5 top reasons to wear sunglasses in Winter: Protect Your Eyes and Elevate Your Style

When winter arrives, most of us instinctively reach for our warmest coats, scarves, and hats. However, one essential accessory often gets overlooked: sunglasses. While sunglasses are commonly associated with summer, they are equally crucial in the colder months. Below, we’ll explore why wearing sunglasses in winter is important for eye protection and how they can complement your winter fashion choices. Plus, we'll take inspiration from European style icons who flawlessly incorporate sunglasses into their winter wardrobes. For the environmentally conscious winter fashion lovers, Good Citizens sunglasses, which are both eco-friendly and fitted with Carl Zeiss Vision lenses, are fast becoming the number one choice in Australia.

Protecting Your Eyes in Winter

1. UV Protection

One of the primary reasons to wear sunglasses in winter is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Even though the sun feels less intense during the winter months, UV rays can still cause significant damage. Good Citizens frames fitted with Carl Zeiss Vision UV400 protection lenses can shield your eyes from these harmful rays.

2. Glare Reduction

Winter often brings bright, sunny days with the sun sitting lower in the sky. This angle can create intense glare, especially when combined with reflective surfaces like snow and ice. Sunglasses reduce glare, making it safer to drive, ski, hang out at the beach or simply enjoy outdoor activities without straining your eyes.

3. Beware of Low-Quality Lenses

It's important to note that not all sunglasses are created equal. Alarmingly, 50% of all sunglasses made globally are fitted with lenses that can actually damage your retina. These inferior lenses may provide insufficient UV protection, leading to increased eye strain and long-term damage. Choosing high-quality lenses like those from Carl Zeiss Vision ensures that your eyes are properly protected.

Read our other blog on how cheap glasses harm your eyes.


Sunglasses and Winter Fashion

4. Complementing Your Style

Sunglasses are not just a functional accessory; they are a fashion statement. I recently got back from London and Copenhagen, and it was great to see how nearly every citizen was wearing sunglasses! Europeans know how to use sunglasses to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to their winter outfits.

5. Versatile Fashion Accessory

Good Citizens sunglasses come in various shapes and fun customizable colours, making them versatile enough to match any winter ensemble. Whether you prefer classic aviators, trendy round, or wayfarer styles, there’s a pair of sunglasses that will enhance your look. Pair dark, sleek sunglasses with a tailored coat for a polished appearance, or opt for colorful frames to add a pop of color to your winter whites and neutrals.


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Good Citizens is a global fashion leader in sustainable design. All of our eco-friendly and sustainable sunglasses, readers and prescription frames are 100% recycled from one 600ml discarded plastic bottle. We prioritise sustainable business practices, from using 100% recycled materials, being carbon negative (not just carbon neutral) to our modular design that allows for easy repair and recycling of broken parts.

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