In the time when ‘style’ began, a man would own a plethora of hats. Today, however, sunglasses have taken their place and hats are worn by only a select few. While they certainly protect your eyes, they clearly are an excellent way to add personal style to your outfit. That said, there are some rules one should follow when wearing shades.
As with many accessories, there is a right way and an epically bad way to wear them. Either sunglasses will protect you and make you look suave and debonair, or they’ll protect you and make you look like a first class twat. There generally isn’t any in-between.
Sunglasses, like many accessories, stemmed from a very practical purpose: protecting your eyes from intense light to enhance your vision. Today, they are no longer that simple, practical tool. They are, without any doubt, a way to showcase your personal style and flair, with some owning multiple pairs so they can match the right pair of shades with their outfits, occasion and mood.
Here are my sunglasses ‘Do’s and Don’ts’. Like ALL accessories, it’s my opinion, sunglasses should come with a standard set of rules. Not that anyone should obey them, but here are my thoughts on the matter:
1. Stop Staring into the Sun
This should be common sense. It doesn’t matter if it’s a solar eclipse, staring at the sun is just a stupid thing to do – even with UV400 sunglasses on. Stop doing it.
2. Don’t Wear Your Sunglasses at Night
Only two types of people wear sunglasses at night. Blind men or people with sensitive eyes (Or if your name’s Karl Largerfeld). If you are not one of them, don’t do it.
3. Take Your Sunglasses Off when Indoors
I get that some people are sensitive to certain types of light, such as fluorescents. If you’re not one of them, take your sunglasses off. You don’t look cool. You look ridiculous. Especially at the bar.
4. Choose your style carfeully
Gonna call it – If you purchase your sunglasses from a petrol station for $5.00 chances are they’re not appropriate to wear in public unless you are off to a music festival (then throw them away immediately after), enough said. Then, no matter what the brand or how good the deal is, if sunglasses aren’t a good fit for your face, don’t buy them.
5. Eye contact
It is always appropriate to take your shades off when greeting someone, eye contact is paramount and remember my golden rule ‘Manners are the most stylish thing you can wear’.