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The search for the perfect sunglasses.

January 11, 2013

The boyfriend gave me a surprise gift for New Year – a pair of sunglasses as he knows that I do not own one as of the moment. I never really care much about sunglasses (the brand and such) since I don’t really wear it for fashion but so I don’t have to squint my eyes from the blinding ray of the sun. He’s the one who usually tells me that I am putting my eyes in harm for buying the cheap ones. So for New Year, he bought me a Lacoste sunglasses.

The problem now is, I am Asian and I am one of the many who’s got a non-existent low nose bridge which makes it hard for a pair of sunglasses to stay put. It’s either, I’ll spend all my time pushing it up so that it covers my eyes the way it’s supposed to or it will comfortably sit on my cheekbones which is not how it’s intended to be worn.

Evidence # 1

Evidence # 1

Evidence # 1: Look closely, can you see my nose bridge holding the sunglasses up? If you answered no then congratulations, you’ve got a good eyesight. I do not have a nose bridge and my cheeks are holding the sunglasses up.

Evidence # 2

Evidence # 2

Evidence # 2: This right here is more ridiculous than the first. So ridiculous that I’m not even sure why I shamelessly posted that photo.

So to make the long story short, the sunglasses that was bought for me by the boyfriend doesn’t fit and we had to go back to the store where he bought it from to get it changed. We spent more than an hour inside the store (I kid you not) just to find the perfect pair for my stupid face. I was actually so close to giving up until I found the one, a Gucci nonetheless.



Can you see that the pad mounts miraculously actually sits on my non-existent very low nose bridge and that I am smiling on the photo but it did not in any way went higher than my unkempt eyebrows?

I am very happy with it, so happy that I am a bit hesitant to use it just so I can keep it for longer use. When I got home, I then found out that Oakley does have the revolutionized Asian-fit sunglasses to satisfy their customers who doesn’t have the luxury of having a high nose bridge. Well, at least now I know.

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  • Reply Michael January 12, 2013 at 06:45

    I read this post with a true understanding of how difficult it can be find glasses or sunglasses to fit one’s face. You see I now need to wear glasses for the 1st time in my life at the age of 41!
    I had eye exam done about 2 months ago and I figured that once my glasses came in with the prescription lenses, I would just pick them up and I would be on my merry way until I needed to come back again in a year or two. Oh, was I mistaken!
    You see Pinay Flying High, I am not Filipino or Asian for that matter. Nope. I am a white man of Eastern European descent with a well, how do I put this gently, a BIG NOSE! When I say a big nose, I don’t mean wide. I mean like more of a protruding beak. I guess if you categorized it by nose bridge, you would say I have a extremely high nose bridge. Like as high as that wondrous building there in Dubai.
    Because of this I have now been to the eyeglass outlet where I bought them numerous times. I am now on my second pair of frames and have been in for adjustments at least 5 times. Every time I go there are the two same clerks there. The one is a guy who probably thinks I’m just difficult and the other is a young woman who probably thinks I have a thing for her. I am there that often. Anyway, the nose pads sit right on my high nose bridge and because this nose bridge is about 99% bone and 1% skin these pads dig in and irritate my nose so bad! I feel like the people who work there probably can’t understand what my problem is finding the right fit because they have “normal” noses! I definitely think that these places whether for prescription or sunglasses should have more options for people like you with a small nose bridge or people like me with a very high one. Good for Oakley! Look at the ridiculous sizes they manufacture clothing just to have people to be able to fit in them! Glasses are expensive and there should definitely be more options for us people who don’t have “normal” noses! By the way, I think you have a cute nose. You wouldn’t want the big beak I have! LOL

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 12, 2013 at 18:51

      Oh wow! I never really thought that the well-endowed ones (with nose bridge :p) will ever have a difficulty on finding the right glasses. But yeah, I feel for you.. I guess too much of anything is never good. Hope you finally got the correct adjustment though for your glasses.

      • Reply Michael January 12, 2013 at 19:40

        Were still working on getting the right adjustment, but it’s getting better. Yeah, mine is even higher than the typical Caucasian nose bridge. I really think the eyeglasses/sunglasses industry should come out with ways to make it easier for people who don’t have a certain-size and/or Caucasian specific nose bridge to wear their products. Hello! That is probably 80-90 percent of the world! I really enjoyed this post because I am dealing with the exact same problem but from a different perspective (nose bridge size). LOL Your new glasses look really good on you and most importantly they look comfortable. Oh, and I hope you, your boyfriend and family had a great holiday and New Year!

        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 12, 2013 at 20:14

          Very right, there should be a more customized versions of the sunglasses out there. I have not really paid attention much to it as I’ve said before, I don’t really care about the brands and such but if I am going to spend a fortune, it better fit me right. :p

          Thank you and happy new year to you too and your family. 🙂

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