Sunglasses are fashionable 365-days a year, but with the springtime sun getting higher and stronger in the sky, it’s time again to turn our attention to what’s in style for Spring and Summer 2018.

Big Is In

Most fashion experts this year seem to agree that BIG sunglasses are in. According to Glowsly.com, while this year’s top sunglass picks will feature multiple looks and styles, overwhelmingly, their one common feature will be their large size. Cat eye frames appear to be the top choice of the fashion conscious, as well as various round and rectangular shapes, often in unusual shapes or sci-fi themed.

Other tidbits from Glowsly.com:

  • Large Cat Eye Frames with a modern feel and sharper edges are in. Other trendy Cat Eye Frame shapes include sharp, extreme angles and rectangles.
  • Multi-Colored Frames, from bi-colored offerings to the more adventurous, offer a distinct mod feel.
  • If the severe angles of Cat Eye Frames aren’t your thing, oversized Round Frames offer a softer look.
  • Oversized Aviators remain in style, with all manner of lenses, including the classic mirrored ones.
  • Sporty Sunglasses that will fit well and don’t break easily are also in vogue.

Style choices aside, your eye health professional will probably like the “big-is-in” trend as well. Big sunglasses provide more protection for your eyes and the sensitive skin surrounding them, which means less sun damage (and potentially less wrinkles).

Other Trends

WhoWhatWear.com named among its top eyewear trends of 2018 a preponderance of classic styles, thin frames, and pastel hues.

Top of Form

  • They see a move “toward pastel mirror lenses, so less flash and super-vibrant colors, and more, lighter, pastel hues.”
  • While chunkier, heavier, more substantial frames are in, the article, 5 Eyewear Trends That Will Be Huge in 2018, describes a potential, “cool down” and trends going “toward proper-fitting, thinner frames.”
  • com also speaks to both a return to and a reinvention of classic styles, leaving “harsher black frames” behind and becoming more modern and “adventurous, whether it’s in the constructionor the color” of eyewear.

Choose Wisely

Regardless of the style you choose, there are some tried and true guidelines for buying shades that not only look good, but also offer the sun protection you need:

From the American Academy of Ophthalmology, here are a few tips:

  • Buy sunglasses marked with a sticker or tag indicating 100 percent UV protection, or ask your eye care provider to ensure they offer verified UV protection.
  • Be aware that darker lenses don’t always protect you better. So long as the lenses are properly coated for UV protection, lens shade and color are more about personal preference than anything else.
  • Polarized and highly reflective lenses can reduce strain on your eyes due to glare from reflective surfaces, but polarization alone does not offer protection from UV rays.
  • The cost of sunglasses relates more to fashion and quality/durability than to the level of UV protection they afford. Many affordable sunglass options can provide verified 100% UV protection, though they may not look as good or last as long as more expensive options.
  • Most sunglasses can be made to match prescription eyeglasses or contacts.
  • Kids are never too young to wear shades. Many eye health risks associated with exposure to the sun are cumulative, and kids start accumulating sun damage as soon as they see the light of day.

Let Us Help You Look and See Your Best

With more than 60 brands of eyeglasses and sunglasses and more than 7,000 frames to choose from, Sunglass & Optical Warehouse’s 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.

We carry top brands such as Ray-Ban, Persol, Tom Ford, Gucci, Prada, Oakley, Maui Jim, Rudy Project, Bolle, and many others, including polarized lenses, designer brands, sports frames, safety lenses, and unique, hard-to-find brands such as Salt Optics, Oliver Peoples, Otis, IC Berlin, Cazal, and Wiley-X).

Our skilled team of optometrists, opticians, and other eye care professionals can help you explore our collections to help you find a look and a style that’s right for you.

Contact us today to arrange an eye exam, or stop by one of our three San Diego locations to browse our collections at Sports Arena Warehouse Kurtz Street), Sports Arena Boutique (Hancock Street), or Kearny Mesa (Convoy Street).