Wearing sunglasses is not only fashionable, but it’s also a must, especially when the conditions surroundings might be hurtful for our eyes. Sunglasses protect our eyes from the ultraviolet (UV) rays, keep away debris and the such and help reduce straining our eyes in very bright environments.
The sunglasses you choose must emphasize your features and compliment your attire. Not only that, but they should also go with the overall style you have committed to at the occasion. Moreover the sunglasses must be appropriate for the situation in which you are wearing them. For example, sports sunglasses never go with a business outfit.
One important rule you should keep to, no matter what: keep your sunglasses clean. Let’s leave aside the fact that having dirty sunglasses doesn’t help with distinguishing shapes or that it gives a more sloppy look, which is something a gentleman wouldn’t want to show. We are not referring to these points, although they do weigh in. Wearing dirty sunglasses might hurt your eyes. You don’t want to have so close to your eyes something that might cause an infection. Besides, they are meant to keep your eyes from straining. If the lenses are dirty, your eyes will naturally try to adjust to see through the particles of filth. This is something you don’t want.
Sunglasses are immediately noticed because they are partly covering your face. They should fit your face frame and not be too big (unless you’re at a carnival and you obviously went for the ridiculous oversized clown sunglasses) or too small, leaving marks when you take them off.
We recommend to have more than one pair of sunglasses. A pair of classic sunglasses will always come in handy as a neutral accessory for your outfit either in a business environment or a more casual setting. You could choose to have a more daring pair at hand, as well, such as mirror-like-finish sunglasses.
If you think sunglasses are slightly inconvenient due to their size, you could choose the foldable type where the frame of the glasses collapses into a neat and compact shape.
Sunglasses were not designed to be worn indoors. As a gentleman, you ought to take them off while entering a building or a store. While you sit at a table having a meal, they shouldn’t hang on the shirt nor be kept on top of your head or at the back of your head.
While talking to other people keep them on only if you are outside and the conditions require it. If they’re not needed and the other persons you are with are not wearing sunglasses, you should take them off. You wouldn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable while in your presence. That’s what being a gentleman is foremost: matching your attire with your attitude and your behaviour.