Glasses or sunglasses are a complement among the daily accessories that, although they make us see very well, they also serve to protect our eyesight.
The origin of the glasses is much older than we have been able to imagine. The first appearances of these are from more than 12,000 years ago, thanks to the Eskimos. Who to protect themselves from the winter light created protectors with materials of bones, shells, and any other to which they had access.
Other records date back to the 13th century when the first painted glasses were made. And to the 15th century, when Japanese judges smoked their glasses before issuing a verdict. To avoid showing the expression in their eyes.
As we know them today, the glasses had their incursion in 1929. When Sam Foster manufactured serial models, selling them on the beaches of the East Coast of the United States.
But the promoters of sunglasses were the aviators of the Second World War. Protecting themselves from the sun when flying gave rise to the birth of the famous Ray-Ban brand aviator glasses.
Edwin Land was the creator of polarized lenses, discovering that they effectively block reflections.
Types of crystals
Not everything is focused on the frame. However, it is the feature that we pay most attention to when choosing glasses. The lenses also play an important role, especially if it is about protecting the eyes.
Photochromic: They are activated when light is perceived, changing their hue according to the intensity of the reflection. The protection they provide to the eye is more or less intense as darkness increases.
Mirror: they create a sight barrier, so they offer high protection.
Polarized: They´re responsible for minimizing the effect of glare when the eye is in contact with sunlight or intense artificial light. They are recommended when driving and have been a very fashionable type of glass in recent years.
Anti-glare: Here, the same glass prevents reflection on its surface. Ensuring clearer visibility is ideal when driving or working on computers if they are reading glasses.
As its name suggests, it means cat eyes. And they´re characterized by being raised at the top, in the shape of a beak, and round at the bottom. Depending on the model, they will be more or less accentuated.
As already mentioned, it is an emblematic model and one of the best known in the world, it had its origin in the war pilots, and the creator of the original model is the Ray-Ban brand.
They have a square shape in the upper middle part, turning into oval corners with an equal fall, and the frame is made of fine metal.
It is one of the most imitated glasses models over time.
They are types of oversize or large size lenses, being their square shape.
It is a model whose popularity dates back to the 1950s and 1960s. As it is a frame with entirely round crystals.
It is very similar to the Pantos model, but we find a completely circular shape in this one.
Also known as brownies, they´re a type of lens that resembles the lines of its upper part to the eyebrows.
They are recognized by not having a mount. Or having it partially connected one part to another by the middle bridge.
It is a model very similar to the Eye Cat. However, its shape is more similar to a butterfly’s wings.
Being more elongated towards the back and not upwards as we see in the other model.
In the air
Rimless and square lenses.
Trends for 2022
Let´s get to know the models we will see in trend this year.
The Golden hour
With this, we speak of models with metal frames leaning more towards gold tones.
They will provide a sophisticated and luminous look to the face.
This model has already set the standard for some time and will continue to do so in 2022. We will see more volume and striking versions this year.
Models such as the cat-eye butterfly will be in vogue in different styles. The retro will set the standard with striking styles.
Frames with shapes and colors
Vibrant, striking colors and incorporating shapes and details in the frame will be one of the trends this year. Venture between the classic models and give your look a fun and informal air.
The classic in glasses will continue with us forever and ever.
So, if you have this model saved, you can dust it off because it will continue to be a must-have during 2022.
This model will also be the protagonist in trends with a tendency to the oval or the circle.
Models inspired by science fiction and sports models such as ski goggles with polarized and iridescent lenses give an urban and very street style.
How to choose glasses correctly
For a profitable purchase, choose a model that suits your taste and face and offers good protection to your eyes.
Filter 0, attenuated
They are clear crystals that do not provide protection.
Their use is practically aesthetic since they allow between 80% and 100% of light to pass through.
So, we recommend them for use indoors and at night.
Filter 1, contrasted
They are also clear lenses, but they offer a little more sun protection, between 44% and 80%. And they have a slight color. It is also recommended to use them in places where sunlight is moderate.
Filter 2, average
They have a moderately intense color in their crystals. And allow between 19% and 43% sunlight to pass through them.
They are dark glasses, which allow between 9% and 18% of sunlight to pass through.
So, they are ideal for use outdoors with intense light.
Crystals of this type are the darkest and offer the most protection.
They allow between 3% and 8% of light to pass through.
And their use is for practicing outdoor sports and people who have some type of visual damage or have undergone surgery.
For this type of face, straight and angular models like the cat or butterfly eye do well. That way harmonizing the face’s proportions. It would help if you avoided oversize glasses.
The use of round, oval, or models such as the infallible aviator is recommended.
The oversized model and squares enter the scene to harmonize the face and visually work on the length.
This face type is presented with the upper part (forehead) wider than the lower part.
So, the cat-eye model or another round contour model is ideal for stylizing and contrasting the shape of the face.
If you have this type of face, congratulations, you enjoy the privilege of having a shape that all models favor. And the one you choose will depend on your taste and style.
The color of the crystals and going hand in hand with the sun protection filter will also give you an advantage when combining your outfit. This is why we have this small classification:
Black: offers more excellent protection from the sun’s rays and is highly combinable with almost all types of clothing.
Brown: It helps prevent visual fatigue.
Green: ideal for practicing water sports.
Gray: a neutral tone that does not alter the perception of natural colors.