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National Sunglasses Day is June 27.  (Provided photo)
National Sunglasses Day is June 27. (Provided photo)

Sunglasses are more than fashionable. They’re functional.

Those peepers need protection every day of the year. UV rays can be as harmful to your eyes as to your skin.

If you’re looking for a reason to buy a new pair of sunglasses, here’s one: National Sunglasses Day is June 27.

This summer’s crop of shades is so tempting it’s difficult to choose just one pair. Colored mirrored lenses, round and square shapes, embellished and patterned styles, retro, white frames, cat eyes and aviators.

More of us, it seems, are building a wardrobe of sunglasses. Cat eye or oversize styles when we want to embrace retro. Square when we’re feeling edgy. Embellished when we want something different.

U.S. retail sales of women’s sunglasses grew from $1.7 billion in 2012 to $1.9 billion in 2014, according to WWD.

Before you buy, read the label. Sunglasses should provide at least 98 percent UV protection or block 98 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Tags that say UV absorbing or blocks most UV light may not offer as much protection.

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Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from... Read more ›

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