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What Are Mirrored Sunglasses?

From New York to Shanghai, mirrored sunglasses are at the crest of the wave of eyewear style right now. A must-have for active summer days, mirrored sunglasses command attention with their eye-catching reflective lenses.

You may have seen them everywhere, but do you know how mirrored sunglasses actually work? 

Mirrored sunglasses are sunglasses with a reflective coating on the outside of the lenses (called a mirror coating or flash coating) to give them that iconic mirror effect. Mirrored lenses are typically brown or grey tinted, while the mirror coating itself further decreases the amount of light passing through the tinted lens, making it really useful for bright conditions - think sand, snow and sea.

The simplest version of a mirror coating is a single layer of a nanometre-thin film of a suitable metal, like titanium or chromium. More modern mirrored sunglasses have multiple layers, forming different compounds that offer great protection against bright light.

The perfect way to spice up a confident look, mirrored sunglasses add a fun and youthful touch to classic frames, and are perfect pairings for your vibrant summer looks. Discover a huge range of mirrored sunglasses here.

The advantages of wearing mirrored sunglasses: 

Some of the advantages of mirrored sunglasses include:

  • Durability - with extra coatings, mirrored sunglasses are more scratch-resistant than your average pair of shades. The mirror finish provides a layer of protection to the glass below, and can handle a few scratches and scrapes!

  • Glare protection - these extra mirrored layers really do come in handy! If you’re spending a day out on the water, mirrored sunglasses will better protect your eyes from harmful radiation outside.

  • Brighter field of vision - it may seem odd, but since mirrored sunglasses reflect rather than absorb light (like normal sunglasses), what you see outside will appear brighter and clearer, at no cost to UV protection!

When it comes to deciding which mirrored sunglasses suit you, there are various style elements to consider. For example, there’s a range of different lens colors and frame designs you can choose - if you’re hitting the slopes, try something sporty with wraparound blue mirrored lenses to protect your eyes from the bright sunshine and brighter snow. Or, if you’re kicking back in a sunny old town by the sea, try some vintage-style wingtip or aviator mirrored shades to spice up a classic look. Either can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion!

If you’re wondering about how polarized sunglasses work, read all about them in our article here. Curious about photochromic lenses? Take a look at why these might be best for you here.

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