Eyewear Is An Accessory…
I’m periodically asked about my pink eyeglass frames shown above (photo taken in Paris last year) and in my profile photo. They were a limited edition from See Eyewear, and unfortunately not available online. I’ve been on the lookout for something similar ever since, and recently spotted two styles:
And this style is “Olive.” Even if you don’t have a Warby Parker store near you, you can order 5 frames to try on at home for free. (See details at the website.) They have lots of cool styles, and you can search by shape and face size too. Prices include single-vision lenses.
I’ve worn glasses since my early 20’s, and consider eyewear an important accessory, sort of like jewelry for the face. So I tend to choose my eyewear carefully, and consider it an investment. I’m too squeamish for contact lenses, and wear my glasses from the moment I get up until I go to bed. I’ve had progressive lenses for the past decade or so.
Round or roundish frames are trending now. I purchased these last year in Paris, and have been wearing them most often of any of my frames the past few weeks. They are lightweight and really comfortable. And they add a little bit of color, too.
Here in L.A., sunglasses are a necessity. I don’t think you can go wrong with a cool, classic pair, but most regular optical frames can also be made into sunglasses. Check with your optical shop.
I elected to have Transitions lenses added to a couple of my optical glasses. I’ve come to regard them as a necessary evil for travel. If you’re sightseeing and going in and out of doors, they save having to carry an extra pair of sunglasses, and keep switching back and forth. Be careful though…give them time to adjust to a dim interior. On our first visit to Venice a few years ago I tripped over a lintel in a dark church and hurt my knee. I hadn’t seen it because my glasses were still quite dark from being out in the bright sun.
Whether sunglasses or optical glasses, the frames should be fitted to your face and head. They shouldn’t slide down or wiggle when you shake your head, but shouldn’t be so tight that they’re uncomfortable. Let someone at your optical shop adjust them for you to avoid breakage. And don’t leave until you’re satisfied with the fit and prescription.
I’m still sold on the Peeps Eyeglass Cleaners to keep my lenses clear and smudge-free.
Do you have a favorite shape or color of eyewear?
Top photo by Carla Coulson.