Sunglasses rarely suit me. Which is a shame as I wear them all the time, winter or summer. I have sensitive eyes, maybe because of the years of contact lenses – I have a -8 prescription, so have to correct my sight. I also don’t much like being photographed, which is why you’ll see me in sunglasses in about 80% of the photos on this site. (It’s also because I’m lazy, and sunglasses obviate the need for a layer of polyfiller and eye makeup.)

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So: imagine my joy when I was sent these two pairs of sunglasses by the TOMS publicist here in London. They flatter! They are good quality! They have proper UV protection!

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they do GOOD. Quadruple whammy of joy. You’ve probably heard of TOMS by now, if not you’ll certainly have seen the ubiquitous TOMS cotton espadrilles: I swear every third person in San Francisco was wearing them the other weekend, and in London they seem to have been the footwear du jour of the summer for a while now.

Founder and Brand owner Blake Mycoskie started with shoes, and the idea of One for One. His company put new shoes on children’s feet in the developing world with every pair they purchase. And, whilst giving some of these shoes to children in need, Mycoskie was struck by the poverty in many of the communities he was serving. So he decided that TOMS should be a One for One™ company. With so many different needs around the world, he felt TOMS had an obligation to try to improve as many lives as possible.

So the next step for TOMS has been sunglasses – for both women and men. So one person buys a pair of TOMS glasses, and one person receives the eye care that he or she needs. That care is delivered through partnerships with expert eye care organizations on the ground, giving either medical treatment, sight saving surgery or prescription eyeglasses. (Do check out Warby Parker and their chic philanthopic eyeglasses too, which I wrote about here.)

I’m going to lift some of these facts verbatim because they are too important to ignore. Being chronically myopic & astigmatic myself, I appreciate what living in the developed world has meant to me. Without corrective eyewear, I would be living in a world of shadows, unable to discern faces, unable to read, cook, walk safely, do any of the things necessary to live a fulfilled life.

*Blindness and visual impairment is the seventh-largest health disability in the world. But in most cases it can be prevented or treated. In fact, available solutions, including medical treatment, prescription eyeglasses or a 15-minute cataract surgery, could impact 80% of people afflicted with vision impairment and blindness

*Of the nearly 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, almost 90% live in developing countries. It’s a vicious cycle — poverty and disease can lead to vision loss. And blindness and poor vision keep people trapped in poverty.

*Two-thirds of people who are blind are women, in part because many families in developing countries are more likely to pay for eye care for male family members. By providing easy to access local eye care, we can help more women and girls around the world get sight saving and restoring services.

*More than 19 million children around the world suffer from blindness or impaired vision. 90% of children who are blind do not attend school. Children who have trouble seeing are often unable to go to or succeed in school, and have fewer chances to achieve a productive and successful life.

*Many of the solutions to blindness and visual impairment can be immediate. If it’s a pair of eyeglasses or medical treatment that’s needed, patients are treated on the spot. Those needing eye surgery are referred immediately so their vision can be restored within just a few days.

Here’s the sunglasses: www.toms.co.uk for both men & women

Both photos taken at The Mayr Clinic, on the shores of Lake Worth Austria.

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21 comments

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As someone who has to always wear lenses/glasses because my prescription is -7.5 it’s really nice to hear of someone else in a similar position. I shall definitely be looking up TOMS…I really could not imagine what it would be like not having eyesight correction to hand.
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What?! How can you say sunglasses don’t suit you, I’ve always though you looked really good in them! Love the second of the two, the frame is perfect x

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TOMS is a brilliant business- very excited they do sunglasses too- I’m like you and have to wear sunglasses most of the year round or I can’t really see so I have more than a normal person- will look for these

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Great blog post and sun glasses. My dad makes sunglasses and I love wearing them great combo. Good your found some you liked!

Blog love from STYLEFIG London & Scandinavia

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I disagree, I think sunglasses suit you very well and have always thought that. I’m particularly taken with the ones in the top photo, am going to take a look around the site.

I’m with you 100% with wearing them year round. I always have a pair stashed in my bag.
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How can sunglasses not suit a person? Seriously, I really want to know. Me, I look great in sunglasses, and also in hats. I think that I must just automatically look better when part of my face is covered up. (Though I hate oversize frames on myself.)

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I concur with everyone else, you look good in sunglasses!

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I love your lipstick in the first pic!!!! And I finally see you really smile in a photo!!!! You should continue doing soooooo

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These sunglasses look great and I love the philosophy behind TOMS. We need more people like Tom Mycoskie in the fashion industry.

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Kudos to TOMS for recognizing the seriousness of sight impairment. I have lost vision in one eye due to macular degeneration and will ultimately lose it in the other. Without insurance, I have no way of obtaining treatment to preserve the “good” eye. I live in America, not in a developing country. Thanks, LLG, for this post, for calling attention to this debilitating condition and for spotlighting the good works of TOMS. xx

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