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Best way to determine proper size for sunglasses

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by sygyzy, May 1, 2007.

  1. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    As with clothing, I know it's best to go into the store and try things on. But just as with clothing, I know I probably have a 1% return rate for online purchases, usually because I do my homework.

    Does anyone know if there's a proper way to figure out what sunglasses "probably" fit you? I know the three sizes are temple length, bridge width, and eye size and they are all measured in millimeters.

    I could measure some of my better fitting pairs and try to get glasses that are around that range, but how much room for play is there?

    Are there a set number of "ranges"? Like maybe small, medium, large where if you get a pair a few mm's off in any measurement, it'll still probably fit you?

    I assume there must be because some brands only make one size fits all (or at least most).

    Thanks.
     
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I think it's much more important to try on sunglasses than clothing. If you have one model you know looks good and don't know which size to order, you might be best ordering both and sending one back. Or are you trying to narrow down choices online by sorting by size?
     
  3. denning

    denning Senior member

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    I agree with J. Sunglasses would be the one item I would not buy online, due mainly to the intracies of the human face. There are so many little things in the shape and construction of glasses that need to correspond to your particular face. Personally I would try on in store. But then again maybe I am just a little bit pickier than others.
     
  4. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Well I want some Oliver Peoples (Paul Smith or otherwise) glasses and they are cheaper at Bluefly or eBay. Besides, there are not too many local vendors and there are so many models to keep track of.
     
  5. bapelolol

    bapelolol Senior member

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    yea they have old models for cheaper but its hard because the B&M retailers don't hold onto old stock like that
     
  6. modual

    modual Senior member

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    I'm sure theres a decent guide online somewhere which tells you what glasses suit face shape
     
  7. nastyandy

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    Sunglasses are sized generally from 100-135, in increments of 5, but I have to admit, I have no idea what the numbers signify, millimeters in diameter I suppose.
    Some brands, like Ray Ban, actually use nomeclature rather than numbers.('Small', 'Large', etc.) But most designers use a universal sizing system.

    It's easy to figure out what size you are in a sungalsses store. Go to any sunglasses hut or store, and find a pair that fits your face. Check out the inside of the arm, usually the left arm will have among a series of numbers, a three digit numer between 100 and 135. Most common sizes are 115-125. Some brands will fit you slightly differently per pair, but you can get a general idea of what size you are.

    I know that size 115 fits me in most brands, and I feel safe ordering this size online.
     
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    nastyandy Senior member

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    The 115 is the temple measurement. From the front to the end of the arm, I think.

    Check here at the 'select size' box and it has a little diagram that shows what the different dimensions mean.

    http://www.framesdirect.com/framesfp...tcrbmf/lb.html


    You're right that it is the temple measurement, although I'm guessing it's measured around the diameter or maybe across the lens; when I try different measurements on, I notice the difference in how wide the lenses are against my face.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    It might be that the whole thing is scaled based on the temple measurement, like a size 32 jean will have a different rise, thigh, knee measurement than a 36, etc.
     
  11. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Sorry to ressurect but does anyone know what sort of variance I can have (in each of the 3 main measurements) for a pair and have it still (probably) fit?
     
  12. jet

    jet Senior member

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    You trying to order from Dmitri?
     
  13. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Is Dimitri from Spectacles For Humans? I am thinking about it. I am asking to kill two birds with one stone - possibly get new RX glasses but also sunglasses online.
     
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    You're right that it is the temple measurement, although I'm guessing it's measured around the diameter or maybe across the lens; when I try different measurements on, I notice the difference in how wide the lenses are against my face.

    The long number is the length of the ear piece, in mm, from where it meets the lens to the end of the earpiece. The next number is the size of the lens itself, side to side, and the smallest number is the distance, again in mm, between the two lenses.
     
  15. gfox50

    gfox50 New Member

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    very helpful info, thanks!
     
  16. Leaf

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    Different eyewear brands provide different measurements. You can see something like this:

    58/33/60/20/130

    Usually the firts three numbers reffer to the lens size: 58 - horizontal measurement of a lens, 33 - vertical measurement of the lens, 60 - effective diameter

    The forth number stands for the distance between the lenses - 20

    The last one is the temple length - 130

    (that's all in millimeters)


    Some brands provide just 3 measurements, instead of 5. Usually these are lens size (usually the effective diameter of the lens), distance between the lenses and the temple lenghth. For example:

    60/20/130

    Effective diameter - 60
    Distance between the lenses - 20
    Temples length - 130

    Sometimes it is very difficult to tell how the eyewear fits even if you know all these measurements. But if you decide to buy sunglasses on-line, you can follow some simple rules. Usually smaller frames feature 52mm - 58 mm lens size (or effective diameter in other words), midium fit frames feature 59 mm - 64 mm lens size and larger models feature 65 mm and up lens sizes. the distance between the lenses usually varies between 17 and 20 mm, so it does not make that huge of a difference.
     
  17. jaazielann

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    once you purchase online make sure the site that you entered is trustworthy

    sunglasses are easier to buy online than clothes

    in sunglasses some other brands have all the same sizes while in clothes you really need to fit it first to know if its really fitted to you
     
  18. Coldsnap

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    don't stress it, if anything sunglasses are suppose to be big. Look at the older wayfarers, they are huge
     
  19. westinghouse

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    The best way is to try on in the store then buy for cheaper online.
     

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