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Sunglasses – The most important summer accessory

Whether in summer or winter, there's nothing better than enjoying the fresh air outside and soaking up the sun under clear skies. But to feel truly carefree in the sun, you need the right protection –sunscreen and a cool pair of sunglasses . Sunglasses are more than just a great accessory they also protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays! Blue Tomato has a huge selection of super cool sunnies to make sure you're always perfectly styled and protected. Oakley , Vans , Quiksilver and Spy are just a few of the brands you may come across in your search for the perfect shades.

Frames – Every shape, size and colour under the sun!

Are you a fan of crazy colourful shades or you prefer classic, simple sunglasses that will match anything? Do you like metal or synthetic frames? Would you choose cornered shapes or smooth, round glasses? With all the materials, shapes and colours out there, it's difficult to choose. It all comes down to personal taste, but there are a few guidelines that can help you find the best sunglasses for you. People with round or oval face shapes may prefer frames with corners, whereas anyone with a strong jawline or longer face will tend to go for round frames. So when it comes to deciding between Wayfarers or aviators, your choice should be based on the comfort and quality of the sunglasses. Adjustable nose pads help avoid uncomfortable pressure points and removable screws help you fix or exchange the arms of your sunglasses if they ever break or bend.

Finding the right lens – Colours and functions

Moving on to the most important part of your sunglasses – the lenses: you should first consider what you would like to use your sunglasses for. Brown and grey are safe choices that can be used in almost any weather. Colours like orange or yellow are better for cloudy and changing conditions or for sports.

The VLT Rating - Visible Light Transmission

VLT rates the transparency of your lenses, giving you a general idea of which sunglasses are most suitable for certain activities. The higher the rating, the more light penetrates the lenses, making them better suited for cloudy conditions. If you're looking for a pair of sunglasses that will still give you great vision even in poor or changing weather conditions, you should consider polarized or photochromatic lenses.

Modern lens properties

Polarized:

  • Filters reflections out of the light spectrum
  • Prevents light reflexes and glare
  • Perfect for water, snow or long car journeys

Photochromatic:

  • Lenses adjust to light conditions
  • Lenses automatically darken in strong sunlight and lighten in cloudy weather

Sunglasses for sports – which features do you need?

Sports sunglasses should be made of synthetic materials . This protects you from getting glass splinters in your eyes in case you fall and break the lenses. It is worth looking at unbreakable frames and lenses, such as those offered by Glorify, if you are planning to use your sunglasses in rough conditions. The sunglasses from their SPORTstyle collection are very easy to take apart using a click system. And nothing will happen if you accidentally sit on your sunglasses. Sports sunglasses don't only need to offer plenty of UV protection, but also good weather protection . In order to prevent teary eyes, they should sit close to the face. We only want to see tears of joy when you're downhill biking, jogging and doing other sports.

Beach and mountain – why UV protection is so important

If you think that the only function of sunglasses is to look good, think again! Snow reflects about 50 % - 95 % of harmful UVB rays (depending on how dirty it is). Light-coloured sand reflects about 15 % and water around 5 %. These rays can quickly lead to skin and eye damage if not well protected. That means that you should always choose sunglasses with a 400-CEUV label if you are going to be staying in the sun or at the beach. You can rest assured that all of the sunglasses in our shop meet the highest safety standards!

Cleaning and care – take care of your shades

There's nothing worse than getting your first scratch on an expensive pair of sunglasses. In order to avoid this, you should take special care while cleaning your sunglasses. Do not wipe them with your t-shirt; wait until you are at home and rinse them under running water to remove all dirt and dust. Then wipe them with a clean microfiber towel with outward movements. That way, you can enjoy a long-lasting pair of sunglasses from BlueTomato.