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post #1 of 12
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I can figure out clothing and shoe sizing. One thing I never figured out were sunglasses.

First of all, I'm sure higher-end, more expensive sunglasses equals higher quality frames, lenses, and fit.

But honestly, knockoffs and occasionally even gas station sunglasses look incredibly similar. Maybe I just don't have the "eye" for sunglasses.

Anyone want to explain to me the difference between a pair of Dior sunglasses versus a knockoff? Or just help me out in picking out glasses?

Also, is there sizing to sunglasses?
post #2 of 12
Those so called higher end sunglasses are better but not by as much as the price suggests. Most of the major sunglasses are made by the two giants luxotica (sp?) and safilo or some shit. It's not worth your time or money to spend more than 150-200 unless you're getting some next level shit which is crafted meticulously by certain tradesmen. The prices can skyrocket and I've had some supposedly great quality sunglasses I paid 350 for that felt like 120 dollar ones so I returned them. They have a few measurements but most important are the bridge size which fits over your nose and the width from temple to temple or similarly your face.

You should visit various shops and just try on several pairs so you get the idea of what will look good on you and what won't. They're just something you have to try on though I have ordered a couple sight unseen and they ended up working out, but that's only because I had gone through all the motions of trying tons in stores.
post #3 of 12
It's all in the lense quality my friend. The game is to combine style with function/safety. Dialating your pupils in strong sunlight without proper uv protection will seriously tax your eyes. Even damage them in the long run. I'm no expert, but sunglasses are a necessity in my line of work. I tend to go with older-school makers with years of experience (persol, vuarnet, even rayban, etc). Most high-end makes (i.e., Dior) can be had for reasonable prices if you shop (very) cautiously on ebay.
post #4 of 12
What he said ^

My dad is mad into sunglasses so he bought me a pair of Versaces. They are beautiful glasses style wise.

But in my history class (which often goes off topic) my teacher said basically what cocostella said. When your pupils are in shade they get bigger. But if your sunglasses aren't protecting your eyes properly you just opened your eyes into more UV rays.

Versace is the way to go style wise!
post #5 of 12
You're paying big money for the high end fashion names and the appeal is sometimes hard to resist. Example: I bought a pair of Revo 3062 aviators a couple months ago. Retail was around $230 and I bought them for 160 ish. Revo makes some of the best lenses in the world as far as UV protection is concerned and they were polarized, too. Also, they've got that whole NASA coating thing going on, but I'm not really sure what that's worth. Anyway, I ended up exchanging them for some Pradas soon after, because I really dug the attitude and look of them. I believe retail on the Pradas was closer to 300 and I got them for around 200. They're made by the Luxxotica group and they have UV protection, but are not polarized. In the end, I got a high quality pair of shades with ok lenses and gave up the high quality pair with the top notch lenses. And I paid more money.
post #6 of 12
I guess this is where I can help cause I'm the opposte.. clothes I'm ok at, but sunglasses are my game. Let me give you a little background. I work for sunglass hut which is owned by Luxottica, a company based out of Milan I believe. Luxottica also owns pearl vision, lens crafters, watch stations, sears optical, and some other smaller chains. Along with that list they own the manufacturing rights to prada, versace, d&g, arnette, revo, ray ban, ferragamo, chanel, bvlgari, vogue, anne klein, burberry, miu miu, dkny, persol, and some others. They also just bought oakley for $2.3 billion. Basically it's a huge effing company with a rediculous profit margin since they sell the glasses they manufacture. So there's that. Contrary to popular belief, most sunglasses only come in one size ie. you can't find larger versions of the same model, so you're going to have to accomidate your facial structure then out of that selection you can base what you can wear and narrow it down. If you have a wide or little nose bridge you'll probably have to stay away from plastic frames with no nose pads. You basically gotta look at your face, what you wear, and what you want and decide from that. Most of the designer high end glasses (prada, versace, dolce and gabbana) have very light lenses which all do have 100% uva, uvb, and uvc protection, but will still not block out much light. Versace and d&g have a few pretty dark pairs, when it's super bright I usually wear my dark d&g's. So I dunno, you should dry going to sunglass hut or lens crafters and try some on. The people there are generally very helpful so it's easy.
post #7 of 12
rsemans - Can you tell me which of the Oakley Radars are carried by Sunglass Hut?
post #8 of 12
What is all this Versace business? If you want to look like a tacky fool, then it is "the way to go". However, while vintage Versace frames were nice, the trash today is hardly worth considering.

Most high-quality frames are made of some form of acetate.
post #9 of 12
Pitch and path I believe? I'm not quite sure I don't mess with them that much. I just remember a blue frame one, maroon, black and maybe another.
post #10 of 12
Personally I like the classic black 90's Oakley sunglass frames.



Or

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post
Personally I like the classic black 90's Oakley sunglass frames.




The minutes are too small imo, they give little peripheral coverage and they just look too small on people's faces.
post #12 of 12
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What is all this Versace business? If you want to look like a tacky fool, then it is "the way to go". However, while vintage Versace frames were nice, the trash today is hardly worth considering.

Most high-quality frames are made of some form of acetate.

+1......way tacky
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