Sunglasses, considered the coolest of all accessories, are everyone’s favourite. Be it for going out into the sun or adorning it in style, sunglasses are a fun bling to go. To promote the use of this accessory, people across the world celebrate International Sunglasses Day on June 27.
Every year, a number of events are scheduled by vision organisation and councils who disseminate information about the benefits of wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses are not only a fashion accessory, it is also a necessity to protect the eyes from damage caused by the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. Nowadays, sunglasses are available in different sizes and styles. There are sunglasses with bling on the frames and with varied tinted glasses.
Some of the famous sunglasses include:
Aviator glasses have teardrop-shaped glass lenses with a thin metal frame. The design of the Aviator was introduced in the year 1936 by Bausch & Lomb Company for military aviators in US. However, with time, the aviator sunglasses became a fashion statement and came more into use. The Aviator sunglasses first came into popularity in the year 1940 when Douglas MacArthur first sported the pair at the Pacific theatre.
The Browline sunglasses come with hard plastic or hard rimmed arms joined together to a lower wire frame. Browlines were first adapted into sunglasses from the 1980s and became one of the most popular styles around.
Oversized glasses are large sunglasses which are worn by women. These glasses are mostly worn by celebrities as a shield from the paparazzi. Oversized glasses provide more protection from the sun rays due to the large areas of the face and skin they cover.
Invented in the late 1940s, these glasses comprise a set of parallel horizontal shutters. The main purpose of the shutter shades is not to filter light, but to decrease the amount of sun rays falling into the eyes of the wearer.
These are wire rim sunglasses worn primarily for aesthetic reasons. These glasses became popular during the late 1960s with elaborately coloured and mirrored lenses and the wire earpieces exaggerated. Modern versions of the same are available in plastic lenses.
The Wayfarer is one of the most popular form of sunglasses worn today. It is primarily a plastic framed design produced by the Ray Ban Company. This sunglass, introduced in the year 1952, had lenses that were wider at the top than the bottom and were famously worn by artists like James Dean, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and the Beatles. Though the initial frames are black, different colours were introduced later. The Wayfarer sunglasses have witnessed many transformations in its design since its inception.