Sunglasses Guide: Choosing the Perfect Shades

Summer is almost upon us, and nothing says summer quite like picking out your new summer wardrobe. One main staple for everyone’s suitcase this summer is a great pair of sunglasses.

There are a few things to consider when deciding what type of shades to add to your collection: How they look, how they will protect your eyes and face and how they can improve/optimise your experience. Trespass has it all, so we’ve compiled a guide that will help you pick out what sunglasses are going to suit you best (without breaking the bank!).


Fit For Purpose?

It’s always fun to window shop and see what different styles of sunglasses are out there, but it is important to consider what situations, environments and activities you will be taking part in while wearing them. Anyone that has had a pair of sunglasses slip off of their face while taking part in an extreme sport will testify to this.

Are you looking for something suitable for lying on the beach all day or will you be flying down a hill at high speeds on a ski slope or a mountain biking course? Sunglasses are important in both scenarios but you will need different characteristics to make sure you get the most out of them.

At Trespass we offer casual sunglasses with stylish frames in a variety of styles that include leopard print and tortoise shell as well as more functional sunglasses that are designed for a strong hold on your head with rubber tips and adjustable nose pads. Most importantly, all of our styles are designed to be comfortable to enable you to enjoy yourself no matter how chilled or intense your activities become.


UV Protection

When buying a pair of sunglasses it is easy to assume that your intention is to wear them in the sun – the trick is in the name! When your skin is exposed to the sun you use UV protective sunscreen, and your eyes should be no different. UV Protective sunglasses will not only protect your health from degenerative eye disorders and cancers, it also allows you to make the most of your time outdoors without worrying about glare, clarity and poor visibility.

It is important to remember that although it may not be warm the sun may still be lurking, so always consider UV protection when planning any kind of outdoor activity. You should always choose sunglasses with a lens category of at least 2 or above as these provide a good level of UV protection and sun glare reduction.

At Trespass we know how important it is to protect your eyes, and the sensitive skin surrounding, from the sun which is why all of our sunglasses come with UV protection.


Lens Categories

No one person is the same and today will be different from tomorrow so it makes sense that sunglasses come with a range of lenses to suit varying conditions and environments. There are traditionally five different types of lenses used in sunglasses:

Category 0 lenses are clear or have a very faint tint and are used in day to day spectacles, reading glasses and in safety goggles.

Category 1 lenses are tinted but should only be used for cosmetic use. They contain no UV protection and therefore should not be used as sunglasses.

Category 2 lenses are the most common you will find in sunglasses. They provide good protection from UV rays but don’t have as dark a tint as the category 3 and 4 lenses.

Category 3 lenses provide extra protection from UV light and will block out the majority of visible light to protect your eyes. They are recommended for use on mountain ranges when you are closer to the sun and as a result require a higher level of protection.

Category 4 lenses are best being used at higher altitudes but are not to be worn when driving as they are too dark. They are not suitable for use as everyday sunglasses but will protect you from strong UV light.

All of Trespass’ sunglasses are produced with category 2 lenses or above.


Types of Sunglasses

Wrap-around Sunglasses

The wrap-around style of sunglasses could be perceived as less fashionable but they are certainly more functional. You will benefit from more UV protection around the sides of your face and are great for activities where you rely on your peripheral vision. This style can also appear more ‘sporty’ than traditional sunglass frames so will help to improve the versatility of your wardrobe.

Trespass has a variety of wrap-around style sunglasses so feel free to have a browse of our collection to find your perfect pair.

Fashion-forward Wayfarer Style

Let’s face it, we live in a time of social media and especially when the sun is out you want to be looking good in case any unexpected snaps of you end up online. Trespass has a range of stylish wayfarer style sunglasses that are cheap and cheerful.

Our Fest sunglasses will keep you looking fresh while keeping your eyes safe. Designed in a classic wayfarer style, these glasses have a timeless look that you can wear for many summer seasons to come. In similar styles we also have our Mass Control sunglasses with plain black frames and brown lenses and our Contagion sunglasses in a more exotic leopard print frame and smoke tint lens.

Mirrored Lenses

Mirrored lenses are great for reducing glare as they reflect light away from your eyes and they also get bonus points for allowing you to check how your hair is looking and can create some great Instagram photos.

We would recommend mirrored lenses for any activity with the possibility of high-glare including snow sports, water sports or hiking. They reduce brightness, sharpen details and preserve normal colour balances so are definitely worth considering if you are looking to optimise your performance in these situations.

To browse the Trespass range of mirrored lensed sunglasses you should visit the sunglasses section of our website.

Coloured Lenses

Sunglass lenses come in a variety of different shades and colours and while finding a pair that sets off your outfit is important, there are other benefits to choosing a colourful set of shades.

Grey lenses will cut down on the intensity of light without distorting the natural colours you can see. This makes them ideal for driving (you don’t want to mistake a red light for a green light!) and other activities where colours can be important. We have a range of grey lenses in casual, stylish and active wear styles in the sunglasses section of our website.

Green lenses enhance contrast in natural light and can improve depth perception. They help to reduce eyestrain in brighter than normal situations and have been recommended for sports like golf. Our Zest sunglasses are perfect for situations like these.

Yellow lenses enhance the quality of light and increase contrast in low light conditions, like in snow or fog, making them ideal for winter sports. They can however cause colour distortion so are not recommended for cycling or driving. Taprobane sunglasses come with a yellow tint on the lens and are designed specifically for active wear making them perfect for winter sports conditions.

Brown lenses offer a good range of protection in all circumstances. By eliminating brown tones they can enhance contrasts and increase depth perception. These types of lenses are great for golf, tennis or any sport where distance needs to be judged. Our Mass Control sunglasses come in a simple, timeless design perfect for chilled out holidays or festivals and our Remedy style come in a fashionable tortoise shell print with oval frames that are guaranteed to turn heads!

Pink or red lenses block fuzzy blue rays and can sharpen your vision making them great lenses for being exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. They limit eyestrain and are known for being comforting to your eyes. As well as protecting you from the sun, they can also help fight the effects of computer screen glare and work great in low light conditions, like at night or in snow. Our red mirror lensed Falconpro sunglasses are designed for active wear and will go great with your existing workout gear.

Blue lenses provide protection that is best suited to moderate sunlight. As well as looking great, they can also help sharpen up your vision and reduce blurriness. Have a look at our Paparazzi sunglasses if you think you would benefit from blue lenses.


Level up

As great and diverse as sunglasses come, in extreme sport conditions they sometimes just don’t cut it. In situations where you need to take your eye and vision protection to the next level you should consider investing in a pair of ski goggles.

Whether it is snow debris or glare, your eyes go through a lot on the piste so by giving them proper and efficient protection with a pair of Trespass ski goggles, you won’t have to worry about falling victim to slope conditions.

Ranging in terms of style, function and features, you’ll easily be able to find a pair of ski or snowboarding goggles that suit your needs perfectly meaning you can keep your eyes on the prize. We even have a handy guide to help you choose the best set of ski goggles for you.


Keep Us Informed!

We hope you’ve found this guide useful and wish you luck in finding your perfect set of shades this summer (who knew sunglasses could be so versatile). Remember to follow us on social media and let us know how you are enjoying our sunglasses range.

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