By LUCY ORMONDE
I’d like to take this moment to thank the Fashion Gods for bringing glasses back into fashion.
I only wish glasses were as fashionable when I was in high school as they are now.
You remember that girl in your Year 7 English class with the braces and the glasses? That was me. Braces AND glasses.
Parties sucked. Ski trips were a nightmare (imagine wearing glasses under goggles) and there was no such thing as a prescription sunglass that didn’t look like it was plucked from the shelf of my grandparents’ house.
Nothing I wore matched the bright blue aqua frames I chose from the ‘teenage’ section at the optometrist – except the books I was carrying around in my library bag.
Man, it was tough.
But fortunately – for me anyway – things have changed in recent years. Glasses are cool, prescription sunnies suddenly aren’t restricted to the fold up-fold down variety, and I’m kissing the pages of my fashion magazines to celebrate.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine walked into a party wearing a pair of kick-ass thick-rimmed frames that made everyone stop and stare.
When she walked up to say hello, my first question to her was not “how are you?” (which it should have been) but rather “where do I get those glasses?” (because that’s what was really what I cared about.)
The answer? Specsavers.
The next day I took myself to the closest store and promptly bought the same pair. In two different colours. And the best part? They were so well priced they should have been free.
So when the girls from Specsavers came to Mamamia on a sunny spring day this week to show us Specsavers’ new range of prescription sunglasses, we all went a little nuts trying on the many, many styles they pulled out of their Mary Poppins-esque bag.
Think thick frames. Think thin. There were colours. Black. Tortoiseshell. Colours. Oh the colours! The collection ranges as follows: glamour, vintage, classic and sporty. Alex Perry. Country Road. Tommy Hilfiger. Osiris. Quiksilver. Roxy. And something to fit everyone’s face shape. (I for one have a very flat nose that doesn’t hold sunnies well)
Sun protection has never looked so stylish.
I’m not going to lie to you…. Wearing glasses can still have its moments – just last week, there was the moment I fell asleep on a flight and dropped my glasses and had to ask an able-eyed person to help me search the floor – but at least now we can do it with a little more style.
That is, when we can find our glasses.
Style editor Jasmine
The full range is available in store now. AND you can get 2 pairs for the one low price, which now includes prescription sunglasses. That’s a pair of prescription sunglasses and a pair of designer glasses from just $199.
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