Groovy in the UV

Mountain Life, Feb 2005

Block spring's rays with these stylish, functional shades.

1 RAY-BAN: Top Bar Oval

A member of the Side Street series, the Top Bar Oval ($109) befriends those who mistreat their glasses: Polycarbonate lenses and spring hinges make it the Timex of eyewear.

2 CHANEL: Matelasse

The metal-framed Matelasse ($290) may be functional, but the style is pure Chanel. Daring men and women can schuss the slopes of Val d'Isère or Vail in haute couture-and full UV protection.

3 PERSOL: Softened Rectangle

The Softened Rectangle sunglasses ($154) are a small and sleek alternative for the slopes. And the tempered crystal lens is made from extremely durable glass that'll withstand abuse.

4 REVO: Advanced Urban

Tom Cruise, look out: The Advanced Urban ($189) updates the aviator look for men of the new millennium. A lens coating developed by NASA cuts down on glare from the snow.

5 MOSCHINO: Plastic Rectangle

Unleash your inner Sophia Lauren with the après-ski-appropriate, classically styled Plastic Rectangle sunglasses ($139) fashioned by Italian designer Moschino.