When you consider what sort of accessories you want to enhance your daily wardrobe, you may consider jewellery, belts, handbags and hats. But have you ever considered how a pair of glasses could upgrade your look? After all, glasses aren’t just there to enhance your vision or used to block out the sun. Nowadays, glasses can be purchased without lenses in a wide range of colours and styles. They can be made to match with any outfit and suit any occasion. If you are looking to add a quirky or hipster feel to your style, then a pair of cool glasses frames is the perfect tool to influence your look and give your friends and family an insight into the type of person you are.
What is the history behind Glasses?
The history of glasses actually begins in Venice with the appearance of “lapides ad legendum“, also known as “stones for reading.” Although the frames themselves were not created until 1300, it was this creation, as well as the “roidi da ogli”, “round glass for the eyes” in 1284, that lead to the creation of glasses as a whole. In 1300, the lenses were held together with a rim of metal or wrought leather, being riveted together at the end of each handle. As there was no way of them being fitted around the eyes securely without them falling off, they were held up to the eyes by hand.
It was not until the 1500’s that frames became more stylised, for both the rich and nobility. They were fashioned out of tortoise shell, whalebone, horn and leather. The 16th century expanded the trade of glasses across Europe, to the extent where Guild Regulations needed to be drawn up to supervise it.
One of the main flaws of these glasses was that they could not be secured to the face. “Pinch Nose” was an original title of glasses that were stabilised by being squeezed on the bridge of the nose, but some even considered whether or not they could be fastened to wigs and hats to keep them secured to the face. 1700’s saw the emergence of “Temple Glasses”, which included frames that could be slotted over the ears to ensure that they did not fall off the face. These glasses, combined with the creation of the eyeglass, lorgnette and monocle, created the opportunity to fashion them into true masterpieces. This meant that glasses now were made of gold, silver and additional precious materials. They often contained precious stones or were ornately patterned. The more expensive the glasses the more that they distinguished your social rank and position.
From there, the 1900’s oversaw the creation of glasses that combined different materials in the frames. They became a form of protection for the iris, as well as a fashion statement. Plastic and Metal Frames are affordable for everyone. They are produced on a mass scale and can be obtained from any fashion boutique or optician. Glasses now represent a reflection of style and personality and are clearly an important accessory for any fashion-conscious individual.
Can I wear Glasses with Perfect Eyesight?
It is natural to think that if you wear glasses then you must have a problem with your eyesight. Nowadays that doesn’t have to be the case. Fashion Glasses are created without lenses and are perfect to combine with any outfit. You can wear them whenever you want to enhance the appeal of any of your outfits.
What sort of Styles are there?
Whether you are prescribed glasses or just want them as fashion accessory, it is important for you to pick a pair of glasses that will really suit your style, as well as the occasion you tend to use them for. There are a number of glasses shapes that will reflect a different style trait. These include:
- Cat Eye Glasses: Sleek and Old Hollywood Glamour
- Oversized and Thick Frames: Hipster and Geek Chic
- Transparent Frames: Professional and Understated/Minimalistic
- Wooden Frames: Quirky and Original
- Colourful Frames: Creative and Artistic
What is important is that you choose a frame set and shape that completely suits your face. Don’t worry about following trends. Instead, take a moment to look in the mirror to see what sort of face you have, to consider what would best suit your style. Your face shape will determine how big and what shape your frames should be. In addition to this, you may want to also take in the tone of your skin to decide on the colour of your glasses’ frames.
What Cool Glasses Frames are there for Men?
If you are a man looking for a pair of extremely cool glasses, you need to consider how they will fully impact your style. If you want a slick look then it is important to stick to darker, coloured frames. Relatively thick glasses with a black or dark coloured frame will always define your cheekbones and show off your eyes. However, if you want a fun and laid-back style, you may also want to consider clashing coloured frames. These frames consist of bright colours that naturally clash together to give a hipster look to them. They are perfect for those who want to bring a splash of spontaneity to their outfit.
What Cool Glasses Frames are there for Women?
Cool Glasses for Women come in all shapes and sizes, but what you pick should suit your face and a wide variety of your outfits. You need glasses that are versatile enough to suit your full wardrobe, which is why you should consider investing in either multiple light and dark frames, or changing colour/ metallic frames. These will really add a fashionable edge to any outfit. In addition to this, you can even get photochromatic lenses for your glasses. This means that they will tint in sun light. That way you can always add that Hollywood chic or summer babe look to your glasses.
Do you really have to pick Gendered Glasses?
Your choice in stylised glasses should not be dependant on whether they have been created with men or women in mind. If you see a style that you like then go ahead and wear them with pride. After all, what matters is that you are happy and feel comfortable with your cool new glasses.