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- I usually never buy anything from ads, but I had to have these Blenders Eclipse sunglasses.
- I like their 1980s retro-look, and I also use them for my outdoor cycling workouts.
- They're similar to athletic sunglasses with similar designs, but they're also much cheaper at $60.
I'm usually pretty resistant to ads, and I like to think they don't work on me because, well, I don't like ads. But when I laid eyes upon an ad for these sunglasses while scrolling through Instagram, I knew I had to have them.
I'm a sucker for retro-inspired gear, especially from the '80s, and these sunglasses from Blenders reminded me of wrap-around sunglasses that were popular back in the day. To be clear, I was born in 1986, so I remember the '90s more clearly. But in 2022, I find myself nostalgic for the '80s aesthetic.
There's certainly a sense of irony going through my mind when I wear these. At the same time, I like how different they are among the sea of popular sunglasses I often see these days, like the Ray-Ban Wayfarer style, which also happened to be very common in the 1980s. There are a ton of unique sunglasses out there, but the loud retro look simply appeals to me.
It's odd that I like these so much because I'm not a loud person, and I actually don't really like to stand out and draw attention in public. I usually prefer wearing the Eclipse around friends and family who know me, and it depends on my mood. When I'm feeling more conservative, I wear my Sunski Madronas — a Wayfarer-style pair of sunglasses with a matte tortoiseshell frame and mirror blue lenses.
However, the Eclipse also serves as my outdoor cycling glasses, and I wear them on every ride with impunity.
Apart from the design, the $60 Eclipse was in the price range I set myself for sunglasses — I don't like spending too much, as I once lost a pair of expensive Oakleys and vowed to myself never to spend over $100 on sunglasses. The wrap-around style is still popular among athletes, many of which would impart that retro style I so desire. But those often cost over $100.
The only thing I'd change about them is removing the plastic frame piece right in the middle of the lens. Otherwise, I find them perfectly comfortable to wear. Plus, the lenses are polarized, and they're 100% UV protective, which was something I specifically looked for before buying them.
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