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#1 Cat Burglar

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

wondering whether its worth it to splurge on a decent pair of sunglasses. I had a pair of ray-bans I found at an op shop and they lasted ages, until DD pulled them apart yesterday  sad.gif

Normally I just get the $30 polaroid ones as Im too scared I will lose expensive ones.

Also any recommendations for quality brands, and good sites to buy sunnies from?

Thanks very much!

#2 Moneypenny2014

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

I've always bought expensive sunglasses and just made sure that I've taken care of them, the same way I would look after my iPhone.
I dont think I would ever buy some online though - only that if you're going to spend big $$ I'd rather make sure they suited me first, plus, some Optometrists offer laybuy which can help to.
I bought my last pair (circa 3 years ago) from an Optometrist.
My two DD's (aged 11 and 13) have cheap sunnies and I dont find them anywhere near as clear to look through - not that I have sight in mine at all but I do think mine offer much clearer vision which I prefer for driving.


Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:31 PM

I usually find a pair that suit me, find out the names and codes etc, and buy online. So much cheaper!
I have ray-bans at the moment, and I don't think I like them that much, though its probably more coz they are so big and just kinda fall off my face if I don't keep my face up LOL. I need to get them made smaller.

Anyway, I mostly go for expensive/brand name, and just look after them (especially because I get prescription lenses put in them so they cost extra on top of the frames) really well.

#4 kay11

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:54 PM

I buy a $50 pair of cancer council ones every year.

QUOTE (Oilucy @ 10/12/2012, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've always bought expensive sunglasses and just made sure that I've taken care of them, the same way I would look after my iPhone.

That's exactly what I do too. Hence why I am on my third iPhone in 6 months... ph34r.gif  And don't buy expensive sunnies...

I buy a $50 pair of cancer council ones every year.

QUOTE (Oilucy @ 10/12/2012, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've always bought expensive sunglasses and just made sure that I've taken care of them, the same way I would look after my iPhone.

That's exactly what I do too. Hence why I am on my third iPhone in 6 months... ph34r.gif  And don't buy expensive sunnies...

#5 lozoodle

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:29 AM

My oroton sunglasses make me all sorts of happy. I would wait til post christmas though. I got mine in january at david jones for $106 down from $265.

#6 2bundles

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:40 AM

Maui Jim are good and a little forgiving of kids!

#7 Madnesscraves

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:53 AM

Sure, if your kids aren't obsessed with your sunglasses.

Then again, because I know my sunnies are $30 cheapies I let DD play with them and naturally they break.
Thinking about it at the rate I let DD break my sunglasses I could have bought 1 nice expensive pair. Doubt I'd let her even touch them if they were over $50 original.gif

#8 harryboy

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:53 AM

There is an Australian standard for lenses in sunglasses so any reputable retailer will be selling perfectly good sunglasses at a variety of price points.

#9 HRH Countrymel

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:02 AM

I hadn't had expensive sunnies for years.

DP gave me some RayBans for my birthday and they are SO much nicer to look through, they also don't scratch when I drop them (a frequent happening).

He got them online for a good price.

I'm not going back.  Damnit I'm 40!! I DESERVE TO SEE!

#10 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:12 AM

Definitely. Although I wear prescription sunglasses as well as regular glasses so I don't really have a choice.

I never let my kids play with them, I am religious about keeping them in the case or on my face! Hence my last pair of expensive ones lasted me 17 years  tongue.gif

#11 jai*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:12 AM

I bought my Prada sunglasses about 5-6 years ago and they are still as new. But I look after them - they are either on my face or in their case (though lately I've been getting a bit slack). I paid about $500 for them but it was well worth it. I'm still getting "are they new?" comments and people telling me they love them.
I bought a new pair of Prada sunglasses while in the US a few months ago, only $105 (and definitely not as sturdy as the ones I already have), and I have a pair of prescription sunglasses for driving, and a cheap Marc Jacobs pair (a fun pink pair - also from the US).
But I am still wearing my old Prada's!

#12 BeakyHoneyButt

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:14 AM

I spent $$$ on a pair of Prada sunnies from Myer, DD was 2 when she got her hands on them and drove them around the carport like a matchbox car. (I blame lack if sleep for leaving them where she could get them wink.gif ) I wanted to get new lenses put in but opto quoted me close to orig purchase price to have them replaced. They said this was due to unique cut designers use for their specs. They also gave me no guarantee that the frame would not crack/break while they were doing the work and it would be no refund if that happened.
So now I'm in cheapie sunnies. Ho hum

#13 Sophie11

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

I alway have an expensive watch...expensive sunglasses and handbag...these things you have everyday with you.

Even in the days when all I owned was my sunglasses I had Rayban/Prada etc.
I love them and lifes to short to own crap.

When I was 20 it was an insurance excess of $50 to replace them so it was always a no brainer.

I love my exxy...sunnies...had my prada for 4 years and they still look awesome.  I have Oakleys as a day to day pair but love my Prada...

#14 *bibs*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:27 AM

There is no way I would buy cheap sunnies.  I wear mine religiously and it is important for me to have a good lens.  Cheap sunglasses make me feel dizzy/nauseated from the cheap warped plastic.  I always buy oversized sunnies too (this style suits me) and I am sure this is why I don't have any wrinkles.

Get a decent pair.

#15 Winterdreaming

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:33 AM

I love expensice sunnies and have owned several pairs. But since having kids I just can't manage to look after them. So much bending, grabbing my sunnies, juggling too many things in my hands etc. I have settled on cheap pairs for the meanwhile. Can't say my eyes feel any different, but sometimes my pride is a little dented.

#16 leebec

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:34 AM

Expensive sunglasses are definitely worth the money. I have had Gucci, Dior, Chanel and now Louis Vuitton over the years and I have had them for a minimum of 4 years before buying next pair.
I only ever have them on my face or they are in the case and are well looked after but a good pair of sunglasses is a great investment.

#17 JaneDoe2010

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:39 AM

I have had my pair of Revo's for 10 years now. They are amazing and I love them. They don't even have a scratch on them. Definitely worth it for your eyes.

#18 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:41 AM

I adored my Chanel sunnies, the were the best fitting pair, and most stylish, the lasted for a good number of years.

I've got Prada ones now, and they're ok, but not as good.

#19 Holidayromp

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:51 AM

DH bought me a pair of Italian Made 'Sting' branded glasses for $385.00 for Christmas just over two years ago and they have been the best investment.  This was after years of breaking cheap glasses.  They are lightweight frames and look quite nice.  They also come with their own heavy duty case.  Also I discover they 'bounce' and don't scratch.

#20 elmo_mum

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:04 AM

i have a foot in both camps..

cheapies (as some one has said come with aussie standards...) and if you tend to break/lose em them go for it

expensive ones are more durable, but imho, they last the same amount of time

keep your eyes out for specials...
we got a 2 4 1 special on oakleys at the sunglass hut

#21 Frankly my Dear

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

I am obsessed with sunnies! I usually buy more expensive ones, but have a couple of cheaper/midrange Witchery, Oroton etc. My favs are Chanel & Fendi.

The extra $$ are worth it imo. The Chanel ones I'm wearing at the moment I have worn almost every day for 18 months and are still like new.

Can't say the same about the $40 Witchery pair I have only worn a handful of times.

#22 =R2=

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:37 AM

I will only buy Maui Jim sunglasses. They last forever (well almost).

#23 FarmBaby

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

I used to be an Oroton fan but friends who work in optometry told me that the best quality ones are Maui Jim and Mako. Apparently they have more layers of polaraisation than other sunnies. I own a pair of Maui Jim and won't buy anything else now.

#24 countrychic29

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:42 AM

I have had both ... and while it sounds like a cop out cheap sunglasses dont seem to sit on my face evenly.
However after sitting on my $500 pradas (had them for 12 months only) and then proceeding to run over my $400 RL's- fell off top into driveway, DH came home and run over them sad.gif
I have had a $30 pair for the last 18months...they just wont die although i hate them, the plastic is all scratched and they are not clear to look through...im trying to teach myself a lesson

#25 *LucyE*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:01 AM

I don't wear sunnies due to glasses and I dislike the prescription sunnies I've had in the past.  DH though, is a big sunglasses snob.

I personally feel, with designer brands, that a lot of the cost is related to the marketing and licensing costs.

When buying sunnies, we would only go with these brands because their lenses are superior.  Try them for yourself (ideally, go to a shop that's not in a shopping centre complex so you can walk out in the sun with them).

Maui Jim

DH also has Tag Heuers.  The lenses aren't as good as those above but they are made to be flexible and really strong.  You can practically twist them without damaging them.  DH uses these for riding because they sit snugly but won't break if they drop.

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