So I got a growing obsession with this pair of sunglasses by Floralpunk recently, and I can assure you this is not another commercial break.

Bold, sleek, garnished with a tortoise print and priced at roughly 19 USD, this pair of sunglasses is a definite crush at first sight. Pair it with a suit, and bam, you’re an instant classic. I just gotta let my heart rule over head this one time to make the spend for this womanizer, no matter how much I have written about spending with responsibility or the fact that I’ve already had five other pairs of glasses.

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The very next day, you’ll see the glasses on me wherever I go, whatever I do. But when night time comes, the obsession just has to fold up. No matter how much I want to, I wouldn’t dare to keep my sunglasses on. Not because of how they reduce my visions, but rather because of others’ opinions on the way I look.

The first thing that comes up to our minds when we see people doing some weird shit on the street is probably, “Yo, what’s wrong with that fella?”, and wearing sunglasses where the sun isn’t out is one of the most frequently called-out behaviours. When we see someone with glasses on at night or indoors, our imagination tends to run wild. There’s a body language rule which indicates that eye contact during socialization is important to maintain connection, so it’s easy for us to perceive someone wearing sunglasses all the time as ‘shady’, noble-behaving or having something to hide. We might think that they’re having a contagious eye infection or had just gone through an eye surgery, or if that’s not the case, we might even think that they’re trying to hide their red eyes from a hangover.

I gotta admit that I am no exception in terms of judging people basing on how they look, what they wear, but why does wearing sunglasses at night have to cause someone this much trouble? I mean technically, it doesn’t do much help since the sun is already away. But then we have boots, which are originally used for protecting the foot and leg from water, extreme cold, mud or hazards, yet could now be worn with any kind of summer dress that you have in your wardrobe without getting criticism from those curious eyes on the street. Straw hats used to be meant for summer beach looks only, but now we could easily see them on the urban streets of the city without being judged on.

Meanwhile, as a matter of fact, there are plenty of other useful things that a suitable pair of sunglasses could do than just protecting your eyes and vision from the sun. Some wear sunglasses to hide deformities of their eyes of face. Others wear sunglasses to hide their emotional vulnerabilities so they can project more power over others. And then there are a few who wear sunglasses to fight social anxiety, or just simply to maximize their investment. You know, some pairs of sunglasses could cost a fortune, though. I would wear them as much as I could if I had one.

Ultimately, it’s our perceptions that shape the way we see things. For me, sunglasses are more or less, just another fashion accessory that could put a finish touch on my look. But for people who are used to the concept of ‘sunglasses are meant for protecting yourself from the sun’, they will have a harder time accepting sunglasses usage under any other different circumstances. I mean, it’s a normal thing, like how we would find it weird to find out someone uses milk only to bath instead of drinking.

I wonder if there was any time when wearing boots during the summer or wearing straw hats in the city would be considered weird, but fashion revolutions are going on around us everyday. It shouldn’t be a surprise that wearing sunglasses at night will eventually turn into a ‘thing’ in the future, and when it does, I can finally wear my beloved sunglasses anywhere, anytime I want with peace of mind.

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