Reflecting your personality & lifestyle
Your sunglasses need to be adapted to both your personality and your lifestyle. So, before making a final decision, it’s a good idea to ask yourself: what do I expect from my sunglasses, and what kind of life do I lead outdoors?
Your sunglasses are not just a reflection of your personality; they should also reflect your lifestyle. What kind of activities do you take part in outdoors? What are the different environments your eyes are exposed to? And what is your outlook on life? The answers to these questions will help you to choose the right type of sunglasses.
How much sun are you exposed to?
Everybody experiences the outdoors in a different way, which means that everyone is subjected to different amounts of sunlight. So which factors influence your exposure to sunlight?
• Where you live has a big impact on the intensity of sunlight you encounter. If you live in the city, it’s easier to limit your exposure to bright sun by taking advantage of the many opportunities for shade. But remember that, even in shade, harmful UV rays can still be reflected off nearby surfaces and into your eyes. If you live by the sea or in the mountains, you probably spend more time outdoors. Furthermore, water and snow reflect significant amounts of UV rays, and UV is also more prevalent at altitude. You therefore need take greater care of your eyes.
• The time of year is responsible for considerable variations in brightness. Many of us are fooled into thinking that a lack of visible bright light means there is no UV. But even on a cloudy day, invisible UV rays are always present – and that’s why it is so important to protect yourself all year round, whatever the season. The same goes for holidays: many of us only think to wear sunglasses on the beach or when we’re enjoying a break in the mountains. But the reflex to protect your eyes should be automatic wherever you are, and at all times.
• The type of activities you take part in also affect your exposure to sunlight. If you spend a lot of your working day outdoors or you enjoy gardening, you will probably prefer a practical pair of sunglasses that guarantee you comfortable vision and protection no matter how bright the light. When driving, it is advisable to have a pair of polarized sunglasses at hand to help you see clearly and safely in glare conditions. If you regularly take part in sports, sunglasses can help improve your performance by ensuring you see more accurately. For athletes, the ideal sunglasses will combine lightness and comfort with visual performance and protection against injuries.
• Your age tends to define how much sun you are exposed to. Children and retired people generally spend more time outdoors and therefore need to be more vigilant. Children are particularly susceptible to harmful UV rays as their eyes are not yet fully developed. For this reason, children’s sunglasses are specially adapted to their morphology. Choose a fastening system that provides good support for your child – and a design that appeals to them. That way, they are more likely to keep their sunglasses on. Older people tend to be more sensitive to light, so it is a good idea to choose a frame that offers lateral protection against UV.
What kind of personality are you?
Your choice of sunglasses should also account for your lifestyle and personality. So, which kind of sunglasses wearer are you?
• Pragmatic wearers want their sunglasses to fulfill two simple roles: offer them visual comfort and provide protection. If you fall into this category, the best choice is sunglasses you can use in a wide range of conditions, throughout the year. Select a frame with a timeless style that is well-adapted to the morphology of your face. Polarized lenses, which eliminate glare, are an optional extra.
• Fashionistas regard their sunglasses as a complement to their overall style. If this is you, you’ll probably want to pick an atypical frame shape or a gradient lens that adds a touch of elegance. You should, however, make sure your eyes are sufficiently protected for your level of exposure to the sun.
• Active people require visual performance to help them excel in their outdoor activities and sports. If you are the active type, look for sunglasses that fit snuggly to your face and provide a large field of vision. The frame should be lightweight, flexible and resistant to impact and the lens should be adapted to your specific sport. Different colours of lens are available to improve contrast or for better colour perception.
• People with sensitive eyes, including children, should choose a full tint for their lenses and a strength of at least category 3. Frames for children’s sunglasses are specially adapted to the morphology of their faces, while opaque frames are recommended if your eyes are particularly sensitive, as this will help block light from all directions.