Sunglasses are not just a fashion thing. Sure, the right pair of shades can make you look Ryan Reynolds-level cool. But sunglasses can also prevent wrinkles around the eyes. That’s because when you don’t wear them, you squint, which leads to fine lines around your eyes.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, if you expose your eyes to strong sunlight without wearing proper sunglasses, you can wind up with a burnt cornea. Yes, that’s about as fun as it sounds. And long-term sun exposure can lead to an increased risk of cataracts, cancers, and growths on or near eyes.
So the long and the short of it is, wear sunglasses. Look for those labelled UV400 or 100 percent UV protection to make sure you’re getting max coverage. UV rays can go actually penetrate through clouds, so wear sunglasses even on overcast days.
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In short, sunglasses are something you need in your arsenal. And while you’re at it, you might as well get a pair that looks good too. Here are the best pairs of sunglasses we found, for every taste.
Sturdy, classic and versatile, these frames are a favorite of everyone from Robert Redford to Tom Cruise.
Pros: One of the OG aviator makers, Ray-Ban’s classic frame is ubiquitous upon the eyes of bad-asses. They’re what Maverick wears in Top Gun. This frame has been around since 1937 and with its sturdy construction and classic silhouette, it’ll be around another 80 years too. They provide 100 percent UV protection.
Cons: Make sure you buy these from Amazon itself, because there are fakes out there.
Roka the brand has its roots in a garage in Austin, Texas. The brand was created by two former Stanford swimmers, so they know a few things about excellence. These sunglasses have anti-scratch, anti-fog, and anti-reflective coatings on their lenses for superior performance.
Pros: These sunglasses are so weightless, you won’t remember you’re wearing them. They have anti-spotting C3 lenses. The nylon frames are corrosion-resistant. The nose pads are hydrophilic, chemical resistant, and support multi-directional traction with comfort. Also, they won’t snag your hair, an extra bonus.
Cons: This is a weird thing to point out, but some people like heftier sunglasses. At just 25 grams, these could be too lightweight for you. Maybe.
These are the ultimate high-performance sunglasses. You can sweat buckets, you can jump on a trampoline, and they won't budge.
Pros: Where do we begin? So lightweight you’ll forget you’re wearing them, so well-fitted they won’t fall off, and so attractive they seamlessly blend form with function, you likely won’t find a better pair of sunglasses. Plus, the lenses have anti-fog and anti-reflective coatings so you can wear them in any weather.
Cons: The only complaint people have? They’re so comfortable you won’t remember to take them off.
You'll never go wrong with iconic classic Ray-Bans, which are perfect for stylish dudes who favor an understated vibe.
Pros: The Aviator was originally created for pilots in 1937. These sunglasses are timeless. They look good on everyone. And they provide 100 percent UV protection.
Cons: Cutting-edge, they’re not.
If you want durable, lightweight sunglasses that seamlessly go from the beach to the bar to the office, these Maui Jims are the right fit for you.
Pros: These Maui Jim sunglasses are so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re wearing them. Especially because the lenses provide the highest available light reduction.
Cons: The quality, in some cases, can be questionable.
Clean, simple, and polished, these round frames are ideal for oval and square faces. They're scholarly, without making you look like Dr. Emmett Brown.
Pros: Like others on this list, the RAEN sunglasses will stand the test of time, and incoming and outgoing trends. The frame is handmade, and the Carl Zeiss Vision CR-39 lenses load you up with 100 percent UV protection.
Cons: The rounded shape isn’t for everyone.
You know all about driving loafers? This is the sunglass version thereof. They're retro without being precious. And the hooks keep them in place.
Pros: Handmade in France, these sunglasses not only provide 100 percent UV protection. But they also block out 97 percent of blue light. They’re ideal for driving, because the lenses are crystal-clear.
Cons: The ear hooks might be a bit much for some.
These sleek Oakley sunglasses are perfect for guys with medium to larger faces, and they're ideal for cyclists, runners, and other outdoor athletes.
Pros: You get 100 percent UV protection, coupled with a three point fit frame design that holds lenses in precise alignment. Meaning, they won’t slip and slide all over your face when you’re mid-hike.
Cons: They’re perfect for athletes, but not exactly a style knockout.
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