General Protection: In a previous post, I explained the importance of your eye wear protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. A good pair will provide full protection, but polarized glasses takes safety a step further and actually makes your vision crisper and clearer. Polarization cuts out glare that may hinder your vision while driving, etc.
Making a Statement: Depending on the situation, a great pair of sunglasses speaks volumes. For example, when you're on a poker tour. Nothing says "I'm a serious gambler" like wearing a pair of sunglasses indoors... at night. Or here's another statement, "Hey, I'm a uni-bomber." Hopefully you're seeing how a great pair of sunglasses tells a lot about a person. And I'm seeing a preference for black. Maybe it's the new pink?
Accessorizing: Topping a great outfit with an even greater pair of sunglasses is a no-brainer, but on days when the outfit isn't saying "I'm hot!", a great pair of sunglasses will. I have a pair of sunglasses in just about every color (although my Bvlgari 857B's in yellow and my Tiffany and Co. 4004B's in Ivory seem to elude me) to accessorize with my entire wardrobe. I will go a step further to say the my sunglasses actually make up my wardrobe as it is my experience I can be wearing sweats and a t-shirt... but mess up my hair, throw on some lip gloss and a rockin pair of shades and I'm ready for my close up!
Natural Selection: Finally, I find myself drawn to other people's sunglasses and will strike up a conversation just to get a closer look. Food for thought here - it is preferred that you actually go through the motions of establishing a relationship with this person BEFORE asking to borrow or try on their sunglasses. Skipping this step may result in orders of protection and/or police visitation. The latter is actually kind of cool because the police usually wear very sporty shades, but they have a tendency to not let you try theirs on either. Yah, the natural selection can turn into unnatural selection unfortunately. I wonder how many uni-bombers I've talked to?
By my example you can see, sunglasses go way beyond protection and provide many benefits and services. Think of all the money you will save, all the friends you will meet (Officer Friendly is just a name... trust me) and the interesting life you will have just by owning great sunglasses. This completes my civic duty. I'm a giver and blog with a purpose.