From both a fashion and health perspective, over the years sun glasses have become a very important personal accessory. But do we need expensive, designer brand sun glasses to satisfy the requirements or will the much more affordable sun glasses like those from Foster Grant satisfy our fashion and health needs when it comes to sun glasses?
We all know of the importance that sun glasses play when it comes to eye protection from the sun's damaging UV rays. This is not only important on sunny days but is also important all year round because the sun's UV rays get through even on cloudy and overcast days. It's because of this that many, including socialites and celebrities like James Dean, Jackie Onasis (Kennedy), John Lennon and Roy Oberson wore sun glasses all the time. Even today, celebs like Elton John, Jack Nickolson and U2 lead singer Bono Vox are almost never seen in public without wearing their trendy sun glasses. But is it more than just UV protection?
Sun Glasses, it's only About Fashion!
During a Rolling Stone interview U2's Bono Vox said that as well as privacy and sensitivity to light, he wears his Bvlgari sun glasses partly for vanity. I like the honesty of the guy. Bono is quoted as saying that "a lot of people think that, when they see a "B" on the side, that it's just my own megalomania. Only half the time it is. I'm the Imelda Marcos of sun glasses."
So as well as providing critical UV eye protection from the sun's damaging UV rays, over the years sun glasses have become an important fashion accessory. It's about looking good, being trendy and stylish!
We Only Want Leading Brand Sun Glasses!
It's because of this that we want to wear the latest trendy sun glasses from leading brands as worn by celebrities and models, the beautiful people, don't we? But at a couple hundred bucks and even more for some, not everyone can afford the "top Designer brand" fashion sun glasses like Marc Jacobs, Bvlgari, Chanel, Christian Dior, D&G by Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Prada, Vera Wang, Ray-Ban, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Versace or Yves St Laurent, and the list goes on and on.
Fashion Sun Glasses. Can we get the look at an Affordable Price?
But it's not only the fact that they go for top brand, fashion sun glasses. What I find really super chic and trendy is that pop divas and celebrities like Paris Hilton don't just have one pair of fashion sun glasses, they have many. The Hilton heiress, for example just about wears different shades to compliment her style and to suit different moods or occasions! I think that's great! To me, with sun glasses it's really no different to wearing different fashion clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry and even fragrances, and mixing and matching from one day to the next depending on the occasion and how you feel.
"But," I hear you say, "pop divas and celebrities like Paris Hilton can afford a new look and a different pair of trendy sun glasses each day!" Yes true they can but can we? Can we get the look and the eye protection that we need at an affordable price?
The Foster Grant, Fashion Sun Glasses Alternative
While pop divas, celebrities and socialites can afford a new look and a different pair of designer fashion sun glasses each day, some of us might be able to afford one pair at best and others might just need to hang out for sales like the recent SmartBargain Fashion Designer Sun Glasses Sale. But is there an alternative?
Now don't get me wrong because when it comes to fashion sun glasses I too love the top designer brands like Maui Jims, Ray-Ban, Bvlgari, Chanel, Versace, Yves St Laurent, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and so on, but other than one or two pairs, I can't justify or afford five or six different styles of these to suit my moods and looks from one day to the next! And besides, as well as effectiveness in terms of sun protection, at the end of the day, sun glasses are just another fashion decision.
Yes it's about style but not all about what's popular or the latest looks. It's what I feel comfortable with, what I think looks good on me and fits in with the clothes that I wear. I'm also a stickler for correct fit and want every pair to feel good, so comfort and fit are also vital. Because of all this I'm well known for visiting mall stores such as Sun glasses Hut, and after browsing through the rotating sunglasses racks, trying on a pair or two trendy sun glasses before gazing into the display mirror. It is always fun looking, I just love it and believe me I've bought some great looking shades this way!! So like handbags, shoes, jewelry and even fragrances, I have a range of great valued hot and sexy fashion sun glasses to suit! These are comparable in quality and style to the top designer brands but I do not buy fake shades, sun glasses that are copies of the name brands and with their trademarks or signatures on them!
And if you want to wear trendy, fashion sun glasses but don't wish to spend mega-bucks on them, then the new funky range of Foster Grant fashion sun glasses for 2007 is a great option. They are available in a range of metal and plastic frames and a wide variety of styles, lenses and colors including shiny black, brown and solid white, and at under $30 these trendy sun glasses are very affordable. In fact, at this price you can easily afford to buy a number of different styles to go with different outfits and occasions.
Foster Grant offers a big range of trendy, fashion sun glasses in a huge array of styles designed to meet all needs. I looked at 12 of the different styles in the Foster Grant new 2007 range and was pleasantly surprised. It was hard to pick an outright favorite style from these so here's a brief look at my final selection.
I really like the "La Fleur" style of Foster Grant sun glasses. Even Paris Hilton would love these sexy sun glasses. As shown in the picture below they stand out because of their shiny white plastic frame with gorgeous in lay rose detail on the temples and the soft gradient brown Acrylic lenses (tinted from the top down, so that the top of the lens is darkest).
Another style I like is the "Salerno" fashion sun glasses. Now frame styles is a personal preference but I do like the Salerno frame. It's in a metal and plastic combination and with a one piece, shatter resistant Polycarbonate shield/lens with stunning clear stone details at both ends. The shield/lens is in a smoke gradient color. The "Salerno" is shown and labelled in the group picture above (click to enlarge).
Next, for those more sophisticated occasions, I like what have been named "Lost", and believe me you will look far from lost in these. These sexy sun glasses have a shiny gold double bar metal front frame with brown plastic temples and gorgeous decorative hinges. The "Lost" style has frameless brown gradient Acrylic lenses. The "Lost" sun glasses are also shown and labelled in the group picture above.
Next in the range, I fancy the classy "Santa Cruz" style. These hot sun glasses are very similar to the "Salerno" but with different, again stunning, decorative clear stone details at both ends. Click on the image to see the "Santa Cruz" in more detail and also see why I fell in love with this style of Foster Grant sun glasses. Of course, being polycarbonate the lenses on styles like the Salerno and "Santa Cruz" sun glasses are extremely durable and hard to break even in high impact sports. Very important to me because I roller blade.
OK, Foster Grant are Affordable have got the Styles but at that price they couldn't possibly provide good UV Protection!
Well in fact, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, "sun glasses don’t have to be expensive to protect your eyes and...unfortunately, a high price is not always a guarantee of high quality and protection." Fashion aside, when it comes to sun glasses the most important factor to look for is UV protection and the Glaucoma Research Foundation says that we should not be deceived by color or cost. "The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag. While both plastic and glass lenses absorb some UV light, UV absorption is improved by adding certain chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or by applying special lens coatings." It goes on to say that we should "always choose sunglasses that are labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays."
The two major components of UV rays that affect us on earth are UVA and UVB and so we should look for sun glasses that provide from 99% to 100% protection from both UVA and UVB light.
So do Foster Grant Sun Glasses offer good UV Protection?
Well just because Foster Grant sun glasses are so affordable doesn't mean that they offer poor quality sun protection. However, I decided to find out what UV protection is provided by Foster Grant sun glasses and so I contacted FGX International, Foster Grant Sun Division at Smithfield, Rhode Island. Nawal Macedo, the Sr. Product Manager advised that the Foster Grant division complies with ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Regulation Z80.3 and that all Foster Grant sun glasses offer 100% UVA and 100% UVB protection.
According to ANSI "determining if the sun glasses you wish to purchase meets the standard is important and until every pair of glasses is built to standard and labeled, consumers must put some consideration into factors other than fashion and design. Looking into which manufacturers do follow standards is a good place to begin." So it's a matter of caveat emptor!
Foster Grant Sun Glasses are Affordable, Stylish and offer 100% UV Protection
So, if you're after quality fashion sun glasses that will compliment your style and suit your mood of the moment, or whether you're looking for that sophisticated look, the new, Spring 2007 range of Foster Grant sun glasses is definitely a good place to start. There's a great range of styles, they offer 100% UV protection and most importantly, they are very affordable. In fact, they're so affordable that you easily afford accessorize using different styles. I think you too will love these shades. So next time your in your Wal*Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Meijer or Publix check them out. You'll look good, sexy and sophisticated in any of the new FosterGrants and without breaking the bank! And you don't have to be a celebrity like Raquel Welch or Cindy Crawford (both previous faces of "Who's that behind those Foster Grants?" ad campaigns) to look great behind a pair of Foster Grant fashion sun glasses! Now it's your turn so "Who could you be" in those Foster Grants?