Sort your sunnies

We can’t quite believe it, but the sun seems to be staying put! Much of the UK is being blessed with glorious sunshine, and that means it’s high time you sorted out your sunnies. We happen to think they’re the perfect finishing touch to any springtime look, instantly making you more summery and carefree, but they’re more than just a fashion accessory. Sunglasses play a vital role in keeping your eyes healthy, protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays for valuable protection at this time of year, and with the sun getting that bit stronger you need to make sure you’re totally ready for it…

The first thing you need to consider is the UV filter. This is the most important aspect of all as it’s the filter that reflects the UV rays and ensures they don’t have a chance to damage your eyes, and don’t confuse the colour of the lens with the level of UV protection—darker doesn’t always mean better, so instead check the label and look for those that come with a high filtration level (usually marked between 0 and 4, where 4 offers the most protection). They’ll need to block both UVA and UVB rays as well as blue light, and remember to never go for anything that’s too cheap—price will often come into it, so give the cheap market stall options a miss and instead go for those that are either named brands or from reputable stockists.

Of course, you need to consider the style as well. The shape is hugely important and, whilst a lot of it comes down to personal preference, it can’t be denied that some shapes suit some people more than others—you want to try on plenty of different options to make sure you’re getting the style that perfectly suits the shape of your face, and you’ll want to consider your style as a whole too. You can go ultra-glam with a pair of oversized versions, can go a bit retro with cat’s eyes or be totally cool with some aviators—the choice is yours. So what are you waiting for? Make the most of all that sunshine without needing to squint, and you can be stylish whilst giving your eyes the protection they need.