Dear Shopping Savage,
I need help choosing sunglasses. I've gone a few places and tried on a few pairs but the sales associates were either clueless or overly aggressive. Is there a process for choosing sunglasses or should I just go with my gut and buy the first pair I like?
There are so many factors to consider when choosing sunglasses. If you apply all of the criteria found here you'd either have the perfect pair, a collection to rival Imelda Marcos's shoe collection or a splitting headache.
My advice would be to take what you learned from the link above - you may also want to check out here and here to add to your information overload - and then head back to a sunglass shop, armed with your new technical knowledge. Utilize the sales associate or a friend as the true mirror you'll need to determine if the chosen pair - or pairs - are the best for you or if you need to eyeball a few other options.
So the answer to your questions, S.S., are yes and yes. There is a process to choosing sunglasses but you may also be able to make your selection based on appearances alone. Although, if you take the time to apply the information from the links to the sunglass aesthetic you're drawn to, you're liable to find a pair of sunglasses that are a real treat to wear; sweet enough to redefine the meaning of "eye candy".
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