Are you one of the many who wear their sunglasses in the dark, at night, even though it dims your eyesight? Why? Because any fashion diva walking behind sunglasses creates a stunning visual: striking, trendy and cool.
Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses also function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored or darkened, and frames that are cool, chic and sexy.

Sunglasses Fun Fact: The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause serious eye problems. Fashion experts recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you wish to appear hot.

Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors primarily from a desire to mask their identity, or to add mystery to their mass appeal. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach.

Sunglasses have become popular for many reasons, one is to keep sun and glare out of one’s eyes. Sunglasses can also be worn to hide the eyes, making eye contact virtually impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses.
Fashion trends is another major reason for wearing sunglasses, particularly designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes and sizes may be in vogue as a fashion accessory. Fashion trends can also count on the “cool” image of sunglasses and their association with a prominent lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. Sometimes, the image sunglasses gives off serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.
On a downer end, lawbreakers have been known to wear sunglasses during or after committing a crime as an aid to hiding their identities.

Sunglasses Construction:

  1. Lens: The color of the lens may vary depending on style, fashion and purpose, but for general use, red, grey, green and brown are recommended to avoid or minimize color distortion.
  2. Frames: Frames are generally made of plastic, nylon, metal  or a metal alloy. Frames can be thin, thick, colorful, wire, and various shapes.
  3. Nose Bridge: Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.

I wear my sunglasses in the dark! Simply because I can!
Fashionable Types of Sunglasses:

  1. Aviator
  2. Oversized
  3. Shutter Shades
  4. Teashades (John Lennon Glasses)
  5. Wayfarer
  6. Wrap-Around
  7. Clip On
  8. Flip-Up
  9. Gradient Lenses
  10. Mirrored

Sunglasses Fun Fact: Various names for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun shades, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses.
Some major brands include Foster Grants, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, Luxottica and Serengeti.


Sunglasses Fun Fact: In prehistoric and historic times, Inuit peoples wore flattened ivory “glasses,” looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the sun. It is said that the Roman Emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights with emeralds. Sunglasses made from flat panes of smoky quartz, which offered no corrective powers but did protect the eyes from glare, were used in China in the 12th century.
I wear my sunglasses morning, noon and night. They fit oh so right, making me a lovely sight!

Peek-a-boo, I see you hiding behind those sunglasses that look great on you!
“I can’t help but notice that you have been staring at me.”
“I believe you need glasses if that is what you see.”
“From my line of sight, there is something about me that compels you to stare.”
“It just looks that way to you from these dark sunglasses that I wear.”
“So it isn’t me that your mysterious eyes are focused on?”
“Sorry to disappoint you. Yes, you are wrong.”
“May I ask why it appears your lenses are stuck on me?”
“It’s actually the person standing behind you that I see!”
Sunglasses: Spectacles that make you look spectacular!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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