It is probably safe to say that most people who wear sunglasses do so out of an abundance of caution. They want to avoid sun damage to their eyes, so they put on that cool pair of shades whenever they head out the door. Of course, that doesn’t preclude choosing sunglasses based on what they look like. After all, we all want to look good, right?
Salt Lake City’s Olympic Eyewear says that not every pair of sunglasses is donned with the intent of keeping ultraviolet rays away. In fact, people have some pretty unusual reasons for wearing them. Five of those reasons are described below. Each one is inspired by a quote from a famous person you may or may not know.
1. The Desire for Freedom
“My mum is a rock star, and I idolise her. She was born in a conservative Muslim family, where the girls were not educated much, and she was required to wear a burkha. She felt repressed but dreamt of driving her own car, walking around in jeans, and wearing sunglasses, and she did.” – Ileana D’Cruz
While you and I might pick out a pair of designer sunglasses to go with a new outfit, Indian film actress Ileana D’Cruz explains that her mother’s reasons were far more personal. To D’Cruz’ mother, sunglasses are a statement of freedom. She is going to wear them because someone else told her she couldn’t. That’s as good a reason as any.
2. To Get Attention
“I think sometimes when you want attention, you can wear sunglasses, and people are like, ‘Who is that?'” – Kat Graham
Singer, actor, and dancer Kat Graham verifies something many of us have known for a long time: some celebrities wear sunglasses just to get attention. Thank you, Captain Obvious. From Elton John to any supermodel that walks down the world’s runways, they all know that the right pair of sunglasses demands people pay attention to them.
3. To Deal with Migraines
“Sunglasses are a migraine sufferer’s best friend.” – Cindy McCain
The late Senator John McCain’s widow Cindy McCain is one of untold numbers of people who understand the value of a good pair of sunglasses when you suffer from migraines. To many a migraine sufferer, light is problematic. But the demands of modern life don’t necessarily make it easy to find a dark room when a migraine strikes.
If you have to be out and about and you suffer from migraines frequently, sunglasses are probably your best friend. You carry a pair at all times – just in case.
4. To Hide the Fact That You’re Sleeping
“At film festivals, I put on my sunglasses and go to sleep because I don’t want to see my films again.” – Wong Kar-wai
Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-wai isn’t shy about the fact that he wears sunglasses at film festivals. He doesn’t want people to know he’s sleeping, because that would be an indication that he’s bored out of his mind. A renowned film actor catching a few nods during a screening of his own film doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.
5. To Protect an Image
“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.” – Jack Nicholson
Our final quote, from actor Jack Nicholson, is the quintessential reason for wearing shades when you are not worried about protecting your eyes: you want to protect your image. There is nothing wrong with that. Sunglasses can do wonders for anyone’s image if the right pair is chosen.
Why do you wear sunglasses? Is it always because you’re worried about the sun?