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Scientific Evidence Proves Sunglasses Make You Prettier!

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As the owner of Glam Expressway, a Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Store, I am often asked what my favorite accessory is. My answer is always sunglasses. Sunglasses are that go-to item for me. I pretty much never leave home without a pair on my face or on top of my head.

Aside from the most obvious use, protecting our precious vision from the sun's harmful rays, they are useful for those dreaded no makeup days. We’ve all had them. We are rushing out the door and have no time to apply makeup. Whether you are rushing to drop kids to school, catch the early mail pick up, make it to Soul Cycle or (gasp) facial day. Sunglasses, especially larger ones, help immensely with covering up your no-makeup wearing mug.

From a physical perspective, I like how I look in sunglasses. To be completely honest (and despite sounding shallow), I really love my selfies with sunglasses on. Somehow certain frames make my face seem more angular, more symmetric, younger and more attractive. I wasn't sure if this perceived increased level of confidence was just in my head or not until I read an article by Justin Thomas on TheNational.ae describing how sunglasses have the "ability to promote the illusion of having a baby-face.” In females this can be characterized by, "large widely spaced eyes, small chins and small noses.” Such features are said to be important in "attractiveness ratings.” The article goes on to state that, "Across cultures, these female faces are judged to be more physically attractive, regardless of age." That little observation of mine has actually been proven with real scientific evidence!

Then there is the psychological aspect. On a personal note, sunglasses make me feel as though I am cruising along relatively calm and care-free. There is just something about a trendy pair of sunnies that makes you feel 'cool' - cool or the wildly popular social media term "unbothered." Sunglasses evoke a sense of aloofness, not in a negative connotation, just enough aloofness to be carefree, nonchalant and ‘cool.’ It’s like the phrase - never let them see you sweat. Maybe with our eyes covered and with less chance of looking vulnerable, we gain an extra boost of self-confidence. Also, wearing sunglasses make people seem mysterious, intriguing, self-confident and dare I say, sexy? I set out to see if this was actually true and I found an article published under a blog for a Penn State University Science course. The article described how most expressions of human emotion involve the eyes, so having the ability to cover our eyes with sunglasses gives an individual the opportunity to hide their emotions.

Sometimes I have felt like wearing sunglasses granted me some kind of magic barrier between myself and the world. This comes in handy when you need to put space between yourself and others. If you have never experienced a violation of your personal space, try taking a NY Subway during peak hours and you will appreciate this magic barrier I am describing.

Lastly, there is an economic factor which confirms that other people feel the way I do. According to the The National, "designer sunglasses have one of the highest profit margins of any product." That sounds like big business. And since the only difference between designer sunglasses and fashion sunglasses is the brand name and resulting higher price points, it makes sense to buy a few less expensive fashionable pairs.

With so many styles, colors and shapes available, fashion sunglasses are the best way to upgrade your look and your attitude. I recommend getting a classic pair that will last and a fashionable pair to reflect your individual style. You won't regret doing something positive for your outlook and your outfit. And if I haven't been convincing enough about this life changing, all year long accessory with my fancy scientific evidence, consider this - squinting causes wrinkles!

Works Cited:

Lazaro, M.A. (2015, Sept 9). Why do we like wearing sunglasses? What are we hiding when we do. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/09/09/why-do-...

Thomas, J. (2013, June 14). Sunglasses can hide our emotions - and our insecurities. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from http://m.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/c...

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