Ah, the allure and mystique of a pair of sunglasses. Put on a pair, and instantly be an icon of cool. At least, that's how it seems in my head. But is that how it works in real life?
I own an arsenal of sunnies- mostly cheap pairs picked up from thrift stores, or Target in the $15 range. I've owned a few designer shades in my day- a pair of white Coach sunglasses while looking sharp have worthless lens in them, no good for actually shading of the eyes. And a classic pair of Mui-Mui tortoise shell frames, that I've owned forever, are good looking and are great for keeping my eyes in my socket. So I've been wondering: are $150 sunglasses better or the same as a $20 pair? Do you get what you pay for? Or are you paying merely extra for a few fancy logo embellishments?
I turned to the Sunglasses Shop to find out. While the site offers a myriad of choices, starting from around $25 and going all the way up nearly a thousand, I chose a mid-range pair, classic in shape, conservative in color, and a brand re-known for modern + simple sophistication: in short, something different from what I'm used to.
Behold the Emporio Armani 9739 in grey. They were chosen for their classic shape, and the fact I thought they'd be flattering to my round face. The norm for me, are round sunglasses, and these frames seem a nice blend of round with cat-eye elements. The sheer grey was something I didn't have, and the idea was that this subtle neutral would be a great color of shades for Fall.
The quality of the frames, and the lenses are pure, practical luxury. The plastic frames are smooth, and feel solid, without being too rigid, and sit comfortably on the face. They are well made, down to the last detail of the temple hinges, unlike a pair I've acquired recently, these frames are built to last. The frames wrap around the face, offering real sun protection. Most notable are the lenses, they are gradient lenses, and provide ample protection from UV rays. Even after spending long days in the sun, my eyes felt un-strained, which made me I realize how much squinting I've been doing in many of my budget/novelty sunglasses.
One thing to note however, is that some of my "bargain" sunglasses are great- the frames the are made of quality plastic, and the lenses are ones that block harmful UV rays. So I'm not saying that spending more money always means better quality, but it did become more apparent, after wearing my latest designer shades, just how ineffective some of my cheaper sunglasses were, and the difference a good quality pair of sunglasses makes. Now I'm prepared to weed out any pair of sunglasses that do not offer real eye protection. For a good explanation on how sunglasses work, click HERE.
Shopping + placing my order from Sunglasses Shop was painless- the website is easy to navigate and to place your order. This site sells internationally, and offers a mind melting array of frames. The biggest challenge was deciding on a pair, as there are literally thousands of tantalizing options to choose from, from fancy (and pricey designer) frames to more moderate and budget sunglasses. If you are lucky enough to live in the U.K. you get free shipping. The shipping is FAST- I got my sunglasses in less than 2 days after placing my order.
Now I've got a hankering for some more fun Fall shades. Here are a few that are now on the SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE, WANT list:
Check out these sheer delights from Emporio Armani.
Or these "Prints Charming" from Stella McCartney.
And there's no need to explain why these flattering-on every-face Prada sunglasses are the website's best sellers, is there?
Meanwhile I've got my sheer grey cat-eyes from Emporio Armani, which sometimes seem a little plain jane compared to colorful shapes of my many novelty shades, but their sleek, smart design give this pair top billing as my go-to shades for the upcoming Fall season.
Disclosure: I received a free pair of sunglasses from the Sunglasses Shop, a Citizen Rosebud blog sponsor, for the purpose of this review. The review above is an honest reflection of my experience of the product, and the opinion remains my own.
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