The eyes have it.
With summer in full swing, numerous outdoor social events taking place, and Wayfarers being a classic summer staple—what is the proper sunglasses etiquette when meeting new people? It seems somewhat rude, and no real connection is made without direct eye contact. So, should they be removed or simply not worried about for the moment?—Jordan, Louisville, KY
We think you’ve hit on something that’s often overlooked. So, well done. Sunglasses aren’t just stylish during the summer, they’re a must-have when you’re outside. But people seem to become so attached to their sunglasses that they become almost welded to their faces. Even while indoors. Maybe they’re all members of the Corey Hart Fan Club. If that were the case, we’d understand the obsessive devotion to their shades.
The correct thing to do is remove your sunglasses when you’re meeting someone. Because at this point they change from being a stylish and functional accessory to being a barrier to communication. Leave them on and you’ll seem standoffish and somewhat antisocial. You should take them off completely or flip them up so they’re resting on top of your head. The important thing is to give the person you’re meeting the common courtesy of eye contact. The only guy who could get away with leaving them on and not offending us is this guy. Otherwise, it ranks up there for us with texting in a movie theatre and similar annoyances.
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