Block out the haters — shield sunnies are one of the most effortlessly cool sunglasses shapes out there. Because of its distinct look, a shield shade makes for a fresh statement piece that features a filled-in nose bridge and comes in one-piece lens styles and two lens styles. We've rounded up the best reasons why you should rock shield sunglasses and go over some of our fave pairs.
1. They're virtually timeless.
The timelessness of these shades makes them one of the most versatile silhouettes out there — their appeal has been consistent throughout the decades. For a throwback '70s vibe, grab a pair with brown fade lenses. Want a modern look? Pick out shades with mirrored or reflective lenses.
How Do You Style Shield Sunglasses?
You can wear shield sunglasses with a wide range of ‘fits because they’re easy to dress up or down. For cold-weather looks, shield sunglasses work well with puffer and bomber jackets. You can also wear them with fitted jumpsuits, one-shoulder tops, and turtlenecks for a sleek Y2K throwback.
2. They help you channel sporty chic vibes.
Out of all of the sunglasses shapes out there, shields are definitely one of the most sporty. Are you expecting glare? Grab polarized shields for all the bright times. Pair them with a tracksuit or leggings and sneakers for all your athleisure looks.
Are Shield Sunglasses Good for Skiing?
Shields are especially great for skiing. Not only do they look fab, but they can also be practical for the slopes as well. When you ski, fresh snow can actually reflect nearly 80 percent of the sun’s UV, and bright UV exposure at high elevation levels can lead to snow blindness.
3. Shields are great for making a bold statement.
Simply put, oversized shield sunglasses can help you make a statement. But shields don’t have to be oversized. Want something even bolder? While you can never go wrong with a sleek black shield, many shields come with distinct mirrored or smoke finishes.
How Do You Get the Right Size Shield Sunglasses?
Part of the appeal of shields is that they’re sunglasses where you can’t see the eyes. They’re big, and they’re mysterious. But while shields are known for their sized-up vibe, you can make sure that you get shades that aren’t too small or too big. Check out our Extended Sizes Collection to find a shield that fits on your face just right. You can also look through filters for medium, large, and extra-large sizes from our Shield Collection.
4. Shields can help protect your eyes from the sun.
Most flat top shield sunglasses wrap around the face as one single lens. Practically speaking, they cover more surface area of the skin than other designs with nose pads and bridges that divide two lenses. As a result, you naturally get more UV protection this way.
Why Is Protecting the Side of Your Eye Important?
Sunglasses with side coverage help you protect the side of your eyes — this is actually important because 20 percent of UV light enters the eye from the side. Plus, you want to consider the delicate skin around your eyes. With large side shield sunglasses in a wraparound style, you can help protect your eyes and the skin around them from sun damage.
Our Favorite Shields
So, what are our favorite shields for every wardrobe? Ahead, we've rounded up different styles of shield sunglasses that you can integrate into all your looks.
The Gateway Shields: NIGHTFALL
For those just dipping their toes into the world of shields, NIGHTFALL is the perfect pair. It's just right — not too big and not too small. These sunnies come with a one-piece lens that's available in a range of colors, whether you like to keep it sleek in black or want to switch things up with pink. For a larger-than-life shield, check out the new NIGHTFALL EXTRA LARGE for the perfect oversized look.
The Trendy Shields: BLOCKED
Keep the sun BLOCKED. We're all about the glam details, and these trendy sunglasses deliver on that front. BLOCKED features injection temples, gold accents, stud details, and a metal brow bar. If you're wondering how to make a statement, this is it. You can also hit trends and turn heads with a standout pair in pink or brown fade.
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