Forget about the old "Four-eyes!" schoolyard taunt. Glasses are ultra-wearable now -- even cool. And the dreaded Coke-bottles seem to be at the point of extinction, since even the strongest prescription can be filled with a regular-thickness lens.
Specs are so sensational, people no longer bemoan the inevitable decline of their vision. Why worry when you can put on fab frames? I myself am actually glad that I'm finding it harder to see and spend a lot of time squinting at my computer. Stylish frames are available to suit any personality.
Slip on these vintage frames (1, Ratas Optical, 219 Danforth, 416-465-6251, $159) or try this Leo Theo style (2, Karir Eyewear Boutique, 138 Cumberland, 416-975-0536, $320). Go green with envy for Paul Smith glasses (3, Josephson Eye Solutions, 60 Bloor West, 416-964-7070, $280), get wired with Paulo Pilipe (4, Ratas, $259) or try basic black with this Alain Mikli set (5, Josephson, $445).
Funk it up with two-tone Face à Face specs (6, Josephson, $495) or wear retro chic with Boz (7, Rapp Optical, 788 College, 416-537-6590, $280). Since bronze is said to be magnetically healing, fend off illness with Japanese-bred J.S.B.S (8, Optical Outlook, 104 Yorkville, 416-961-9589, $280). Would you prefer Lafont's sexy librarian look (9, Karir, $246)?
Hypnotize your mate with these alienesque Boz frames whose lenses can be prescription or non (10, Rapp, $160), or opt for German-made naughty little jet-black Ogis with zebra-print interior (11,Rapp, $170). Saki to me (12, Honest Ed's Optical, 581 Bloor West, 416-531-7757, $99), or try on IC Berlin's sleek Vincent style (13, Karir, $375) or Belgium's Theó Mamy wire frames (14, Rapp, $380).
Tortoise-shell Mikli (15, Optical Outlook, $460) are still the rage, Ichiro Tokyo ruby frames (16, Honest Ed's, $99) are red hot, and Sama's wire frames (17, Josephson, $450) prove the staying power of the cat's-eye. Imago goes the squiggly route (18, Ratas, $279), while Eye Phorics (19, Ratas, $279) go frameless. Treat yourself to a pair of funky-chunky life-of-the-party L.A. Eyeworks specs (20, Rapp, $280).
Now, to make braces cool.
With files from Emma Medeiros