Sunday, 18 October 2015

Cool girl, cool glasses

I always like to represent. Apart from having an astigmatism and very dry eyes which means contact lenses are a last resort for me (special occasions only), I really like wearing glasses. I also like to show women in glasses in a positive light - if you wear them everyday, why not show them off?

Kristen Stewart looking immense in a Chanel glasses campaign

I recently watched the 'Iris' documentary as well, which got me thinking about dressing for your self and with a 'who cares' confidence. At 93, Iris Apfel is a true style icon and her individual style (and fabulous glasses) are what makes her unique.

Wearing my trademark frames for Red Magazine, February 2014

As someone with limited budget, and no desire to have 10 pairs of different styles, one pair of glasses has to really last - it pretty much becomes my 'style'. My last (Burberry) pair, before they finally gave up the ghost in Paris, were my signature style for 6 years - more out of laziness than anything, once I found I pair I liked wearing everyday, it seemed pointless to update.

The dream, for me, would be a pair of Cutler & Gross hand-made frames - but I always get annoyed by having to ask for something 'useful' for Christmas, I'd rather ask for cashmere. Besides, there are some amazing brands out there at the moment that make cool glasses an affordable price.

'Markova' glasses: £98 including prescription lenses, Bailey Nelson

If you're US based, or know someone who could help with shipping/customs costs then Warby Parker is the perfect example of chic, affordable eyewear. Glasses starting at $95, they also offer a pair to someone in need for every pair purchased.

Luckily, the UK has caught up and has some great, affordable frames.

1. 'Shoreditch' glasses, including prescription and a free second pair, £95, Glasses Direct

2. 'Redlaw' glasses, including prescription lenses, £40, ToyShades

3. 'Hudson' acetate glasses, including prescription lenses, £89, Ace and Tate

4.'Markova' acetate glasses, including prescription lenses, £98, Bailey Nelson

And here comes the good bit: Bailey Nelson are giving away one pair of prescription glasses exclusively to a Frugality reader. All you have to do is:

1) Follow @baileynelson_uk on instagram
2) Upload a photo of your favourite glasses wearing icon on Instagram - male or female - tagging @baileynelson_uk and hashtag #TheFrugalityxBaileyNelson.

If you do not have instagram, please email me your picture

To be eligible for the glasses, you will need to had a recent eye test (within the last 2 years) and have access to your prescription.

I will pick a winner at random by 31st October 2015.


  1. I loved this post! I cannot wear contacts and have started to enjoy bold statement frames. My current ones are taupe wood-grain ones. If you ever go to Italy, you can buy hand cut acetate frames for circa €100, try Bongi in Florence for example.

    1. Thank you! It's nice to be proud of your glasses, I learnt this a long time ago, I can't change my eyesight so it's better to just enjoy cool frames! x

  2. As a glasses wearer I love these alternatives to the regular high street glasses retailers! Always wish you could get warby parker in the UK, especially when Leith Clark collaborated with them! Another suggestion for a slightly unique pair of glasses is the recently launched Scottish brand Iolla, all there glasses are £65 x

  3. I cherished this post! I can't wear contacts and have begun to appreciate striking explanation outlines. My present ones are beige wood-grain ones. On the off chance that you ever go to Italy, you can purchase hand cut acetic acid derivation outlines for around $150. However, Sexy West London escorts are now waiting for you. Thanks!!


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