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Spring Trends

Spring Trends

Even though the groundhog apparently saw his shadow this week (meaning the continuation of winter) down here in Florida we’ve been preparing for spring for a long time – as in all of winter, because it never got cold… Now that the rest of the country is catching up, it’s time for everyone to refresh your sunglass rotation so you can stay on-trend. 

This spring watch out for retro-inspired sunglasses. I mean, how could you go wrong with an updated pair of badass Aviators? Retro has been on the rise for some time now, and fashion influencers believe that vintage looks with a playful twist will make you the “cool one” in your friend group. Some styles to look out for include cat eye, circle “John Lennon” glasses, and double-bridged specs. Mirrored lenses also gained momentum recently (which we obviously have no problem with). The popularity of colorful tinted lenses are also on the rise (think 90’s Olsen twins and Ozzy Osborne) with the most popular colors being yellows and blues.

So, we say dig into those junk drawers and switch out those dingy lenses in your retro specs with some brand new Fuse. Your grandpa’s shades that you’ve been holding on to are back in, and we can help you get them back up to par.

P.S. Before you decide what frames to unearth this spring season, take a look at which style would work best for your face shape! You can thank us later.

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Choosing your Summer Sunglasses

Choosing your Summer Sunglasses

 

 

 

It’s that time of the year again. Time to pick out that killer pair of shades that is going to be the perfect UV fighting accessory for all that your summer holds. But, how do you even start to figure out what your perfect match will be? Well, we are glad you asked. We’ve compiled a list of 5 questions to ask yourself that will lead you to your dream pair.

  1. What will you be doing?
    There are endless summer activities and an even larger assortment of frame styles to go along with them. Lounging by the pool is no doubt going to require a fashionable oversized pair for blocking maximum sun and looking like you are at a spa, even if  you are in your local community pool. On the other hand, summer sports are going to require a lightweight frame that isn’t going to slide off your nose during crucial moments.
  2. Do you look good?
    Let’s be honest, you can probably pull off anything with the right attitude. But, if you start out by figuring out your face shape, you can make sure your choice of sunglasses is always on point. For instance, a square face with more angular features can benefit from rounded styles to soften looks, just as a same as a more rounded face needs a rectangular or angular style to help define features.
  3. What lens color?
    Summer Fishing

    Sporty Frames equipped with any of Fuse’s Grey Polarized lenses are perfect for Summer Fishing

    Lens color comes down to preference in most cases. We could tell you all day that a brown lens might be better for a certain activity, but if you prefer grey, nobody will stop you (or at least we won’t). Still, different lens colors do have different benefits. For example, yellow lenses shine in low light conditions, but brown lenses can improve color contrast and depth perception on those super sunny days.

  4. Are they polarized?
    99.99% of the time, this answer should be yes! If you are spending any time outside this summer, having a pair of polarized specs can vastly improve your life. Polarized lenses not only cut glare like nobody’s business, but they also help eye fatigue giving you a more comfortable viewing experience. Even better, for all those trips out on the water this summer, the reduced glare allows you to look into the water, instead of being blinding by the glare bouncing off of it. I know I don’t have to remind any boaters or fishermen of this.
  5. How do they fit?
    We’ve all suffered through some poor fitting, but good looking sunglasses in our life (or maybe that’s just me). But, if your sunglasses don’t fit well, you are not only are going to be less likely to wear them, but they also might not offer as much protection as a well-fitted pair. You can pay attention to face measurements and things like that, but most of the time you should just try it on! You will know, almost right away, if they feel comfortable. Another common fit issue, we see a lot in older pairs. We’re talking about that one arm on your frame that just won’t stay in place, no matter what you do. But, you actually can do something! If the arm is loose, it typically just means the tiny screw is starting to come out of place. Almost any optician’s office or sunglasses retailer will tighten it up, no problem. We will too, if you come visit us or are doing a custom order – so don’t suffer through bad fit.

Once you find your perfect frame, or dig it up from your junk drawer, Fuse is here to help you transform them. Awesome sporty frame, but not polarized? We’ve got your back. Find a fashionable frame, but hate the color of the lens? We have loads of colors to choose from! You don’t have to compromise your summer vision – or style – any more. You’re welcome. 

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Decades of Shades

Decades of Shades

Which trend is your favorite? 

 

Timeline of Sunglasses

**Did you know, Fuse can help you breathe new life into your vintage shades? We offer a custom program, where you can send us in your favorite classic frame, and we can customize lenses just for you! Check it out!

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Find Your Perfect Pair

Find Your Perfect Pair

 

A Guide to Figuring out the Right Shape for your Face 

When searching for your next shades, it’s tempting to go for the “on-trend” pair you saw your favorite celeb sporting. Unfortunately, all trends won’t look good on all faces. So, what to do? Don’t get overwhelmed and don’t just grab the first pair you see. Use our simple guide to find your face shape and find the pair of sunglasses that you were born to wear.

Faces

 

Define Your Style

With your new-found knowledge, go forth and find some sunnies! Just one style of sunglasses can have thousands of variations, so take a deep breath and dive in to finding a pair that is uniquely you.

Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find a pair that is the whole package, either. Fuse is your ally in amping up your style. Find your perfect frame and take it to the next level with Fuse’s line of colored and polarized lenses. Nervous about bending or breaking your new purchase? Just send your frame in to Fuse and we will happily install your dream lenses!

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Today’s Top 10 Sunglasses Brands

Today’s Top 10 Sunglasses Brands

Sunglasses are one of the most popular fashion accessories available today. Worn by both men and women, sunglasses come in a variety of styles and colors. Almost everyone you know owns at least one pair of sunglasses and most own more than that. In recent years, the major fashion designers have added a line of sunglasses for both men and women. In fact, sunglasses are the one fashion accessory that actually aids in a person’s health — their eye health. If the sunglasses come with lenses with UV filters, they protect from the risk of skin cancer, cataracts, and other eye issues. Here’s a list of the top 10 brands of sunglasses.

1. RayBan

RB3025 Blaze Polarized lenses

Fuse Lenses for RayBan RB3025 ///Blaze Polarized

The Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses made their debut back in the 1930s as airline flights became more popular, and pilots were the legends of the time. They actually provided sunglasses to military aviators in the early years of aviation. This Italian based company offers polarized lenses that help protect eyes from glare. These glasses gained popularity in the 1980s with the release of such movies as “Top Gun” and “Risky Business.” Offering glasses for both men and women, Ray Ban glasses run around a $150 to $200 a pair.

2. Oakley, Inc.

Based in California, this company specializes in lifestyle and sports equipment. This company started pushing sunglasses to the younger generation in the 1990s as a competitor of Ray Ban. Their style of sunglasses appears rugged and flexible for use outdoors in any kind of weather. With sunglasses for both women and men, Oakley, Inc. sunglasses range in price from $75 to $300.

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Fuse Lenses for Oakley Holbrook ///Sapphire Polarized w/engraving

3. Maui Jim

Maui Jim sunglasses made their debut by hotel pools in Maui, Hawaii in the early 1980s. By 1988, they were just beginning to be seen on the mainland. These sunglasses are designed for both men and women. They feature a Hawaiian, day at the beach feel in their styling. Many of the styles feature polarized lenses of various colors that help protect against the glare of sunlight. These glasses range in price from $100 to $200.

4. Prada Eyewear

Prada sunglasses are brought to you from one of the most luxurious fashion houses in Italy. These sunglasses are known for their fresh and quirky styles that come in a variety of colors and shapes on the armbands. They are made for both men and women. By the 1990s, these were a household name in luxury sunglasses. You can expect a pair of these sunglasses to cost between $100 to $600.

5. Persol

Persol Shades

Original Bad Ass – Steve McQueen ///Wearing Persol PO714

Begun in 1917, this Italian luxury eyewear company began making eyewear for pilots and racecar drivers. The name translates to “per il sol” in Italian that means “for the sun” in English. Most of the sunglasses feature a silver arrow for its trademarked, Supreme Arrow. Most of their sunglasses are made for men and women who participate in outdoor sports and activities. These sunglasses typically cost around $100 to $250 a pair.

6. Tom Ford

Tom Ford is a multitalented American known for his fashion design and film director career. He was instrumental in turning Gucci around at one time. These sunglasses feature a wide variety of styles from frames that look like the number eight to thicker style frames in a variety of colors. Since 2006, when he launched his own fashion line in the United States, Tom Ford sunglasses have grown in popularity. You can expect to pay between $150 to $300 a pair.

7. Gucci

Gucci is an Italian based company known for its fashion and leather accessories. The company first started making sunglasses in the 1990s and sales were slow to grow. Today, they are one of the best brands in sunglasses. From aviator shades to square lenses, these sunglasses offer many styles and colors for both men and women. In some styles the arms of the sunglasses feature an ornate style or other fun details. When buying a pair, you can pay as little as a $150 and as much as $400 for a pair.

8. Emporio Armani

Emporio Armani is a spin off label of Armani, which is a high-end fashion label in Italy. This line makes a name for itself as presenting a more modern and trendy fashion look, including their line of sunglasses. The line has its own logo of a “G” curving into the Armani “A.” This label offers aviator and square sunglasses along with the latest trends in men and women’s sunglasses. Their sunglasses sell from around $75 a pair all the way up to $250 a pair.

9. Versace

Started in 1978, this Italian fashion house made its debut in Milan, Italy. Known for its ornate, female centered logo, these sunglasses are popular in their wrap around and aviator styles. Most of the lenses are polarized to protect your eyes. Some of the styles for women feature ornate and extravagant details. These glasses cost between $100 and $200 a pair.

10. Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana is another hot Italian fashion house known for its luxurious, upscale styles. With wide rims and the well known interlaced “D” and “G” logo, these sunglasses come in a variety of colors and lenses colors. Many of the pairs offer wrap around or over-sized lenses. Sunglasses made for both men and women average around $200 a pair.

At Fuse Lenses, we sell replacement lenses for all of these name brands of sunglasses in a variety of colors. Many of our lenses are polarized to cut glare and offer 100 percent UV protection for your eye health and safety. It’s as easy as selecting the maker and style to find your replacement lenses.

 

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