When we think winter break, we think skiing, and when we think skiing we think snow. But, it’s also time to start thinking sun. With every 1000 metres increase in altitude, UV levels increase by 10-12%, and that’s without mentioning that snow reflects 80% of sunlight. So, now we’re all thinking sun, it’s time to start thinking sunglasses.
As we’ve established sunglasses on the slopes are imperative, but they are also a style statement. Whether you are partial to the feline frame, a reflective lens or a classic aviator, we’ve put together some styles that will take you from the slopes to the après ski.
For the Gentleman
It is possible that James Bond’s skiwear ensemble is the envy of every man. The dark shades topping off an all-black outfit, complimented by a pistol in a gloved hand. Unfortunately, we cannot suggest a gun; we can however recommend these Bernado Black Polarised frames by Oliver Peoples and Illvesta’s Leonard pair in matt black – very 007.
If embodying James Bond isn’t enough, perhaps Superman is? Henry Cavill, the superman of our time, is notorious for wearing a pair of Thierry Lasry’s; we highly advise taking this look onto the slope. With prescription lenses being free of charge, every man can be superman.
For the Lady
Vogue observes that inspiration for style on the slopes definitely comes from looking to the past, we agree. Think Audrey Hepburn, Bridgette Bardot and Sophia Lauren. Nothing screams retro glamour like a pair of cat-eye frames; we love Dita’s Heartbreaker and Oliver Goldsmith’s Lancelot. Megan Fox has also been known to rock a pair of Thierry Lasry’s Sexxxy sunnies, a definite winner at the après ski.
The aviator lens is another style staple on the slopes, although a unisex frame, we particularly like this one for the lady. Interestingly, aviators were developed as a replacement for pilot goggles. So why not invest in a pair of Cutler and Gross’, as a chic alternative for those sunnier days on the slopes.