Frames are a subject on our minds.
There is no such thing as the perfect glasses and I do believe eyeglasses have a personality and style of their own. We can learn much from a pair of readers. Mine would suggest I love a pair of glasses and in particular a little bit of retro. That would be spot on and ever since I remember I have been searching for and collecting frames. When I visit Italy I come home with multiple pairs of frames – the same goes for Australia and France – there are certain haunts I have that showcase the styles I wear.
Paris was the city to introduce me to the power of a great frame. Women in Paris wear fabulous frames, despite age or style and therefore the eyeglass shops are not only in abundance but also excellent. Parisian women seem to me to get the hair; the glasses and the shoes are pretty much right a lot of the time. Italians make the most of their frames too and an Italian woman wears her glasses very well. They have a flamboyance about their eyeglasses that suits them so wonderfully; think Sophia Loren or Claudia Cardinale.
How do we choose a frame?
👓 Choose what you love. If you like them, you will use them.
👓 Wear what is comfortable and suits your style. Don’t try a bright red frame if you feel self-conscious in colour – stay slick and elegant with a black, grey or tortoiseshell.
👓 Be cautious with wireframes. I am going out on a limb here but many of them, while they may be light, are ageing. I have this argument with David and have swapped his wireframes for a more solid spectacle and he’s looking fab. There is no restriction with glasses, not like necklines or hemlines; we can wear exactly what we want.
👓 Have multiple styles and recycle them; since when do we wear the same lipstick colour for three years? Try this shade for a change.
👓 Try sunglasses and swap the lenses over. Wait for the sales and find your favourites. They are particularly good if you wear Varifocals, which I use for driving and television and converting my sunglasses has been a brilliant idea.
👓 Expensive frames are beautiful in many cases but there are other brands I wear at a more manageable price to update a look.
👓 Do NOT be afraid of thicker frames. They can have a Clark Kent kind of vibe but they make a statement when you need it. They are as light to wear oftentimes but have more of an impact. I never wear drop earrings with my reading glasses as that makes me feel “all too much” – but each to their own with the jewels. Normally I would wear stud earrings but since lockdown the jewellery wearing ahs taken a backseat.
👓 The shapes are the upmost of importance and beware of too many trims or embellishments. Two-tones are tricky and often conflict with whatever else you are wearing. Stick to solid colours or tortoiseshells and vary the shape and thickness of the frames to refresh.
👓 These are the places where I stop and look on my travels:
A new pair of reading glasses or sunglasses, if you don’t wear eyeglasses, is the easiest and quickest way to update your look. Try a new pair today and you will see what I mean; I am ready to swap mine for a while and I am already thinking about these as an alternative. xv
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