In the name of the sun and the reflections that we receive from the glasses we thank the creative minds for giving us sunglasses! Once upon a time sunglasses served a special purpose and it wasn’t to block the rays of the sun. For centuries Chinese judges had routinely worn smoke colored quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions in court. It wasn’t until the 20th century that modern type sunglasses came to be.
Basking in the shade(s)
In 1929 Sam foster in Atlantic City, NJ by 1930 sunglasses were all the rage!
Sunglasses are a visual aid, variously termed glasses, which feature lenses that are colored, polarized or darkened to prevent strong light from reaching the eyes. In the early 20th century they were also known as sun cheaters (cheaters’ being an American slang term for glasses) they can be called with different names like shades, mazaza and the recent name “mankunku” for many people shades are a trademark or a trend.
Many people find direct sunlight too bright to be comfortable. During outdoor activities the human eye can receive more light than usual. Healthcare professionals recommend eye protection whenever outside to protect the eyes from ultraviolet raviation, which can lead to the development of cataract. Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors primarily from a desire to hide or mask their identity.
I did my own research from the people I associate with on a daily basis to find out why they wear sunglasses
“Shades give me more confidence and I feel on top of the world when wearing them” Mimi
“I look more pretty and stylish when wearing shades” Shirley
“It’s the 21st century style and they fashionable too, so they are a must have” Busi
“To hide from unwanted approaches, meaning guys” Tsholo
“To look sexy and moving on with the times” Boledi
What helped make sunglasses chic was a clever 1960s style advertising campaign by the comb and glass firm of foster grant. Well known fashion designers as well as Hollywood stars, escalated the sunglass crazy in the 70s with their brand-name lines. As women since ancient times, had hidden seductively behind an expanded fan or a dipped parasol, an allure in wearing sunglasses, irrespective of solar glare! What’s your reason of wearing sunglasses? Sources wikepedia.org & www.fostergrant.com. IT’S A LIFESTYLE!