Spice up your look with a pair of cool sunglasses; they are stylish, comfortable and simple. At parties and social occasions, they are the rave of the moment when it comes to facial fashion. There is no doubt that sunglasses are popular fashion items all over the world.
Sunglasses are usually unisex, although there are some that are sex specific. Your choice of sunglasses should be influenced by the shape of your head, the type of your dress (whether official or casual) and the colour of your dress.
Sunglasses too are experiencing a revolution. They are no longer as formal as they used to be. Now, there are sunglasses that have Bluetooth camera etc.
Apart from being used to make a fashion statement, it also shades the eyes from the rays of the sun. It is the best and only eye fashion accessory of all time. And they come in different grades and prices.
- the dark history of sunglasses…
Sunglasses have a dark history, but a brilliant future. The history of sunglasses can be traced back to Roman Emperor Nero who watched the gladiator competitions through polished light emerald green gems held up to his eyes.
Early sunglasses served a special purpose and it wasn’t to block the rays of the sun. For centuries, Chinese judges had routinely worn smoke-colored quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions in court. It wasn’t until the 20th century that modern-type sunglasses came to be. In 1929, Sam Foster, founder of the Foster Grant company sold the first pair of Foster Grant sunglasses on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. By 1930, sunglasses were all the rage.
- revolutionary milestones…
1300 – Chinese judges wore smoke-colored quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions in court; 1430 – Vision-correcting darkened eyeglasses were introduced into China from Italy; 1700 – James Ayscough believed blue-green-tinted glass could correct specific vision impairments; 1929 – Sam Foster found a ready market for sunglasses on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey; 1936 – Sunglasses become polarized, Ray Ban began using Edwin H. Land Polaroid filter and 1960 – A clever advertising campaign by Foster Grant makes sunglasses chic and popular.
By the 1970’s Hollywood stars and fashion designers made a huge impact on the sunglasses market. Clothing designers and stars put their names on glasses and sunglasses and everyone had to have them.
In 2004, Oakley, an eye-ware company developed Thump sunglasses with built-in digital audio player.
Between 2007 and now, stars are still hiding behind their over-sized designer sunglasses, making fashion statements and protecting their eyes from the harmful effects of the Ultra Violet (UV) rays of the sun. With modern technology and improvements, sunglasses continue to evolve. We have gone from holding green gems up to our eyes to watch Gladiator sports to Oakley’s 2004 sunglasses with built-in digital audio players. What’s next?