Glasses

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by javyn, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I happen to be liking tortoiseshell glasses at the moment. They look classy and understated. I'm having trouble finding one that has the right proportions though, as I don't want it too square (emo) or too round (old man.)

    You might like these. I have them in my "rotation".
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  2. ragdoll

    ragdoll Senior member

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    Horton's suggestion is the best. Find a good eyeglass shop and ask their advice. That is what they do all day, after all.
     
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    I happen to be liking tortoiseshell glasses at the moment. They look classy and understated. I'm having trouble finding one that has the right proportions though, as I don't want it too square (emo) or too round (old man.)

    I was looking for the same thing, but ended up finding that a true tortoiseshell was/is too aggressive with my coloring.

    Since you are in NYC, pls check out Morgenthal Frederics - they have real horn tortoiseshell frames (that cost about $1K before lenses are added in...) and nice plastic tortoiseshell as well (about $300 for frames alone). So does the much-maligned Oliver Peoples (tho' only in plastic).

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    To Parker - what brand are those? They look quite nice. I have been staying away from the chunky temple look on plastic frames (which is part of why I went with Morgenthal Frederics), but those are quite cool.
     
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    SGladwell Senior member

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    They're not the most stylish glasses, but I've found Silhouette's rimless frames to be the most comfortable for 18 hour a day wear. And they can take lenses up to -7.2 if you get a high index poly.
     
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    A Y Senior member

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    I have a pair of Lindberg Air Titaniums, and they're wonderful. The construction detail is also really cool: there isn't a single screw in them. But definitely find a good eyeglass shop, and try on different frames. They even have mirrors with digital cameras in them that let you compare pictures of yourself with different glasses on side-by-side.

    --Andre
     
  6. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    These are Paul Smith. I think Oliver Peoples makes them. I have a few different PS frames. Most of their models suit my face. The arms are not too chunky, just enough to be different.
     
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    Renault78law Senior member

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    When I'm wearing glasses, I wear Oliver Peoples Lance model:
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    Cutler & Gross also have horn rimmed frames for about $1000+.
     
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    They're not the most stylish glasses, but I've found Silhouette's rimless frames to be the most comfortable for 18 hour a day wear. And they can take lenses up to -7.2 if you get a high index poly.

    I also have Silhoutte rimless frames; they're remarkably light and comfortable. A lack of joints means you're never searching for an optometrist if you lose a screw (happened in Mexico a few years back, not fun).

    They may or may not be the most stylish, but I do get a good amount of compliments on them. They're very nice for not grabbing attention away from your overall look. Give them a try.
     
  10. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone, they are greatly appreciated. I like the look of tortoise too, but am afraid it won't look good on me since I am a "winter", based on my complexion, hair color, eye color, &c. Apparently brown is a no-no color for me.
     
  11. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    The Seasons color system, not rated highly in some parts.

    Is that you in the picture? Brown frames suit him fine.
     
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    southbound35 Senior member

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    I suggest trying to find the best eyeglass shop you can afford and ask for suggestions. There are a lot of eyeglasses that look great in a case but not once they're on you, and a lot that you might pass over which actually would look great on you.

    A good shop will match frames to face, skin tone, eye color, personality.


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    Many of the frames suggested look great, but you never know until you try some on. Also, a good shop will not put you in an expensive pair of glasses just for the sale. They know a good-looking pair of glasses (regardless of price) is the best advertising they can get.

    Another suggestion--not that you indicated you might do otherwise--be willing to spend a little more than you might think is reasonable for your frames. Unlike your favorite pair of shoes, suit, dress shirt, tie, etc., your glasses are an accessory seen every single day. Skimp on your boxer shorts (if you must); but if the absolute perfect frame is 10,15,25% more than you planned on spending, you'll thank yourself later for making the additional investment.
     
  13. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    It isn't?! Damn that is the ONLY thing I know about fashion (other than not wearing a tie with short sleeve shirts, thanks to AAAC).

    Is there a superior "system" out there? Also, yes, it is me in the avatar pic. What you can't see is that I have very deep blue eyes, I am afraid tortoise shell would look goofy over them. Opinions/advice are still greatly appreciated of course, thanks guys.

    All of those frames look spectacular, btw...and no I don't have a problem spending money on frames...that is, if I have any money left after my silver tip shaving brush splurge!
     
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    I've been told that I'm a "winter", but I think I look better in dark brown frames than in black ones.
     
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    You are not a winter in the same way an East Asian might be: black hair, dark brown eyes, fair skin. The hair and eye colours are different but the "advice" remains the same for all "winters". It is not so simple and you must work with your complexion a bit more intricately. Brown is certainly not a no-no for you.
     

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