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Cool and chic

FASHION Summer is the time to don those sunglasses. And there are several trendy models to choose from



SHADES OF THE SEASON Designer sunglasses have become a rage

The mercury is soaring. It's the right time for those icy sorbets, comfy cottons and delicious ice creams. It's also time to choose a pair of shades that will make you look cool and, of course, stay cool.

Sporting the latest shades is the in thing with big brands battling it out for the top spot in sales. Some of the popular names in designer wear are Rayban, Boss, adidas and Gucci, with Fastrack being the latest entrant. Be it branded or non-branded wear, there's variety galore in terms of style, and colour. There are rimless glasses, Aviator style frames (those big ones that Leonardo Dicaprio wears in "The Aviator") and tinted shades, dominating the scene. Some of them even have special features. Take for instance the "double shaded" lens that are ideal for night wear and the "wrap around" frames that afford protection to two-wheeler riders.

Unisex styles

And the best thing about the eyewear is that they are unisex. But, while checking out the latest styles, it's important to ensure that your eyes are protected. The eye wear you buy should be 100 per cent UV treated so that it doesn't damage your eyes.

Polycarbonate lenses

With regard to technology, fragile glass and plastic lenses have given way to tougher, lighter and thinner polycarbonate lenses which promise to be bullet proof!

But going in for big brands could burn a hole in your pocket with the exception of Fastrack which is priced at Rs. 600 upward. In that case you could settle for non-branded wear. "Non-branded glasses give the same level of protection as branded wear provided you buy them at the right place," says a sales person at a leading optical showroom. Says another, "The idea that non-branded glasses are harmful to the eyes is a misconception. The only difference is that branded wear lasts longer."Be it big, dark, oval, hexagonal or rimless, sunglasses are here to stay. And with funky designs hitting the market, pick up a pair and sport them in style.

LAKSHMI KUMARASWAMI & DIVYA NAIR

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