I realized last week that it had been well over two years since my last eye exam, and I do like to get them as often as my insurance will allow. While my new eye plan isn’t as extensive as the one with my previous job, it’s still pretty good. I made an appointment for a Sunday visit, and made sure to take some photos of frames.
Being Sunday, the store was not very busy at all. I got there early to fill out my new patient forms, and took a look at the selection while waiting for the doctor to call me back into her office. Many of the frames were not as bold as I would like (see the awesome vintage frames above!) but I was still able to find a few that called out to me.
Frame shape can dramatically change the look of an outfit, and while I was unable to grab full body-shots, I did get pics of the three I liked best.
The three specs shown above each have different shapes, and each gives off distinct vibes for unique style. The first, which people on Twitter seemed to like best on me, are lighter in color and go well with my eyes. The frame shape is suitable for business wear; this, I’m sure, would look great with my suit.
When I tried on the middle pair, I immediately wanted to go back in time to high school, and sit around my boyfriend’s parents’ dining room table, playing D & D and Vampire: the Masquerade. I didn’t have this style of glasses then, myself, but a few of the other folks in the group did. My friend K said these were totally his dad’s glasses.
The third pair? Superhero glasses! While the first two may be the ones I wear in my every day secret identity, these are the ones I wear to go with my cape and cowl. I wouldn’t even need a mask! The black may be a little dark for my face, but I’m sure with a bolder hair color, these would be awesome.
In the end, I ordered a pair of tortoise/orange browlines. They are similar to my current glasses, but a bit more square instead of rectangle. It was probably the color that attracted me the most. I’ll have the complete set, with my new prescription, in a couple weeks.
In the meantime, I’m searching the internet for additional bold frames. So far, I’ve found great styles at The Vintage Optical Shop and Coastal, but I’m also intrigued by the 5-day at-home try-on service from Warby Parker.
Do you consider your glasses as part of your outfit? Or do you have one pair that goes with everything? Do you go bold or blend in?
Top photo credit: “attack of the eyeglasses” from James Vaughan