Sunglasses for a heatwave

As temperatures soar, sunglasses with quality UV protection are the most important fashion accessory of all

With the current heatwave affecting countries across Europe, including the UK where temperatures could hit up to 43 degrees C for the first time ever early this week, an all time record, sunglasses with high-quality UV protection are an essential item for all age groups.

For the ultimate combination of chic style and high quality UV protection, look for classic and iconic brands that have a reputation for design and technical sun lenses. The Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses collection, available at opticians and online at, have some of the most iconic oversized frames with trendy square, round, aviator and oval shapes fitted with premium grade UVA/UVB sun lenses.  Above: sunglasses in a heatwave – a selection of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses in chic acetate

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Colorado 58 by SALT. Optics – a new classic titanium sunglass from the Californian brand

At SALT. Optics, the sunglasses collection is well known for its tasteful and timeless look with a palette of colours inspired by the land and the sea. Their lenses – such as those above featured in the model Colorado 58, are described as superior CR39 and have special coatings such as anti-reflective, hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to reduce glare, repel dirt and water and diffuse harmful rays to ensure good optical clarity and performance – the ideal for everyday wear.

The oversized Pakalana by Maui Jim: a cool shape with high-tech sun lenses featuring PolarizedPlus2® lens technology

Popular with opticians as a recommended and reliable form of quality UV protection is the brand Maui Jim, which, born on the beaches of the island of Maui in the Central Pacific, were designed to protect eyes from the very harsh rays of the island’s sun. Maui Jim is known for its patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology that eliminates 99.9% of glare, blocks 100% of harmful UV, and absorbs harmful HEV (blue light), while enhancing colour, clarity, and detail. Maui Jim sunglasses have also earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. The collection, which is known for its sports-inspired designs has been expanded in 2022 and includes some strong oversized shapes and timeless acetate designs. Find out more about the Maui Jim sunglasses at