There is, somehow, an instant attractiveness boost conferred by sunglasses. But why is it that covering up our eyes creates this effect? Believe it or not, there is an expert on the topic, UK professor Vanessa Brown and it was the subject of her PhD.
Brown’s research spun out of her catching sight of her own reflection one day—walking into a supermarket in scruffy painting clothes but looking, she believed “quite cool,” thanks to her sunglasses. That may be because, first of all, symmetry makes us look better, and sunglasses hide asymmetry around our eyes. They also suggest a more attractive bone structure: one that’s “chiseled” rather than “soft.”
Sunglasses also add an air of mystery. “The eyes are such a tremendous source of information,” observes Brown, and without a way to view them, others are shielded from making judgements about what we’re thinking or feeling—or even how intelligent we are.
Finally, Brown points to history: In their initial early-20th-century days, sunglasses were donned by daring aviators and athletes; in the ’50s and ’60s, Hollywood stars wore them in hopes of avoiding recognition. We still attribute that glamour to them.
These days not only can shades make the wearer look cooler to the world—they can also make the world look cooler to the wearer But hey, what is coolness anyway?
When it comes to eyewear, many of us are creatures of habit. Once we find a shape we like, whether it’s a wayfarer or an oversized shape and we stick to it for years on end. However, shoppers should try to venture out of these self-imposed boxes. For instance, you might be put off by a brow-heavy frame but it might actually have the same shape as your go-to aviators and would look just as good on your face. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or contact MagniShades for some expert advice.
Face shape is often cited as the first consideration when buying eyewear. It is important but it shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor.
The man behind New Orleans eyewear says “You’re putting something on your face that literally changes the way people see you—if you have a round or oval face and you put a cat eye on, it’s going to extend it up and make it feel more like a triangle, more elegant,” he explains. “Oval is the most universal face shape; you can wear anything from oversize to small. But other face shapes—like heart-shaped, square, rectangle or diamond—are more difficult to pull all styles off.”
Think about what you want your eyewear to do for your face. You may want to elongate, or bring attention to a specific area, and so forth. Use the silhouette to achieve that goal. Shopping for eyewear according to face shape is “not something that you can’t break, but it’s something that can really help you feel like you look great in a frame,” Barrett notes.
A pair of sunglasses seems so simple — it’s two pieces of
tinted glass or plastic in some sort of plastic or metal frame. How much more
straightforward can something get? It turns out that there are many different things
you can do with two pieces of glass, and these things can have a big effect on
you when you use the lenses.
There are four things that a good pair of sunglasses should do for you:
Sunglasses provide protection from ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) light damages the cornea and the retina. Good sunglasses can eliminate UV rays.
Sunglasses provide protection from intense light. When the eye receives too much light, it naturally closes the iris. Once it has closed the iris as far as it can, the next step is squinting. If there is still too much light, as there can be when sunlight is reflecting off of snow, the result is damage to the retina. Good sunglasses can block light entering the eyes.
Sunglasses eliminate specific frequencies of light. Certain frequencies of light can blur vision, and others can enhance contrast. Choosing the right color for your sunglasses lets them work better in specific situations.
Sunglasses provide protection from glare. Certain surfaces, such as water, can reflect a great deal of light, and the bright spots can be distracting or can hide objects. Good sunglasses can eliminate this kind of glare using polarization.
Reading sunglasses should do the same as regular sunglasses. That’s why MagniShades is about quality and design. Protect your eyes and look good even when reading!