A brand new pair of designer sunglasses is a wonderful way to welcome any season, including fall and winter. With the intense variety of sunglasses on the market, many people are wondering if those designer sunglasses are really that much better than a modest pair of sunglasses bearing the Panama Jack logo and an under $ 15 price tag. Are sunglasses that are made by Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Ray Ban and other top designers describing the exorbitant prices they command?

Well, yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus; and those designer brand sunglasses score significantly higher than their less expensive counterparts in a number of different category ratings.

The Gucci sunglass line has expanded and now the GG 3035 / S and the GG 2827 / S are the newest models to temptation consumers. Gucci is proud of their reputation for outstanding quality and fashion forward styles and they insist on creating sunglasses that are chic, durable and well constructed.

Christian Dior is another fashion powerhouse that also produces a wide variety of accessories, including some stunning designer sunglasses. If you are looking for a combination of style and glamor you might want to check out some of their new eyewear such as the Dior Acapulco / S or the Dior 0126 / S.

Are all sunglasses made the same? No they are not. There are even a number of differences in the designer inspired sunglasses that are available. When it comes to comparing designer sunglasses and mass produced, inexpensive sunglass styles the differences are even more apparent. The frames of designer sunglasses are made from a variety of materials ranging from plastic composites to more expensive materials such as titanium, platinum and gold. Even the shape is carefully thought out so that the eyewear is flattering when worn, and the glasses all fit your face comfortably. You can count on these elegant frames to have the feel and visual appearance that whispers, "Luxury". The frames of designer eyewear options are manufactured to exacting dimensions and you will not find chips, burrs or faults in them. The corner hinges are sturdy and operate smoothly when you open or close the arms. These types of frame defects are often present in less expensive sunglasses.

The UV protection that designer sunglasses provide is usually outstanding as well. And this feature is what should be your primary consideration when purchasing any sunglasses no matter what their cost. UV rays can burn your corneas and conjunctivas as easily as they burn your skin. If you let your eyes be exposed to long term UV light it is possible that it could result in cataracts or macular degeneration. Most designer glasses will provide you with outstanding eye protection.

Look for designer sunglasses that are clearly labeled in regard to the UV protection they can provide. Here is a guide to use that describes the type of sunglass labels that you may see.

  • "Cosmetic" labeled sunglasses only reduce UV rays by 70%
  • "General purpose" sunglasses are able to block 95% of UV light
  • "Special purpose" labels mean that the sunglasses block 99% of UV light
  • "UV 400" is a label used on sunglasses capable of absorbing and blocking 99% to 100% of all UV rays.

There is no special painting for the UV coating that is applied to the lenses of any pair of sunglasses. This means that darker lenses do not necessarily mean better UV protection. You have to read those labels that are provided to determine the amount of eye protection you will receive. However designer sunglasses have a well deserved reputation regarding their quality, features, style and level of protection that they afford the wearer's eyes.

When you consider the quality construction, face flattering fit, comfort and UV protection that designer sunglasses offer it is obvious that these styles are well worth a little extra expense.