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We all have that one style, shape or brand of sunglasses that we own or will always reach for first when we go shopping. Have you ever thought about what draws you to that particular pair of sunglasses or glasses? Is the majority of your eyewear of the same brand, style or shape? A recent study found that the styles and accessories we choose are inherently linked to our personalities. So in short, what you wear and what you consciously choose to wear say a lot about you.

Cat – eye

This style is seen as a veteran style that has been around for a long time. If you are a Mad Men fan (like us) you might remember seeing some styles 60’s inspired frames in this style. Since this shape of frames is known to act as a natural face lift and enhances the cheekbones and angular features of your face, it would suggest that you are someone who cares a lot about their appearance and makes an effort to look great. Our favourite cat – eye frame at the moment is the Chanel 3303B. Regal and statuesque in design.

Rectangle

Rectangle frames are perhaps the most basic and standard style of frames on the market today. They have even outlived some of the crazier shapes that were around when they first strolled onto the scene. You are a simple person who loves a trendy minimalistic and well put together outfit. Your wardrobe could include simple core colours and a multitude of monochrome options. We like the Ray-Ban Wayfarer RB5184 glasses in a cool toned gradient grey on black colour. Simple yet stylish.

Square

The square shaped frame is much beloved as it is versatile and can be suited to multiple face shapes. This shape is good for those that like to switch up their style so to speak. You are probably a high energy person who likes to experience new things and likes to take risk, no matter how big or small they may be. For you, we like the Céline CL41351 glasses in their trendy and unique Havana colour. Chic Parisian Flair.

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We are as surprised as everybody with regards to the transition that seemed to have magically occurred with DJ-ing sensation and the Calvin Harris Emporio Armani campaign images are the perfect proof. It was just a few years ago he was a regular DJ with a couple of hits under his belt; the past few years have seen him dye his hair and work with global superstars like Bajan singer Rihanna. Since then his career catapulted him into the spotlight and earned him his spot on the list for the highest paid disk jockeys in the world.

“It’s amazing functioning with Giorgio Armani for Emporio Armani. I really feel a distinct affinity with the ethos of the brand and I have always appreciated its style.” – Calvin Harris

The 31 year old Scotsman has reprised his role as the face of Emporio Armani. He looks manly and well groomed a side of him that wasn’t apparent a few years ago. All in all we have to say we are really excited by this new side of the singer and the Calvin Harris Emporio Armani sunglasses.He’s more stylish and he’s also dating one of the most talented and talked about singer of our generation – Taylor Swift.

In the new collection featuring Calvin Harris Emporio Armani made the textures are more sleek and autumn worthy, it has that classic minimalistic vibe that is not too much but also not too little. There’s the perfect balance between basics and statement pieces. This is the 3rd time Calvin has stripped down to model for the Emporio underwear line. Others who have been before him in both David and Victoria Beckham.

Just a short eight years ago Calvin – real name Adam Wiles, was not the buff hotshot we see in the campaigns. A nice and comfortable move to Los Angeles changed all of that.

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It can be a tricky task to find the right pair of eyeglasses for children. Aside from the obvious, which is making sure the fit is correct, there are other things such as style, protection, comfort and durability to consider when shopping for kids glasses – what’s more, all of these factors need to be wrapped up in a fashionable little package that allows your child to express his or her personality, feel confident, and keep up with the latest trends.

Here are the top 5 kid’s glasses essentials:

1. Getting the right size

When choosing any eyewear, especially if its main purpose is a practical one (this is disregarding the people who buy eyeglasses without prescription lenses, as a fashion-statement), it is important to factor sizing into the equation – and this is even more important when shopping for kids glasses.

Choosing glasses for a child is not so different from choosing their clothes; you will need to find the right size whether it be a small, medium or large. As a rule of thumb, Kids glasses are made for children between the ages of 4-10 years old, kids glasses also tend to have an average temple length of 125-130 and a lens width of 44 – 48mm. 

2. Lenses

The quality of the lenses on a child’s pair of glasses is never something that should be circumvented for price. The lenses need to be durable, have 100% UV protection and be comfortable for everyday use i.e. help to tame eye strain etc.

The lenses should be made of a poly-carbonate material which is 12 times more impact-resistant than plastic lenses and should be transitions too as this allows kids to get the best level of protection both indoors and outdoors where the UV rays can penetrate.

A third thing to consider with the lenses is High-Energy Visible (HEV) artificial blue light which is emitted from computer screens – devices that most kids spend at least a few hours a day gazing into. This light can cause eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes if not protected against. Poly-carbonate will provide protection from this.

3. The Coating

Kid’s glasses should always have lens coatings to increase their comfort-levels, protection and longevity. UV protection will protect your child’s from the harmful rays of the Sun, an anti-reflective coating will restrict light reflections off the lens and combat eyestrain and an anti-scratch coating will make the lens stronger and scratch-resistant.

4. Frame material 

The best material for kids glasses is acetate. Acetate is hypoallergenic and incredibly strong. With this material you get comfort, style and strength. Also, the glasses should contain spring hinges as these provide the best accommodation for a growing face.

5. Style 

Even with all of the above taken into account, style doesn’t need to be compromised, nope, not a bit. It is just as important that a Kid’s pair of glasses is stylish as it is that an adult’s is. Kids need to feel comfortable and confident with their glasses choice too, so look to buy a pair from a reputable designer that sells shrunk-down versions of fashionable adult styles.

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Can you damage your pretty eyes by neglecting to wear sunglasses? In short, (no point skirting around this fact), the answer is: yes.

Now time for an elaboration: There has long been active discussion, since the dawn of time it seems, surrounding the necessity of sunglasses with respect to protection and eye health.

Research, lots and lots of it, has indicated that exposure to UV rays can and will lead to eye damage and common diseases such as: macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygia and photo keratitis (temporary loss of vision).

There are however, some differences in the resulting damage from short and long term exposure to the sun’s harmful rays:

Short term effects

If you step outside into the sunshine for a moment or two, on your lunch break in the summer to escape the humid office air or for a walk to the shops under the white winter sky, the chances of your eyes being affected (seriously affected) are slim. However, this exposure must be brief and re-exposure over a period of time can and inevitably will cause damage to your eyes if you do not seek protection from sunglasses.

Prolonged exposure can lead to sunburn of the cornea – this results in severe pain that can last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours after exposure. You can treat this affliction with eye ointments and painkillers and will be expected to make a full recovery within 24 to 72 hours…all from a little sunglasses-free time in the sunshine…

Long term effects

Now you have stepped into dangerous territory – a place where your eyes will scream and shout and curse that you did not read the warning signs and protect them with some stylish sunglasses.

The long term effects of sun exposure without the correct protection from sunglasses can be dire. Sustained UV exposure can lead to chronic eye diseases including:

  1. Macular Degeneration 

Macular Degeneration is a serious degenerative disease that affects the central retina (the macular) that is responsible for central vision.

Whilst there is treatment available for this condition (this comprises of injections directly into the eye) the treatment cannot reverse damage that has already occurred.

  1. Cataracts 

Cataracts are serious eye afflictions that can be caused or made worse by prolonged exposure to UV rays.

The most visibly common symptom of Cataracts disease is the ‘cloudy eye coating’ it causes. This cloud leads to blurred vision and, if left untreated, blindness.

However, this can all be avoided by wearing UV protected sunglasses; it’s simple and will save you a lifetime of pain and regret.

  1. Pterygium 

Pterygium is a growth (a benign growth) of conjunctiva tissue on the cornea.

Pterygium grows very slowly over a period of months and even years and can, when big enough, grow over the pupil and cause an astigmatism ( a curvature of the cornea), resulting in permanent blurred vision.

A prominent cause of this condition is exposure to UV rays and thus it can be so easily avoided by wearing sunglasses.

  1. The big C: Cancer 

Eye cancers: melanoma of the eye, skin cancers of the eyelid and squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva, can all be caused by exposure to UV rays – and can all be prevented by wearing a good reliable, fashionable pair of sunglasses!

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You may not have considered this, but a good-quality pair of sunglasses should be part of every angler’s and fishing-enthusiasts equipment stock. Wearing the right sunglasses whilst fishing will make it considerably easier for you to spot road tips and floats in direct sunlight, not to mention allowing you to see beneath the surface of the water – even on those really sunny days.

After adding sunglasses to your shopping list, it is important to note that not every pair will do to trick. Fortunately, below you will find a list of some of the very best sunglasses for fishing on the market today.

Bolle Anaconda

These stylish sunglasses are an angler’s dream; they have a wraparound frame that will protect your vision whilst blocking glare from all angles. This style of frame is sturdy and will not slide about; creating a comfortable fit that will allow the fishing to take centre stage.

Serengeti Nuvola

The Nuvola sunglasses by Serengeti team luxury with a sporty, casual attitude; the rimless, rectangular frame gives a clear field of vision and hold special Photochromic PHD lenses that deliver optimal levels of visual clarity.

Maui Jim World Cup Polarised 266

These trendy, unisex Maui Jim sunglasses feature a rectangular shaped, Nylon-composed frame with wraparound lenses that will fit securely and protect the eyes from 100% of harmful UV rays – all Maui Jim sunglasses have the highest amount of UV protection on the market today. Polarised lenses are glare-combatting and will allow for greater depth of vision, especially in water.

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In essence, sunglasses are a practical being. I say ‘being’ because considering how big a role they currently play in the modern man’s life (the sun’s always out and shining somewhere in the world) – they might as well be elevated to a slightly sentient status.  

However, they are not just a practical soul, for decades they have been our go-to fashion accessories, born to replace the days when a man was trendy if he owned a gazillion and one hat.  

 Today sunglasses have a dual purpose; they exist to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays (in fact doctors recommend that you wear sunglasses whenever the sun is out, no matter if this occurs during a winter snowstorm because apparently, this time looking the sun can be the most dangerous!) whilst letting you express your individual styles and keep up with the latest fashion trends.  

 Sunglasses are a fashion staple that, like us, humans, come in many different shapes and sizes. Below is a brief of some of the most popular fashion forward styles for men:  

All hail the Aviator

Aviator sunglasses, otherwise known as ‘Pilot’ sunglasses, were first made popular by the brave fighter pilots in WW2. Since the 1930’s they have been acknowledged and embraced by men around the world. The Aviator has a naturally strong, masculine appeal, and is a design that is timelessly cool. Ray-Ban is notorious for their production of the revered Aviator, however today a multiplicity of other designer brands have made this shape their own, so you will never be stuck for choice.

Wayfarer

The Wayfarer sunglasses first came into fashion back in the 1950’s. It is a style that was flaunted by some of Hollywood’s elite movie stars and had has since filtered down into the realms of the masses where they have remained forever cool.  

Saying the Wayfarer is trendy is an understatement; it is a powerful design with a uniquely stylish character.

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