What are the different styles of sunglasses?

What are the different styles of sunglasses?

What are the different styles of sunglasses?

Sunglasses that are tested and are proven to be effective at blocking out 95-100% UV light are the best tool you have to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. By wearing your sunglasses when you head outside, you can dramatically reduce your risk of developing problems such as corneal sunburn, eye growths, and cataracts.


To help you to decide which sunglasses are right for you, here’s what you need to know about some of the most popular styles.


Aviators are considered one of the go-to classic styles of sunglasses thanks to their timeless appeal. Established back in the 1930s and popularized by pilots, aviators are now the style of choice for people from all walks of life. They have a distinctive teardrop shape that is designed to block out as much light as possible and typically have a thin, metal frame. Today, countless brands produce this iconic style of sunglasses in a myriad of tints and frames.


If you are looking for oversized sunglasses, the butterfly shape maybe your top choice. They have frames that are shaped like two butterfly wings, and although the frames themselves can vary in their actual shape and size, they are nearly always slightly smaller on the inside edge than they are on the outside. Butterfly style sunglasses have a distinctly feminine look and offer exceptional protection from UV damage. Choose from a wide range of colors and tints to find the one that best suits you.

Cat Eye

Most people are familiar with the iconic cat-eye frame which was first created back in the 1930s and was especially popular in the 1960s when Audrey Hepburn wore them in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The overall style has continued to evolve, but it has maintained the upsweep at the outer edge where the temples or arms join the frame front, giving it it’s distinctive look. Again, cat-eye frames are feminine and enjoyed by women of all ages.


Also sometimes known as browline sunglasses, this popular style of sunglasses features an upper frame that is thicker or appears bolder than the bottom section of the frame. Originally, this heavy upper frame was created from the same thick plastic or acetate used on the temples, but this isn’t always the case with modern interpretations of the style. The Clubmaster was the third most popular design of sunglasses in the 1980s and remains in demand today.


One of the best things about oval sunglasses is that they suit almost any face shape. Oversized versions are particularly popular since they block out a great deal of UV light. Choose from chunky, colored frames to stand out from the crowd, or sleek, metallic trims to suit your skin tone.


Rectangular and square sunglasses are a popular choice for adding angles and sharpness to your face, highlighting your cheekbones and giving your face balance. This makes them ideal for people with softer facial features. Again, they are available in a variety of sizes and frame types, from colored acetates and dark tinted lenses to classic tortoiseshell or black. If you want to go bold and make a statement, rectangular or square sunglasses could be the solution.


Also sometimes known as tea shades, round glasses achieved huge popularity in the 1960s and 70s when they were worn by Beatles star, John Lennon. Perfectly circular, unless you go oversized, they don’t offer as much protection from UV light as you might wish. Nevertheless, they remain extremely popular, particularly when combined with a metallic frame and ultra-thin arms. Bold tints can make you stand out from the crowd.


Wayfarers are another timeless style of sunglasses. They feature a signature thick frame and a trapezoidal shape that suits most face shapes. Elvis Costello, Muhammed Ali, and The Blues Brothers all showcased Wayfarers as their sunglasses of choice. Dark tints and frames are the preferred option of many owners, but there are some more unusual colors out there if you want to be different.


As their name suggests, wraparound sunglasses are a close-fitting style of frame that adheres to the contours of your face, making them a very secure and comfortable fit. It is this aspect of their design that makes them particularly popular amongst those who need to wear sunglasses while participating in physical activities such as hiking, running, cycling, or kayaking. They may also sometimes be referred to as ‘shield’ style sunglasses since they offer maximum protection for your eyes from both UV light and any debris that may be whizzing past you.


For more advice on styles of sunglasses, please don’t hesitate to call our eyecare team.

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