Confidence is Quay when it comes to flaunting a new pair of sunnies. We’re all about keeping it shady, but before you can you’ll need the shades. Wondering what to look for when buying sunglasses? We’ve got you covered — see seven things to consider when picking out your next go-to shades.
If you’re looking for a chic pair of sunnies, shape your wardrobe with the perfect frames! There are five basic frame shapes: round, aviator, shield, square, and cat eye sunglasses each with their own vibe: go retro in rounds, look fly in aviators, block out the haters in shields, stay classic in squares, or look purrfectly timeless in cat eyes.
Get a fit that’s just right. Here, we’re talking about the actual measurements of the shades, particularly the frame size. Most frames come in small, medium, and large. So, you should ask yourself if you like your glasses sleek and fun-sized, or prefer oversized ones that make a huge statement? If your face is on the petite side, small and medium frames create more balanced looks. Many of Quay’s oversized, OG bestsellers, like HARDWIRE and HIGH KEY, also come scaled down in mini sizes for smaller face shapes to ensure your fit is perfect.
3. Polarized vs. Unpolarized
Stay shady at all the bright times. So, what are polarized sunglasses, and what’s the hype around them? Here’s the deal: polarized sunglasses have special filters that help block out glare bouncing off of highly reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and open roads. They help keep out the glare, whether you’re sunbathing by the ocean or running everyday errands outside. They can also help with color perception and increase contrast.
If we’re keeping it 100, not every occasion calls for polarized sunnies. Polarized lenses can cause LCD screens to appear distorted, so they’re not the best pick for scrolling through your feed or surfing the web. They may also warp views for drivers navigating in low-light conditions.
4. UV Ray Protection
What are UV rays anways? Quay uses a category system, which ranges from 0 to 4. Category 0 allows for 80 to 100% transmission of sunlight, so these specs are only for fashion purposes. Many Quay sunglasses are a Category 2 or 3. Suitable for an average amount of sunshine, Category 2 lenses filter up to 82% of sunlight, offering good protection from UV rays. Designed for bright summer days, Category 3 lenses absorb up to 92% of sunlight and provide great protection from UV rays. Category 4 lenses aren’t your everyday sunnies, as they’re quite dark and can be unsuitable for driving. They should only be used for very bright conditions during activities such as high-altitude trekking and mountaineering.
5. Lens Colors + Finishes
Classic black lenses are always in, but that shouldn’t stop you from playing with all the colors of the rainbow. Grab colorful lenses that are as bright and bold as you in pinks, greens, and blues. Mirrored shield sunglasses leave you with a highly reflective look that’s sleek and chic. Want to get faded? Pick out a pair of fresh fades in trending sunset-inspired lenses or our bestselling smoky lenses.
It’s all in the deets. Keep your eyes on the little things, such as blinged-out edges or metal-accent nose bridges for a luxe touch. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, but you also won’t regret details that adda little extra for your OOTD.
A quality pair of sunglasses will keep you covered for a long time. At Quay, our sunnies have a premium feel giving our squad design and durability with prices that won’t break the bank.
Stay shady and browse our collection of sleek sunnies in mega-babe styles. Trendy sunglasses help you express your selfie for whatever mood you’re in. Find your perfect fit, with our Virtual Try-On Tool.