Friday, 9 May 2008

Negative Ghost-Rider... the pattern is full

Due to the pure awesomeness of the weather here in London this week I have begun the summer search for the perfect sunglasses. Quite similar to the winter coat hunt really, considering it becomes quite a high use seasonal item you really do have to be super happy with your choice, bearing in mind that in 6 months you will detest the item due to its everyday requirement and general over use.

I believe eye wear choice can tell you a lot about a person. Glasses belong in the same category as belts, wallets and shoes, a quick glance south of the shins and I can generally pin personality type, job description and post code – so much for living in a classless society.

There are 2 categories of sunglasses:
1) Cheap, on trend, breakable and easy to replace
2) Prescription ergo expensive ergo break your heart when you sit on them

I unfortunately belong to the latter of the 2 groups and therefore spend a good month (generally May) contemplating size, shape, colour (lens & frame) and price. I’m not fussy when it comes to label however tend to shy away from massive D&G style branding & sparkle on the arms. Eeek.

Due to my prescription requirement I’m limited when it comes to frame and style. The outer rim must be strong and the manufacturing sturdy to hold the thicker than usual lens and the shape can not be too rounded or “wrapped” or my optometrist will refuse to fit the lens. This unfortunately was my problem in the summer of 2007 leaving me with my tortoise shell, over sized, pre baby, Nicole Richie themed sunglasses. The Rachel Zoe days were so yesterday.

I’m just dying (how very dramatic & not at all accurate) to find the perfect pair of aviators (aren't we all?) and was advised yesterday that the best place to find them is in the kids range of Ray Ban. Apparently they are smaller, catering for children’s faces and sturdier catering for children’s clumsiness – perfect. Only problem is aviators are impossible to fit prescription lenses to (rim too thin and shape too tricky) – not so perfect, considering I’d prefer to see the approaching bus, giving me time to step out of its way before it actually hits me.

Yesterday saw me donning my mates vintage R.B aviators circa 1987, complete with warranty and classic old school case, love love love them, the only problem being I can’t see a bloody thing when I wear them – quite a big problem really. I could opt for contact lenses all in the name of fashion but tend to get a severe case of ‘red eye’ after a few hours of wear, prompting parental questions such as “are you smoking pot?” “should we be worried about you Francis?” – also quite a problem. I could simply let the aviator dream go and continue the search for the perfect summer accessory; however, its just such a drag, try on, take off, try on, take off etc etc and so forth…..

Maybe I’ll take a gamble and buy online this year, it’s a risky purchase considering glasses are such a personal statement but considering the sun seems to only make guest appearances here in the UK, a bad, expensive sunglass purchase has nothing on wearing an unfortunate non returnable winter coat for 7 long, cold months.

14 people have commented:

Sarah said...

The Ray Bans really suit you, it's a shame you can't see anything when you wear them. Good luck on finding a pair that can fit your lenses, let us know what you find.

Fashion Addict said...

I hope you find a good pair of sunglasses, it's just too bad that you have boundaries because you need lenses...

BTW, thanks for coming to my blog and commenting! I was wondering, would you like to do a link exchange with me?

susie_bubble said...

I believe there are online prescription sunglasses services which can fit almost all sunnies.... the aviators look great on you... was really nice to meet you yesterday by the way!

Fashion Addict said...

thanks for adding my link! I just added yours!

Miss at la Playa said...

I need aviators right now!

A dreamer said...

hay i think you look fantastic in them.
i stole my dad's aviators.

Imelda Matt said...

hmmm...I hear your pain. I have large Oprah size head so finding glasses that cover my face is near-to-impossible. I say don't give up the good fight, you'll find the right le specs in-time for summer.

Boy In Boston Now In London said...

I love the name of this article!

These are the ones I bought a while back, which have been fantastic as they're not too dark and can be worn in all levels of brightness (they actually make cloudy days a little brigher looking!):

http://www.marketworks.com/storefrontprofiles/DeluxeSFItemDetail.aspx?sid=1&sfid=78507&c=439377&i=223689266

Okay, not the best link, but you get the idea. I have a pic of me wearing them, but have no idea how to show you!

coco said...

I think it is good to have a combonation of cheap and more expensive sunglasses
classic styles can be worn year after year so they are good investments

Fashion Critic said...

I love your ray bands they are fierce.

I can never find a pair that suit me.

AlicePleasance said...

The aviators are really great on you...good luck!

WendyB said...

Those look great.

Mica said...

Oh, those frames really suit your face :) Such a shame you can't get prescription lenses for them. I wonder if you could find a similar style frame at all?

I don't know much about sunnies - they're essentail wear almost every day in Oz, but I tend to loose them or sit on them, so I hate spending too much on them. I generally pick up cheap, "on trend" ones that are everywhere as they only last a few months max until I need new ones!

aimable said...

I had always wanted to wear too Contact lenses because I want to change the color of my eyes. And what color do I want? Green! Yup some people may find this weird but I would love it if my eyes were green because I find it unique and interesting. Well I‘ve found good ones from a site online and I’m very happy coz I found them with great price at Lensesco.com via this link: http://www.Lensesco.com