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We carry a huge range of alternative and gothic sunglasses! Six Bunnies, Sourpuss, Disturbia, and even Killstar are alternative brands that have supplied our range of sweet sunnies (also informally known as shades or perves). Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light (as well as harmful UV (ultra violet) radiation from damaging or bringing discomfort to the eyes. They can sometimes also function as a visual aid, as variously termed spectacles or glasses featuring lenses that are coloured, tinted, polarised or darkened. In the early 20th century, they were also known as sun cheaters. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been a popular fashion accessory, especially on the beach!

Retro White sunglasses, Space Kitty purple sunglasses, Lunar Doll sunglasses, Mod Cats coffee sunglasses, Cat Eye sunglasses (in red, matte black, rhinestone black, leopard, and glitter clear), Heart sunglasses, No Wave sunglasses, Mod sunglasses, kids sunglasses, and sunglasses cases.

Sunnies have helped keep the glare down for us for thousands of years. In prehistoric and historic time, Inuit peoples wore flattened walrus ivory "glasses", looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the Sun. Fast forward to the 20th Century and it is clear that sunnies became trendy and in vogue as a result of movie stars wearing them casually. Sunglasses had become "cool", and were worn for fashion moreso than vision correction. By 1938, Life magazine wrote of how sunglasses were a "new fad for wear on city streets ... a favourite affectation of thousands of women all over the U.S." Polarisedsunglasses first became available in 1936. The lenses of polarized sunglasses reduce glare reflected at some angles off shiny non-metallic surfaces, such as water. They allow wearers to see into water when only surface glare would otherwise be seen, and eliminate glare from a road surface when driving into the sun.

Sunglasses can be worn to hide one's eyes. They can make eye contact impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses (many top ranking poker players use these to conceal their "poker face"); the avoided eye contact can also demonstrate the wearer's detachment, which is considered desirable (or "cool") in some circles.

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