Summer in Canada is anticipated by most Canadians. The country is hit with harsh, long winters and when finally, summer comes along, most people want to soak up the sun as much as possible by spending as much of their days outdoors. There is no shortage of summer activities in our beautiful country, from sitting on a restaurant terrace, hiking your favourite hill, spending an afternoon picnicking or sightseeing in your new convertible. However, there are precautions we need to take in order to stay safe from the sun’s harmful rays: sunscreen for your skin and sunglasses for your eyes.
We have to admit that sunglasses look very cool but, beware of the latest inexpensive styles. They may be enticing, but it is very important to keep in mind that the lenses of your sunglasses need to be specifically designed for maximum protection. Like the recommended SPF 30 for your sunscreen, experts recommend that sunglasses be UV protected to block the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. For this reason, you might want to consider buying your next pair of sunnies from an eye care professionnal.
Now that we have covered the bases of what to look for when buying your sunnies, comes the fun part! Which style should you get? This season has plenty of fun, cool options for every face-shape! Here are just a few of our favourites:
You can never go wrong with an oversized pair of sunglasses! Not only are they uber-cool, they provide maximum coverage by shielding your eyes and the delicate skin around them.
Sunnies: Maui Jim Alekona
Although this style is a classic that fits mostly everyone, this year’s twist: coloured browline! From bright solid colours to tortoise patterns made up of a combination of colours, these are a hot trend for the sunny season.
Sunnies: Michael Kors MK1033
Bold & Retro
If you are daring and like to get noticed, we highly suggest you choose a bold 70s-inspired pair of sunnies!
Sunnies: Chloé CE153
Ever wondered what “la vie en rose” really means? Well, we suggest you slip on a pair of sunglasses with pink lenses to find out! You will definitely fall in love with these!
Sunnies: Maui Jim Ebb and Flow
If you are now inspired for a new pair of quality sunglasses, come by your nearest IRIS store for a consultation with an optician who will help you pick the right style with the proper protection.