5 Top Tips for Picking the Best Sunglasses

5 tips for picking the best sunglasses

This post is in collaboration with Vision Direct

I got my first pair of “proper”  sunglasses on honeymoon in Miami and I’ve been wearing, loving and travelling in them ever since. Those glasses are very well travelled and are enjoying a well earned retirement in Sunglasses Heaven. Last year, I got some prescription sunnies because my eyes needed a bit of spec-tacular assistance and now I’m looking for a fresh pair and a fresh look for our 2017 adventures. However, there’s so much more to choosing the right sunglasses than meets the eye. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

Choosing sunglasses that look good is important but not all important. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I wear my sunglasses a lot and I don’t want daggy glasses being the blot on the landscape in my holiday snaps. That said, sunglasses need to be multi functional, they need to look good and do a good job too. If you’re like me and have no idea which glasses suit you best, this handy guide will help you find your face shape.

If you’re in the market for some new shades, these five top tips will help you pick the perfect sunnies.

Polarised lenses

Without getting too technical, polarised means that the lenses have a filter applied to them that  (yes, you’ve guessed it,) filters out some of the harmful UV and UVB rays and protects your eyes from the glare off reflective surfaces like  rocks, sand, water and snow.  Polarised lenses tend to cost more, but choosing polarised lenses is a long term investment. Your eyes and your sight are worth it!

Choosing the best sunglasses for travel

UV Protection

When choosing sunglasses, polarised lenses are a luxury but choosing sunnies with UV protection is a necessity. While polarised lenses do cool stuff with the glare of the sun, it’s the UV protection that actually protects your eyes from harmful UV rays. However, not all lenses are created equal, so check the UV and UVB rating of your glasses, which can range from 0-4. Choose a rating of 3-4 for maximum UV blocking and ultimate eye protection.

Choosing the best sunglasses for travel

Solid and Sturdy

I show my sunglasses tough love. Sometimes I’m distracted, clumsy and forgetful, but luckily, not all at the same time. I’ve been known to drop my sunglasses, stack stuff on top of them and worst of all, sit on them. Acetate and plastic frames are most suitable for the clumsy traveller as they can withstand tougher love, heavier handling and can last much longer.

choosing the best sunglasses for travel


Heavy sunglasses can be uncomfortable,irritating and headache forming. If you’re looking for a frame that you can wear from morning until night, choose an acetate or plastic frame which is more lightweight and much more comfortable.

Choosing the best sunglasses for travel


Talking of comfortable, as an almost full time glasses wearer, I know that when choosing a pair of sunglasses, comfort is key. Choose a style that fits your face snugly and covers the side of your eyes, to stop the strong rays sneaking in at the sides. If wrap around is not your style, look for close-fitting glasses with wide lenses.

Choosing the best sunglasses for travel

Prescription Lenses

If you require a prescription lens in your sunnies, you’ll need to check that the frames you fancy can be ordered or purchased with the correct prescription, and that your prescription is up to date.

Choosing the best sunglasses for travel

These days,  you don’t even have to leave home to buy your sunglasses! Vision Direct has a huge range to choose from and you can make your online sunglasses selection easier by filtering through styles, colours, frame material, price range and even what type of activity you’re planning on doing! There really is something for everyone.

How to choose the best sunglasses

If you’re like me and you like the convenience of buying online at a super great price but want the reassurance of a real life optometrist,  Vision Direct are teaming up with local opticians who will offer eye tests, professional help and lens advice plus any fittings or adjustments you might need.  What’s not to love about that?!

Would you consider buying sunglasses online? What’s your top tip when you choose sunglasses? Have you got an all time favourite pair?

I did not receive any financial compensation for this post, but I was gifted a stylish pair of sunnies. All opinions (and all sunglasses pictured) are my own.

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

  • I’ve been wearing contacts for years and recently got my first pair of prescription sunnies! I love them!

  • LydiaCLee

    I love that your pics are all travel photos – I’ve just realised a lot of pics of me in Sunnies are too…

  • I’m in desperate need of new prescription glasses and sunglasses but I’m finding choosing the right frames quite intimidating. The Find Your Face Shape guide you linked to is so helpful!


  • I have to be honest, I am not sure I could trust myself to pick glasses online. I like to try them on and be sure they are comfortable fist and foremost, looks come a very close second. x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’m a bit obsessed with sunglasses and recently bought three pairs online! I was all set to return a couple but I loved them all-oops! 😀

  • I wish I could wear sunglasses but even the comfiest pair I’ve ever owned hurt my nose and irritate my sinuses. It’s so bad not to wear them but the pain isn’t worth it.

  • Great tips! I can’t go outside without sunglasses, even on an overcast day. I’ve been wearing them daily since year 10 so I have gone through a looooooot of pairs! I’m now on to prescription sunnies and I love my current Alex Perry frames.

  • Jean Misko

    I always have my sunnies on when I’m outside. I can’t stand the glare otherwise. I’ve always bought polarising ones with a high UV factor. Of course they have to look good. Thanks for this Sam. I loved the photos too.

  • Hugzilla

    I’m a precious snowflake so I have to buy my sunnies from a place online that specialises in migraine lenses. LOL.

  • writeofthemiddle

    Great tips! I love my sunnies – they are prescription sunglasses with polarised lenses and UV protection. I love how they look. I love how they make me be able to see so well! Yay! 🙂

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    We’ve learned a lot about sunnies over the years to meet our son’s needs and your advice is spot on Sammie. BTW – loving your look too!

  • When you find a good pair of sunnies you have to keep hold of them. I have a favourite pair that have my lenses in them too. If I ever lost them I’d be devo 🙁 xx

    • I know how you feel! It costs more to replace my prescription lenses in my old frames than it does to buy new sunnies! Lucky I love my new frames sick!

  • I recently replaced my specs and was so surprised by the variety of lenses and options and what glasses (subscription and non) can do in terms of protecting your eyes.

  • I haven’t had my eyes tested in a while! I love sunglasses but find it hard to find good looking frames for this big schnoz haha

  • Emily Clark

    Thank you for sharing valuable tips about Sunglasses. I just ordered a pair of sunglasses from “Shade Tree Sunglasses”. Which is looking fashionable with good quality.

  • I have been wearing Kmart cheapies since the unfortunate incident with my Kate Spades but I really notice the difference in terms of polarisation and UV so I’m going to have to upgrade soon, I think. I do find them hard to choose due to my pinhead.

  • It’s amazing how dependent we are on sunglasses. Even on overcast and stormy days I still need them. I do think finding the right pair is like finding the right bathers!! EEk! I love your last pair pictured Sam – gorgeous!!

    • I have really needed them since we came down under. I am sure the sun shines brighter in Australia! The last pic is my new pair and I am loving them sick!