I have a slight obsession. I have worn glasses since the second grade- and I still love wearing them. A friend recently asked me about shopping for eyewear. Here are my suggestions:
+ Buy Well
I wish that I could say that I take my own advice- but I don't. In the past I have bought really cheap frames (cue regret). Think about this: you wear your glasses every day. If you have contact lenses perhaps you don't. Either way- consider how often you will wear them and spend accordingly. Eyeglasses are the most recognizable trademark you have, and the most memorable item you wear. I highly recommend Tom Ford Eyewear. You can feel the quality. (Is that luxury on your face?)
+ Don't worry about it
People are always talking about face-shape and how you should purchase certain corresponding styles. I say that is ridiculous. Find what you like and what you think looks good on you. Ask your friends and family.
+ Know Yourself
*warning* do not purchase a pair of glasses because you want to look like someone else or because you think they are "cool". Those reasons are mega-lame. Invent your own image. Have your friends help you find what looks good on you. Find a pair that are off-beat and perhaps even dangerous. You know yourself better than anyone else- but don't just purchase a pair of glasses, this is your chance to re-invent your appearance- don't waste this chance.
+Try Try Try
If you have only tried on a few hundred pairs- you are not done yet. Get started several months before you actually need a pair. Survey multiple shoppes. Ask questions. Find out where their glasses are made, what are they made from, and who makes them. Don't let little children slave away on a pair of glasses that make you look tacky.
+ Buy Vintage
Seriously- vintage glasses can rock. Persol is a great example of an optical company whose frames hold up to time, and wear. If you are lucky enough to find a vintage (1950's) pair in an antique store or on eBay - snatch them up. They hold their value well and have a spring in them that makes them extremely comfortable to wear. A few years ago I found a pair of solid silver frames at my favorite antique store. They are small and round and make me look a bit like Gandhi. One day I will put lenses in them and wear them every fabulous day.
+ When in Doubt
Warby Parker is a pretty amazing company. They let you pick out 5 pairs, try them on at home, and return the ones you don't like. You don't have to pay shipping and it only costs $95 dollars. (They are not even paying me to say this). In addition they partner with non-profits around the world to provide a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair sold. It all sounds like a great plan to me- and they have classic styles.
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