At girl’s who wear glasses.. Now, of course we all know this to be completely untrue! Having been a spectacle wearing lady from the tender age of 9, I sure have clocked-up many a pair of frames.
From my very first pair (lilac with daisies in the upper winged corners), I knew that I always wanted to make a statement of my sight impediment, and not hide it. Although, having said that, like practically every teenager, I did go through an ’embarrassed to be seen in anything that is slightly different from the ‘cool kids’ phase’, which thankfully didn’t last too long.
I obtained my beloved aquamarine frames from trusty ol’ Ebay. And I absolutely adore them! They are French, late 1940’s frames, most likely made from Lucite. They feature delicate hand-carved acorns on the upper wings and hand-rolled pure gold legs (which I was most astonished to find out from the opticians). I decided to bid on them all those years ago on Ebay, as it was the colour of them that particularly lured me in, as – sounding terribly vain here sorry! – it is the same shade as my eyes, so I thought the frames would sit nicely on me. I never expected to win them, I was certain someone would outbid me, but luckily for me I nabbed them (for the grand sum of LESS THAN A FIVER. Including postage! Madness) Anyway, I was still doubtful that they would actually fit me, as I knew that some vintage spectacles were terribly small, with the lenses being rather close-together, but hurray for me, they were an absolute perfect fit! I feel with these frames that they were truly meant to be mine, and we have had a grand ol’ time of it for the past 7 years! (Excluding of course that time I trod on them stepping out of the shower.. a incident many a tear was shed over, but thankfully my local optician rescued them for me)
Since then, I have obtained a few other vintage pairs (well I girl has to have options!) I have a late 1930’s tortoiseshell round pair, which I had fitted with reactions lenses so I can gaze into the sunlight and not be blinded, and a early 1960’s winged cat eye pair which suit my 1950’s and 1960’s outfits perfectly.
Now of course, in order to wear and to actually SEE though these wonderful frames, I have had to have my own prescription lenses put in them. 7 years ago (I believe vintage frames were not as popular back then as they are now) I was literally scoffed and laughed-at by my optician, who incredulously exclaimed ‘but why would I want lenses put in these?’ To which I replied ‘Why all the better to see you with my dear!’ Long story short, my experience of modern-day opticians has not been too favourable, although I believe they are getting better now-a-days at dealing with vintage frames.
I now get all my frames re-lensed with the amazing I Need Spex. They are extremely quick, super friendly and offer brilliant customer service. They also now even offer their own vintage frames which they have sourced, and can put your prescription lenses in!
Another company of note, is the wonderful Madam’s Vintage. Owner Alex always has the most impeccable selection of frames, many of which she previews on her Instagram (which always has me ‘hearting’ away!) I think the aptly named Jennifer frames are just peachy!
If you need any guidance on the type of frames to best suit your face, place your peepers on this wonderful video, compiled by Glamourdaze:
Until next time dear readers!