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Summer is coming, and with it the perfect time to impress everyone with your flawlessly stylish new sunglasses. So many people spend years searching for that perfect, Holy Grail pair of sunglasses. Ones that have just the right shade, look great, and aren’t way too pricey. If you just go out looking at sunglasses willy-nilly, you’re almost guaranteed not to find that perfect pair. Here are 3 things to consider in order to find the perfect pair of shades to wear this summer:
1. Your Face Shape
Just like picking glasses frames, choosing a flattering pair of sunglasses has a lot to do with your face shape. First, find out if you have a round, square, oval, or heart-shaped face. Then you should choose a sunglasses style that contrasts your face shape. For example, if you have a round face, then a more squared-off style will look better for your sunglasses. If your face is more square, try sunglasses with a rounder look, like these.
Size definitely matters when it comes to sunglasses. If your face is relatively small, don’t get huge sunglasses like these that will completely overpower your face. Some sites, like glasses.com, offer an option where you can search for sunglasses and filter your search by frame size.
2. When And Where You Wear Them
Everyone has different expectations for their sunglasses. Some people only want to wear them when they’re driving, others wear them all the time (even inside; this is something I’ll never understand), and still others want them for sports. When you’re choosing your new shades, it’s important to think about where and when you want to wear them.
If you’re planning to bike or run or generally be athletic in your sunglasses, then you probably want a pair that’s specifically designed for sport. Oakley sunglasses are a good choice for athletes. If you’re the type of person who like to have a pair they can easily just throw in a purse or a little bag, these awesome fold-up Ray-Bans would be a good choice.
Color is also something to consider. Will you go with classic black or tortoiseshell? Or will you get bold with colors? If you’re planning to wear your sunglasses pretty frequently, it’s probably a good idea to choose a more classic frame color so that they’ll look nice no matter what you’re wearing. If you’re just looking for a pair to rock at the beach, then why not go all out with the colors?
Obviously you want to get a nice pair of sunglasses, but at the same time you don’t want to bleed your bank account dry. Besides designer frames, sunglasses can get pricey if you’re buying prescription lenses as well. But there are a couple of ways you can avoid shelling out your entire paycheck on your new sunglasses.
One way to save on sunglasses is to have a vision insurance plan – VSPDirect offers lots of affordable options. Vision plans can get you a discounted rate on some sunglasses along with savings on eye exams, glasses, and contacts.
Another is to check for coupons and deals for the store you’re shopping at. Glasses.com and EyeBuyDirect often offer good deals, and if you pair their discounts with a coupon code you can get an even lower price.
Once you’ve picked your style and gotten the best price you can, order your new shades and rock them all summer.