3 Tips for Finding the Right Summer Eyewear

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

After a few hours of shopping, I reached into my tote and pulled out my favorite pair of sunglasses. I slowly pulled them from their case and began to put them in place. Unfortunately, I've had them for a very long time and one of the arms fell off! So, at the next store, I spent near half an hour trying on pair after pair of sunglasses - only to ultimately walk out without having made a decision.

Why is finding the right pair of sunglasses so difficult? There's so much that I judge and weigh as I stare myself down in the tiny mirrors that sit beside the sunglasses. Are they the right shape? Are the frames the right color? Are the lenses too dark or not dark enough? Will they fall off when I ride bicycles with the kids - and can I wear them as we hike? Maybe they're best fitted for a relaxing day at the beach? I should probably get several pairs - each perfect for a specified use, right? I also wear contact lenses - but don't always wear contact lenses. This means that I may want to order a pair of prescription sunglasses. There's so much to consider.

After my week of trying to decide what I need to begin the summer, here are my top three suggestions for finding the right types of eyewear for this summer.

1. Prescription and Non-Prescription

I like to have both! My eyes can be so fickle from one day to the next. One morning I may have no trouble getting contacts to stay and other days they may refuse entirely. So, I need my sunglasses to fit both of these circumstances. For the days that I'll go sans contacts, I like to have my favorite frames and prescription shades close by so that I can easily switch between the two. If it's one of those glorious days where contacts are in agreement with my eyes - then I grab my non-prescription sunglasses. If you have a prescription, always be prepared and grab a pair of each type of sunglasses.

2. Your Summer Activities

Your daily activities will help determine which eyewear options are best for that day. There are days where we may not do too much. Perhaps a walk and a trip to the library. I prefer to go without the contacts and stick with my favorite eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses on those days. Other days, I may be out and about a lot - and would prefer not to have to switch between the different frames. On those days I wear contacts and my favorite non-prescription shades.

However, we may also go to the beach. On those days - I choose my lightweight sunglasses that goes better with a windy day in the sand. I also prefer a more tinted shade for those days. So much to consider, right?

I also grabbed a few prescription sunglasses frames for my husband and the kids - as they aren't currently wearing contacts but will need eye protection at the beach as well.

Have a summer wedding coming up? Grab a more trendy and stylish shade for those afternoon weddings.

3. Choosing Your Best Frame

Looking back through vacation photos - I've found that I haven't always made the right choice when deciding on sunglasses. The frames were sometimes right for my face and often were not. I hadn't known that different frame shapes would compliment my face better than others. When you're deciding on any eyewear, you should look for shapes that are in contrast with your face's shape. For instance, a round face will be complimented more when the eyewear has a square shape. It will help to contour the face a bit better. Those with an oval-shaped face may find that they can wear many different frame shapes. Oh how lucky for them! I found several options that will fit my face best at Discount Glasses. Since I need to buy several sets to get me through the summer - this was a great find.

What shape of frames are you loving this season?