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Vacation Reader Style Guide

Reading Sunglasses are the perfect accessory for any getaway to somewhere warm and sunny. We’ll help you find the pair that meets your needs.


Vacation is one of the happiest words in the English language. It means taking a break from everyday life to rest, relax, and maybe go on an adventure or two. Whether you’re looking forward to taking some time off of work, or you’re already retired and ready for a road trip, vacations can also be a great time to get some extra reading in.

If you plan on spending time outdoors, your normal readers won’t protect your eyes from bright light like a pair of sunglasses will. Sun readers are the best outdoor reading glasses. Not only will they help bring small text into focus, but the tinted lenses will also protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation. They’re a smart choice for anyone who doesn’t want to put their book down just because they’re enjoying some sunshine.

Choosing the right pair of reading sunglasses for your vacation comes down to how you plan on spending your time off. Someone who enjoys hiking will want a different pair of specs than someone who’s planning to relax by the pool. The glasses you pick will always come down to personal choice, but we pulled together some of our most popular vacation readers to help you get some ideas.

Polarized vs Non-polarized

The tinted lenses in sunglasses reduce the amount of light that makes it to your eyes, making it easier to see even under direct sunlight. Modern shades also block harmful UV radiation to help keep your eyes healthy. Polarized lenses take this a step further by filtering out the light that’s reflected off of water and other surfaces. If you plan to spend a lot of time near water, or on the road, upgrading to polarized specs is a wise investment.

However, they’re not ideal in every situation. Because of how electronic screens work, you might want to avoid this treatment. If you do a lot of reading on a tablet, laptop, or phone, the lenses could make the text appear distorted. This won’t impact devices that use digital ink like a Kindle, however; only those that give off light. Most of our reading sunglasses are available in a polarized and non-polarized options, meaning you can get the look and the lenses you want.

Shades For The Poolside

Whether you hop on a plane to some exotic location, or you just open the door into your backyard, sitting by the poolside to read is a great way to spend any vacation. You don’t have to worry about rushing anywhere, or getting anything done beyond getting through a few chapters in your favorite novel.

Opting for polarized lenses for your poolside shades is a smart choice, unless you plan on reading from a tablet

The Adventure Seeker

When you think of vacation, do you pull out your bucket list to figure out where you’re going next? From exploring the Grand Canyon to hitting the slopes in a Swiss resort, you look forward to being active during your time off.

For you, the perfect pair of reading sunglasses are lightweight, compact and durable. You don’t want to have to worry about them bending if you keep them in your pack, or slipping of your face after an afternoon run. These reading sunglasses are designed to keep up with your active lifestyle.

Enjoy Your Vacation Wherever You Go

At, we have the world's largest selection of designer reading glasses, reading sunglasses, and accessories. From the beaches of Honolulu to the comfort of your favorite chair, we believe that there’s a perfect frame for everyone, and that it’s our job to help you find it.

Browse our entire collection of frames for both men and women, and find something that matches your needs and personal sense of style. Once you do, we’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free. You’ll have 30 days to try them on at home to make sure they’re everything you wanted. If you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll give you your money back and pay the return shipping. Yes, really. We want you to love what you wear, and if you don’t, we want to help you find something you will. If you have any questions, we’re here to answer them.

It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. Once you know where you’re going, why not pick out some specs that will help you enjoy your time off as much as possible? It’s always the season for reading sunglasses.