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Sunglasses are undoubtedly one of the most practical (as well as stylish) inventions that the world has ever seen. Not only do they help to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but they are the perfect fashion accessory, helping you to look your very best when you’re out and about on a sunny day or relaxing by the pool.

Do we actually know when were sunglasses invented?

Sunglasses are undoubtedly one of the most practical (as well as stylish) inventions that the world has ever seen. Not only do they help to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but they are the perfect fashion accessory, helping you to look your very best when you’re out and about on a sunny day or relaxing by the pool.

If you love designer sunglasses, you might be wondering when sunglasses invented. In fact, did you know that the history of sunglasses can be traced back to Roman Emperor Nero, who used to hold polished light emerald green gems up to his eyes in order to watch gladiator competitions? To get you up to speed, in our latest blog post we look at the history of our favourite fashion accessory in more detail – we hope you pick up a useful fact or two!

When were sunglasses invented first?

It is thought that sunglasses (as we know them today) were invented between 1268 and 1289. In a painting by Tommaso da Modena in 1352, a person is shown wearing sunglasses, the first painting that is known to include them.

Who wore sunglasses at this time?

Before 1430, sunglasses used to be worn in the Courts of China by judges. However, the smoky quartz lenses and flat-glassed panes were worn to conceal their expressions and to avoid giving away the outcome of their decisions, rather than protect their eyes from the sun!

When did sunglasses develop into the ones we know today?

People started to realise the health benefits of wearing prescription glasses in the 1600s, especially in regards to helping the elderly to see better. Moving forward to the mid 18th century, and James Ayscough had started to explore the use of sunglasses for correcting optical impairments by developing blue and green corrective lenses.

As time went on, the frames of glasses frames were made from leather, bones and metal, and sidepieces were also added in the form of strips of ribbon that looped around the ears. However, the Chinese had also decided to add ceramic weights to the ends of the ribbons, which made it easier for them to stay in place, which led to the invention of solid sidepieces by Edward Scarlett in 1730.

Following this, by the start of the 20th century sunglasses had started to be used to protect eyes from the glare of the sun. Sam Foster began to sell mass produced sunglasses in the USA in 1929, which led to the Army Air Corps asking Bausch & Lomb in the 1930s to design some sunglasses that would help their pilots to see better when the sun was shining. Leading on from this, Ray Ban developed their popular  Aviator sunglasses in1937, and the fashionable trend for wearing sunglasses had arrived – the rest, as they say, is history!

Now that you know the history of sunglasses, you might be thinking about your next designer sunnies purchase. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place because at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from big name designer sunnies brands such as Ray Ban and Dolce & Gabbana, all at fantastic prices. Why not treat yourself and visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?

Which fact about the history of sunglasses did you find the most interesting? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

 

The best sunglasses for driving and which one’s to choose!

Whether you prefer to hit the beach to soak up some rays, have a picnic in the park or play a game of sport with the kids, there’s nothing better than getting behind the wheel and heading to the great outdoors on a sunny day. But when the sun is high in the sky, the glare from its rays can prove to be a big driving hazard.

If you want to make sure that you can see the road clearly on a sunny day and get you and your family to your destination safely, then you need a good pair of designer sunglasses to help you.

As well as helping you to look super fashionable, designer sunnies also have a very practical use in that they will help to protect your eyes from the sun and its harmful UVA and UVB rays, which are known to potentially damage your eyesight over time. And when it comes to driving, they can also reduce glare and make it easier for you to see. So with that in mind, it really is important for you to keep a pair handy in the glove box of your car for when the sun is shining.

What to keep in mind when buying sunglasses for driving

Here are some of the key things that you need to consider when buying a new pair of sunglasses for driving:

  • Frame style: It’s really important to keep your peripheral vision clear when driving, which means avoiding frames that are oversized as they can cause an obstruction. With that in mind, it’s best to go for frames that have thin arms and large lenses – designer sunglasses aviator and wraparound styles are therefore perfect!
  • Lens colour: The colour of designer sunnies lenses affect how much light is able to reach your eyes, and therefore wearing a pair with the wrong colour when driving can affect your ability to see road signs and respond to hazards too. Therefore it is always best to go for sunglasses with grey and brown lenses as they do not alter how colours appear when they are worn.
  • Lens style: It is also a good option to choose lenses that are polarised (as they can reduce the glare from headlights, wet roads as well as the sun). In addition, if it’s possible to choose lenses that have a graduated tint in a grey or brown colour then these are perfect for driving too. For example, the fact that they have a darker tint at the top of the lens than the bottom means that as a driver you are still able to see the road clearly through the dashboard while the top part reduces the glare of the sun.

If you’re thinking of buying a new pair of sunglasses for driving, it can be hard to know where to start with so many designer sunglasses brands and styles available. In addition, you might be concerned that a new pair of designer sunnies is out of your price range, but we’re pleased to say that thanks to the Designer Sunnies sunglasses shop a new pair of designer sun glasses is much more affordable than you may think!

So with that in mind, in our latest blog post we take a look at some of our favourite designer sunglasses brands and styles to help you decide which pair are best for your next spin.

Michael Kors Kendall

The Michael Kors MK5016 Kendall are a pair of sunglasses that are best for driving. Their bronze mirror frame will effectively reduce glare, while helping you to look super trendy at the same time!

Revo Guide

These Revo Guide S designer sunnies have a wraparound frame with polarised lenses, helping to make sure that your view of the road isn’t impaired.

Emporio Armani EA

The perfect stylish pair of sunglasses for the next time you get behind the wheel on a sunny day, these Emporio Armani EA sunglasses have brown coloured gradient lenses – perfect for keeping your vision clear.

Now you know which brand and style of sunglasses are best for driving, you might be thinking about treating yourself to a brand new pair. Well luckily for you, at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from a range of big name designer brands such as Ray Ban, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors that are perfect for your next road trip. You’ll be spoilt for choice so why not visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?

If you’re thinking of buying a new pair of designer sunglasses for driving, we’d love to know which brand you have in mind, so make sure you let us know and start the conversation by leaving a comment below!

Get your designer sunglasses cheap

If you’re looking for a brand new pair of designer sunnies but are on a bit of a budget, it can be hard to know where to buy designer sunglasses cheap. You might automatically think that if you’re trying to watch what you’re spending then a new pair of designer sunglasses might be out of your price range – but the good news is that they can cost much less than you think!

Thanks to DesignerSunnies.com, you don’t need a bank balance the size of a celebrity’s in order to add some designer sunglasses brands to your collection. It might sound too good to be true, but we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from some of the biggest names in fashion, all at fantastic prices – so it’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about getting a bargain!

If you’re looking to add a new pair of affordable designer sunnies to your collection, here we take a look at some key things that you need to keep in mind to ensure you get the best value for money possible – read on to find out more!

 

Research what style and brand fits your budget best

Buying a pair of designer sun glasses is definitely an investment, so you want to make sure you make the right decision! This means asking yourself what occasion you will wear them (Sunbathing? driving? Out and about?), what shape suits you best (Oversize? Aviator? Cat eye?) and what look you’re going for too (Chic? Classic? Trendy?) in order to ensure you pick the right pair of designer sunnies for you.

In addition, if you have a particular designer sunglasses brand in mind, it’s also worth taking time to browse online and research what kind of price you can expect to pay for them. For example, high end fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are likely to be at the top end of your budget, however if a big brand name is important to you, then we recommend you stick with what you know and like to ensure you get as much use of out of your new designer sunnies purchase as possible!

 

Be careful when buying from websites like eBay

While you might be able to find the odd genuine pair of designer sunglasses on websites like eBay, the unfortunate truth is that more often than not they will be fake imitation versions instead. It’s always important to do your research before buying a pair of cheap designer sunglasses in order to spot fake sunglasses – you want to ensure you’re getting the genuine article and double check whether that super cheap price is too good to be true or not.

If you do decide to buy a pair of designer sunglasses online, it’s really important to check the following first to ensure they are the real deal:

  • Always look for a mention of a model number within the description of the sunglasses. If one isn’t there, alarm bells should ring, and if there is then you should always search for it on the designer brand’s website to double check its authenticity
  • Familiarise yourself with the models on the designer brand’s website to get a feel for how and when they use logos and labels – again, double check these against the cheaper version you have found.
  • Look for a photo that shows the packaging that the designer sunnies will come in – does it look good quality and is the logo spelled correctly?

 

Don’t always buy straight from the brand’s own website

Although you can be 100% sure you’re buying the genuine article from the designer brand’s own website, you might be missing out on some special discounts that only an authorised dealer can offer. Plus, by buying from a retailer such as DesignerSunnies.com, you can be rest assured that not only are you getting a new pair of designer sunnies for a great price, they will also be completely authentic too and also carry the same manufacturer’s warranty that you’d get if you bought straight from the brand itself!

From brand new models to all time classics, all at fantastic prices, you will find your perfect pair of designer sunglasses at DesignerSunnies.com. Plus, UK customers benefit from free standard shipping and returns too – what could be better than that?!

Which pair of designer sunnies are you desperate to own next? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

How many sunglasses should you own?

When it comes to shopping for designer sunglasses, it’s fair to say that you’re definitely spoilt for choice. At Designer Sunnies, we sell a range of fabulous designer sunnies from some of the world’s biggest designer brands, and whatever the occasion there is the perfect style out there for you – you just need to know which pair of sunglasses will suit you best!

If you’ve ever wondered how many sunglasses should you own, we’ve put together a list of some suggested occasions for wearing them along with some examples of the most popular designer brands and styles to help you decide – the toughest decision will be deciding which one to add to your collection first!

Driving

When it comes to getting behind the wheel, the most important thing is making sure that you are able to see the road clearly. And when the sun is shining (especially during the winter when it’s lower in the sky and can make it harder to see), this means putting on a pair of designer sunglasses that will let enough light into your eyes and reduce glare but most importantly won’t affect your visibility.

If you’re thinking about what style of sunglasses are best to be worn while you’re driving, then a pair of oversized sunnies is what you’re looking for! This will help reduce your peripheral vision and make it easier for you to see the road, and polarised lenses will also help to reduce glare too.

Some of our favourite designer sunglasses brands that are perfect to be worn while driving are the Valentino V612s 004 with their chic two toned frames, or the Polo Ralph Lauren PH3093 for the gents

Shopping

When you’re thinking of the best pair of sunglasses to wear while you’re out and about shopping, you need a pair that will not only help you feel chic and stylish, but they need to be practical and match your outfit too.

If you’re looking for a new pair of designer sunglasses to wear on a day to day basis for activities such as shopping, the possibilities are almost endless – you just need to work out what look you want to go for when it comes to deciding which ones to buy. For example, do you want your sunglasses to work as an accessory for a cool and trendy look, or do you want them to have a practical use if your eyes are particularly sensitive to the artificial light that is commonly found in shops?

If you’re planning on visiting the shops soon, then we’ve picked out two of our favourite designer sunglasses styles which are bound to compliment your look. For example, what about the Bvlgari 6083 with their beautiful cats eye frames, or the Emporio Armani EA 4023 with their cool brown tinted lenses?

Sunbathing

If a holiday to you means sitting by the pool or lying on the beach soaking up some rays, then you need to ensure that you wear designer sunglasses that will protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

When it comes to picking a pair of sunnies to take on your next trip, you need a style that will prevent any lasting damage from UVA and UVB rays, which means going for oversized or wraparound frame. Not only will these also help to protect the soft tissue around your eyes, but choosing polarised lenses will help to reduce the glare of the sun too.

For some inspiration for your next sunbathing session, we just love the Yves Saint Laurent YSL 6358, as well as the hip and trendy Diesel DL0037 90C – both classic styles that will ensure you look your best while you top up your tan!

Fishing and skiing

If the perfect day for you involves sitting by a lake for a spot of fishing, or hitting the slopes on a skiing trip, then you’ll know that having a good pair of sunglasses is essential. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a pair of new sunglasses for these activities is that you’ll need some that will protect your eyes against the glare of the sun on the water and the snow, which means choosing some with polarised lenses.

If you love spending time in the great outdoors then we’ve got two perfect pair of designer sunglasses for you – how about the Calvin Klein CK415s, or the Oakley Holbrook Metal? Not only will you cool super cool, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge that the glare from the sun won’t be getting in the way of you enjoying yourself!

Now that you’ve found out more about the different occasions when sunglasses can be worn, you should have a much better idea of how many sunglasses you should own – and if you feel inspired to add a pair to your collection straight away, then you have come to the right place! At Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from some of the biggest names in fashion such as Michael Kors, Ray Ban and Diesel. Visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today!

How many pairs of sunglasses do you think you should own? How many pairs do you have in your collection already and which would you like to own next? We’d love to know, so join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

So do we actually know what brand sunglasses Kim Kardashian wears?

There’s no denying that Kim Kardashian is one of the hottest celebrities on the planet right now, and has become something of a style icon in recent years thanks to her love of designer clothes, handbags and of course designer sunglasses too.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Kim (or Mrs Kim Kardashian-West as she is officially known), then here are a few facts to help you get to know this American fashionista a little bit better:

  • Kim and her family are famous for their reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, which first aired on TV channel E! in 2007
  • Along with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe, Kim is the owner of a range of clothing and accessories boutiques called Dash – proving that she certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to fashion!
  • Kim has endorsed a number of different products over the years, including perfumes, make up, nail varnish, swimwear and trainers. She also had a clothing line with her sisters called “The Kardashian Kollection”
  • She currently has over 104m followers on Instagram, making her one of the top followed celebrities in the world!
  • It is estimated that Kim and her husband Kanye West are worth over $145m, so it’s really no wonder that she boasts such an impressive collection of designer sunnies!

Whether they’re from YSL, Dolce & Gabbana or Prada among others, Kim certainly has something of a designer sun glasses habit, and is rarely spotted without a signature pair of the black oversized frames that she loves. If you’re a fan of Kim and all things Kardashian, and would love to get your hands on a pair of designer sunglasses that are similar to the ones that Kim is often seen wearing, then read on to get some inspiration!

Oversized

When Kim feels like sporting an edgier look, then she’ll probably choose to wear a pair of oversized shield shades like these ones from Bvlgari. Providing maximum coverage from the glare of the sun (as well as the flashes from those sneaky paparazzi lenses!), a pair of shield shades such as the BV6061b style help to provide the ultimate cool look with a hint of bling too – you are bound to get noticed in these!

Tortoiseshell

Just as Kim knows, it’s so important for every girl to have a pair of classic tortoiseshell designer sunglasses as part of their sunnies collection. This timeless style never goes out of fashion and is always on trend. This pair of popular MK6029 shades from Michael Kors are pretty and feminine and will help to define a classy, sophisticated look. Why not follow Kim’s example and wear a pair on your next shopping trip?

Rectangle

Kim absolutely loves wearing a pair of black rectangle framed sunglasses and is often photographed sporting a pair of these classic frames. If you’re lucky enough to have high cheekbones like Kim, then this super flattering style is for you. Perfect for a chic every day look, these fabulous MMJ 386/S designer sunglasses from Marc Jacobs will go with every kind of outfit, ensuring that you always look your best!

Oval

Along with the rest of the Kardashian clan, if there’s one style of designer sunglasses that reality TV star Kim loves the most, it’s a pair of stylish black ovals. Perfect for wearing on the beach or by the pool when she fancies a spot of sunbathing, a pair like this EA 4052 style from Emporio Armani  would be a great option for maintaining her fashionable reputation. And if you want to follow Kim’s example, not only will they help to protect your eyes from the sun, they’ll ensure that you look completely on trend at the same time too!

Aviators

Mrs Kardashian-West knows that aviators are truly a style classic, and has been spotted wearing this style on several occasions since she first came to prominence 10 years ago. If you fancy owning a pair of designer sunglasses that will always have timeless style, then you need to get your hands on a pair from Ray Ban. The most famous style of aviator sunglasses is arguably the 3025, and this version comes with trendy arista gold frames and a super cute pink coloured lens. As a proper girly-girl, we’re sure that Kim would be a big fan of these!

If you’d love to own a pair of designer sunglasses just like the ones that Kim Kardashian wears, then you have come to the right place. At Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses that celebrities are big fans of, including popular styles such as oversized and aviator from brands such as Ray Ban and Dolce & Gabbana. Why not treat yourself and visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?

What do you think about the style and brand of designer sunglasses that Kim Kardashian wears? Which is your favourite and which would you love to add to your collection next? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

How much are designer sunglasses?

Whether the word designer is used to describe sunglasses, shoes or handbags, you may automatically presume that these items are going to be much more expensive than their equivalents from high street brands – however this is not always the case. With designer sunglasses, we are firm believers that you are paying for the quality of the product, as well as a renowned designer brand name that you can trust!

If you’re a follower of fashion who wants to buy a new pair of sunglasses, you may think that a pair of designer sunnies might be out of your price range. However, here we take a look at the cost of some different styles from a couple of big designer sunglasses brands to show you how affordable they can be. The hardest part will certainly be deciding which ones to add to your sunglasses collection first!

 

Designer sunglasses for under £100

You might be surprised to learn that you can own a fabulous pair of designer sunglasses for less than £100 – yes, you read that right! Some designer sunglasses brands are much more affordable than you think – read on to see for yourself.

Calvin Klein

Who doesn’t love grabbing a bargain? When purchasing a pair of designer sunglasses, it’s always worth checking to see if any are in the sale. For example, on Designer Sunnies this pair of Calvin Klein CK1156s 046 are currently down from £72 to £28. With their stand out red frames, these sunglasses provide a cool look for women that is bound to create some attention – so make sure you grab them before they all go!

How much are designer sunglasses?Lacoste

Men don’t have to miss out when it comes to getting a great deal too! These Lacoste L126s 214 in Havana are down from £55 to £25 – proving that sometimes buying designer sunglasses really can be much more cost effective than you think!

Valentino

The brightly coloured Valentino V627s 526 in fuchsia are the perfect pair of designer sunglasses for creating a bold statement. You’re guaranteed to get noticed when you wear this bold pair of sunglasses on your next shopping trip – all for just £97.

Polo Ralph Lauren

This pair of Polo Ralph Lauren PH4109 559087 designer sunglasses are just £100 – great value for a big name brand such as this. In a cool matte blue, this pair of stylish shades are bound to enhance any outfit!

 

Designer sunglasses for over £100

If you fancy treating yourself and spending slightly more than £100 on a pair of designer sunglasses, then the good news is that you still don’t have to break the bank – you can still bag a pair of fashionable designer sunglasses from a big name brand for much less than you may think!

Michael Kors

Who doesn’t wish that they had a pair of Michael Kors designer sunglasses as part of their sunglasses collection? If you’ve ever thought “how much are designer sunglasses?” then you’re in for a shock – because you can pick up a trendy black pair of MK2034 Island Tropics on Designer Sunnies for just £115!

Ray Ban

Love the look of the classic Wayfarer Ray Bans but think you’ll be eating beans for the next month if you buy them? At Designer Sunnies, we sell these iconic sunglasses for just £120, much less than the RRP of £161!

Tips for buying designer sunglassesPrada

Dream of owning a pair of Prada designer sunglasses? If you think this designer brand is out of your price range then you may be pleasantly surprised to learn than you can get your hands on a pair for next to nothing. Take these beautiful oversized pair in black for example – they are £130 instead of an RRP of £173 and are guaranteed to look great when you wear them by the pool on your next holiday!
Dolce and Gabbana

Think that a pair of Dolce and Gabbana designer sunglasses will come with a fairly hefty price tag? This pair of women’s DG2144 Sicilian Taste pilot sunglasses in cool silver and gold are £135 (RRP £173) – meaning that you can own your own piece of this legendary Italian fashion house for much less than you may have initially thought.

 

Tips for buying designer sunglasses

It’s no secret that designer sunglasses are one of the most counterfeited items in the world – and if you want to buy a pair, then you need to ensure that you are spending your hard earned cash on the genuine article. If you want to buy a pair of designer sunglasses, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure that you don’t fall foul of the fakers:

  1. Always buy designer sunglasses from a reputable retailer
  2. Check the logo on the sunglasses – is it misspelled in any way?
  3. It’s also a good idea to check the model number/serial number (often found on one of the arms) with a pair on the designer’s website
  4. The quality of designer sunglasses should always be excellent – if they feel flimsy, or come in unbranded packaging, then this should start the alarm bells ringing!

Now that you’ve discovered how much designer sunglasses cost, if you feel inspired to own a pair of for yourself, then you have come to the right place. At Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from a range of big name designer brands such as Ray Ban, Prada and Michael Kors. Visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today!

Are you thinking of buying a pair of designer sunglasses? Which designer brand and style has caught your eye? We’d love to know what you think, so make sure you share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Just what are the best Ray Ban sunglasses to wear?

There’s no denying that Ray Ban is one of the most famous brand of designer sunglasses in the world, and at Designer Sunnies we’re certainly big fans. With iconic styles such as the Aviator and Wayfarer, this classic designer sunglasses brand certainly sets the trend – but which are the best Ray Ban sunglasses for you? Here, we take a look at the history of this legendary designer sunnies company and explore some of their most well known sun glasses styles to help you decide which pair you should add to your collection!

 

History of the Ray Ban sunglasses brand

Bausch & Lomb were the original parent company of Ray Ban, and can trace their roots back to Rochester, New York, in 1853. At the time, the company was known for its monocles, microscopes and binoculars, but they decided to expand into sunglasses production in the 1930s.

The Ray Ban brand was created in 1937, after US Air Force pilots reported that the glare of the sun was affecting their ability to fly airplanes. As a result, the company designed some sunglasses with green lenses which would help reduce the blue and white hues of the sky, and therefore give the pilots better visibility – it was then that this iconic brand and their first pair of Aviator sunglasses was born!

With a history spanning eight decades, Ray Ban have gone on to become undoubtedly one of the most famous designer sunglasses brands in the world, with a range of styles for both men and women.

 

What celebrities have been spotted wearing Ray Ban sunglasses?

Over the years, Ray Ban have continued to play a large role in modern popular culture and have established a large celebrity following as a result. For example, a classic pair of black Wayfarer sunglasses have been worn by legends such as Michael Jackson and James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn even wore a pair in 1961 for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

And who could forget Tom Cruise wearing a classic pair of Ray Ban Aviators as a fighter pilot in Top Gun in 1986?

Fast forward to today, and celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Beyonce have all been spotted wearing the iconic Wayfarer and Aviator styles of Ray Ban sunglasses, proving that they are two styles that will never go out of fashion!

 

A look at the most popular style of Ray Ban sunglasses

Wayfarer

The RB2140 is the original style of Wayfarer, with black frame and grey lenses. This recognisable style is a true classic, and they have been manufactured since 1956.

Aviator

As we mentioned in our previous blog post about Matthew McConaughey wearing Aviator sunglasses in the film Gold, the RB3025 is the original classic pair of Aviators, available in gold coloured frames with the famous natural green lenses.

Clubmaster

The Ray Ban Clubmaster provides sunglasses fans with the best of both worlds – the combination of a Wayfarer and Aviator in one! These 50’s inspired retro sunglasses come in a range of styles, such as the classic RB3016 with tortoise frame.

Round and Rectangle

As the Ray Ban brand of sunglasses has evolved, so has the number of sunglasses styles that it makes. Take its round style of frames such as the RB2180, a modern take on the classic Wayfarer, or the RB3445 with rectangle frame – a unique and stylish take on the Aviator.

Mirrors

What better way to stand out from the crowd and sport a classic look at the same time than by rocking a pair of mirrored Ray Ban sunglasses? Available in several lense colours such as blue and orange, think the RB3541, or the RB4250 in a quirky cat eye style.

 

What are the best Ray Ban sunglasses for you?

Now that you’ve found out more about some of the most popular styles of Ray Ban sunglasses, which style is best for particular activities?

Driving

When it comes to driving, you need a pair of sunglasses that can let enough light into your eyes and won’t impair your visibility – you need to be able to see the road clearly. Wearing oversized sunglasses while driving can reduce your peripheral vision, and in terms of lenses you should look for those in a polarised style to reduce glare.  With that in mind, the Ray Ban RB3025 Aviator are the perfect style for driving, with their thin frames and flat profile.

Sunbathing

If you love sunbathing on holiday, then you need a pair of sunglasses that will properly protect your eyes and reduce the risk of any lasting damage from UVA and UVB rays. Oversized and wraparound frames will also help to protect the soft tissue around your eyes, and polarised lenses can help reduce the glare of the sun. Our top picks for the best Ray Ban sunglasses to wear while sunbathing are the trendy RB4101 Jackie Ohh, or the RB4147 Highstreet.

Every day wear

When it comes to every day wear, you should look for a pair of sunglasses that will complement your outfit best and fit your mood. For example, do you want to look classic and chic, or trendy and cool? As Ray Ban is such a well established designer sunglasses brand, they have created a range of styles over the years to suit all tastes and preferences. As well as the iconic Aviator and Wayfarer styles, RB4174 Erika Classic and RB4227 are both great examples of styles that will certainly complete your outfit, whatever look you have decided to go for!

Fishing

If you’re a fan of fishing, then you’ll know that a good pair of sunglasses is essential for protecting your eyes against the glare of the sun against the water. As a result, you need to make sure that you choose frames with polarised lenses – and if you’d like to get a pair of Ran Bans to wear on your next fishing trip, then RB4228 or RB2132 would both be great choices!

 

If you feel inspired to own a pair of classic Ray Ban sunglasses for yourself, then you have come to the right place. At Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of Ray Ban designer sunglasses, including the popular Aviator and Wayfarer styles. Visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today!

Do you already own a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses? Which style of this famous brand of designer sunglasses is your favourite, and which would you like to own next? We’d love to know, so join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

As it sometimes happens, celebrities joined for a good cause, giving away their sunglasses. Indeed, 17 celebrities have donated their sunglasses to the Sightsavers charity Specs Appeal. That includes Liam Gallagher, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson and Paul Weller. The charity auction was live and running until the 13th of August 2017, with hopes that the star sunglasses will help to raise thousands of pounds to eradicate blindness worldwide. Their Specs Appeal auction will help to pay for cataract operations, eye tests and desperately needed eye surgery. So if ever you want to get your favourite celebrity sunglasses; keep an eye out for the auctions.

 

Our Favourite Celebrity Sunglasses

For many of us, the most wanted sunglasses probably were Liam Gallagher’s iconic John Lennon-style orange-tinted shades. Indeed, the rocker has been sporting the sunglasses on many occasions and they are a definite must have for most Oasis fans.

But we can also notice some great sunglasses from other stars. Indeed, Paul Weller (ex-leader of The Jam) gave away his beautiful Prada Teddy 58OS blue sunglasses. Emma Watson also gave away her feminine and trendy Miu Miu 02SS sunglasses. Brown and purple with a very original frame, they will definitely bring Emma’s Beauty look to you. Other great additions include Ella Eyre’s classic Ray-Ban Clubmaster, Charlie Cox’s (Daredevil) Oakley Sliver sunglasses and Annie Lennox’s (from Eurythmics) Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses.

Our Favourite Celebrity Sunglasses

A little more about the auction

Bill Nighy, who was also part of the auction, joined a handwritten note to accompany his Clubmaster-style specs. The note said: “These glasses were worn in ‘The Girl in the Café’, one of my favourite films. They have special powers beyond just allowing you to see where you’re going”. Charlotte Crosby (from Geordie Shore), also donated a pair of aviator sunglasses, with a note that said: “I take my sight for granted. The loss of it is unimaginable. For that reason I am supporting the amazing work Sightsavers are doing in countries like Nigeria.”

If so many people responded to the charity, it is because they raise a very important issue. Indeed, the money raised from the auction could help the millions of people in developing countries who need glasses. And lacking ophthalmologists, equipment or simply money often means they cannot get the help they need.

Prada sunglasses worn by Paul Weller

As you might have noticed, DesignerSunnies.com is based in Bristol and we wanted to honour our city with a special blog post. Bristol is a city in the South West of England with a population of 449,300. The Bristol metropolitan area is the 12th largest in the United Kingdom and borders North Somerset and Gloucestershire. Bristol was named the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017 by The Sunday Times.  It has also won the EU’s European Green Capital Award in 2015. And in the summer, Bristol hosts a lot of events, so get some UK sunglasses to visit the South West.

But Bristol is also a very cultural and vibrant place. Birthplace of Cary Grant, Lee Evans, Stephen Merchant, Russell Howard, Banksy and of Massive Attack, it has a lot of museums and a vibrant music scene and nightlife. Places to visit include Motion, Thekla, The Apple, The Louisiana and the Full Moon. And Bristol is also famous for its Suspension Bridge, Arnolfini museum, SS Great Britain and M-Shed.

 

What to do in Bristol this summer?

Whether you’re a foodie, a music or arts fan, there will be the perfect festival for you. If you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, good food and drink and general enjoyment, make sure to go to Bristol Harbour Festival, between the 21st and 23rd of July 2017. And if you are a theatre fan, you should also check out the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2017. It is produced in beautiful and unusual spaces all July in Bristol and Bath. And if you love street art, you should head to Upfest 2017 between the 29th and 31st of July, when over 300 artists will paint at 35 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville in Bristol.

And if you are passionate about food, you should go to Thai & Multi Cultural Food Festival in Millennium Square from the 29th July to the 30th July 2017. You can expect to find there a costume parade, food & produce stalls, bar, cultural dances, DJ, live music, catwalk and cultural fashion shows. For a great day out, visit Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from the 10th of August until the 13th. It is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. And if you are a beer lover, be reassured: Bristol breweries are always organising small events and Tap Takeovers. Make sure to check out the Bristol Beer Factory, the Good Chemistry Brewing, the Left Handed Giant, the Moor Beer Company and the Wiper & True for more information.

Visit Bristol for a fine selection in designer eyeware

Some advice on picking the best UK sunglasses

If you are looking for the perfect UK sunglasses to wear in Bristol, we would recommend something relaxed and artsy. Indeed, Bristol being such an easy-going city, favour comfort. We recommend the Michael Kors Playa Norte MK5006 for their vibrant colours and trendy shape. And if you prefer the looks of Ray-Ban, why not go for the Ray-Ban 4250? Boasting a feminine, functional and contemporary look, they will be great for any occasion. So come along and visit DesignerSunnies.com today to get your perfect sunglasses for the summer.

Michael Korrs glasses in Bristol CityRay Ban glasses in Bristol City

Happy Valentine’s Day! Come along and get some ideas for Valentines Day Presents. Celebrated on the 14th of February, Saint Valentine is the celebration of Christian martyrs, Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest martyred in 269. His relics are in the Church and Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome and in Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin. Valentine of Terni was a bishop who has been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian in 273.

Legend suggests that Saint Valentine performed clandestine Christian weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Emperor Claudius II would have banned marriage, believing that single men made better soldiers and beheaded Valentine when he discovered his secret actions.

 

Saint Valentine: History and Traditions

The modern Anglo-American customs connect Saint Valentine with romantic love: sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts. But this is a modern tradition: Saint Valentine’s celebration did not have any romantic connotations before Chaucer’s poetry about ‘Valentines’ in the 14th century and the following tradition of Courteous Poetry. Indeed, previous links or celebrations focused on sacrifice rather than romantic love. Afterwards, there were various references in literature to ‘Valentine’ and love, among them Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5.

Our Guide on how to pick the perfect Valentines day presents

Since the 19th century, hand-written notes have evolved into mass produced greeting cards. In the early 19th century, paper Valentines were very popular in England and even assembled in factories. And, in the second half of the 20th century, it extended to various other gifts; such as chocolates, flowers and jewellery. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are Valentines.

The perfect Valentines day present

Our Guide on how to pick the perfect Valentines day presents

Picking the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day can be stressful and difficult. Just relax and let us make this job easier for you. For her, the perfect sunglasses would probably be from one of the more feminine brands, such as Prada, Bvlgari or Michael Kors. If red or pink tones definitely say Valentine, also consider Black frames for a more traditional look. We recommend the Prada 53SS or the Bvlgari 8162B that feature beautiful ornaments.

For him, opt for a more masculine and sportive brand, such as Oakley, Ray-Ban or Persol. Our suggestion would be to go for the Ray-Ban Justin 4165 or the Oakley Carbon Shift 9302. For an original present, wrap your chosen sunglasses in a heart-shaped box so that they look perfect for the occasion.

 

Original present

For the perfect Valentines day presents, check out our fantastic selection of Designer sunglasses, at DesignerSunnies. Happy Valentine’s Day!