Sunglasses are the perfect accessory for sunny summery days. With them on, you look cooler, your eye makeup doesn't have to be perfect or it can be totally absent, you get less wrinkles around your eyes since you don't have to squint and if your glasses have proper UV-filters on them (as they should!), you are doing the good deed of protecting your eyes. I listed the first reasons with a wink on, more or less, but the last point is the reason I don't like to take chances with my glasses and I'm happy to spend the extra money on them to guarantee the UV-potection aspect (a little side note on the issue: it's actually healthier for your eyes to not wear sunglasses at all if they don't have proper filters). So I myself prefer to buy my sunglasses from proper sunglass shops.
This spring, for the first time, I noticed that great sunglasses could also be bought from online shops. The shops can offer a far wider selection of sunglasses than local shops and cheaper prices can also be found. But based on my latest own experience, which I will share with you in a bit, you should really know what you're buying before ordering the product online. Clothes can be altered if necessary with belts and other accessories or even with a sewing machine but there isn't really anything you can do to badly fitting sunglasses. So I suggest you really know what your buying or prepare yourself to the returning/exchanging hassle if needed.
At the end of February, I decided to order the Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses which I've been craving for since last spring. As usual, I spent some time on the Internet to find out all the details of different sizes and colors available. Since this information was a bit difficult for me to find out, I thought I would share it with you and maybe help some other Aviator craving person out there.
So basically there are three different models of Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses:
- Aviator Large Metal (RB 3025)
- Aviator Small Metal (RB 3044)
- Aviator Large Metal II (RB 3026)
The RB 3025 is the original classic tear drop model and also has the widest selection of different colored lenses and frames. There are three different sizes of the model. RB 3044 has the same classic shape as the RB 3025 but the glasses are smaller than the smallest size of RB 3025. The color selection is remarkably smaller. And lastly, the RB 3026 model has a slightly different shape than RB 3025 so that the tear drop shape is softer and rounder, there is only one size and only two different lens & frame color selections. The available sizes on different models are following (from smallest to biggest with lens-bridge-arm widths in mm):
- RB 3044
* 52-14-135 mm
- RB 3025
* 55-14-135 mm
* 58-14-135 mm
* 62-14-135 mm
- RB 3026
* 62-14-140 mm
I looked into couple of web shops and decided to go with the cheapest one - Giarre (Shobble profile). The shop is based on Italy and since many sunglasses, including Ray Bans, are manufactured there, it is viable in my mind that the shop might receive their glasses directly from the factories and therefore be able the sell them with good prices. And since I have a quite wide face and no sunglasses have ever been too big for me, I decided to go with the RB 3026 model with golden frames and army green lenses. The shop stated in their web page that the glasses weren't available at the moment but they also stated that then it would take them three weeks to send them to me. That was an ok deal for me for the moment, so I placed my order (this was in February). Unfortunately I still hadn't received my glasses at the end of April and at that point I couldn't wait anymore and decided to order the glasses somewhere else. In Giarre's defence, the communication was great with the shop and there was no problem with canceling my order. In the future I will consider ordering from them but I will try to choose glasses that are in stock or be prepared for a very long wait...
So the second shop I turned to was Sunglassesshop.com (Shobble profile). The price of my glasses wasn't as good as Giarre's but because of their new first time order offer of -10% the difference wasn't so big anymore. The processing of my order was much faster: on 30th of April I placed my order, on 2nd of May they had sent my glasses and I finally received them on 10th of May. But unfortunately I realized that the glasses were too big for me which really was a first. Luckily the shop accepts returns and exchanges and I also received great service from them with very fast email responses and even in Finnish! So at the moment the glasses are on their way back to Sunglassesshop.com and once they arrive, they will send me RB 3025 with lens size of 58 mm back. Of course this means more waiting for me and also I had to pay the postage fees of the return.
Now with the insight of my experience, I would tell myself at the end of February to go to a local shop to properly try out the Aviator glasses and just buy them from there since it really didn't pay up this time to order them from the Internet. But the situation would have be different if I had really known what I was buying or hadn't trusted the three weeks promise of Giarre. So to sum it up, I will still consider buying my sunglasses from web shops but with more caution. For example the RB 3025 model with gold frame AND gold mirroring lenses looks really cool... wonder if I could buy myself already a second pair?? ;)
Ray Ban 3025 Aviator Gold (Image by iOffer)
Have you bought sunglasses from a web shop, how did it go? Any good sunglass web shop tips? Please share on the comments.
Images: White Raybans by miss-libertine (Flickr)