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What do you consider the most important aspect of your sunglass? Does your love for fashion come before the need to fully protect your eyes? It’s important to note that that the primary reason for wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Whether in a cloudy or snowy day, the UV rays can still enter and damage your eyes.

For this reason, our choice of sunglass lenses is as important as our need to look appealing or fashionable, perhaps even more. As you buy your sunglasses make a choice that will flaunt your personality, love for fashion and most importantly do what sunglasses are meant for- protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the different lens choices available. We are here to help you make a choice that suits you.

Polarized lenses

Polarized lenses reduce glare reflected off surfaces, making images appear sharper and clearer. They are available for non-prescription and prescription sunglasses, and can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows. Most polarized lenses provide UV protection, which is important to maintaining healthy eye sight.

Photochromic lenses

Photochromic lenses automatically darken when exposed to sunlight, eliminating the need for separate sunglasses in many cases. Available in all lens designs and materials, including bifocals and high-index lenses, photochromic lenses are a popular choice for all ages.

Blue lenses

The Blue lens  is considered a next-generation lens coating that combats digital eye strain by reducing your exposure to blue light from smartphones, tablets, computer screens, televisions, energy-efficient lighting, and the sun. This attractive, near-clear coating also optimizes visual performance, improves visual comfort, enhances your appearance, and extends the life of your lenses.

Anti-reflective lenses

Anti-reflective lenses can reduce eyestrain caused from glare, reflections, and the "halos" you see around lights at night. It helps protect your lenses from scratches and smudges, and can repel dust and water. This coating makes your vision sharper and your eyes appear clearer behind your lenses. Some anti-reflective coatings reduce the amount of reflected UV from the back of your lenses, providing the best overall UV protection possible. They are particularly suitable for water and snow sports because they prevent the reflection of bright light from these surfaces into the eyes.

While making your sunglass choice take into consideration the type of lens your eye needs for maximum protection. It’s important to purchase sunglasses that completely cover your eyes to prevent entry of UV rays from areas which are partially covered. Additionally, sunglasses that are labelled ‘UV 400 ‘ will blocks all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers. As you make your sunglass choice this season, make sure to consider the most effective lens for your eye needs.

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For most people, winter is the season to cool off from the hustles and bustles of summer, stay indoors with family and drink coffee on a couch near a fireplace. For other people, winter is the time to unleash the fashion trends and accessories that would look odd for summer. It’s the time to tone down on accessories to blend with the somewhat conservative winter fashion. Choosing your sunglass accessory is as important as choosing any other accessory.

The most exciting thing about most sunglasses is how they blend in with every season. In one of our previous blogs, we highlighted the reasons why sunglasses should be worn even in winter. It’s important to note that the sun and the UV rays are present even during winter. It’s therefore necessary to protect your eyes even when you don’t feel the intensity of the sun rays.

The 2017/2018 winter is perhaps one of the most exciting ones as far as fashion and accessory is concerned. The secret is to ensure your accessory and choice of attire are a perfect match for each other. It’s important to make a sunglass choice based on what you feel comfortable wearing. However, these sunglass trends should be a must have for all lover of fashion this winter; the wire rim sunglasses, the cat eye sunglasses.

THE WIRE RIM SUNGLASSES

These have become a common trend in the fashion world, with different designs emerging every now and again. The most common wire rim sunnies are the aviator and the round sunglasses. These have become the timeless sunglasses- suitable for all seasons. This winter season is not an exception. The most sensational thing about these sunglasses it that they go well with all types of fashion styles-chic, sophisticated, formal and informal. They have a way of cutting across all winter fashion trends. It’s however important to tone down on other accessories like earrings and necklaces if you want your sunglasses to stand out. Huge earrings and necklaces have a way of stealing the show and reducing the attention that you may want your sunglasses to have. As you make your sunglass choice for the winter, grab a wire rimmed pair and spice up your winter fashion.

CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

Like the wire rim sunglasses, the cat eye sunglasses are a timeless piece. They are relevant with every season and seem to spice up the fashion world with their ever changing designs. Cat eye sunglasses are suitable for round and oval faces and often go well with chic and sophisticated fashion styles. The cat eye is one fashion trend that is unlikely to go extinct with time. If you already have a pair, consider yourself lucky.

While it’s important to keep up with sunglass trends on a yearly basis, it’s equally important to keep in mind that the fundamental purpose behind wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes. While at it, make sure you grab a pair that is both comfortable, suits your face shape and helps you keep up with fashion.

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We all have friends who look great in photos, seemingly without trying. No, they’re not more beautiful than you, they just know the tricks of the trade!

Many small changes to your posture, stance, and angle can make a huge difference in how you look in a photo.

As springs rolls into summer, the picnics, barbecues, and beach days will mean more photos taken and shared on social media. Learn these tricks below so you can show your best self to the world!

  • Take Multiple Photos

    The first rule is to never take just one photo! Make sure you, or the photographer take a few shots of each pose. That way you have a better chance of getting a photo with your eyes open, with a natural smile, AND a nice pose.

  • Try the Fake Laugh

    It may seem backwards, but this is one of the best tricks to get a natural looking smile. Make a game out if it with friends to laugh at a pretend joke - once you start fake laughing, you’ll start laughing in earnest - and you’ll end up with natural looking smiles.

  • Smile With Your Tongue Behind Your Teeth

    This is another great smiling trick that Hollywood celebs swear by. This gives you a nice smile, without it being too wide/goofy/showing your tonsils.

  • Make Sure the Light is in Front of You

    Get rid of shadowy/backlit shots by making sure that the sun or light is in front of you. This will make the shot bright and eliminate shadowy facial features.

  • Find a Light Colored Background

    If possible, find a white or light colored background. This will make your face look brighter, and will also help the camera use the white background to create a nice color balance in the photo.

  • Don’t Allow Yourself to Be in Front

    Whatever is closer to the camera will always look bigger. So if you are posing with a group, you will end up looking bigger than your companions if you are in front of them. Try to keep yourself in line with others, or slightly behind them.

  • Play with Angles

    Don’t ever angle your face or body straight onto the camera. It’s much more flattering to create some angles and shapes. Try angling your body slightly to one side and tilting your head. This will make the photo more interesting and make you look slimmer.

  • Ditch the Billowy Outfits

    Yes that oversize dress or tunic looks great in person, but the camera won’t usually catch your full body at the right angle to convey the true proportions. Photos will be much more flattering if you wear clothing that is closer to the body, or if you add a belt, a fitted blazer, etc.

  • Keep your Head Up

    Be sure to keep your head up and try stretching your neck out so that your face is a little farther forward than your body. This will nix any chance of a double chin.

  • Strike the Model Pose

    This pose is popular for a reason, the strategic placement of arms and legs makes the body look slimmer.

    Place one of your feet forward from the other (or try the crossed leg look), and keep your weight on your back leg. Put one hand on your hip - and here’s the important part! - angle the elbow of your bent arm towards your back (not straight out!).

    This tried and true pose makes everyone look great in photos. Try it in front of a mirror first to get the placement down before breaking it out in public.

Practice these tips in your next social outing - you’ll be amazed at how sleek and natural you look in your photos!

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You might not put much thought into what lipstick shade goes best with your sunglasses, but you should! Your sunglasses are a huge focal point of your face, so they majorly affect your make-up and overall look. Choose the wrong shade and you could look too over-the top or mismatched.

Take a look at our tips below for go-to lipstick shades for your favorite pair of sunglasses.

Retro Sunglasses (Including Wayfarer, and Cat-Eye Shapes)

These classic sunglass shapes demand an equally classic lipstick shade. Go for tried-and-true red lipstick shades. Don’t be afraid of a bold lip, but make sure the color is classic!

Trendy Sunglasses (Including Round Lenses, Clear Frames, Chunky Frames & Mirrored Lenses)

There are so many fresh new sunglass trends that we’re excited about: from Lennon-inspired round lenses, to translucent frames, to thick chunky frames, and bold mirrored lenses. So what shade of lipstick to choose?

Well these fun and trendy shades should go with fun and trendy lipstick shades! Feel free to experiment with bold purples, hot pinks, fluorescent shades, electric oranges, or glittered shades.

Statement Sunglasses (Including Oversize, Square or Aviator Sunglasses)

These bold and large sunglasses should be matched with a more subdued lip. Try out soft pinks, nude lipsticks, or even a tinted lipgloss with these styles. Since these frames take up so much space on your face, you don’t want to overdo it with a bold, attention-grabbing lipstick!

Colored Frame Sunglasses

If you’re wearing sunglasses with colored frames, you have two options. One option is to find a matching lipstick shade. For example, if you’ve found a pair of sunglasses with a pretty deep purple shade, try to find a lipstick that matches. This can be tricky though, and some colored frames (like green) aren’t a color you actually want to wear on your lips!

If you’re not able or don’t want to find the right match, try for a subdued, soft lip color or neutral shade. This will balance out the bold color of your sunglass frames nicely!

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Whenever you buy a great new pair of sunglasses, you know you want to show them off to your social network! But after taking a few selfies, you may be wondering why you can’t get the perfect shot.

We’ve gathered the best tips to get you taking great selfies every time while sporting your favorite sunglasses.

  1. Make Sure You Have the Right Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

You can’t take a great selfie if the sunglasses aren’t flattering on you. So make sure you know what styles are best for your face shape before you go shopping.

 Here’s a quick guide:

  •  Oval face - This is the most versatile face shape. You can usually wear any type of sunglass style.
  • Round face - Oversize or angular frames are the most flattering - including wayfarer, square, cat-eye, or oversize sunglasses.
  • Heart-shaped face - Frames that are wider at the top than the bottom are the most flattering - including wayfarer shapes, cat-eye, and aviator sunglasses.
  • Square face - Rounder shapes flatter this face shape - including aviators or round lenses.
  1.  Don’t Look Straight Into the Sun

Even if the sunglasses hide your squinting eyes, the rest of your face will be scrunched up as well.

Try to keep the light indirect so that you can relax your face, smile, and look like you’re having a great time!

  1. Tilt Your Head Down

This is a great tip to minimize glare on the lenses. You want to make sure that your glasses don’t catch a direct ray of light. If you tilt your head down, the light won’t hit the glasses and create that annoying glare.

  1. Try Backlighting

Usually photographers advise against backlighting, but this can be a good technique when wearing sunglasses or glasses. The backlighting will eliminate glare. And if you catch the sun lower in the sky, you can create a pretty sunflare or starburst.

This can be especially nice when posting a vacation pic with a great background of a beach, a mountain, or a city skyline.

  1. Be Careful With Mirrored Sunglasses

Mirrored sunglasses look great, but be careful about what will be reflected in your sunglasses! If you do the traditional selfie pose, holding your arm out in front of you, the sunglasses will most likely reflect your hand and camera in the photo. Try for angles that won’t catch your arm in the reflection. Or consider asking a friend to take the photo for you!

  1. Pick an Interesting Background & Keep the Horizon Straight

This goes for any selfie, but a beautiful or interesting background makes any selfie better! If you’re on vacation this can be easy. Pick a nice natural area, a place with a view, a city street, or some nice architecture.

If you’re not on vacation, you can still find great backgrounds! A colorful wall is an excellent and easy background. It makes any photo pop. Or consider taking a photo in front of a mural, graffiti, or in front of art.

Just be sure to keep the horizon straight! This makes any selfie more pleasing to the eye.

  1. Smile!

Since your friends and followers won’t be able to see the emotion in your eyes behind your sunglasses, be sure to smile! This will make you look less severe and convey the emotion and personality you’d normally see in a sunglasses-less selfie.

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Though no two faces are exactly alike, there are similarities – particularly in the shape of people’s faces – that will help determine what style of sunglasses best suits yours.

It’s common for retailers like us to break down face shapes to these four: round, oval, heart and square. Before we go into details on each one, let’s first focus on how you can quickly and easily determine the shape of your face.

DETERMINE YOUR SHAPE

First, make sure you have a mirror, bar of soap and dry erase marker. Next, pull back any hair around your face. Using the marker, trace the outline of your face on the mirror. Looking at the outline, determine whether your face is: round, oval, heart or square.

When done, use water and soap to remove the market outline on the mirror.

ROUND

A round face is denoted by its width across the cheek area. People with these faces can be identified by their lack of lines and angles. We recommend customers purchase sunglasses that contrast the round shape of your face – so rectangular, square and curved sunglasses are ideal options as they can make a round face appear thinner.  The Wayfarer, first made popular by Ray-Ban (see their line here), are ideal for those with round faces. 

To add even more contrast, consider sunglasses with bright colors or those that feature prints.

Options for Men: Bolle Anaconda, Randolph Intruder, Maui Jim Ikaika

Options for Women: Suncloud Blossom, Maui Jim Cloud Break, Coach Pamela

OVAL

Oval-shaped faces are the lucky ones, at least when it comes to sunglasses. These people can wear nearly everything – aviators, wayfarers, cat-eyes and round glasses – and look good doing it.

Options for Men: Revo Crawler, Maui Jim Mavericks, Smith Clark

Options for Women: Coach Annette, Burberry BE4160, Celine CL41093S

HEART

What’s not to love about these faces which are wider at the forehead and taper down in the chin and jaw? Puns aside, these faces don’t follow the rules of opposites that square and round faces do. Instead, your sunglasses should mirror the shape of your face.

Aviators, for both men and women are ideal who have heart-shaped faces.  A number of brands make this style for both men and women. Ray-Ban (click here) is best known for creating the popular style, but many other companies are not far behind, including Randolph (click here), Persol (click here) and Maui Jim (click here).

SQUARE

While square, rectangular frames are ideal for those with round faces, the opposite is true for those with square faces: round frames provide the ideal contrast for those with square faces. These faces are defined by their angular lines around the jawline while still maintaining wide cheekbones, forehead and jaw. 

One important note to remember: the larger your face, the larger your frames should be. Ideally, the width of the frames should extend past your cheekbone.

Options for Men: Maui Jim Hana Hou, Randolph P3, Ray-Ban RB3447

Options for Women: Celine 1E, Ray-Ban RB4203, Costa Goby

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As a longtime sunglass retailer, there are inevitable truths we run into time and time again.

Here’s one:  No two faces are ever exactly the same.Because of that, sunglasses that sit perfectly on one person’s face, will sit differently on another. Why is this important? Because fitting – how sunglasses not only feel, but rest on your face – is the number one reason for returns.

For this reason alone, it’s best to purchase sunglasses in a store where they can make adjustments almost immediately.

Take our Newport Sunglass Shop in Rhode Island, for example. There we have a heating device that allows us to adjust the frame within seconds so the sunglasses you purchase fit perfectly. “Everything is adjustable and can be fitted to be your glasses,” said four-year staffer Dave Jennings, who has done hundreds of adjustments in that time.

With the ease and accessibility of the Internet, we understand that it’s often more convenient to purchase sunglasses online (you can shop our online store here). Because of that, we decided it was important to provide some tips for ensuring you’re ultimately happy with the sunglasses you buy.

1. FIT AND MEASUREMENTS

If you already own a pair of sunglasses, the sizes are often marked on them. You should be able to find the sizes on the inside of each temple where it provides, in order:

  • Frame size (lens width at the widest part)
  • Bridge size (the distance from lens to lens, measured from the inside of the rim across the frame; this is the piece of metal or plastic connecting the two lens)
  • Temple size (the measurement of the arms of your sunglasses)

It should read something like this: 53-20-130 (53 being the width of the frames; 29 being the width of the bridge; and 130 being the length of the arms).

These distances are usually calculated in millimeters (mm). If you know these sizes, you can include them in the special instructions box found when checking out. This will ensure that the sunglasses we ship to you are the proper size.  

Should you be shopping in a store, you can bring your sunglasses with you. Or bring these numbers with you (if you have a smartphone simply take a picture of the numbers or type it into a note) to decrease the time spent finding the proper size. A good salesperson, like Dave Jennings, can then determine what sunglasses are best for you.

2. DON'T KNOW DON'T WORRY (Temple to Temple Measurement)

If you don’t know your measurements, don’t worry. You can measure the distance between your temples to find the perfect sunglass size for your face. Start by looking into a mirror and then placing a straight ruler so it is lined up with each temple. Measure the distance across your face, from one temple to the other. That distance is the best frame size for your face.

You can use that measurement to determine what the best sunglasses for your face. For instance, with Randolph’s Aviators, they recommend the following frame size for the following face sizes

FRAME SIZE                                        FACE SIZE (TEMPLE TO TEMPLE)

49mm                                                   115mm (or 4.5”)

52mm                                                   127mm (or 5”)

54mm                                                   130mm (or 5.125”)

55mm                                                   135mm (or 5.25”)

57mm                                                   140mm (or 5.5”)

58mm                                                   146mm (or 5.75”)

61mm                                                   152mm (or 6”)

Most temples run from 5 to 7 inches long. The average for men is 5 ¾” (145 mm); for women it is 5 ¼” (133 mm) or 5 ½” (139 mm).

3. LENS MEASUREMENT

A common trick to finding the width of your lens is to stand in front of a mirror and hold a credit card up to one of your eyes. The credit card should be held vertically (so the numbers are going down). Place the credit card so one edge is at the center of your nose. If the other side of the credit card ends at:

  • The end of your eye, then your lens size : Standard
  • If the credit card extends beyond your eye, then your lens size is: Small
  • If the credit card does not reach the end of your eye (i.e. it is shorter), then your lens size is: Large

NOTE: Make sure to provide the measurements you’ve taken, both for the temple to temple length and the lens (standard, small or large) so we’ll be able to send sunglasses that best fit your face.  

4. FINAL STEP

When you receive your sunglasses, remember that they may not fit perfectly. If this is the case, then you should bring it into any sunglass store or optical shop for adjustment.

Remember, Dave Jennings? At our Newport Sunglass Shop, he told us that, “we do fittings for anyone who comes in,” explaining the simple reason why: “it is just good customer service.”

Jennings also pointed out one important fact: over time sunglasses will often change shape. Perhaps it’s because you wear them on the top of your head; or you wear them on your hat; or you usually bend one of the arms when taking them off. “People have different behaviors and sometimes we need to adjust for those,” Jennings said.

We have stores throughout the Northeast so if you’re ever in the following areas, stop by and we’ll automatically take your sunglasses (or glasses) and adjust them so they fit like new:

BOSTON:

  • Sol Optics Boston at 329 Hanover Street

CAPE COD:

  • American Sunglass at 263 Main Street, Falmouth
  • Sol Optics Mashpee at 9 Central Square, Mashpee (Mashpee Commons)
  • Sol Optics Chatham at 466 Main Street, Chatham
  • Coconuts Provincetown at 294 Commercial Street, Provincetown
  • Sol Optics Provincetown at 230 Commercial Street, Provincetown

NEWPORT, RI:

  • Newport Sunglass Shop at 109 Swinburne Road
  • Sol Optics Newport at 375 Thames Street

 

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