By Emily Tait
Though the sun has rarely shone in the UK this summer, thousands of people have kept their sunglasses on almost permanently over the last few weeks, and this is no surprise, according to Dan Hasby-Oliver, editor of Last Style of Defense.
Despite the weather being far from great in 2011, sunglasses provide protection against unseen UV rays, and simply look good, the expert explained.
The majority of people keep sunglasses in their car for when the sun dazzles them in a morning and the sun visor is often not enough, so for these people it may be wise investing in a pair which can keep them up to speed in the style stakes.
Mr Hasby-Oliver explained: "Sunglasses are now accessories which are worn all year round and 'fashion' frames are seemingly reserved for holidaymakers. You can make a statement with the round-frame trend that we have been seeing on the catwalk and on hipsters at festivals, such as LoveBox."
The expert noted that designers featured the round frames in spring/summer catwalks, with brands such as Oliver Peoples making them "classic and highly desirable".
Alternatively, the Wayfarer style continues to be one of the most sought-after frames and suits most people's face shape, he pointed out.
Mr Hasby-Oliver said that iconic sunglasses will never go out of style, but getting a variation that is different from everyone else will be key in the fashion stakes in the coming months.
Recent advice was provided by Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser at the College of Optometrists, who explained that the general public should not only view sunglasses as a fashion accessory, as they can help to prevent blindness in many cases by shielding people from the sun's harmful rays.
When people do buy sunglasses, they need to ensure that they are investing in a decent pair which have strong sun protection properties, the expert recommended.
by Emily Tait