So far so chic
Much as I love my Mango cat eye sunglasses and Superdrug £5 'wayfarers' I must admit that I didn't feel either pair were protecting my eyes particularly well on holiday. I had a few headaches as a result of the sun's glare. I was therefore beyond thrilled when the PR at Polaroid asked if I'd like to try a pair of their polarized sunglasses.
These 'Spirit' glasses have two-tone plastic frames and polarized grey gradient lenses offering 100 per cent UV400 protection. I've never had sunglasses with polarized lenses before and wouldn't even know what they were had my boyfriend not gone on about his RayBans on holiday.
So what are polarized lenses? 'Visible light waves from the sun travel in all directions. When sunlight reflects off a horizontal surface, like a road or water, it becomes concentrated horizontally. This is known as glare. Vertical light is useful to the human eye but glare masks useful light, making it difficult and uncomfortable to see. Polarized sunglasses block glare and allow only vertical light to enter the eye.'
I love the shape of the frames and the graduated colour. No girl wants to sacrifice style for practicality! The fact these sunglasses are protecting my eyes and stopping sun-induced headaches is a welcome bonus! I like that they have only subtle branding on the arms of the glasses. Way more classy than gaudy logos. Considering the science behind them and the high quality of the lenses and frames I think they're also very good value. Polaroid 'Spirit' sunglasses cost £59 and are available here.