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So the snow is still on the ground and its getting brighter and brighter.  I had to squint my eyes all day today.  I don't own any sunglasses, but now I'd like to buy some.  What are some good, stylish brands?  I'm looking to spend around $100 for a good pair.  Is there any sense paying more?  Would a more expensive brand protect my eyes better or be better-constructed?

(I'm 20 and still in college with small eyes.)
 

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Persol are a good value (though in the $120-140 range IIRC) and classic styles, for the most part. I like them a lot. Available with polarized lenses, which are good for driving.
 

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I personally like sunglasses at night to keep track of the visions in my eyes.
You're so Canadian...
I second the Maui Jim titanium - got mine on sale but nowhere nearly as cheaply as Stu.
 

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Persol are a good value (though in the $120-140 range IIRC) and classic styles, for the most part. I like them a lot. Available with polarized lenses, which are good for driving.
I own Persol and although I think they're stylish they're cheaply made and the glasses are far from spectacular.

The best sunglasses I own are Serengeti Drivers. But Serengeti frames tend to be dull and quite the opposite of stylish...
 

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I own Persol and although I think they're stylish they're cheaply made and the glasses are far from spectacular.
Really? I admit I did scratch the glass a bit, but I don't know that that's its own fault. I have had good luck with the build quality, at least as opposed to say, Guccis at the same price level, which were abysmal. These at least have metal hinges and the flex points seem to help them keep from breaking.

The pair I wear most of the time is from Ray-Ban, they are squarish metal frames, polarized, and I rubbed off the dark coating on the frames to leave behind bright chrome color, which is somewhat unusual. I like them a lot. Unfortunately, due to being bent around somewhat, the glass wants to pop out, and sometimes does.
 

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To be honest, I always treat sunglasses as umbrellas as I always tend to lose them (or break them as I'm jumping into a NYC cab). In the interest of economy, I buy mine from www.pacsun.com. I do have one very nice pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses that I love. Panzer
 

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Here's another vote for Maui Jim. I have black frames with grey lenses (either Typhoon or Cyclone, can't remember). I've had them for two years, and not single scratch on lens or frames. Outstanding all-around glasses and well worth the money.
 

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(Roy @ Feb. 25 2005,15:56) I own Persol and although I think they're stylish they're cheaply made and the glasses are far from spectacular.
Really? I admit I did scratch the glass a bit, but I don't know that that's its own fault. I have had good luck with the build quality, at least as opposed to say, Guccis at the same price level, which were abysmal. These at least have metal hinges and the flex points seem to help them keep from breaking. The pair I wear most of the time is from Ray-Ban, they are squarish metal frames, polarized, and I rubbed off the dark coating on the frames to leave behind bright chrome color, which is somewhat unusual. I like them a lot. Unfortunately, due to being bent around somewhat, the glass wants to pop out, and sometimes does.
All brands you just named come from just one supplier. Luxxotica in Italy. I think they make roughly 80% of the worlds (branded) sunglasses.
 

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I swear by my Maui Jim's in the sport titanium frame. They retail for close to $300 but I bought them on Ebay for $140. Well worth it to scout Ebay.
I agree, my favs are Maui, but I also like Oaks for sport, and Ray Bans for casual different look.
 

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Just get something with UV coating. Get a couple of cheapies to have as spares in case you lose your 'nice' pair. They are kind of a drag to carry around but pretty necessary for your occular health these days.
 

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I've owned both Maui Jim's and Serengeti Drivers and find the MJ's are better at cutting glare and they are a darker lens for brighter days. The Serengeti's were better on bright somewhat overcast days though.

I often found that I was squinting with the Serengeti's.
 

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