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Whether you want to exude a devil-may-care aura or you simply want protection from harmful UV rays, there are a pair of sunglasses out there calling your name. The best part about shopping for shades is that one size fits all, and you don't have to trek all the way to the dressing room to try them on. While the lenses may fit your face, not all of them convey the impression you want to make or reflect your personal style. Decide if you're interested in a pair of tough-but-delicate military aviators or chunky, wrap-around plastic frames with mirrored lenses. Channel your inner John Lennon or Harry Potter with a pair of circular teashade frames, or go retro with boxy black Wayfarers or cat eyes in a floral print. Most luxury clothing designers have a sunglasses line, including Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Burberry, Prada, Gucci and Versace. But there are a few brands known specifically for making quality, long-lasting sunglasses. Ray-Ban, Oakley, Luxottica and Serengeti are popular choices. While they always add style, not all sunglasses are just for looking good. Sport sunglasses protect an athlete's eyes, whether they're shredding the slopes or playing volleyball in the sand. And nothing is worse than sitting down and hearing your new sunglasses crack in your back pocket, so invest in a hardshell case if you're the clumsy type. A microfiber cloth and specialized cleaner can keep you seeing clearly, while cords, straps, lanyards and other connectors come in handy for those who are constantly on the go.