Shopping for sunglasses, in my opinion, is right up there with shopping for bras in terms of a ratio of frustration to success. You always need to try on a million before you find one that actually works for your features and is also in your preferred price range. The problem is, if you don’t know your …
Eyeglasses and Sunglasses
Learn how to find the right eyeglasses for your face shape. Get shopping tips and money-saving advice when shopping for eyewear. See cool sunglasses styles.
Gone are the days when wearing glasses is a chore, because eyewear doubles up as a style statement, too. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about wearing glasses for function, fun, and fashion.
Choosing a Frame
Tips for selecting eyeglasses that best fit your lifestyle, budget and personal style.
A Closer Look at Spectacles
An in-depth, behind-the-scenes showcase of eyewear from every perspective.
Major Eyewear Brands
Just like any piece of fashion, the world of eyeglasses is full of brands with flair and good looks. These are the names that drive the optical business.
The most important components that make up a pair of glasses, and what they do.
- Nosepads: Nosepads hold your glasses up and determine the height at which you look through the lenses.
- Temples: The temples keep your glasses in place by securing them along the sides of your face.
- Temple Tips: The temple tips secure the other end of your glasses over your ears and balances the front and back of the frame across the length of your head.
- Bridge: The bridge holds your glasses up and determines the height at which you look through the lenses.
- Hinges: The hinges are mostly for convenience as they enable your glasses to be closed for easy storage. They also allow the temples to be adjusted for the most comfortable fit.
There is so much more to sunglasses than meets the eye. Shades are cool, fashionable, and help define your personality, and they give your eyes all the UV protection they need.
In addition to protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, sunglasses are a great accessory to your lifestyle. Do you need them for sports, prescription, eye surgery recovery or just fashion? Here’s how to pick the right pair.
Celebrities and everyone in the spotlight wear the hottest sunglasses in season, a must-have in your fashion accessories kit.
If you don’t wear contact lenses, prescription sunglasses are a great way to correct your vision, protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, and block out the sun’s glare.
Major Sunglass Brands
All major fashion and lifestyle brands have their own collections of sunglasses. Learn more about shades and their styles – rose-tinted lenses optional!
Sunglasses are a must-have for all outdoor sports, for UV protection and to block out the glare. They’re also part of the gear for indoor activities if you need to sharpen your vision or keep your eyes safe from impact.
Kids & Eyeglasses
Myopia is a growing vision problem among children, as more lead computer- and video-game-centric lifestyles. It’s not always easy getting kids to accept having to wear glasses – here’s how to help them make the transition seamlessly.
Choosing Children’s Frames
There are lots of things to consider when selecting eyeglasses for your child: school, sports, comfort, sturdiness, and ease of use. Find him or her the perfect pair.
Children’s Eyewear Brands
With more children than ever needing eyeglasses, there are plenty of brands to choose from, serving every need from comfort to fun.
Remember those non-descript elastic straps that keep your glasses from falling off or librarian-like spectacle chains? Keeping your frames and sunglasses safe on your face looks a lot better these days!
A good quality pair of glasses should last you at least two years (be sure you go to the eye doctor’s for an annual exam to make sure your prescription hasn’t changed). Because most manufacturers offer just a one-year warranty, here’s how you can take great care of your eyewear to keep them looking and working fine beyond 12 months.
Eyewear Fashion & Trends
Eyeglasses are about spectacular style – you can look good and see perfectly at the same time. With collections from fashion houses and independent designers sharing face space from runways to everywhere else in the world, it’s easy to feel like a kid in an eye-candy store.
Eye Spy: The Week’s Best Celebrity Eyewear Look
Who’s wearing what? Often, the most good-looking frames and sunglasses are found on celebrity faces. We pick one favorite every week.
Eyewear collections from the world’s most luxurious and exclusive fashion houses.
Eyewear brands you’ll always come across when you’re shopping or browsing for new frames and sunglasses.
You may not have heard of these eyewear brands, but they are often the most innovative, cutting-edge, gorgeous and high-quality frames and sunglasses in the optical market.
Designer Look Book: Eyewear Visionaries
The world’s most prolific eyewear designers, and their spectacular collections.
Where to Buy Eyewear
It’s a shopper’s paradise if you’re in the market for new glasses and sunglasses. You can go anywhere from a discount optician in a big box retailer to luxury boutiques featuring the most exclusive fashion brands. What are you looking for? We help you navigate spectacle shopping.
For a very basic pair of functional glasses and sunglasses, discount opticians are your best bet, and they’re everywhere.
For the most personalized service and unique eyewear selections that aren’t a dime a dozen, independent opticians are all about the optical experience. Many double up as fashion stylists!
Eyewear is just a click away with the growing popularity of web sites selling prescription eyewear, frames, and sunglasses.
Major Optical Chains
If you’re concerned about nationwide warranties and policies, and a consistent standard of practice and service, major optical chains are a convenient option no matter where you are.
Boutiques specializing in sunglasses only or exclusive frame collections are where you should head if you don’t need a prescription or can get your lenses from your optician or eye doctor.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we here at The Gloss have a bit of a sunglasses obsession. We also love people and brands that give back. So when I heard about Extinct, I jumped at the opportunity to show you all what these kick-ass sunglasses are all about. These aren’t just great sunglasses; the heart behind …
Am I at the beach? Yes. Is it awesome? Sure, yes, of course, it is. Am I judging people by their sunglasses? You know I am. That’s my only reason for being here. That and dressing like a beatnik. Round wire frames Look, if you haven’t done cocaine yet, you’re going to. That’s fine. That’s …
When it comes to sunglasses, a girl can never have enough. Look, you may lose them at the beach or you just want something a bit more fashion-forward, I totally understand. I have an entire section of my dresser dedicated to my collection of sunglasses. But until I saw the newest trend in sunnies, I had stuck to …
I’ve only recently discovered the joy of having multiple pairs of sunglasses. I used to think that all I really needed was single pair of aviators—I mean, it had taken me a few months to learn what shape actually worked for my face, so why stray away from something I know looks good, right? It …
Sunglasses that float. It’s one of those brilliantly simple, problem-solving product ideas that you hear and must have immediately. Better, Panda sunglasses aren’t the “sport” (read: ugly) model you might expect from floating frames —they’re beautiful, sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo. And as enamored as I am with the product, that’s only the beginning of what’s great about the company: Panda has …
When you’re on a road-trip with your friends, blasting music and enjoying the fresh air, the last thing you need is the bright sunshine piercing your eyes. Purchasing a pair of quality sunglasses can mean the difference between seeing the joy on your friends’ faces and dodging floating spots that no one else can see. …
Around 164 million Americans wear eyeglasses and because many of us don them 24/7, it’s important to find a stylish frame. The hunt for the perfect glasses can feel overwhelming because of the wealth of designs available. Perhaps you’re struggling to find the right glasses for you and you’re not sure where to start. Sounds …
We’ve got you covered when it comes to this year’s hottest sunglasses trends. And let us tell you – they’re anything but dull! We’re talking about color, color, and more color! Plus, there’s a new look in frames (thanks to Rhianna) that we know you’re going to love. So, ditch your old sunnies – they’re …
Not long ago, I’ve discovered I needed glasses… and I thought, yeah, right! I struggled with the idea; however, I decided it’s time to take action as pretty much everything further than 3 meters away I was seeing blurred. I thought if I’ll need to wear something on my face the whole day, every day, …
Sunglasses do more than protect your eyes; they can be an essential fashion accessory. This season, choose oversized sunglasses to make a bold statement. Whether you decide to save or splurge, you will be looking cool in these hot sunglasses. Tom Ford ‘Anais’ Open-Temple Sunglasses These Tom Ford sunglasses are unique. They feature open temples …
Glasses for Square Faces Strong jawlines and broad foreheads tell the story of square-shaped faces, endowing you with a look that commands respect and an air of poise—all you need is the right pair of frames or sunglasses to complete the look. This also means you’re looking for oval and round frames to offset your …