Whether you went to the ophthalmologist only to discover you can’t read those black letters on the wall, or the eyeglasses you’ve come to know and love are beginning to look like those your grandfather wore, it looks like it’s time for a new pair. And even you can see that.
With the stylish range of men’s eyewear on the market these days, it would come as no surprise if men donned a pair without a prescription — it’s no newsflash that eyeglasses are intended for more than just vision repair, but rather as an accessory to make you look out of sight. And that’s more than possible thanks to the wide array of eyeglasses out there today, from recognized designer names to the lesser-known brands.
If you’ve noticed that eyeglasses have taken a cue from the fashionable sunglasses out there, you’re not alone. The same styles triumph in both markets, only you’re better off purchasing a pair of classic eyeglasses as you will likely be wearing them for at least the next two years.
While it’s important to find yourself a classic pair rather than the ones in the latest blockbuster film or on your favorite celebrity, it never hurts to get a pair that has a touch of trendiness while maintaining a classic appeal. And from plastic and wire to rimless frames, there’s certainly a lot to choose from.
Plastic framed glasses come in all shapes and sizes (no, you haven’t just wandered onto the set of Sesame Street), but rather than the big frames Austin Powers is notorious for in the movie of the same name — you know, the thick, black rectangular ones — frames are smaller, thinner, and less overbearing overall.
As well, rather than simply black or brown, there are other popular shades for the frame, like tortoise shell and even crystallized, almost transparent tones. To be more specific, the base color can be black, brown, beige, or even gray, but the plastic has a transparent, clear effect. Gucci has a wide selection of this style of eyeglasses.
Another twist is a pair of two-toned plastic frames, whose frame is one color while the arms are another — not the most practical option, but hey, some men can get away with it with flying colors (ha!).
Plastic eyeglasses are very durable; the only drawback is that they might not be as comfortable as a more flexible pair.
Speaking of flexibility, rimless eyeglasses are the most flexible you can find, especially those by eyewear manufacturer Silhouette. Like sunglasses of this style, rimless eyeglasses literally don’t have rims; the arms (or temples) and bridge are hinged into the actual lens, in order to hold together the glasses. They are not as fragile as they look, but they are so light that you’ll probably forget you’re even wearing glasses.
As for style, you can choose the shape that best suits your face, and have the lenses cut to measure. You can also choose different metallic shades for the arms, but gray or silver is always the most practical option.
As well, if the arms are made of titanium, you’re guaranteed high quality, durability, and flexibility — you can bend them back and forth if you wish, but you might want to take my word for it. Another advantage? The arms can literally mold to your face and ears, making them all the more comfortable.
______________________________on the wire
Wire framed eyeglasses have always been fashionable and will always be, as they’re the most classic you can get — but they might also be the most plain, which is great if that’s what you’re going for. From silver and gold to black, you can’t go wrong with a pair of wire frames. If you want something slightly different, you can combine the aforementioned rimless look with wire eyeglasses, by choosing a pair that are rimless at the lenses’ bottom half (similar to those that Kevin Costner wore in JFK).
While some lenses require antiglare (such as rimless eyeglasses, for example), they have their drawbacks: every fingerprint or mark becomes more obvious on lenses with antiglare, so you’ll have to clean them several times a day. Since antiglare incurs additional costs, ask the optometrist whether they’re necessary for your particular eyeglasses. You’ll find that some lenses simply look strange without antiglare, since the glare of a light can make the lens look thicker.
Polycarbonate provides high-impact strength and renders them shatter-resistant, perfect for the rimless eyeglass option described above. They are also thinner and more lightweight than regular glass lenses.
Polarized lenses filter out reflected light and glare off water, pavement and snow, as well as UV light. These are best for those of you involved in glare intensive activities such as fishing, boating and even driving.
You’ve surely seen these before; if you don’t wear contact lenses and would like to double up your eyeglasses as sunglasses, clip-ons are a great solution. Chances are this is more cost-efficient than purchasing prescription sunglasses, and it’s a great way to get the glare protection you need while outdoors and driving. Inquire whether your desired eyeglasses are available with a clip-on option.
_______________________________frame of mind
Today’s eyewear industry provides much more than “vision aid,” and eyeglasses have become veritable fashion accessories in their own right. Between the plastic, wire and rimless options on the market, you’re sure to find the frames that best accentuate your facial features.
Try on different styles, shapes and frames until you find that pair you feel comfortable in. And just because they’re comfortable, no one says you can’t be a sight for sore eyes.