Yellow glasses are hard to pull off, but Christoph makes it look easy, in these vintage frames purchased from Ottica Degani in Milan. The eyewear store was founded in 1945 and is known for their selection of vintage frames. Christoph bought these rounded frames from the store’s 80-year-old shopkeeper. She sold Christoph these glasses telling him they made him look like Johnny Depp!
We met and photographed fashion journalist Marylou Luther after the Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week. These super round frames were handmade in Paris and have been a signature of hers for years. Marylou started wearing them because of the shape – and the large size. “The older you get,” she told us, “the bigger glasses you get, as they take away the wrinkles!”
The circular lenses in these frames are connected by a flat nose bridge, which lies straight across the top and is gently curved at the bottom to fit over the nose. We also like the triple rivet detailing on the temples. The jet black colourway gives these retro-inspired frames a clinical look, though they are right at home on Marylou at fashion week as well!
We spotted Franck in Paris wearing these super chunky faux-wood frames. Franck purchased these glasses in Hong Kong for about 30 Euros, and gravitated toward them for their sense of humour. From the faux-wood finish (the frames are actually made of plastic), to the block-like shape and purple putty colour, these glasses are perfect for someone who likes to inject a dose of fun and flair to their everyday style.
Fashion is all about contradictions and the same thinking can be applied to eyewear. Case in point: we spotted Lucas on his motorcycle in Paris, injecting a preppy punch to his streetwear look with these nerdish, oval frames. A student at the Paris College of Art, Lucas likes having a juxtaposition of styles, which extends to the glasses themselves. The traditional tortoiseshell color is wrapped around a whimsical, slightly stretched-out silhouette. The acetate frames also feature sharp temples with metal rivets, creating a retro yet modern look. Another juxtaposition: Lucas purchased these frames from General Optique (think a French version of Lenscrafters), proving that a cool pair of glasses don’t have to cost a fortune to look good.
Richa got these “Brunel” frames for 25 pounds through Specsavers in the UK. They reminded him of a pair of glasses his friend used to own – notable because Richa always remembered his friend by his glasses, and because he was able to get the same look but at an affordable price.
This pair of two-tone frames feature a brown and honey combo that is mirrored at the temples: the temple tips end in the same honey colour as the front of the frames. The oval-shape of these glasses is ideal for narrower faces, and adds visual interest without being overwhelming. The plastic frames are finished off with Pentax lenses.
Zeke Goodwin is a trained chef who just made the move to Toronto to work in TV. What better way to mark the occasion than with a new pair of frames? These Japanese-inspired glasses are from popular discount retailer Optical Thirty 8. Made from wood and acetate, the frames are a slightly larger take on the classic square-shape, and fit perfectly on Zeke’s face. We love the contrast between the brown and black, and between the grain of the wood with the smooth finish of the acetate.
Zeke thought the wood felt “very Toronto” and would help give him a new, hip look in the city. We think he’ll fit in just fine!
Ryan Guldemond is the lead singer and guitarist of Canadian indie rockers Mother Mother, and we spotted him in Toronto in these rock-and-roll worthy shades. Ryan picked up these aviator sunglasses at a London Drugs store, after leaving his usual pair of Maui Jim’s behind at the studio. Though he calls these his “no name glasses,” we’re digging the classic look of the metallic frame, while the double bridge and tortoiseshell tips add a little bit of edge. Paired with a leather bomber, it’s a cool and confident look whether you’re on – or off stage.
Kellee knows that sometimes, a simple design can go a long way. Take her glasses for example, which she bought during a trip to China (with lenses later filled in Turkey). Kellee gravitated toward the sleek black frames, classic shape, and the wood detail on the sides. Larger rectangular frames can run the risk of looking awkward or costume-y, but these ones flatter Kellee’s face shape well. The glasses project confidence and style, without going over the top.
Rod Andrade is a local artist from Toronto, and we snapped him while he was selling some of his silk-screened wood pieces at the Queen West Art Crawl in Trinity Bellwoods Park. It’s clear that an artist needs an equally artistic pair of glasses, and these frames fit the bill. We love the bright red and orange tones, reminiscent of a lava lamp or abstract painting. The rectangular shape is a classic silhouette, but the metal accents on the temples add a modern, industrial twist. Between the bold colors and details, this is not an easy pair of glasses to pull off, but Rod does it effortlessly. Oh and that handkerchief scarf and the blue sneakers: a fashionable – and yes, artistic – touch.
The thing about glasses is they should be treated as an accessory, much like the way you switch out your watch or bracelet. Sure they’re worn for practical reasons, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little bit of fun with your eyewear as well. Case in point: these oversized, square-shaped frames that Calvin found on eBay. We love the animal print design, high nose bridge and boxy shape. Calvin loved that they fit his face without overwhelming it. Either way, this is a pair of specs that can liven up any outfit, either as the starting point for a fashion-forward look, or as the perfect finishing touch!