After my buy of the Retrosuperfuture Racer sunglasses ( reviewed here ),
I decided to get another pair of high-end sunglasses, this time with a less aggressive style – something that would mix great with a summer outfit.
I had seen many times the Dior So Real sunglasses in advertisement campaigns and optician shops windows here in Rome – I really liked their shape and, only on some models, their unique bicolor lenses design; when I found them for a discounted price in one shop in Rome city center, I decided to them.
The last two weeks I’ve been wearing them a lot, especially since the days were always sunny, and they have been definitely a good buy.
The Dior So Real sunglasses feature the so called “Pantos” shape: the term comes from the word “pantoscopic” which means, literally, seeing everything. It was first applied for some models of optic glasses from the 1950s with the lenses divided in two segments, the upper for the vision of distant objects and the lower part for the near objects.
This design is easy to recognize in the lenses of the So Real, as the upper part is mirrored with a silver color and the bigger, lower part is the usual faded black found on sunglasses. The frame is made of a silver, lightweight metal, while the curved lenses are surrounded by a transparent acetate, painted with a tortoise brown and black texture on my colorway. The tortoise effect it’s also on the arms, containing a metallic structure, and the left one has a “Dior So Real” logo printed in silver, while the right arm has Christian Dior ( a good printing of these logos are a giveaway if the glasses are original or fake, along with the hologram on the nose pads ).
One of the best traits in the design of the So Real shades is the absence of the bridge between the lenses, replaced by an oversized and curved silver bar on top.
The glasses are kept firmly on the face thanks to the extended shape of the acetate and the two nose pads; they have an holographic “CD” logo that I tried to capture with my camera and a distinct dark yellow color on my model.
Detail of the holographic logo on one of the nose pads.
The quality of construction and materials is great, as you would expect from a pair of designer sunglasses; the silver-finished hinges are sturdy, the tortoise temples keep their shape to a great extent and the “split mirror” look on the lenses is something really difficult to find on other pair of glasses. The Christian Dior So Real are made and assembled in Italy by Safilo group, and that surely adds up to the overall price, selling at retail for 400 € ( 500 $ or 340£ ) in this bicolor model.
If you’re from Europe, you can buy them directly from the official Christian Dior site ( the Dior So Real is a unisex model but you can find the majority of its colorways in the women section ), just remember that they come in only one size and their extravagant shape makes them not suited for everyone face shape and size. I took these measurements both in centimeters and inches to help you to know if they fit your face properly, or compare the Dior So Real size to one pair of sunglasses you already own:
– from temple to temple: 13.8 cm / 5.43 in
– distance between the centers of each nose pad: 2.3 cm / 0.9 in
– from the lower side of the lens to the end of the acetate frame: 5 cm / 1.96
Finally, some words on the packaging: Christian Dior So Real sunglasses are sold in a grey cardboard box with Dior written in silver on the top of it; opening this box reveals another one, made in a smooth white plastic with a geometric pattern on it. This one box, provided with a hidden magnetic closure, contains the sunglasses, their branded cloth and dustbag, along with their warranty.
The white box that contains the Dior So Real glasses.
The silver printed logo on the left temple.