Best Sunglasses for The Outdoors
Sunglasses have become increasingly more advanced in recent years, meaning that if you regularly spend time outdoors then you’ll be spoilt for choice of designer sunglasses!
When looking for sunglasses for the outdoors it’s important to choose shades that are polarised to block both UVA and UVB rays. At the same time, the sunglasses you choose must be comfortable (not to mention stylish) as well as rugged and durable, so that they can withstand being knocked and dropped.
So what sunglasses are right for you? That will depend on what, exactly, you like to get up to when you’re outside:
Best Sunglasses for Sport
When it comes to high performance sports, the best sunglasses will keep your eyes fully protected no matter where in the world you are. You wouldn’t wear the same sneakers for jogging through the city as you would for running up a mountain, and the same philosophy applies to eye protection: the best sunglasses for your sport will depend on the kind of sports you enjoy.
For snow sports look for glasses with mirrored lenses; although these are easy to scratch, they also have the highest level of anti-glare protection, making them ideal for the extreme sunlight you find at high altitude. Oakley offers a range of great robust mirrored sunglasses ideal for snow sports.
For high speed sports, such as running or cycling, look for a pair of wraparound sunglasses. These are designed to protect your eyes from all angles, meaning that you’ll be fully protected from any flying debris or dust. Sports wraparound sunglasses are also snugly and securely fitted, meaning it’s unlikely they’ll fall off no matter what you’re up to. Finally, if you’re looking for glasses to wear when working up a sweat then look for anti-fogging lenses and frames with side ventilation so that you’re sweat won’t stick to your skin.
Best Sunglasses for Working Outdoors
If you’re looking for outdoors sunglasses because you work outdoors then the shades you choose are likely to be very different to those you would wear when you’re feeling sporty. You’ll want a pair of shades that are comfortable and that will fit your face snugly, so that you won’t have to adjust them all day long.
Polarised sunglasses will be essential to protect your eyes from long days in the sun, but the style and shape will largely depend on your personal preference. Many people who work outdoors swear by Ray Ban (with are traditionally well suited to yard work, farm work and other outdoor labour) whilst others prefer the high specs that they receive from wrap around sports-inspired sunglasses. Provided the level of UV protection and polarization offered by your preferred shape is high, it really is up to you!
Best Sunglasses for Outdoors Leisure
And if you need sunglasses for outdoor leisure? Well then the world is your oyster! You can wear almost any sunglasses for outdoor leisure use, provided your eyes are being protected from the dangerous rays of the sun!
For days at the beach and friendly family BBQs we love the sunglasses from the Maui Jim range. They're fun and fashion-forward whilst also offering high levels of UV protection and being sturdy enough to withstand being dropped, trampled on by the neighbourhood kids, and a little rough and tumble in the park!
If you're looking for something a little more flashy and even more fashion-forward then why not look to Marc Jacobs? Although typically associated with high fashion, and often considered best suited for women that brunch, the Marc Jacobs range is surprisingly durable, offers a great range of different sizes, designs and tints, and you’re sure to find a perfect pair to suit your face shape too!