Summer is here which means it’s time to pack away those winter warmer frames and try on something cooler for a change. Here are our Top 5 tips for finding a pair of statement frames that will not only look and feel good, but keep you sun-safe at the same time.
1. Lighten up – Part 1: Lightweight frames
With the mercury hitting 30+ degrees every day, the last thing you need is a pair of heavy, chunky specs sweatin’ up your face. Lighten your load by trying a pair of skinny, semi rimless or rimless frames for size.
If you’re looking for the ultimate lighter-than-air eyewear experience, choose specs crafted out of lightweight material such as stainless steel, carbon fibre or (a Sneaky D fave) lightweight premium acetate.
Want to see some examples of good lightweight frames? Check out the new Sneaking Duck limited edition summer range – or ask your favourite eyewear supplier for frames that fit in with the above.
2. Lighten up – Part 2: Ultra thin lenses
If you’re cursed with a strong (think +/- 4 sphere) prescription for near or far-sightedness, you probably own some glasses with lenses so thick and heavy they stick out of their rims.
Swap the magnified bug-eyed look with something a little sexier – ultra thin lenses. These beauties are made out of a special high index plastic which essentially gives them the same prescription power as a standard lens but with thinner material. This makes them lighter, slimmer and more comfortable to wear – score!
Anywhere can make you up glasses with Ultra-thin lenses but if it helps, Sneaking Duck has a free-upgrade offer on right now, which can help you save up to $155 per pair!
3. Spring(hinge) into summer
While winter’s a time for sleeping in and playing poker by the fire, this season is all about enjoying the great outdoors. If you’re a fan of backyard cricket, bushwalks and getting caught in the rain, go for glasses with spring hinges.
These frames are equipped with special springs that allow for greater arm movement beyond the normal 90 degrees. This subsequent snugger fit means no more glasses falling off your face during yoga class!
4. Stay on Trend
This year’s summer fashion scene truly put the ‘cat’ into catwalk. Keep in shape with a fun and flirty pair of cat-eyes or embrace your hipster side with something rounder. When it comes to sunglasses, you can’t go past a pair of over-sized shades – bigger is better, after all B)
Summer is also the season to show your true colours. If you’re bold, leave the ‘safe’ black frames at home and flaunt something in bright red, yellow or green. If you’re on the shyer side, experiment with some translucent or pastel frames in pale blue, pink or purple.
5. Play it safe
Apart from making you look good, wearing the right glasses can go a long way when it comes to your eye health. Like the sunscreen you slap on your face, slipping on a pair of glasses with UV protection can prevent the sun’s rays from damaging your eyes. This could save you from a heap of nasties later on like cataracts and retinal damage.
Another feature to keep an eye out for is anti-reflection. This coating removes reflections from the front and back of the lens surface to reduce eye strain and provide for better vision when reading and driving. It’ll also help people to focus on your beautiful eyes without any distracting reflections 🙂