With the scorching heat and National Sunglasses Day today, there is no better excuse to buy a pair of sunglasses. From making a fashion statement to blocking UV rays, sunglasses are more than just style. And today, we have listed few amazing facts about sunglasses that you probably had no idea about:
This occasion is celebrated annually and holds an important purpose. It was started by The Vision Council in the USA to promote vision care—protecting eyes from the harsh sun rays.
And now, there is science to back this theory. A research done by Vanessa Brown, senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and author of Cool Shades says that shades make everyone look attractive. Her conclusion: sunglasses add an instant symmetry to your face. The dark lenses cover up any asymmetrical oddities, and research on facial attractiveness shows a clear link between symmetry and our perception of beauty.
It is said that sunglasses were first invented by China in the 12th century or even earlier. They used flat panes of smoky quartz to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun. (Image courtesy: Ebay)
According to few ancient documents, crystal sunglasses were used by judges in the ancient Chinese courts. They used these glasses to hide their facial expressions while questioning witnesses. (Image courtesy: Ebay)
One of the most iconic sunglass designs is the aviator, which is also known as the pilot glasses. This design was specifically made for the pilots in the 1930s by Bausch & Lomb to protect their eyes while flying. The design attempt then was to cover the eyes and protect it from light from every possible angle. (Image of General Douglas MacArthur’s signature look: Wikipedia)
When it comes to style, there are many rules of wearing things right. But, for sunglasses, there isn’t any for covering eyebrows or not! This topic still remains one of the most debatable one in fashion.
Many celebrities are mocked for wearing sunglasses inside a room or at night. The reason is simple, the celebrities are surrounded by paparazzi’s cameras and that’s why they wear shades to block out flashes.