Don’t you just adore sunglasses? I do. I’m not sure I have the sort of face that looks good in sunglasses, but I still love them. Sunglasses and big hats like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Or oversize sunglasses with white jeans and a simple tee shirt. Like Jackie Kennedy wore. You can go just about anywhere in the summer with white jeans, a black tank or tee, and a great pair of sunglasses.
Sunglasses are a must for me in the summer. And not just as accessories. My eyes are really sensitive. I squint and tear up very easily… sometimes disastrously… if I don’t wear sunglasses on a sunny day. One summer morning many years ago when I lived in Ottawa, worked at the cosmetics counter at Simpson’s, and had to walk several blocks to catch the bus to work, I forgot my sunglasses at home. I was already late, and didn’t have time to go back for them, so I squinted, and held my hand over my eyes to block the sun all the way to the bus stop. I was so relieved when the bus came and I could escape into its shady interior. Several stops later, after a few quizzical looks from other passengers boarding the bus, an older lady approached me, proffering a tissue, and whispered: “You have a bit of something on your cheek, dear.” I thanked her, pulled a mirror from the make-up bag in my purse, and gasped in horror when I looked. I had two giant black rivulets coursing down my cheeks. I kid you not. They were an inch wide. I swear. Damn that new mascara. Stupid me for being soooo very liberal in my application. I scrubbed away surreptitiously, red-faced, black-cheeked, mortified. And bought a new pair of sunglasses on my lunch hour.
So now I always own at least three pairs of sunglasses. One for my purse, an old pair that stays in the car for emergencies, and a pair at home. The pair at home are really good Ray Bans which I’ve had for years. I wear them cycling, fishing, skiing, hiking. In fact for any activity when I’ll be outside for an extended length of time. They are quite large, and slightly wrap-around so they provide really good protection for my eyes. And they’re the kind that block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. The pair for my purse are usually a bit more fashion forward than my old Ray Bans. These are the glasses I wear when I’m out and about town. In and out of stores, in the car, lunching on a patio with friends… you know… normal downtown summer stuff.
And since I accidentally left my second pair of sunglasses, the fashion forward ones, on a table in a cafe at the airport in Lima, a few weeks ago, I’ve been shopping for replacements.
|So many style… I’m confused
I have three requirements for sunglasses. They have to provide decent UV protection and good coverage, I dare not risk another mascara incident. They have to look good and fit my face. And they have to fit on top of my head, and stay in place up there.
I know that sounds weird. But I have a huge head. You’ll already know that if you’ve been reading my blog long enough. If not, you can read in this post
how the size of my head gave birth to my rather fraught relationship with turtlenecks. Not all sunglasses that fit my face will stay on top of my head. And they need to, since that’s where they sit half the time. I can’t keep packing them away in my purse every time I go into a store, and dig them out when I leave. That’s just annoying. I don’t always have a handy pocket to stash them into. And I don’t want to string them on a cord around my neck. I prefer to put them up on the top of my head. And I need them to stay where they’re put on top of my head, not slip down onto my forehead, or move around and smush down my hair, so that I eventually take them off and lay them down somewhere… and forget them.
So as I said I’ve been shopping for a new pair. Shopping and shopping. Looking and looking. I tried on a million pairs. Or so it seems. And felt like I was going in circles.
Until I finally fetched up at The Bay, last week, determined to make a decision. I almost dished out for another expensive pair of Ray Bans. But just as I thought I had made my decision, I realized that while I liked them on my face, they didn’t like it on top of my head. So I opted for my second choice. These Calvin Klein glasses below. And lucky for me they were on sale at a third of the price of the Ray Bans. So I went home with them. Happy with my choice. And really happy with the price.
I may make light about needing to wear sunglasses to avoid embarrassing mascara incidents, but I know that wearing them is a seriously good idea. For several reasons. As a blue-eyed person, my eyes are naturally more sensitive to sunlight, so sunglasses prevent my eyes from tearing, but can also protect them from photokeratitis
, or sunburn of the eye. Sunglasses also protect us from cataracts
which develop from UV exposure. Hubby had to have cataract surgery in his early fifties probably due in part to his aversion to wearing sunglasses, especially when golfing and fishing, when he is out in the sun for extended periods. And apparently sunglasses also protect us from age related macular degeneration
, and pterygium
or surfers’ eye which is the abnormal growth of tissue from the corner of your eye inward.
|My new sunnies fit the top of my head perfectly… and stay where they’re put.
So I’m happy with my new second pair of sunglasses. They provide good coverage, and will protect my eyes from damaging UV rays. They fit on top of my head… where they stay in place and do what they’re told until I remove them….like good sunglasses should.
And they look pretty darn cool, even if I do say so myself. I think Audrey would approve. Now if only we’d get some warm sunny weather for more than two days running, weather that would require me to wear sunglasses, I’d be ecstatic. I guess I’m no longer searching for sunnies… just searching for sun.
|That pale lipstick with the black hat and dark glasses is divine, don’t you think?
Hubby is away fishing this week. He took his sunglasses, even though it’s been raining every day, because he learned his lesson about sun damage to his eyes.
“And what am I doing while he’s gone?” I’m sure you’re asking.
Ha. Whatever the heck I want, people. Retirement can be wonderful that way.
This morning, since the sun is shining at least for a while, I’m going to go put on a pair of white jeans, a black tee… and my new sunglasses… and get ready for my pedicure appointment. I may be chanelling Jackie in my outfit, but I’m feeling very Holly Golightly about my new sunnies. Sigh. Wish I had a big hat like that.
What about you, my friends? Are you searching for sunnies this time of year? Do you have any special requirements for your sunglasses?