Any fashion-forward thinker will tell you that there’s a big difference between throwing clothes on for the day and curating an outfit of the day— #OOTD! One of the easiest ways to take your look up a notch is to creatively accessorize. When you hear accessories your mind most likely goes right to jewelry, handbags, and belts. These are all great options for completing your outfit, but there’s one accessory you may have overlooked: glasses. You don’t need a prescription to wear glasses as an accessory. However, if you do require corrective lenses, you can absolutely turn them into a fashion statement.
Did you know over four billion people worldwide wear glasses? Roughly 75% of the global adult population needs some kind of vision correction. Putting on glasses every day may seem like a hassle-free solution to vision problems, but it can truly be a pain sometimes for those of us who do not possess the gift of 20/20 vision. Individuals who don’t need glasses may not understand the predicament of those who do and fashionistas who opt-in to wearing glasses can certainly attest! Luckily, glasses wearers everywhere (those born of necessity and those who wear for fun) helped to compile tips and tricks to navigating life with lenses.
Slipping and Fogging
Stretched out glasses sliding down your nose and fogged up lenses from a quick and drastic temperature change are arguably the two most frustrating things about wearing glasses. Fortunately, both issues are easily avoidable! To prevent your glasses from slipping, dab a little eyeshadow primer onto your nose right where your glasses sit. There are a ton of products out there specially designed to alleviate this problem, but primer is available at any drugstore and blends right into your skin! It will help to make the bridge of your nose a bit tacky, stopping slips before they start.
Whenever your glasses get dirty clean them with shaving cream or standard issue bar soap. Either product will leave a clear, protective film on your lenses that will prevent them from fogging up. Simply rub onto dry lenses and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. These are unisex hacks that work perfectly for both men’s and women’s glasses, for corrective and accessory lenses alike!
DIY Cleaner and Scratch Removal
Experts recommend cleaning your glasses daily to keep them in the best possible condition. Not only is it good for your glasses, having clean frames is better for your skin and eyes too. Save yourself a trip to the store and start making your own eyeglass cleaner! All you need to do is combine 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part water, 3 drops of dish soap in a spray bottle, shake well and viola, you have the perfect DIY cleaning solution.
No matter how hard you try to avoid scratching your lenses, it will inevitably happen. Toothpaste can actually be an incredibly useful tool to remove scratches. Apply a small amount directly to your lenses and gently buff scratches out with a cotton ball, q-tip, or any soft material. Make sure you are using non-abrasive toothpaste, otherwise you run the risk of making the scratch worse.
Nothing beats a great pair of shades and nothing is worse than having to forgo a pair of stylish sunglasses because of your corrective lenses. Sunny days and sunglasses go hand in hand, but not everyone can wear, or likes to wear contact lenses. The solution? Transition, or photochromic lenses. These lenses adjust to the lighting around you. They darken when exposed to bright light or sunlight and lighten in soft, dim lighting or in the dark. Not only are transition lenses functional, they are uber stylish. They are available in all shapes and sizes, there’s a pair for every style preference. Sunglass trends change frequently, but one thing remains constant: they are an essential accessory for everyone, prescription or not.
Choose the Right Frames
This one may seem like a no-brainer but it’s worth repeating. If you are wearing glasses for an extended period of time, you need to carefully select your frames. This is definitely a time to splurge a little, invest in a quality pair as you’ll likely have them for a while. Choose frames that complement the shape of your face. Try a bunch of pairs to see what looks and feels the best. Pro-tip: take a selfie with each contender, go grab a coffee, and peruse pictures at your leisure. This takes the pressure off and allows you to take your time making the right decision.
Sustainable and Eco-friendly Glasses
Living a more sustainable lifestyle is something we should all strive for. Shopping for ethically sourced, sustainable products help to protect our planet. Small changes can be hugely beneficial, so why not start with sustainable eyewear? Glasses and sunglasses made from recycled materials can be shaped into any fashion-forward style and they make the world a better place, one pair at a time!