You might have heard of polarized glasses, and you’ll have definitely seen them; they’ve been popular for years with boaters, water sport enthusiasts and avid motorists. But what exactly are they?
In most conditions, light scatters in all directions, but when reflected off flat surfaces (like roads or the sea), it tends to travel horizontally in a block — it becomes polarized.
This creates a glare, which makes it harder for us see, and less comfortable too.
Polarized glasses work to combat this glare by blocking horizontally polarized light, which means you can pursue all your fave hobbies or make that long car journey even if it’s really sunny.
They’re particularly useful for driving, where they get rid of the glare from wet roads, dashboards and other cars.
You’ll also find them handy for lots of winter and water sports, where they reduce the stress that the eyes come under from the sunlight reflecting off flat surfaces like the water and snow.
If you’re new to all of this, here are our top picks. Some of the sunglasses already have polarized lenses, while others require you to select the ‘polarized’ option when you check out.
Polaroid PLD 1029/S
Get the retro look with these eye-catching black-and-cream glasses.
The round plastic frame has integral nose pads for increased comfort to ensure these shades stay firmly in place.
Silver-toned embellishment on the outer corners catches the eye, while cream-coloured temples break up this design.
Thin black tips add flow to the overall aesthetic, and sit comfortably behind the ears.
These frames are the perfect partner for long road trips with old-school tunes blasting out.
Ray-Ban RB2132 – New Wayfarer
Vintage style is the name of the game with these sunglasses from Ray-Ban.
The Wayfarer shape is instantly recognizable and the Ray-Ban lettering is completely at home in the outer corner of the lens and on the temples.
The chunky sides keep the retro vibes going, and taper towards the tips for a comfortable fit.
A tortoiseshell pattern on the front frame adds warmth to these sunnies — the ideal pair for lounging on the beach (and maybe chancing that banana boat too).
Adidas ad01 zonyk pro l
Get the sporty look with these sleek sunnies from adidas.
The frames embody the brand’s hi-tech, athletic aesthetic, with their practical shape and full-coverage lenses.
The thick frame has built-in hinges, for a streamlined look and ease of use — they’re just the pair if you’re making a splash with your water sports.
Polaroid PLD 2052/S
Tap into the double-bridge trend with these chic sunglasses from Polaroid.
The rounded black frames blend seamlessly with the lenses for a streamlined look.
Sleek temples and thick tips are broken up by thin wire detailing that matches the top bar and nose bridge, adding flow to this all-black design.
Wear while sipping a hot chocolate after a hard day on the slopes to keep your ski style on point.
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