Are expensive sunglasses worth it?
A rather nice optician once told me that I have larger than normal pupils, which I decided to take as a compliment. I’m not sure it was meant as one, but hey. Up until that point, I thought everyone was super sensitive to light, but turns out it’s actually not that normal. But because of my larger than normal pupils, I wear sunglasses quite a lot. And it helps that I look cool as hell while doing it as well, of course.
But, sunglasses can be a bit of an expensive habit. I used to buy the rubbish plastic ones from Primark, but then my husband bought me a pair of Ray Bans and I have never looked back.
Sunglasses in the UK are pretty good in terms of blocking out UV rays – they have to be to comply with legislation – so there’s no need to worry if your budget is more H&M than Hermes. Your peepers will still be protected. But for me, there is legit no comparison between cheap sunglasses and expensive sunglasses. They block out more of the brightness, they are more comfortable and they actually stop you from squinting.
And (as I’ll get onto in just a second), there are some great little places to find a deal on a designer pair.
Finding sunglasses that fit
Can we take a moment to please appreciate the sheer GLORY of these sunglasses? I love everything about them – the purple frames, the reflective lenses, the tortoiseshell arms. But most of all, I love the fact that they FIT. You see, along with my larger than normal pupils, I also have a narrow face and that means a lot of sunglasses make me look like an insect.
These beauties are the Ray Ban Clubround – the sexy younger sister of the Ray Ban Clubmaster. They don’t make me look like a bug because I ordered them in a 51, which seems to be one of the smallest sizes you can get (try this size guide to work out what size you need).
Making the investment
Now Ray Bans aren’t the cheapest sunglasses around, but as we’ve already established, I think they’re well worth the investment. They normally retail for around £120 – £150 and I’ve also checked them out in duty free at airports, but they don’t seem to come up much cheaper.
I, however, am here to let you into a little secret. I found the Ray Ban Clubrounds I’m wearing here for just under £110 from Smart Buy Glasses. The same style are between £134 and £179 on the Selfridges website. So if you’re looking to make that investment (and I think you should!) then why not check them out. There are tonnes of amazing designer glasses on there, from all kinds of brands, at all kinds of prices.
What’s your favourite sunglasses brand?
The sunglasses were kindly gifted to me for review, but all my thoughts about them are real. Also a huge shout out to Chloe Witty for taking these babin’ pictures of me.
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