Manyana, 6, Josh, 13, and Jame’ah, 10, Ost of Corowa show off their fashionable sunglasses in Byron Bay.
Manyana, 6, Josh, 13, and Jame’ah, 10, Ost of Corowa show off their fashionable sunglasses in Byron Bay. Marc Stapelberg

Sunnies for fashion and safety

WITH so many different brands, colours, and styles available, it can be hard to choose the right pair of sunglasses.

Many buy their sunnies based on funky colours, fancy frames or a simple case of affordability.

But health experts warn the best sunglasses meet Australian standards and reduce reflection and glare from UV radiation.

"They don't have to be expensive to be effective," said Sandra Rowan of Cancer Council Far North Coast.

"But some cheaper fashion sunglasses don't provide good sun protection."

From the aviation sunglasses of cops on American TV to the oversized shades of Hollywood celebrities, different styles of sunglasses go in and out of fashion.

Bright Eyes Sunglasses owner Maureen Holmes said Rayban wayfarer sunglasses were popular at the moment.

"I find the younger ones go the for the brighter colours in the cheaper urban range. A lot of the new styles from other fashion ranges are revisiting the Audrey Hepburn style of the '50s which also came back in the '80s. Fashion goes full circle."

Piette Ost of Corowa said her children Joshua, 13, Jame'ah, 10 and Manyana, 6, all wore sunnies to look cool.

"They wear them for fashion for sure. They say aviators are in for the boys and little round floral ones for the girls," she said.

Sunglasses are easy to lose or damage and Ms Ost said that has to be taken into consideration.

"It [price] does make a difference but I'm not willing to spend a lot on the children because they lose them. You can usually get pretty good protection for around $30 for the kids."

Ms Holmes advised the best sunglasses combined fashion and protection.

"The prices are so good these days you can often afford a pair for both," she said, laughing.



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