Thanks to sunblock and exercise, our forties are not our grandmothers’ forties. But there is one part of the body that has continued to age as it did, unswayed by lifestyle choices: the eyeballs.
In Q3 2015 I went from being a person who wore reading glasses for ease to being a person who is literally unable to read without glasses. The photographer assures me that this is not unusual, but I feel both anxiety (Where does this end?) and resentment (Why me?) over this change.
For all that, I do like trying on glasses at optical shops and I decided to acquire some new ones. I am sharing my glasses with you with some misgivings; while everyone else looks great (or at least normal) in glasses, I think I look slightly deranged in them because (a) the prescription (magnification) makes my eyes look huge and (b) the frames often sit crookedly on my slightly (just a bit) asymmetrical skull.
But let it never be said that The Directrice shies away from the difficult topics!
These are my sensible, normal glasses: thin black “Pal” plastic frames by L.A. Eyeworks. I bought these almost twenty years ago. This shape — rectangular, neither over- or under-sized — is always chic.
In 2014 I decided to embrace the revival of the big glasses and bought these over-sized black Wayfarer shaped glasses, “Pop” by L.A. Eyeworks Fiction. Larger lenses are so much easier to see through.
Unfortunately the Buddy Holly glasses are heavy. So last month — when I realized that I would need to wear reading glasses every day, for longer portions of the day — I went to Insight Opticians in downtown D.C. to look for lighter frames. I found two pairs of glasses that suit me very well.
The first is a pair of dark brown tortoiseshell frames, “Arty” by Anne et Valentin.
I like bright, colored frames. So European. I love red frames, but something about this blue pair spoke to me. I think they will look beautiful with black, charcoal grey, and white clothes. These Monoqool frames were 3-D printed (novelty!) in Denmark (Europe!) and are as light as a feather.
For those who are wondering about what colors look best with various hair and skin colors, I found this guide, which seemed credible to me. I know nothing, however, about the vendor. I can provide a full-throated endorsement for Insight Opticians. They maintain a terrific selection of frames, are terrifically patient while you try on every pair, and offer excellent advice about the most flattering looks on the customer.
Have a fantastic weekend!