TRENDS Time to take care of your eyes. NEETI SARKARchecks out some of the best-looking sun glasses, just right for your face
Come summer and everyone feels the need to sport a pair of trendy sunglasses. While protection against the scorching heat is one of the reasons to wear them, shades have become a necessary fashion accessory off late.
You wouldn’t find only bikers and tourists taking extra care against the sun. Youngsters out there are going all out to show how to look cool this summer without having to spend a fortune on a decent pair of sunglasses!
It is no secret that bigger is indeed better when it comes to choosing the perfect pair of shades. Retro is most definitely the watchword! And though oversize has been in for quite a bit, it doesn’t mean you can follow last year’s fashion blindly. However, like the previous years, classic black frames are still hugely popular. Thick plastic frames of the 70s are also very hip.
And for all those women out there who cannot think of substituting their favourite pair of doughnut-shaped goggles with the more stylish broad ones, the good news is that you don’t really need to! However, there is a word of caution. Designers don’t think men ought to take a risk with this kind of style!
According to Fashion Designer Divya Tater: “Aviators are the hottest buy this season, especially for men. Buying a pair of unisex aviators is a safe bet.”
Karuna Rampal, a fashion designing student observes: “Another style that’s selling big time is the tortoise rim. They are outright bold and look great on fashion-conscious women.”
“The gradient types of lenses are also in. These lenses appear darker from bottom upwards and the best part about these kinds of shades is that they make you look mysterious!” adds Karuna. As far as colour goes, Divya says: “Black and blue are all the rage.” However, deep purple and maroon are good options.
So having been told what styles are in vogue for summer 2009, it is also important to pay careful attention to get what suits you best. Yes, it’s your face shape that is the major decisive factor here. Vidya, an employee of an optical store in the city says: “Those with smaller faces look better with smaller shades but since fashion seems to matter most, there are more takers for the broader glasses.”
Those with round faces are suggested to go in for oval rims. While rectangular frames suit an oblong face, hexagonal shades are perfect for those with a triangular face cut.
As important as it might seem to look stylish, opticians and ophthalmologists sincerely urge people to spare a thought for good eye care. Polarised sunglasses are highly recommended. Also, look for shades that provide 100 per cent protection against UV rays.
Now that you know what to look for while buying a pair of shades, you have probably realised your work is but half done! Finding reasonably priced shades apart from the snazzy designer ones that cost a million bucks could prove quite a task!
Sunglasses are sold everywhere, including on the pavements. The only problem is that if you do care about eye protection, you cannot be sure if these shades cater to your requirements. Mala, an optician suggests: “One should visit an optical showroom to choose from a wide variety of quality sunglasses which also provide value for money.”
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