See Through

I can’t see properly. When I was about 13 years old, we had an eye doctor in school who made a vision test with us and introduced me to the – for my then-prepubescent-self absolutely shocking – fact that I have oblique astigmatism and need glasses. Only when doing thing s like reading from the blackboard, watching TV, going to the movies, using a computer or driving (driving wasn’t really an issue for me back then, at least). But nonetheless, I needed glasses, and I for sure didn’t want any.

Over the years, I became accustomed to my glasses, and even started to like them more and more. Plus, because my dad had a really nice insurance back then and I was lucky enough to be co-insured (let’s hear it for minor privileges!), I could pick a new pair every two years, no matter how fancy and expensive, and they would be for free! Well, not really, since my dad had to pay for his insurance after all, but anyways.

My current pair of glasses, I’ve had for many years now. I got a little lazy and often forget to wear them, and I’m starting to think that’s probably because I don’t really like them anymore. Silly thing is, the older I get the less I can see in the dark, which is especially uncomfortable when driving at night on badly lit roads I don’t know very well. So, I have decided I need new glasses. Currently I got two favourite brands when it comes to spectacles: Ace & Tate and Andy Wolf. Both companies produce beautiful frames, and they both got arguments speaking in favor of them.

Ace & Tate is a Dutch company that offer both eye- and sunglasses at a super reasonable price, being 98€ for every pair to allow you to own more than just one frame and be able to switch them and adapt your eyewear to your style. Most of their frames are made of cellulose acetate, a lasting and lightweight material. They use synthetic glass that is anti-reflective, anti-scratch-coated and with UV protection on botch optical and sun glasses. And a really wonderful detail is that they donate to Sightsavers, a charity for people with sight disabilities in developing countries, with every pair they sell. And for all the environmentally conscious among you, there is their „Black is the new Green“ collection made of 100% bio-degradable acetate. What’s not to love?!

Andy Wolf is an Austrian company that produces handmade high-quality frames, designed and made in Austria. Founded in 2006 by three like-minded creative spirits, the company now employs 50 people and their frames are available in 38 countries. Of course, the eyewear has its price, but since they only use the best materials and the frames are handmade, I think it’s totally justified. I personally love their eclectic designs and also their very original advertisements! Watch a video of how the frames are made here.

But now, let’s get to my personal favourites, starting in the top row, left to right:

  • light blue Frame 5025 by Andy Wolf. I love both the size and the fabulous colour!! Definitely one of my top choices!
  • peachy pink Lucca in Malibu Peach by Ace & Tate. Again, loving the pastel colour here.
  • round frames Easton in Caramel Havana by Ace & Tate. I think this is a classical model in a warm shade that’s probably very flattering.
  • super extravaganza aka Frame 5050 in black by Andy Wolf. I guess you either love it or hate it. I do the former, for sure! I love the secretary-kinda fifties style and cat-eye shape.
  • next up, the Hudson in Black by Ace & Tate. A total classic in my book. Slightly nerdy, which I love! This one is also on the top of my list, just that I prefer the colour Charcoal Gradient even more.
  • aaand the Frame 4500 by Andy Wolf. I have a thing for bicoloured frames, and this one is an especially pretty specimen. Also super nice in blue.

What do you guys think, do you like wearing eyeglasses or do you prefer contacts? Or are you one of those people that don’t even have a prescription but still wear glasses with plain glass just for fashion purposes?

C u Lovies (ha, no pun intended!),

xx Verena

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