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Sun Glasses

British summers are renowned for their lacklustre temperatures and tendencies towards cloud and/or rain. However, every once in a while we get a stroke of good luck and the sun rears its golden head to bathe us in warm rays of happiness.  This has an instant and almost electrifying effect on the nation, most of whom immediately begin rushing around, rooting in the bottoms of wardrobes and in forgotten drawers to find that most cherished symbol of summertime: sunglasses.

While ever we have always seemingly been aware of the health benefits of wearing sunglasses, the trend for wearing sunglasses for fashion purposes was only popularised in the 60s, with celebrities hoping to hide their identities. Sadly, nowadays they  are better known for hiding severe hangovers at work (the glasses that is, not the celebrities.).

But whether you’re after the Hepburn look or simply sick of squinting all the time, there are a pair of sunglasses (and possibly several) for you.

  • First of all, its worth noting that if you wear glasses normally, you can buy prescription sunglasses as well. Anyone who has tried to layer a pair of sunglasses over a pair of normal glasses in order to see properly in summer will know how futile and frustratingly impossible this is, so thankfully prescription glasses have arrived to save the day (and our sanity). They cost a bit more than usual, but they’re definitely worth the money.

  • Secondly, the frame sizes and styles are just as important with sunglasses as they are with normal glasses. Generally the same rules apply, with one notable exception. The huge frames made famous by Jackie O serve to make your face look smaller. Perfect for anyone with a round or square face. Not quite as good on a very petite face - you’ll end up looking more like an insect than is strictly necessary.

  • Thirdly, make sure you get the right colour glasses for your eyes. That doesn’t mean that green-eyed people buy green-tinted lenses. That means the lighter your eyes are, the darker the tint needs to be.  If you have pale eyes, chances are you’ll need very dark lenses to stop you squinting. If you have brown eyes, you probably don’t have much of an issue with sunlight, so you can opt for a lighter tint. Choose colours you know suit you to achieve the full celeb effect.

You can choose from a range of designs, brands and prices. Most opticians offer sunglasses - most notably designer ranges -  as do Boots, and a large number of high street fashion stores also offer their own brands. Although they are relatively cheap, stores like New Look and Topshop still produce good quality sunglasses which do protect eyes from bright light. If you are on a budget and don’t need any specific requirements, they’re definitely worth a look, and are guaranteed to be completely up-to-the-minute fashionable.