In preparation for summer and spectators gradually being allowed back onto racecourses, this sunny spell has reminded us to sort out our sunglasses, if we want to go racing in style!
Specialist eyewear companies not only offer plenty of choice when it comes to style, but they often also have prescription sunglasses that can have bespoke lenses fitted.
Prices correct at time of writing.
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Specialising in current and up to date fashionable eyewear Maverick & Wolf stocks luxury designer sunglasses and sports sunglasses including styles from Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabanna.
Pictured above are some of the current bestsellers (from top to bottom): Maui Jim Puakenikeni £310; BVLGARI BV6089 £288; Mulberry SML032V 0U36 in Shiny Blue/Brown Gradient-Green £219; Saint Laurent SL 181 LOULOU 017 in Yellow/Green £366; SMITH BARRA 003/QE Matte Black/Brown Mirror £162.
Hawkers is sporting a fabulous new SS21 collection of colourful sunnies, including Linda (£59.99), Miranda (£59.99), Cindy (£49.99), Claudia (£49.99) and Kate (£49.99). Each style is available in various frame and lens colours. The lenses all offer with UV400 protection for superior anti-glare protection.
The collection has been inspired by the ‘90s – the decade that brought the term ‘Supermodel’ into everyday conversation, when a handful of top models and the fashion designers who dressed them became international media celebrities. Their fame, glamour and individual personalities sparked a more versatile and cosmopolitan style around the globe.
Despite being named after female supermodels the styles are gender neutral and look just as good on men.
SmartBuyGlasses offers special price deals on a wide range of top designer brands, including a series of sunglasses designs from Arise Collective. Arise Collective designs ‘Stylish, Socially-Driven Eyewear’ for men and women who want to protect their vision, but also support social causes while doing it. The company’s 1% FOR THE PLANET scheme pledges 1% of their revenue to environmental non-profits.
All Arise Collective sunglasses come with a two-year guarantee, 100% free return and a durable sunglasses case. Special prices at SmartBuyGlasses start from £49.
Not sure which style will suit you? SmartBuyGlasses offers a ‘virtual try-on’ service. The company, run by entrepreneurs, is also committed to making a social impact – it has donated over $1,000,000 retail value worth of eyewear to visually-impaired individuals in some of the less privileged corners of the globe.
Lentiamo was founded by entrepreneurs, Vlastimil Vávrů and Martin Bláha from the Czech Republic. The company sells designer sunglasses including Emporio Armani, Michael Kors and Oakley.
Pictured above – top row L–R: Ray-Ban £82; Versace Medusa Charm £224.57; bottom row L–R: Polaroid £44.30; Meller BIO KUBU AMBER CARBON £40.80.
Boots stocks a wide range of sunglasses designed by a variety of high street brands, as well as its own label designs. It also offers a limited range of prescription sunglasses including designs by Jaguar, and Kyusu.
Pictured above from top: Guess Sunglasses – Gold And Brown Frame £60; Ted Baker Sunglasses Blair – Brown Frame £70; Suuna Woman Sunglasses – Semi Rimless Silver Frame £33; Barbour Sunglasses –Tortoiseshell Frame £65; Boots Ladies Polarised Sunglasses – Brown Frame £28.
Fingers crossed for a sunny summer!
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)