Choosing Different Types of Sunglasses and Lenses

Choosing Different Types of Sunglasses and Lenses

Searching for a new pair of shades and feeling a little overwhelmed by all the different types of sunglasses? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered as you pick the right pair of polarized sunglasses to cover your peepers.

When you’re choosing sunglasses, you should consider a few factors beyond just what pair looks cool – though that’s important, too! Here’s how to choose the right pair of sunglasses to rock.

Different Types of Sunglasses

Narrow down your choices for a new pair of shades by determining which of the different types of sunglasses will fit your needs. What will you primarily be using your sunglasses for?

Lifestyle Sunglasses

These are perfect for wearing around town, whether you’re running errands or soaking in the sun on a brewery patio. Casual sunglasses protect your eyes while looking great, but they aren’t designed for strenuous activity.

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The Dipsea is one of our favorite Lifestyle Sunglasses silhouettes. 
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Sport Sunglasses

These glasses are made to stand up to whatever happens when you’re pushing hard outside – biking, hiking, climbing, or your favorite mode of adventure! These types of sunglasses usually feature lightweight frames designed to stay in place, even if you get sweaty. Sport sunglasses also should have flexible frames to fit so comfortably that you’ll practically forget you’re wearing them.

choosing glasses lenses - velo

With it's warp around silhouette, center vent to reduce fogging and nose pads, the Velo is a go-to choice when selecting a pair of Sports sunglasses

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Glacier Glasses

If you’re hitting the slopes or attempting an alpine objective, you’re gonna want glacier glasses. The higher you climb, the more intense the sunlight, plus, light reflected off snow is for real, so you need extra eye protection in mountain environments. Glacier glasses feature extra dark tinted lenses as well as side sun shields to prevent light from leaking in.

choosing sunglasses lenses - tera

With a silhouette similar to the bestselling Dipsea, the Tera and their partner in crime, their side shields, are the perfect duo for hitting the slopes or getting out on the water. 

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Types of Sunglasses Lenses

Different types of sunglasses come with a variety of different lenses. Specialized lenses probably won’t be as much of a factor when you’re choosing everyday sunglasses, but they can make a big difference for sport sunglasses.

Polarized Lenses

When you’re enjoying a bluebird day, polarized lenses are ideal to cut down reflection so you can see more clearly. These types of sunglass lenses also saturate colors almost like an Instagram filter.

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All of Sunski's sunglasses feature polarized lenses with 100% UVA/B protection!

Tinted Lenses

The darker the tint of the lens, the more light it blocks. While this doesn’t affect actual UV protection, it does make it easier to see. Extra dark tint is especially useful in skiing and mountaineering.

Makani with an ocean lens Our Makani style comes in a Honey Ocean colorway, creating ocean views 24/7!
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Mirrored Lenses

Another type of sunglass lenses that reduce glare are mirrored lenses. The reflective coating on the lens keeps the glare from hitting your eyes. Mirrored lenses also help you go incognito if you’re trying to hide from the social media glare.

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Mirrored sunglasses, or reflective, can spice up your look and put a little extra pep in your step!
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Frames to Fit Your Face

Of course, function is key when choosing different types of sunglasses, but your style doesn’t need to suffer. Sunski sunglasses come in a variety of shapes to flatter a full spectrum of faces. If you need help deciding the best sunglasses for your face shape, we’ve got you covered!


A classic style that looks awesome on both men and women, you really can’t go wrong with Wayfarer sunglasses. Depending on the color you choose, wayfarers can be unobtrusive or in-your-face.

Man wearing Headland sunglasses from Sunski's Wayfarer collectionThe Headland is the perfect Wayfarer style to give you a smooth, cool, casual look.


Aviator sunglasses are absolutely iconic and are especially at home on the mountains in the form of glacier glasses. Beyond the timeless look, aviators tend to provide a little more side coverage from the sun.

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 Rock your best dad style with our Foxtrot sunglasses, a classic Aviator look.
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Half frame 

For a unique vintage look, try half frame sunglasses. Half frames have a hipster-ish vibe, and while this might make them more common among men, the ladies can totally rock half frames, too.

sunski avila sunglasses

The Avila can help you achieve Hipster vibes to the max.
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If you love a throwback, check out a pair of retro shades. Sunski offers a sweet selection of retro frames with modern touches.

sunski baia sunglasses

Throw it back to the good ole days with a pair of retro polarized sunglasses
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Now that you know about all the different types of sunglasses, you can find the perfect pair to fit your outdoor lifestyle and your stunning sense of style!