Time flies by, doesn’t it? In the blink of an eye, summer has come to an end. Even though sunny days are waving goodbye, I still can’t resist sharing this summer essential – sunglasses!
Funny how life works. I never really thought about getting replica sunglasses, but I’ve had my fair share of losing my eyewear (especially on those sandy beaches!), so again I found myself leaning toward the world of replicas. But let me make it clear – I did my homework before taking the plunge.
Now, if you’ve ever had questions about replica designer glasses, like are fake sunglasses a smart style move or a no-no? How to spot those fake designer glasses? If those replica sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun? Well, you name it. I hope this post can shed some light for you!
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Not gonna lie, I had my doubts about replica sunglasses, because I always thought fake designer glasses don’t provide UV protection.
And being straight up, this was my major worry – and maybe the only one. Sure, there are other regular worries like quality, how long they’ll hold up, and if there’s any warranty. Those are the usual suspects when it comes to replicas.
However, from my past experiences testing out other replica stuff like jewelry and watches, I’ve got to say, as long as you find trustworthy sellers, all these issues aren’t really issues.
As for the UV thing, the more I dug into the research, the more I realized I might have been mistaken.
Do Fake Sunglasses Have UV Protection?
To tackle this uncertainty, I actually consulted a friend of mine who’s into collecting uranium glass, which lights up under UV light. Because of that, he’s gotten pretty knowledgeable about UV stuff.
So, he shared this with me:
|You can sort of check how well sunglasses block UV at home by shining a UV light through the glasses onto money to see if it reacts. But just because the money lights up doesn’t mean the sunglasses aren’t blocking UV.
Most modern glasses, even regular ones, have some level of UV protection because tint doesn’t do anything for UV – it’s about brightness. And even pricey sunglasses might not block out all UV rays.
To accurately measure the level of protection, you’d need a tool called a spectrometer (which eye doctors have). Sunglasses often say “UV 400,” referring to a wavelength of 400 nanometers. Anything UV 400 blocks all UV, but if it’s UV 380, it’s still really good at its job and high quality, just letting a tiny bit of UV through.
The good news is that adding UV protection to sunglasses isn’t costly, and there’s practically no gap between cheap and pricier sunglasses in terms of UV protection.
Of course, one person’s opinion might not be the final word. So, I scoured major forums to hear from fellow enthusiasts who shared similar concerns.
Many of them used UV checkers or consulted optometrists to see if their replica sunglasses had UV protection. Surprisingly, the results caught me off guard – most said their fake designer glasses did have UV protection. (Once again, I underestimated the sheer prowess of the replica realm, hahaha.)
Is it OK to Wear Replica Designer Glasses?
Considering my research and personal pondering, I believe the answer is a definite yes. Of course, the catch is that you need to buy from trustworthy sellers.
Not likely to hurt your eyes: Now that we know even fake sunglasses can have UV protection, those safety concerns can be put to rest.
Not easy to spot: If the glasses suit your style, go ahead and wear them. I don’t think people will assume you’re faking something, because there are plenty of different (sun)glasses out there.
Smart savings: For someone like me who always ends up ruining or misplacing sunglasses, this is like a lifesaver. I’d rather get a couple of fake ones than spend $400+ on a pair that I’ll probably break or lose in a few months.
What to look for when buying replica sunglasses?
The bigger concern with replica sunglasses is actually the optical quality.
- Are there any distortions in the lenses that could strain your eyes?
- Do they have a solid UV ray protection coating?
- Are the lenses crafted from a material that won’t scratch easily or, worse, break?
- Are they easy to clean?
If you’re using sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, not just for style, here’s something to know.
Wearing badly coated sunglasses can be worse than not wearing any at all. When you wear dark lenses, your pupils get bigger and let in more UV rays. But if the lenses aren’t good at blocking those rays, it can actually be more harmful.
Therefore, when shopping for sunglasses, the key factor is their power to shield your eyes from UVA and UVB rays.
Once that’s sorted, think about things like:
- How they fit
- How comfy they are
- How long they’ll last
- And of course, how stylish they look
No doubt, just like with bags, there’s a bunch of replica sunglasses brands out there. And when I was thinking about what styles to check out, I noticed that sunglasses from Prada, Versace, Gucci, Carrier, Ray-Ban, and Oakley seem pretty hot right now. So, I’m pretty sure these brands’ sunglasses are being repped quite nicely.
And considering I lost a pair of Gucci sunglasses a few months ago, I decided to go for a pair of fake Gucci sunglasses as a replacement. (The style isn’t the same, though, because I thought I’d take this chance to try out a different look.)
Even though I bought them from my usual go-to place DD (a place my readers know I often shop at), I decided to play it safe for my first attempt with glasses. So, I grabbed one pair to test the quality – if I’m happy, then I might go crazy with more purchases. (Just in case the quality isn’t up to par, returning and refunding can be a hassle, especially when it involves shipping stuff back.)
- The fake Gucci sunglasses feel really solid, just like the real ones I tried on last week (had a lucky week!)
- They’re a tad tough to open, but I figure they’ll get easier with time.
- One of the logos was a bit off, but a quick tweak with a screwdriver fixed it in like 3 seconds (-0.1)
- My optometrist examined my replica sunglasses and confirmed that they were UV protected!
- The dimensions are spot-on, and the logo is also accurate.
- The shape is correct, and the frame’s thickness is just like the real deal.
- Even the curves on the arms are on point.
- The markings on the arms are also on par with the authentic glasses.
- The only thing I could spot that’s a bit different is the screw holding the logo – it’s a + head on the replica and a – on the authentic (-0.1)
These fake Gucci sunglasses are a total win for me. They’ve got that killer look and feel that’s even better than I expected. Surprisingly, they’re way more comfortable too. I originally asked for a different pair of GG frames from Lily, but she didn’t have them, so I went with these as a second option. But now that I’ve got them, I’m super excited to wear them.
By the way, I get that packaging isn’t typically included in my reviews, but I want to say that I was pleasantly surprised by all the extra stuff like authenticity cards, cases, and cleaning cloth. Getting the whole package made me happy, and opening it up was actually a lot of fun.
How to spot fake designer glasses?
While some fake glasses might be obvious at first glance, some are getting better at looking real. So, if you’re on the hunt for authentic designer eyewear, how can you tell if those glasses are the real deal?
Here are some simple ways to tell apart genuine designer (sun)glasses from the fakes. (But not guaranteed LOL)
Check the retail box for the designer’s logo or name. You’ll often find manufacturer details, a barcode (or serial code), and other information.
Cross-reference these with the info in the brochure and on the glasses themselves. The arms of the glasses should display the model number, color, lens and frame size measurements, and the country of manufacture.
Designer glasses should boast top-notch lenses. Take Ray-Ban as an example – their classic designs are crafted from glass. If you’re eyeing Ray-Bans, give the lenses a gentle tap to see if they feel like glass.
Legit designer sunglasses should open and close smoothly, not too stiff or wobbly. The hinges should feel sturdy and show good craftsmanship.
Genuine frames crafted from high-quality materials should feel steady and comfy when you put them on. They shouldn’t have any scratches or flaws. Also, you should look at the frames from the top to check for symmetry.
Brands often engrave their company name or initials onto the lenses. You can test this by gently scratching with your fingernail. If it rubs off easily, it’s fake. If there’s no logo at all, it’s a fake too.
Be cautious of branded stickers, tags, or logos drawn with a brush. If you’ve bought sunnies from a specific brand before, you’ll know what to look for. For example, Oakley’s logo is a raised ‘O’ on the frame, while genuine Ray-Bans have an ‘RB’ etched on one lens and ‘Ray-Ban’ in white on the other.