As we have all come to know, the addition of one, or many — as in the case of Iris Apfel — accessories can elevate an outfit from drab to fab, and this season we are testing out glasses as our go-to piece. As we are all too familiar with the struggle of dressing for our age, glasses are a welcomed fashion accessory that surpasses age and gender boundaries. Whether you wake up tomorrow as a 25-year-old gal or a 59-year-old man, throw on a pair of glasses and join the fashionistas of the world in bringing back fashionable eyewear. Maybe Iris’ signature black-rimmed, owl-like glasses are not your style, but we promise there is a pair out there for you. Today, we enlisted the help of local experts to highlight our favorite specs around town.
Picks from Barton Perierra
4017 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 309 • (615) 891-4807
Barton Perierra specializes in luxury eyewear constructed in a studio in Japan. Each pair is crafted by skilled artisans with the finest materials and offers a timeless design.
Getty in Matte Heroine Chic
Despite the name, we think these frames would suit a guy just as well as a gal. Tortiose shell is perfect for friendlier folk who enjoy intellectual conversation. Leave the transition lenses behind because these frames come with a sun clip ($130) that lets you easily — and stylishly — move from the indoors out. Find them for $480 at Barton Perriera.
Melody in Oxblood
While thick frames can elicit images of Buddy Holly, the shape and color of these Melody glasses offer a modern look. These are a little brighter than the traditional black frames and look even better when the light hits them. Break them out at this year’s holiday party. Find them for $350 at Barton Perriera.
Flynn in Midnight
For certain people, rimless frames can be aging. Don’t take the risk. These metal, half-rimmed glasses offer an air of sophistication, and we think they would pair nicely with a suit or a tuxedo. Ladies, do not shy away from these frames as they are suited for any gender. Available for $585 at Barton Perriera.
Picks from Visionary Eyeworks
73 White Bridge Pike • (615) 353-0434
Visionary Eyeworks offers an impressive selection of designer glasses, which means you’ll find something for you and everyone else in your family.
Ray Bans in Clubmaster Wood
Hipster meets sophistication with these fashionable specs. The frames are available in walnut, maple and cherry wood and are backed with rubber to provide durability and flexibility. Men and women alike will make a statement with these Clubmasters. Find them for $300 at Visionary Eyeworks.
Polo Prep in Tortiose and Blue
Young’ns shouldn’t have to sacrifice style, and these Polo Ralph Lauren glasses ensure they don’t. The small, plastic frames are square shaped, and the tortoise shell coloring is offset by blue interior and side coloring. Find them for $110 at Visionary Eyeworks.
Tory Burch in Metal and Wood
As she always does, Tory Burch has found a way to combine natural colors and materials to create a chic, yet sensible, accessory. These frames are crafted with metal and wood, and we adore the cat eye-style frame. Find them for $230 at Visionary Eyeworks.
Tiffany & Co. in Butterfly
Make a statement with colorful frames like these. For those who are bit more hesitant to make too bold of a statement, try a rich, blue color. Blues work on cool blondes and brunettes and can really bring out a pair of blue eyes. Starting at $300 at Visionary Eyeworks
Picks from Berry Eye Care
4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 204 • (615) 298-2020
Berry Eye Care, a locally owned eyewear gallery, has something to fit your budget, style and fashion sense. Stop by to find eyewear that suits your needs, or get expert help as the Berry Eye Care team can help you pick a pair that will elevate your look.
Ogi in Yellow Mingle
If you are hunting for a pair of frames with warm, rich undertones, these Yellow Mingle Ogi frames fit the bill. The architectural design and creative coloring give these neutral frames added interest. Find them for $345 at Berry Eye Care.
Swarovski in Teal
These frames say “outgoing” and “playful;” the coloring and temple details give them, and you, a pop of personality. If you are looking to abandon the traditional eyewear you have donned for years, try these. Available for $252 at Berry Eye Care
Modo in Black Gradient
Modo is known for their trend-setting eyewear, and these frames are no exception. The lightweight frames feature a rectangular shape that convey a sporty look. These glasses are designed for men and would look dashing on a round or oval face. Get them for $262 at Berry Eye Care.
Picks from Warby Parker
1207 Villa Place • (615) 866-6919
Warby Parker has made a name for themselves in the world of glasses, and this month they have made the move down South with their new storefront in Edgehill Village. Named after two Jack Kerouac characters, Warby Parker inspires a literary style with their hip specs.
Abbott in Heritage Bronze
Iconic in shape and style, these titanium frames can take anyone (guys or girls) from the library to the bar. Many with rounder faces tend to shy away from rounder frames, but we say go for it. The Abbott frames look good on everyone. Find them for $145 at Warby Parker.
Chelsea in Glacier Grey
Part of the new winter collection, these frames are as cool as ice. You never have to worry about your glasses clashing with your outfit, and they will not pull attention away from your face. Glasses are meant to highlight your features, not hide them. Find them for $95 at Warby Parker.
Wilder in Squall Blue Fade
Although anyone can pull off square frames, we appreciate the way they add contrast to the round lines of an oval face. The cool blue color makes these perfect for a crisp winter day, and they look dashing on gals and guys. Try these frames with a classic style and colorful twist. Available for $95 at Warby Parker.
Once you have found the perfect pair, remember these tips:
- Don’t be afraid to dress them up — glasses look just as good with jeans and a t-shirt as a tux or ball gown.
- Confidence is key!
- To avoid having to re-adjust your glasses every time you turn your head, try Nerdwax to keep them in place. (Sold at Visionary Eyeworks)
Get out there, four-eyes, and find the glasses that fit you!