It is no secret that the world loves its celebrities. Whatever they do, wherever they go, whoever they are, we want to imitate them as much as possible. So when a model or actor sports a brand-new pair of sunglasses, sales of those sunglasses go through the roof. That’s just how it works.
We have seen some interesting cases of celebrity sunglasses over the years. Elton John and his over-the-top shades in the 1970s and 80s immediately come to mind. Most of us can probably name at least half-a-dozen film characters who were all but defined by their shades.
So yes, we could say a lot about celebrities and their sunglasses. But there are also some lessons we can learn, too. Here are five of them, complements of Utah-based Olympic Eyewear:
1. You Can Have Too Much of a Good Thing
Speaking of Elton John, some of the sunglasses he used to wear on stage were actually bigger than his head. They were necessary to achieve the kind of flamboyant presence John was after, but they held little value beyond that. The lesson here is that you can have too much of a good thing. Size only matters with sunglasses if it is commensurate with offering adequate UV protection.
2. They Can Hide the Real You
Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the original Terminator film? If so, you might remember that he wore a pair of wayfarers to cover up his robotic eyes. That’s just what you do when a brawl knocks out your human eyes. Be that as it may, the sunglasses prevented others from seeing the robot underneath.
The lesson here is that sunglasses can hide the real you. If people cannot see into your eyes, they may not be able to get a perception of who you really are. They might not be able to tell what you’re thinking or feeling.
3. Looking Ridiculous Is Easy
So as not to cause offense, this next lesson will not be associated with any celebrity in particular. Needless to say, there have been plenty of them who have taught us the lesson that it’s really easy to look ridiculous. Not every style of sunglasses is appropriate. Not every pair should make it out of the factory. Some sunglasses are just plain silly.
4. Spending a Ton Is Easy Too
The next lesson is a financial one. If you take a look at some of the brand names celebrities are wearing, it becomes apparent that it’s very easy to spend a ton of money on a pair shades. You could drop $500 on a pair of Prada’s just as easily as spending $50 on one of Olympic’s brands. And you don’t even have to try really hard.
5. It’s All about Eye Protection in the End
This fifth lesson is the most important one of all: sunglasses are all about eye protection in the end. For this, we look to none other than U2 front man Bono. He is one of a small handful of celebrities who constantly wear sunglasses for medical reasons.
Bono is rarely seen without his shades because he has, for the last 20 years, suffered with glaucoma. He has to be very careful about exposing his eyes to light. In a business that forces him to stand in front of bright, hot spotlights for hours on end, sunglasses are non-negotiable.
Thanks to all you celebrities who teach us so much about eyewear. Keep up the good work. The rest of us now have a better handle on making our own eyewear choices.