First it was hats like Fedoras, then it was cigarettes, and then movie-making magic in Hollywood made wearing sunglasses very, very cool. Originally designed to shield the eyes from increasingly harmful ultra-violet rays, wearing sunglasses even at night or inside has reached an acceptable status. No longer are sunglasses the “tool” against the sun they used to be, these days, they are a status symbol and a fashion statement.
But what helped put them there? Hollywood cinema has long influenced American culture and sunglass-donning actors are no different.
Think: The Matrix, 1999. Neo and his ultra-hip group are leading the world through a global war with robots. Can’t get much more hip than that.
Watch out Sarah Connor: The Terminator, 1984. How many times have those famous words spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger been emulated? “I’ll be back.” Is only truly complete with dark, foreboding sunglasses that hid his mechanical eyes.
Remember: Reservoir Dogs, 1992. Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood legend outfits his hardcore yet charismatic criminals with tantalizingly stylish Ray Bans.
Who could forget? Taxi Driver, 1976. Robert DeNiro and his Mohawk would just not be complete without the deep shades that mirrored his own dark, tortured soul.
And we’re all in love with: True Romance, 1993. Christian Slater’s character isn’t only in love with Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) he’s also in love with Elvis, and he sports Elvis-inspired gold-rimmed shades throughout the movie.
Let’s get enterprising with Joel in: Risky Business, 1983. Tom Cruise is the quintessential teenager looking to score with the older, impossibly hot Rebecca De Mornay. Would he have landed her on that train if she hadn’t seen him sporting those classic Wayfarers?
Clearly, Hollywood has influenced the American culture and trends in a way that can be traced back to movies we love, and characters we love to hate.
Less glare = more safety
During almost any daytime run, your eyes are subjected to a great deal of abuse in the form of light pollution and glare. Bright sun, wet roads, snow and a list of other causes can buffet your eyes. At the very best of circumstances, running in these conditions can leave you with a headache. In the worst of situations, these conditions can damage your fragile eyes. Sunglasses are the solution to protecting your delicate corneas. Using sunglasses with polarized, anti-glare lenses filter out the jarring light and protects your eyes from the harmful UV rays, making your workouts more enjoyable in the short term, and saving you from eye issues in the long run, so to speak.
They’re made for you
If you notice an elite runner’s (and if you are an elite runner, you know who you are) gear, you ‘ll notice a few different kinds, but the one thing they have in common is they all look like they were made for runners. Maybe these athletes are on to something – the fact is, sunglasses that were designed for running take almost all the factors that runners face into consideration. For example: our popular VertX Sunglasses are designed to make sure your sunglasses stay in place – where they belong – on your nose, in rain, through sweat, and sudden movement.
Are you a runner that’s interested in a pair of performance sunglasses? Check out our line of sunglasses made for you, the athlete. Let us know in the comments below if you’re an avid sunglasses-wearing-runner too!
The first and foremost tip is to buy mens sunglasses that fit your face perfectly. You can go for a large frame if your face is large and aviator glasses if your face is on the squarish side. An angular frame works perfectly if your face is round. Any type of sunglasses normally look good on an oval face.
The sunglasses should also be chosen according to the size of your face. The size of sunglasses should be directly proportional to the size of the face. If you go for smaller sunglasses on a wide face then it will look quite odd.
Next is the color of the sunglasses. As far as possible, you should go a color that matches the skin tone. Today there are several shades of brown, grey, green and blue to choose from besides black. If you don’t want to experiment much then you can go for black.
Also you should go for sunglasses that suit your face. Many people buy sunglasses of their favorite celebrity or star. Just because the pair looks good on your favorite celebrity does not mean that they will look good on you.
Last but not the least is the quality. As far as possible you should not compromise on quality. The sunglasses should fulfill the primary requirement of protecting you from the harsh rays of the sun. So buy the best quality in your budget.
I know what you’re thinking…how is this possible!? Well it is possible, and it is happening. And, no its not happening in a lab with test tubes and beakers.
So let me explain. For those that are not familiar with Instagram, it is a very popular app for smartphones and tablets that stores photos by the user to be displayed and shared in the social media world. It has over 200 million users that are fervently active shutterbugs.
One other feature of Instagram is that it has photo editing tools that enables the picture fiend to crop, rotate, sharpen, to their hearts extent. And it can also change the hue of photos from the desire of choice.
So what does Instagram have in common with sunglasses? Well, I was just about ready to get to that. The main connection is located right in the lenses. The designers of sunglasses have integrated those variety of hues in their lenses, that are just the same as those that can be found in the Instagram app. Thereby giving the wearer a different perspective of their visual surroundings.
Let’s just say: an Instagram perspective.
Before you hit the waves this summer, make sure you assess your new shades for both style and function. Whether you’re looking to take out the Wave runner, to engage in some serious surfing, or to angle away the afternoon, you need sunglasses that not only look good, but increase your comfort on the water. The following features are essential for active beach goers and water sport enthusiasts.
1. Floating Capabilities
You’ve invested time and money in selecting your sunglasses so you want to make sure they last. Sunglasses with floating capabilities are ideal for windsurfers, body boarders, and kite surfers. Also consider sunglasses with rubber ear stems for a more comfortable fit.
2. Polarized Lenses
Polarized lenses cut down on glare and increase depth of visibility. Decreased glare is an additional safeguard against exposure to UV rays.
3. Proper Ventilation
To avoid fogging, purchase sunglasses that provide adequate ventilation. Though wrap-around lenses may offer greater coverage, a close fit can cause condensation to form, limiting visibility.
4. UV Protection
Ultraviolent radiation is present during both cloudy and sunny weather and can cause short-term and long-term eye damage including some types of cataracts. Unfortunately, not all sunglasses provide 100% UV protection. Verify the label on your favorite pair before venturing out in the sun.
5. Shatterproof Lenses
Sunglasses are more than a style statement; they are a form of eye protection. Be sure your lenses are made of polycarbonate and shatterproof, especially if you plan to wear them in extreme conditions.
Wherever your summertime adventures take you, it’s hard to overstate the importance of sunglasses, both for comfort and as a part of your style regimen. In fact, a carefully chosen pair of sunglasses can easily become a signature piece. This summer, more and more men are dipping into sunglasses styles that were first designed more than 50 years ago. These instantly-recognizable designs have stood the test of time for good reason, and are all can’t-miss choices for these summer months.
Since their introduction in the mid ‘50s, no sunglass style has retained its popularity better than this Ray-Ban design. Invented by optic expert Raymond Stegeman, this model’s unique frame shape has become an oft-imitated classic.
If you’re looking to throw a vintage twist to your look, nothing beats the retro style of round frame lenses. First popularized in the ‘20s and ‘30s, circular frames are known to soften the look of strong jawlines, leading to a truly whimsical summer look.
This style was initially developed to help pilots see in treacherously bright conditions, but it didn’t take long for aviator frames to take off in the world of fashion, due in part to their numerous appearances in pop culture. The already-popular style got a major boost thanks to the endorsements of musicians like Paul McCartney and Freddy Mercury, both of whom were photographed sporting these shades. These days, they can be seen everywhere due to their masculine style that pair up nicely with just about any kind of look.
Get total protection from the sun while sizing up your shot with these great sunglasses. You’ll get complete prevention of UV rays and glare so you’ll see everything clearly and crisply. Night vision lenses are also available for dusk and dawn. Technology built into the lenses will help with your body’s rhythms to keep you balanced and relaxed during every stage of your hunt. These sunglasses are almost impossible to hurt, crack, or destroy wherever you go with lines that also look great.
The shape of the lenses have a purpose as well and are shaped for less distortion while helping to eliminate eye fatigue and ache. This means you can be outside as long as you wish without your most important hunting feature wearing out. All the protection and advantages of these lenses will not wear down the longer you own them. It is virtually guaranteed to last as long as you have your sunglasses.
Great rubber tips and nose pieces provide more than great grip. The longer you’re outside and when you sweat, technology inside the rubber will continue to hold on tight. Get the RealTree Camouflage sunglasses and rest assured that the hunt will be the only thing on your mind.
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