Product Type: Oakley Sunglasses Gabbana
Newest Review: ... I had seen as a bit disposable really up until that point, but this was nearly 6 years ago, and neither of us have had to buy another pai... more
I'm looking at the world with my rose tinted glasses
Member Name: cha97mw
Date: 20/06/11, updated on 25/06/11 (206 review reads)
Advantages: hard wearing, classy, unique,
Disadvantages: the price
I'm not normally an extravagant shopper when it comes to my accessories. I spent a lot of time in my teens and early 20s wearing very cheap sunglasses that lasted one season before the frames broke. I was ok with this arrangement as I was never that confident with sunglasses. If the lens' were too small, I felt self conscious as my preference is to hide a scar I have in my eyebrow.
All this changed when we were on honeymoon and we took a day trip to France, and my husband took me into the oakley retail store in a big shopping centre in Calais. He was looking to replace his own sunglasses as they had been damaged, so we went in and I fell in love with a pair of these sunglasses with pink tinted lens'
Online now, these glasses are retailing at over £200, and I can't remember exactly what we paid, but I believe it was around £80. To me, an absolute fortune on an accessory that I had seen as a bit disposable really up until that point, but this was nearly 6 years ago, and neither of us have had to buy another pair of sunglasses since, so I have to say it was a pretty sensible purchase.
Style wise, these are an attactive pair of glasses as it is unusual to have coloured lens' in your sunglasses. Looking through them at first I expected everything to look a funny colour but this is not the case at all. I do however notice that when I take them off if they have been on for a while the bits that are green such as grass and leaves on trees suddenly look really green. It is a pretty strange effect, but only lasts momentarily till my eyes readjust.
The glasses are wrap around style. The lens' curve round my head so that all of my eye is covered. This not only is great for reducing glare particularly when driving, but has the added bonus that it reduces pollen getting into my eyes and aggravating my hayfever.
Although they are wrap around, the arms on the glasses are really thin, and have a layer of black rubberised covering on the ends so they are really comfy to wear where they sit on your ear. They also have rubberised nose bridge pieces, so they sit without rubbing, and when you take them off you have only a mild mark from wearing them.
The silver and pink combination co-ordinates well with all my outfits. I am quite a casual dresser normally, but if i dress up a bit, I don't feel daft wearing these glasses with a smarter outfit.
These glasses are also really strong in my opinion. I am not good at putting my stuff away properly, and I had some expensive reading glasses that I paid about £200 for. My littlest son got hold of them as I left them next to the computer, and he managed to snap the arm off one side. These sunglasses have also been got several times and they have never suffered a mishap.
I have a soft bag case for these glasses to protect the lens' from scratching when I am not wearing them. I find this is more than adequate for me to keep them looking nice. This then gets chucked in my handbag with my kindle, my keys, my purse, a notebook and goodness knows what else, and they have never been crushed in this bag. My husband purchased a metal case for his as he works in the entertainment industry, and he has broken many items by heavy stuff being chucked on top of them, or him dropping them while working at a height.
While they are an expensive purchase, I feel that it is justified because they are not a high fashion item that will make me look really silly if I am still wearing them in a few years time, and they are also really hard wearing and versatile. On a cost per wear basis I am sure I have more than had my moneys worth, although I am glad we took the daytrip to France to buy them a bit cheaper as I don't think I am ever going to be able to justify the £200 price tag for purchasing in the UK.
Summary: Well worth it in my opinion.