Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean you should put all your sunglasses in storage along with your summer wardrobe. The sun’s harmful rays know no season. In fact, winter sun may be giving you more exposure as the sun sits much lower in the sky. Snow also reflects as much as 85% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays which makes sunglasses a must for those who spend long periods of time outdoors.
I myself will be sporting my Westwood Sunglasses this season. I have an Ivory-colored one from the Classic Collection.
Since the frame is made entirely of handcrafted wood, it is lightweight at only 0.8 ounces. The wooden frame works best for me during winter as it stays warm even when I’m outdoors. It has flexible temples which makes it comfortable to wear. Most important of all, the lens are polarized giving me utmost protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Polarized lenses have a special filter that blocks reflected light, thus, effectively reducing glare. I find my pair very useful when I’m driving whether during summer where there’s glare from the cement or during winter when there’s glare from ice and snow. These sunglasses would be great also for those who love outdoor activities such as skiing, fishing, or sledding.
The Classic Collection($80) comes in Ivory Bamboo, Coal, Smoke, and Zebrawood.
If you want a more hip look, you can choose from Tapestry, Tattoo, Temple, Totem, or Tundra from the Tribal Collection. It’s a bit more expensive at $110 each but still definitely more affordable that big brand sunglasses. The sunglasses also come in a really cool bamboo cylinder which you can use to store your shades safely. You can also upcycle the container into a neat penholder for your desk.
Remember that your eyes need protection from the sun’s intense UV rays all-year round, so ALWAYS keep a pair of sunglasses handy when you dash out your doorway. Make the eco-friendly choice too and opt for wooden sunglasses.