“Frame Friday” Roundup: The Value of a Variety-Spiced Life

  • BY Dave Schreiner

The old adage that “variety is the spice of life” is more important than you might think, especially when it comes to things like food, clothing, and glasses. The combination of the potential to become monotonous and the fact that most people who wear glasses do so every day means you either have to learn to ignore them, or find a way to add a splash of variety now and then. Research has even shown that across a number of different objects and experiences, our brains become desensitized to the same thing over time, so it’s only natural to crave variety and the brain chemicals it stimulates.

So we’re starting off this week with bold takes on prime colors and durable interpretations of on-trend lines. These frames are for children, and they are the perfect combination of exciting tones, hip design, and affordable value. Your kids may or may not actually care about having glasses options, but either way, these options are a spicey shot of variety in one, complete package.

What stronger demonstration of variety is there than this opposing set of glasses. Thin, sleek, contemporary, and virtually timeless, the metal pair is perfect for the days when you mean business and want the world to know you’re serious and will brook no distractions. At the other end of the spectrum, these hardy, half-translucent frames are thick, chunky almost. With a dash of early 2000’s style in the shape of the frames and a clear sense of playfulness, these glasses are great for any casual occasion where you might want to go off script.

When you really want to make a statement, these white, cat-eye frames are almost costume-y in their volume. Appropriate for an upper-Manhattan socialite or a hipster trolling Rodeo for vintage deals, these retro frames can be worn as the every-day or as the occasional variety to keep you feeling excited about your ensemble. And when you just want to close things off and get your coffee, these dark, large lenses with a splash of purple are just the thing.

When it comes to glasses, as in life, it pays to have options. If you can give yourself access to a bit of fun and variety, you’ll be more engaged in your outward appearance and happier about how you look, even if you just spend a few extra minutes picking out the right pair of frames.