, with the things to consider being, shape, colour, material and lenses.
Popular shapes for 2019 have a smaller, retro inspired vibe. The oversize ‘butterfly’ effect seems have flown down the rankings but still maintain a presence within the collections of Gucci and Tiffany because of its flattering glamorous style. The classic RayBan wayfarer and aviator shapes are taking a backseat and visors are starting to rise with classic Oakley Radars and the new Rayban Wings.
This year frame are coming in all colours of the spectrum varying from subtle crystals to bold rainbows, from shiny acetates to matte rubbers and burnished silvers to bold pops of gold. Always popular Havana and tortoise shell acetates will never go out of style.
For material this years super trend is the combination of metal and acetates making brands like Dita bang on. Comfort is a key factor when considering materiel as frames are now made with the lightest of material like Ic!Berlins that are made from surgical steel and Lindberg that are made from titanium.
We offer the highest quality in prescription sunglass lenses in to almost any frame no matter how big or unusual. For the first time we can offer you prescription lenses made in a full wrap design with mirrored lenses and any colour tint you can imagine. We also offer Ray Ban and Oakley prescription lenses with the branded logoing and quality lens tints that make them look exactly like the originals.
Tints and Protection
We love sunglasses because they make us look and feel cool but we can forget that they’re actually sunscreen for our eyes. All our sunglass lenses block 100% of those harmful UVA, UVB rays including our prescription sunglasses lenses as we only use the very best from Carl Zeiss and Hoya.
The tinting of Sunglass lenses simply reduces the intensity of light from the sun. This allows your eyes to dilate more and because more light gets into the eyes you see better in the bright sun. Hence headaches and other effects of bright sunlight are reduced.
Tints vary by the colours and the amount of visible light that passes through. Most standard tints are either grey or brown and let through around 12-15%. However the choices are endless. Particularly light sensitive people might want to let though as little as 8% of light (although these are not recommended for driving) or as light tints are trending at the moment a super cool 40% rose tint might be the choice for you. Whatever you wants and needs we are here to advise you on the colours and degree of tint that suit your lifestyle.
Polarised sunglasses add glare protection to the tinting and eliminates perpendicular glare. In simpler terms, they cut out the light that shines off flat surfaces such as roads, water and snow. This can have a massive impact on reducing visual strain. This will also allow you to see beneath the surface of water by cutting surface glare. Making it the best choice of sunglasses for water sports.
On the downside, polarised sunglasses can ‘hide’ the glare from ice, hence are not an ideal choice for skiing eyewear or winter driving glasses on bright cold days.
Sunglass Lens Coatings
Mirrored sunglasses are mostly aesthetic, but can offer added benefits when it comes to glare control. They reduce more glare due to reflecting it before it hits the eye. We offer a wide range of mirror colours from Oakley’s bold sports mirrors to a more subtle fashion mirrors from Hoya.
Photochromic lenses (or transitions) that darken and lighten when activated by UV light which has seen a rise in popularity this year due to the new designs from lens company Hoya; who released the new Sensity Shine; a light reactive lens with a mirror coat and Sensity Dark; a extra dark react to light lens that works behind the windscreen of a car.
An important detail often overlooked is the anti-reflective coating which makes a huge difference. Without this you’ll experience “bounce-back glare” which makes it harder to look through the lenses and therefore reduces the benefits of having the sunglass lenses in front of your eyes. This effect is particularly true for flatter lenses which are popular now. All our prescription sunglasses come with a back anti-reflective coating as standard which helps to reduce the glare whilst not interfering with the carefully selected colours of your tint.
To conclude, we hope our article on how to choose the best sunglasses has enabled you to see more clearly.
Written on June 22nd, 2019 by Kevin Wood