Originally Posted by Brian SD
They really are just for style. I have no idea what polarizing is. 100% UV protection is no good at all, for protection?
If you are buying sunglasses just for the style go to Urban Outfitters or H&M and buy a bunch of pairs for $5-$15 a pair. Then you have all the style you want.
Originally Posted by Cake
Three words: Maui Jim polarised. Try www.mauijim.com
. They make the brightest, clearest, polarised lenses in the industry. There will be no turning back after you try some of their shades. I've had my share of Vuarnets, Ray Bans, Cartiers, Oakleys, Revos, etc but none can hold a candle to a pair of Maui Jims (try the Sandy Beach for an eclectic look, I have a pair of these, amongst my four other pairs, they're great for driving as well). If you're going to buy sunglasses, you might as well get the best polarised lenses in the business. I tend to avoid "designer" shades nowadays, which may be great on styling, but leave a lot to be desired in terms of optical performance. For an alternative brand, Serengeti polarised are pretty good as well.
Maui Jims are good quality for the lenses but overall I don't think they can even get close to Barton Perreira. I don't know what your budget is but if you can
afford them (or wait for a Gilt sale) then they are significantly better than Maui Jim. Their lenses and build quality is impeccable. Along the same level as Maui Jims are Oliver Peoples, although some say quality has dropped since Luxottica bought them. Looks wise they Oliver Peoples is great. Since you mentioned style is important, I think it takes out most Maui Jims since their styling is a bit iffy.