When I had my eyes zapped with a laser (read my experience here) it was partly because of convenience, but a part had to do with vanity. I wanted to wear pretty sunglasses dammit! 😛 Anyone who’s had to fork out lots of money for prescription sunglasses can tell you how that feels (and back in the day, they are never as pretty as those you can buy off the rack) and secretly, I’d always hankered after a pair of aviator sunglasses. I know, blame Top Gun LOL! 😛
But one of my side-effects of undergoing lasik is light sensitivity. For me, wearing sunglasses isn’t purely for vanity. I need to wear sunglasses when I go out in the day because my eyes are just too sensitive to the light.
So, coming back to aviators. I’d always wanted a pair, preferably with polarised lenses. But every pair I’d ever tried (Ray-Ban does the popular ones) looked weird on me. The large tear-drop style of lens just didn’t sit well on my face and trust me, I have a big face. I should be able to handle aviators!
But one day, I came across a newer, slightly more updated design of the Ray-Ban aviator online which they call the Cockpit Aviator RB3362 and on a bit of a whim, I picked it up. The online reviews (there aren’t many) say that it’s smaller and somehow, more suited for Asian faces. That’s me! 😀
You know what? The reviews were right. It is a much more flattering design, on me at least. And I believe it would be the case for anyone who has a problem with aviator style sunglasses.
The lenses have a less pronounced tear-drop design so you don’t have as much of a bug-eyed look. The gold wire-frame is light and does feel a little fragile. If you are careless with your sunglasses then this one might end up getting squashed. I have a pair of sunglasses with plastic frames that I keep in the car. I find those more sturdy.
The frame has the bar across the top that is present in all aviator glasses designs, but the bar is slightly curved instead of running straight across. I feel that this softens the design slightly.
I believe the lenses themselves are glass, but don’t quote me. The reason I say so is because I used to wear glass specs (oh yeah, those were the bad old days) and these have a bit of heft to them, which would not be there if the lenses were plastic.
For anyone interested, the lenses were a 59mm width and the total width of the sunglasses are 14cm. I must ensure I pick sunglasses with wide lenses and wide width due to my large face boo! So nothing below 56mm for me. I learned that the hard way, trying to stick too-small sunnies on this large mug 😛
And when done right, I think I look pretty bad-ass in these 😀
I bought mine from Shopbop during their last 25% off sale so I thought it to be a good enough deal, and I got it in under a week.
I didn’t have to adjust the plastic nose-guard which fit out of the box, and the sunnies themselves were a comfortable fit. I do find that they don’t offer as much protection as my plastic pair, because there is less of a wraparound effect. The lenses aren’t polarised but I find them comfortable enough in blocking the glare from the sun.
But you know, sometimes, you just got to wear a pair of bad-ass sunnies, pair them with hot red lipstick and go get ’em! 😀
Do you wear aviator style sunglasses? What’s your favourite sunglasses?
Well even if you don’t, it’s good practice to wear sunglasses that have proper UV rating and proper protection. It protects your eyes from the sun, glare (reduces squinting and lines!) and UV rays can cause cataracts. Sometimes, fancy or very cheap sunnies are a little suspect for this reason. They may not be properly rated and may actually cause your eyes more harm because your pupils dilate when shaded and allows more UV rays in. So if you’re going to wear sunglasses, get a proper pair, not just the cheapest pair, and there is no need to get the most expensive pair either. Or maybe you’re like me and just want to get a bad-ass pair LOL 😀
p/s I’ve kind of missed not writing about just beauty products or beauty posts 🙂
Ray-Ban Cockpit Aviator Sunglasses RB3362 Price: US$150 Availability: Various Optical stores and online. I got mine at Shopbop