Visuals by Jon Carlo Tapia // Sunglasses by Tom Ford

Shopping online can be fun, easy, and for some an addiction that all comes  from the comfort of our own home. Obviously there are pros but with all pros you can pick up a few cons along the way especially if you have no idea what it is you’re doing, all you know is that you got your card in hand and you’re trying to pick up anything and everything possible.


Being able to have anything and everything instantly by one click of your finger tips, it is pretty easy to get carried away. We all love a good summery sunny day, but have you ever tried to deal with one without sunglasses? It’s hell, its havoc, its down right unbearable, squinting isn’t cute in any circumstance. Picking out the right pair of sunglasses for yourself can be tricky through a  digital monitor. It can look amazing on the model but once it’s at your doorstep and you try them on, it can turn into a complete disaster.

I teamed up with SmartBuy Glasses and put together a small but helpful list of tips to keep in mind when purchasing sunglasses online.


Ultimately sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV). Ultraviolet radiation has been linked to the development of cataracts, eye cancers, and age related macular degeneration. Not only that but sunglasses can also protect the delicate skin around the eyes, from which the rays can cause premature aging and wrinkles.

Keep and eye out for sunglasses labeled “UV 400”, this way all light rays with wavelengths up to 400nanometers, which covers all of the UVA & UVB rays.

Also aim for lenses that are polarized. Rather than simply making the environment darker, polarized lenses reduce glare from surfaces like, water, glass and snow.

Just because a lens is almost black doesn’t mean it’s blocking UV light. So again, read that label.


2. Know your shape

Knowing and understanding the shape of your face is key, this is really where most people go all the way downhill if they have no idea on what is flattering to them.


Oval Face : There aren’t many frames that don’t work with this shape, so experiment with classic and trendy picks.

Round Face : Rectangular and square frames are likely going to be the most flattering.

Heart Shape : The shade shapes most likely to work for you are aviators and other rimless styles.

Diamond Shape : Oversize styles are likely going to be the most flattering on you.

Square Face : Rounded or upswept frame

3. Frame Sizing

Lastly, when dealing with style, fit is everything we have heard it a thousand times over. Sunglasses is no exception to this rule. Smaller frames tend to work better with smaller faces and vice versa. This of course is a general rule, keep in mind that some brands may design oversized frames for smaller faces.


Eye Size
This is the horizontal measurement from the outside edge to the inside edge of one lens. Typical widths are 40–62 mm.
Bridge Size
The bridge is the distance between lenses. Typical widths are 14–24 mm.

Temple Size

This is the length of the temple piece, also known as the arm piece or ear piece. Typical lengths are 120–150 mm

SmartBuy Glasses has a great selection of eyewear of all styles and shapes also they provide info and specs on every model they carry. If you want to get all the way down to the specifics about a particular model they got you covered. Remember to always be patient with yourself picking out the right sunglasses can be meticulous.Especially when you want quality eyewear sunglasses, they can be  quite the investment. Be sure you are satisfied with your purchases first and foremost.

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