Choosing the right pair of sunglasses is not just about picking the latest styles or the one that looks the best on you. Sunglasses are more than just a cool fashion accessory to amp your style. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the damage caused by the harmful UV rays. Be it pterygium, cataract, macular degeneration, and even cancer – UV cause a lot of damage to your eyes. This is where sunglasses come to our rescue, to protect us from the sunlight as well as stay fashionable. The Right Tint When it comes to the tints, you can’t just pick anything. Each tint functions best in certain sunlight conditions. Grey tints block the most light and are ideal if you’re an outdoorsy person. Yellow and orange tints are best for low-light environments, especially indoors and should be appropriate for you if you spend hours in front of the computer. Just because the tint is dark doesn’t mean that it will prevent more UV rays. The pupil of the eye, which controls how much light gets to enter the eye, expands in low-light situations to let in more light. So unless you get sunglasses that are rated UV 400 (which offers 99-100% sun protection), your eyes will end up absorbing these harmful rays even more. The Right Shape The right shape of sunglasses can protect your eyes from pollution and sunlight. Larger sunglass frames, like Wraparounds, are very effective in preventing even reflected light from creeping in, thus protecting the delicate skin around our eyes. Now let’s talk about the fashion element a bit. How good you look in a pair of sunglasses depends upon the shape of your face and the shape of the sunglasses. Let’s find out what sunglass shapes will look good on you. If you have a heart shaped face (wide forehead, high cheekbones, narrow chin), then Cat-Eye sunglasses will look great on you. If you have a longer face, then oversized Butterfly frames will help in balancing it out and making you look extra glamorous. If you have an oval face shape (with proportionate forehead, cheekbones and chin) then you can sport any sunglasses and look good. If you have round face (full cheeks with a narrow forehead and jaw) then wide rectangular frames like Wayfarers will look good on you. The Right Frame Material Be it plastic frames or metallic ones, sunglasses frames should be made from good quality material to prevent damage and wear and tear. Plastic frames can provide more support and more colour options. Metallic frames, made from stainless steel, Monel or Titanium, are also quite popular in the market as they are essential for Aviator style sunglasses, and are lighter and more flexible. The Right Lenses Other than the tint, the lens on your sunglasses should fulfil other requirements before you choose them. Whether you pick shatterproof glasses, plastic lenses, or a polycarbonate material – it all depends on your lifestyle. When the lenses on your sunglasses are polarized, they will aid in glare prevention, especially during those extra sunny days. If you’re at the beach, out on the water or on the snow, you will need maximum glare protection from the stronger sun rays at these places. So think about your lifestyle, how many hours you spend outside, when are you generally outside, how physically active you are and many other questions and then buy that perfect pair of sunglasses for maximum functionality and style.