Every summer the interwebs swirl with this question: Are mirrored sunglasses just for posers?
For anyone who’s ever been creeped out by some aviator-wearing poolside dork, the answer is yes. Mirrored shades prevent people from seeing your eyes, and while that can seem mysterious and even romantic, wearing them in some situations runs the risk of making you look like a douche.
“Being a douche makes you look like a douche, the sunglasses...shirt...haircut... they're all just accessories. If you ARE a douche, you will look like one and it won't matter what you wear - YOU CAN'T HIDE IT.”
“… these are multi-tasking glasses. You will catch hippies, skaters, bangers, skids, jocks all wearing them. Some of them are douches as well. As said before, it's not the things you wear, it's the way you act.”
But the poolside creep represents a small percentage of the sunglasses-wearing population. Leaving that guy aside, let’s consider those of us who can rock mirrored shades.
With that, here’s the lowdown on when and where to wear mirrored sunglasses, why they’re a key accessory, and how to avoid their famous style pitfalls.
- Reflectivity. So, obviously mirrored sunglasses reflect light. That’s a no-brainer. But this feature means that wearers actually experience a brighter field of vision. That’s great for people who spend extended periods of time outdoors. Think baseball players and golfers, for example. Those lenses reduce eyestrain, and it doesn’t hurt that they also maintain an air of mystery.
- Durability. Mirrored lenses are often more scratch-resistant than other kinds of coated lenses. This makes them great for active people who are tough on accessories. Think summer frisbee or beach volleyball. And again, reduced eyestrain is a bonus.
- Glare protection. If you get headaches or migraines and light is a trigger, mirrored shades can be your ticket to enjoying high-glare activities like skiing and water sports. Combined with UV400 protection, these lenses can reduce your chances of getting photokeratitis (“eye sunburn”), and guard against longer-term conditions such as cataracts.
- Mystery. Why shouldn’t you have some privacy? If you want to read your book behind a great pair of classic WreckSpex, more power to you.
Where shouldn’t you wear mirrored sunglasses?
We’re not gonna give you a hard-and-fast rule. After all, we’re purveyors of mirrored shades, and personally we love them. But if there’s any general rule of thumb to follow, it might be this: Don’t do what Justin Bieber does.
Time and place, people.
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