Nonprescription Sunglasses


Many people in Northern Colorado enjoy wearing Fashion sunglasses. These fashion sunglasses that have nonprescription lenses are labeled ‘plano’ sunglasses in the eyewear industry. This grouping of sunglasses is very large and there are a wide variety of choices in styling, designer names and frame materials. Browse some of the designer eyewear brands we carry!

Part of the reason nonprescription sunglasses are so popular with almost every age group is because of the fact that over 30 million Americans wear contact lenses. People in Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley who wears contact lenses need plano sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. These sunglasses help keep contacts from drying out when going outside, and protect the eyes from windblown debris.

In addition, sunglasses are fun and they accessorize almost every style very well!

Fashion trends

Here in Northern Colorado, the shapes and styles of plano sunglasses for men and women are constantly changing and we have many of the most popular styles available with new sunglasses arriving regularly: sporty wraparounds, glamorous cat-eyes and “Jackie Os,” sleek futuristic styles that hug the face, small retro-looking shapes, large and sometimes bulbous “bubble” wraps, rectangular and angular styles, and even styles embellished with jewels.

Some of the modern styles that have been popular recently, such as sleek wraps and Jackie O shapes, have been given fresh energy with details like rhinestones and faux diamonds made of cubic zirconium. Lense tint is available in a wide variety of colors: including blue, yellow, rose, orange, purple, black and coral.

We are seeing rimless and semi-rimless sunglasses (which have lenses held in place by a wire or plastic thread) are arriving with very unique lens shapes, cut in unusual angles. Some of our plastic sunglass frames are featuring cut-outs with additional details to give them a more distinctive appearance.

Sunglass materials

Today, there are some options available for frame materials used in sunglasses which include plastic (often called “zyl”), and we also have premium metals like titanium, stainless steel, aluminum and beryllium. These metals are strong so breakage is minimized, yet very lightweight for comfort, and are also hypoallergenic and corrosion-resistant making them an excellent choice for many people.

We are seeing that many sunwear styles are incorporating both metal and plastic into the frame design, giving them a unique look coupled with increased durability.

Shopping for sunglasses

When you decide to shop for sunglasses, the first step is to make sure the frame fits comfortably on your face. Just like when buying prescription eyeglasses, follow these tips to make sure that you have an excellent fit:

  • Select frames that are wide enough for your face. To determine this, the edge of the frames should be a little beyond your face so the temples don’t put pressure on your head as they reach back to your ears.
  • Make sure that the temples are long enough. To determine this, see that the curve at the end of the temple extends over your ear without pressing down upon it. (Some styles have straight temples that don’t curve around the ear.)
  • Check the nosepiece for comfort and fit. To determine this, the frame should fit securely without pinching the bridge of your nose causing discomfort or pressure.
  • While you are wearing the sunglasses, move your head up and down, and bend over (as if to pick up something up from the floor). If they’re fitting correctly, the sunglasses should stay comfortably in place and not fall off.

The color and shape of the frame you choose depends on your personal style and preference. Many people are not afraid to go bold when selecting the style and design, but understated is ok too! Plano sunglasses are and equal amount of fashion statement and eye protection.

Choosing the right lenses

One thing to keep in mind when looking for sunglasses: make sure the lenses block 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. You don’t have to spend a lot of money here in Northern Colorado to have sunglasses that provide this level of protection.

If you are planning on wearing the sunglasses for sports, choose styles with lightweight, impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses for an extra margin of safety.
Browse some of the designer eyewear brands we carry!

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