Headed Out the Door? Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

Whether it’s a day at the beach, a walk around town, or a cross-country trek to your favorite vacation destination, don’t leave one of your most important travel accessories behind—your sunglasses!

Chances are you’ve put a lot of thought into getting shades that are just right for your face, your lifestyle, and your fashion sense, so you don’t want to go without or just pick-up some cheap, unfashionable pair at the nearest big box store kiosk. Your sunglasses reflect your personality and they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

That said, what should you do if you leave your sunglasses behind?

What if You Do Leave Your Shades Behind?

What you do depends on the activity in which you’re engaged and how important looking good in a pair of shades is to you.

First and foremost, sunglasses are meant to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays as well as to help you see better in bright, sunny conditions by reducing glare. The good news is to get adequate protection, you don’t have to break the bank, especially not on a temporary replacement pair. You just need to find sunglass brands that provide 100% UV protection. Most sunglasses that offer this level of protection will have a sticker on them or are labeled as 100% UV protecting. For glare reduction, you might also want to consider polarized lenses. Again, lenses should be labeled as polarized.

Granted, cheaper sunglasses are less costly for a reason. The lens quality and clarity are often not as good as more expensive brands, and the lenses and frames are less impact resistant. However, in a pinch, you should not lack for choices that offer adequate protection from the sun.

Brands to Match Your Activity

It probably comes as no shock to you that there are many, MANY sunglass brands to choose from. Many of the distinctions between brands have to do with styles, colors, and the type of material used in the frames.

Most discerning sunglass wearers want shades that both make them look good as well as see good. When choosing shades that are right for you, you’ll want to consider things such as the shape and size of your face (is it round, square, oval, or long?), your eye color, your fashion preferences, and the types of activities you engage in most often.

To help with the latter, below is a partial list of some of the top sunglass brands carried by Sunglass and Optical Warehouse and the activity they most closely align with:


Armani, Bolle, Calvin Klein, Carrera, Cazal, Chistian Dior, Costa, Dillion, Dolce Gababana, Dragon, FatHeadz, Filtrate, Gucci, Hobie, Hoven, Initium, Kaenon, Lacoste, Maui Jim, Nike, Oakley, Otis, Persol, Ray-Ban, Rudy Project, Spy, Suncloud, Vonzipper, Wiley X, Zeal


Bolle, Carrera, Costa, Hobie, Hoven, Kaenon, Nike, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Rudy Project, Spy, Suncloud, Vonzipper, Wiley X, Zeal


Bolle, Carrera, Costa, Dragon, Hobie, Hoven, Kaenon, Oakley, Rudy Project, Smith, Spy, Vonzipper, Vuarnet, Wiley X, Zeal


Bolle, Carrera, Dillion, Dragon, Gatorz, Hobie, Hoven, Kaenon, Maui Jim, Nike, Oakley, Revo, Rudy Project, SuncloudVuarnet


Bolle, Carrera, Dragon, Nike, Oakley, Revo, Rudy Project, Smith, Spy, Vonzipper, Vuarnet, Zeal


Bolle, CarreraDillion, Dragon, Hoven, Initium, Kaenon, Lacoste, Rudy Project, Spy, Wiley X, Zeal


Bolle, CarreraKaenon, Nike, Oakley, Rudy Project, Smith, Spy, Wiley X

Let Us Help You Find Shades that Are Right for You

Of course, if you need more guidance than this handy reference provides, be sure to stop in any of our three San Diego showrooms to browse our collections of sunglasses. With more than 60 brands and more than 7,000 frames to choose from, our inventory of men’s and women’s sunglasses is one of the largest in the world, offering a wide range of prescription and non-prescription choices.

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