Is It OK to Wear Glasses All the Time?

Is it OK to wear glasses all the time? The internet is awash with claims that wearing eyeglasses will ruin your eyesight. Does this myth sound familiar? While many seem to believe that wearing corrective lenses will hurt your vision, it is just not true. The reality is that because you are used to seeing clearly with your glasses, it takes longer to adjust when you remove them. Also, because your vision deteriorates with age, your vision will continue to decline after you get prescription eyewear. This timing may make it seem like your eyewear is the cause. However, the vision problems are likely age-related and have nothing to do with how often you wear your glasses. You will not damage your vision by wearing eyeglasses, and your eyesight will not improve if you stop wearing them.

Is it OK to wear glasses all the time?

Should you remove your glasses throughout the day, or wear them all day long? That depends on why you wear them in the first place—you should follow your eye doctor’s recommendations on the matter. Since wearing glasses will not cause your vision to deteriorate, there is no reason to deal with blurry vision throughout the day. If you are more comfortable wearing your glasses all day, then do it. If you need them only for reading or driving, there may be no reason to wear them otherwise.

Wearing prescription glasses when you need them will prevent eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, and other discomfort, and anti-reflective and UV coatings will protect your eyes from the sun and glare. If you choose not to wear your glasses, you may experience eyestrain and spend your day squinting to see clearly.

Can I wear reading glasses all day?

A pair of nonprescription drugstore glasses may be helpful when you need to see for activities such as reading, sewing, gardening, and using your computer or phone, but if you notice you are using them more throughout the day it is time to visit an optometrist. Reading glasses are intended for occasional use, and while wearing reading glasses won’t permanently damage your eyes, an eye doctor will be able to provide you the appropriate vision correction for full-time use. Consider progressive or bifocal lenses to correct both up-close and distance vision.

When should I avoid wearing glasses?

If glasses help you see better while watching TV, driving, working, or for another activity, wear them. If you are comfortable, there is no reason you shouldn’t wear your glasses all the time—with a few exceptions.

Wearing Glasses While Sleeping

Of course you don’t need your glasses while sleeping since you’re closing your eyes. Still, here’s a friendly reminder that you should avoid falling asleep in your glasses. When bedtime comes around, put them in a case to prevent breaking or bending them.

Wearing Glasses Playing Sports

Glasses and sports don’t always mix. Prescription sunglasses may be better suited to some outdoor sports, and you should always use UV protective lenses while you’re out in the sun. Wearing regular prescription glasses while playing contact sports can be hazardous. You could bend or break your glasses or shatter your lenses, which could hurt your eyes. Glasses may slip or fog up, and may not perform well in glaring sun or lights. Protective eyewear, goggles, or rugged eyeglasses made for sports should be worn for activities like football, basketball, skiing, running, and biking.

Nor are glasses the best choice for swimming. Water splashing on the lenses is a hassle, losing your eyewear at the bottom of a lake is no good, and chlorine from pools can damage your glasses. If you can see to swim without them, your optometrist will thank you. If not, consider prescription goggles. Avoid wearing contact lenses when swimming—water trapped behind the lens could cause a bacterial infection.

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Wearing Glasses at Work

When you face eye hazards at work—such as flying wood, metal, dust, or other particles, the presence of chemicals, or exposure to bodily fluids—absolutely wear protective eyewear. This practice should extend to the home as well; wear safety glasses while working in your home wood shop, doing yard work, and engaging in activities where a foreign body or injury to the eye may occur.

Prescription eyeglasses usually don’t meet workplace standards for protective eyewear. Safety glasses have impact-resistant lenses and offer additional coverage. Wearing your safety glasses is imperative to prevent eye injury on the job, but clear vision is also necessary. If you need prescription eyeglasses and don’t wear contacts, choose prescription safety glasses, goggles, or safety glasses made to fit over your eyeglasses to best protect yourself.

Your glasses give you clearer vision and you can wear them all day without detriment, but there are times when it may be better to go without or to choose eyewear specific to your activity. While avoiding glasses on these occasions has nothing to do with prescription glasses ruining your vision, eye health and safety are definitely at stake. Choosing the appropriate eyewear in all circumstances will keep your eyes safe.

What’s the Difference between Miu Miu and Prada?

Prada and Miu Miu frames, along with over 100 brands, are currently 40% off at FramesDirect.com! Check out the full list of participating designers here.

Since both brands fall under the same umbrella, many wonder: what is the difference between Miu Miu and Prada?

Aside from the fact that both spring from the mind of fashion mastermind Miucci Prada, Miu Miu and Prada have very little in common. They come from entirely different schools of thought when it comes to design.

As Prada explains in 2015 interview with System Magazine:

“Designing for me is a very complex process. There are many ideas that I want to express in one object, very often contradictory. The creative process in Miu Miu is completely different from that of Prada. Rather than being young, Miu Miu is immediate. Prada is very sophisticated and considered; Miu Miu is much more naïve. The solution, when I am working on Miu Miu, has to come immediately, instinctively, spontaneously with whatever is available at the moment. If I think three times, I stop.”

In other words, the difference between Prada and Miu Miu is the difference between a stand up routine and improv.

The difference between a flight you booked a month ago and a drive to the beach you decided on five minutes ago.

The difference between Instagram and SnapChat.

It’s the difference between an opera that took years to write, and a brilliant idea that sprang into your head without warning (it’s happened: J.K. Rowling said that the character of Harry Potter jumped into her mind while she was riding a train).

You can see this philosophy reflected in their eyewear as well.

Look through their catalogs and you’ll see bold, risk-taking, artful flourishes in the Miu Mius. Had they gone through a design committee, some of the more eccentric touches may have been edited out. As they stand, they have a pure, impulsive and exuberant feel.

The Pradas, meanwhile, are more thoughtful and deliberate: carefully constructed with a softer aesthetic. Not quite as shocking, but just as stunning.

Here’s some examples of both Prada and Miu Miu glasses so you can see for yourself.

Miu Miu Eyewear:

 Miu Miu MU 02SS

MU 04RS MU 04SS New! MU 06SS  MU 51QV  New! MU 54SS

Prada Eyewear:

  PR 03UV PR 09QS PR 10TS  PR 27NS  PR 51SSPR 65TS

 

 

Both totally different approaches for different tastes.

We can see a big difference between Miu Miu and Prada. Which one do you prefer?

And don’t forget: all these frames are 40% off at FramesDirect! Prescription lenses are also 50% off.

Summer Style Mentions Roundup

Autumn is here, and we’re looking back at how we spent the final weeks of the lazy, hazy days of summer. We caught as many rays as possible, and we weren’t the only ones to throw on a pair of sunglasses and show off our summer style. Just check out how some of our favorite Instagrammers styled their FramesDirect sunnies!

Bri and Ami of hungryhipsters hit the festival scene wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses. In addition to soaking up some sun and listening to live music, they taste-tested their way across the venue. Photos of their fantastic style and delicious festival bites had us wishing for more.

We’re out doing our festival thing again??

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Laura of The Pixie Cut never fails to thrill us with her fun, flashy looks. If you like fabulous hair, edgy fashion, and things that sparkle—with a few furry surprises thrown in—you’ll love this. Check out her impressive collection of sunglasses, including these Prada Cinema frames from FramesDirect. She styled them perfectly straight through summer and into the fall.


The Northern Southern’s Elizabeth showed off a similar pair of Prada sunglasses throughout the season. She proved that sunglasses go with anything: easygoing dresses, ankle tie pants, chic denim, and trendy ruffles.

Looks like Prada was a popular pick this summer! RiannStar wore her Prada Cinema sunglasses to music festivals, on helicopter tours, sipping mojitos, and savoring coffee while she explored San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach, and other California destinations. She also included us in yet another favorites roundup, d’awww.

Watch her thrift, watch her slay slay. Danielle from Hello Mrs. Blog pairs her Prada sunglasses from FramesDirect with thrifted pieces to show us all that glam goes anywhere. Whether she’s out wine tasting with her girls, working hard as a wedding photographer, attending weddings as a guest—or even climbing to the top of a mountain—her boho-chic style give us some serious inspo. We just can’t get enough of the outfits and accessories (or the scenery) she shares.

When you’re having a good hair day, it must be documented ??? @sheinofficial @framesdirect

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A velvet crop top and floral print overalls are appropriate for hiking right?! ? @framesdirect

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Saturday mornings at @storycoffeeco ??

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One way I keep my wardrobe fresh and unique, is by shopping at thrift stores! Plus it’s cheaper too ??? @savers_thrift @framesdirect

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Summer may have disappeared on the calendar, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away those sunnies. We will be watching to see how designer eyewear shows up as photos with backdrops of changing leaves turn to snowy slopeside selfies. What style will come out on top for fall 2017? Tinted lenses, tortoise frames, or frames with a double bridge or funky shape—no matter which you pick, share your style on Instagram with #ShowYourFrames.

When Did Aviator Sunglasses Become So Popular?

Aviator sunglasses may be fashionable, statement-making eyewear in 2017, but this popular shape has been on the scene since 1936. The teardrop-shaped sunglasses were originally developed for use by US Air Force pilots. Since then, they have made countless appearances in movies, in celebrity wardrobes, and on the runway. The classic ‘pilot-style’ aviator frames seem to land on the ‘top trends’ lists more often than not. When did aviator sunglasses become so popular?

Aviator Sunglasses in History

Bausch & Lomb developed the original aviator-style sunglasses as an alternative to flight goggles that couldn’t perform as the job required. Flight capabilities were advancing rapidly while the pilots’ gear stalled. The sunglasses Bausch & Lomb created wouldn’t fog up like goggles, offered a comfortable, more stylish fit, and the large shape and dark or mirrored lenses blocked more light to better protect pilots’ eyes. Originally called ‘Anti-Glares,’ they were branded ‘Ray-Ban’ upon their release since they sought to ‘ban’ the harsh ‘rays’ from the sun.

General Douglas MacArthur, 1944.

Ray-Ban aviators became standard military issue during World War II and became famous after photos surfaced showing General Douglas MacArthur wearing his.

The image became the go-to ‘wartime’ look in Hollywood. After the war, the military style became popular among both private and commercial pilots, police officers, and sportsmen due to their utility and performance.

The thin, wire-framed sunglasses evolved through the years as makers began to put their own spin on the style. Randolph Engineering took over the military contract in the 1980s, and countless designer brands began to release their own aviators. Thick plastic frames and shield-style aviators began to appear, as did tinted lenses and various frame finishes. The 1970s brought feminine styling to the rugged military look using softer colors and rhinestones. This fresh approach gave the large, tough frames a unisex appeal.

Aviator Sunglasses in Pop Culture

The aviator style’s rose in popularity as it appeared in more and more films throughout the decades. Beginning in the 1950s, Ray-Ban paid to place aviator sunglasses in movies and the trend stuck. Military and police films drove the popularity of the style, while celebrities favored the look on stage and in public. Elvis wore a flashy version of the oversized frames in the 70s, and Michael Jackson rocketed thick shield aviators into popularity during the 80s.

Robert De Niro donned an updated square version of aviators in Taxi Driver, which gave the style a boost. Sales leapt a shocking 40% after Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer wore aviator sunglasses in  Top Gun.

Hollywood continued to feature aviators on screen year after year. Cobra intimidated in a pair of outdoorsman aviators, Johnny Depp’s Raoul Duke showed off Ray-Ban shooter aviators in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Bradley Cooper’s character counted on classic Ray-Ban aviators to shield his eyes from the brutal daylight in The Hangover.

This iconic style seems to be in the middle of yet another resurgence of popularity. Maui Jim, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci are among the countless designer labels that have released their own aviator sunglasses. It’s a chic, high-fashion staple on both the runway and red carpet, yet retains its rugged, tough image. While Tom Cruise wears a pair of Randolph Engineering aviators in the recent crime film American Made, fashionistas and frenzied dressers grab their aviator sunnies before heading out on the town. After 80 years , the style’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. With a decades-long run, maybe the question should be, were aviator sunglasses ever not popular?

Dolce & Gabbana: Who Are They?

The design powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana has become a dominating presence in the world of Italian fashion design since the duo got its start in the 1980s. After overcoming a few difficulties in the brand’s history, Dolce & Gabbana has become one of the best selling luxury brands in the world thanks to its bold, versatile designs inspired by vintage Italian films and the designers’ own Mediterranean roots. While the D&G logo is one of the most recognizable in luxury fashion and beyond, who are the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label?

Two Fashion Designers Walk Into a Bar…

Domenico Dolce was born in September, 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. He was born into the world of fashion. From a young age, he worked at his family’s clothing business where his father was a tailor. Dolce found fashion to be his ideal form of expression and always yearned to break into the industry; his goal was to work for Giorgio Armani. Dolce dropped out of fashion design school—he claimed he already knew everything he needed to know. He began his work as an assistant designer for Giorgio Correggiari’s fashion house in Milan.

While Domenico Dolce was sure of his future in fashion design, Stefano Gabbana started his career elsewhere. He was born in November, 1962 in Milan, where his father worked for a printing factory. Gabbana graduated from a graphic design institute with the intention of working in advertising. However, he soon became disenchanted and left his job. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in a bar in 1980 and, at Dolce’s urging, Gabbana went to work for Giorgio Correggiari as well.

The First Collection: ‘Real Women’

After two years working for Correggiari they opened their own designer consulting studio, then later founded their own fashion house. Their runway debut came in 1985 at a show for new designers at Milan Fashion Week. Using friends and family as models in their first show began a tradition that Dolce and Gabbana continue today. Non-models frequently strut the runway at D&G shows. They named their first collection ‘Real Women,’ a nod to their casting choices.

Disappointing sales from their first collection nearly derailed their success, but serendipitous events led to the release of a second collection. They opened their first storefront in 1986 and produced a bold and versatile third collection. It was their fourth collection that really garnered attention; vintage 1940s and retro Italian cinema influenced the pair, who continued their rise to the top.

Leotards, Fragrances, Motorola, and Madonna

Additional lines dropped at a swift pace; a leotard line and ready-to-wear collection came in 1988, followed by beachwear and lingerie in 1989, then menswear in 1990. In 1994, the D&G label debuted at a lower price point with styles intended for younger crowds. Their first boutique opened in Japan in 1989. In the subsequent years they released many collections: home décor, a bridal line, D&G Junior clothing for children, timepieces, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and more. The label also partnered with various brands for everything from a Motorola cell phone and sports uniforms to interior design projects.

Their success escalated when Madonna appeared in a Dolce & Gabbana corset and jacket combo. She later reached out to the couple to design 1,500 costumes for her 1993 tour. They’ve since designed costumes for movies, stage and music videos. In addition to dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Angelina Jolie, Dolce and Gabbana have appeared in several films.

D&G: Bold, Exciting Luxury

Dolce & Gabbana first explored the idea of signature eyewear in 1996 and launched its eyewear collection in 1998. The designers also co-created an eyewear collection with Madonna in 2010 under the label MDG. Dolce & Gabbana continues to impress with its bold, expressive, and artistic sunglasses and eyeglasses designs. Dolce & Gabbana eyeglasses provide the same showstopping and exciting luxury found in its apparel and accessories collections.

New! Dolce & Gabbana DG6111 Sunglasses

While most of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion lines continue today, a few have phased out, and additional labels all merged under the Dolce & Gabbana label in 2011. They are known for their versatile and edgy styles. The ways they explore and unite a range of themes—minimalist, showy, ultra-feminine meets masculine, bourgeois, or sports-inspired—keeps the world of luxury fashion on its toes. Now a symbol of sophisticated Italian style throughout the world, the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label continue to stay true to their identity and vision while dressing the world in their extravagant, playful, yet timeless styles.

The Story Behind the Wayfarer: Ray-Ban’s Most Rebellious Frames

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is one of the most iconic pieces of eyewear of all time. You may not know the name, but you know the look.

Since 1937, Ray-Ban has been a leading manufacturer of premium American eyewear. One of their earlier designs – The Aviator – put them on the map. Aviators were designed specifically for pilots who had trouble seeing focusing their eyes due to the ultra bright blue and white hues of the sky. The design took off.

Then in 1952, Ray-Ban had its second big hit with the Wayfarers. The inspiration came from two unexpected sources: the Eames lounge chair and tailfins from the classic Cadillac design.

An odd mix, sure, but the result is a stunning piece of American fashion that’s endured for decades.

At a time when most glasses were metal, these were made of plastic, and the temples had a distinctive flared angle. Designs like this may seem standard to our eyes today, but half a century ago, these were revolutionary.

‘Unstable Dangerousness’

As 1970s fashion critic Stephen Bayley puts it, the Wayfarers “spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness.”

When movie star bad boy James Dean was seen wearing Wayfarers, it cemented the frames as a symbol of rebellion.

Other stars followed soon suit.Audrey Hepburn could be seen sporting the specs, followed by Cary Grant, Kim Novak, and Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t just actors: artists and musicians like John Lennon, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan all embraced the defiant, radical spirit of the Wayfarers.

Of course, seeing every major icon of the ‘50s and ‘60s sporting these had a tremendous impact on sales. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. It wasn’t until the 1980s when then Wayfarers came thundering back into the public eye.

 

The 80s Resurgence

Ray-Ban made a product placement deal in 1981 that put Wayfarers onscreen over 60 times in movies and TV shows. After Tom Cruise paired Wayfarers with tighty whities in Risky Business, sales skyrocketed. Viewers saw them on Don Johnson in Miami Vice, on Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, and on Tom Cruise again in Top Gun.

Almost every major musician of the ‘80s wore them at concerts: Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Queen… the list goes on!

And they’re still going strong. James Franco, who once played James Dean in a TV movie early in his career, can be seen wearing the specs some 50 years after Dean rebelled without a cause. Celebs like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas and Robert Pattinson avoid the paparazzi in the distinctive Wayfarer frames.

Are You a Wayfarer?

Ray-Ban Wayfarers have unquestionably survived the test of time, remaining a top seller a half decade after their premier.

Wayfarers look stunning on oval-shaped or round faces, and the design is perfect for males and females.

 

This is the perfect time to get your your own pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer eyeglasses and save big at FramesDirect.com. Click here to get some of your own.

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9 Bold & Stylish Glasses Guaranteed to Make an Impression

You’re not looking for “boring.” You don’t want “standard”.

You deserve better than “ordinary.”

You want frames that match your unconventional spirit. Here are 9 daring, inspiring and stylish glasses that you won’t soon forget.

Best of all, all of these frames are currently 40% off at FramesDirect.com, along with eyewear from over 100 premium brands. Prescription lenses are also 50% off! Click here to see the full list of participating designers and brands.

Carrera CA1008/S Sunglasses

With a retrofuturistic design and color scheme, these eye-popping Carerras are sure to stand out from the crowd.

Caviar 5611 Champagne

As the name implies, the breathtaking Champagne frames from Caviar are the definition of elegance, grace, and sophistication. Pure class.

Dolce & Gabbana DG 1287

Dolce & Gabbana delivers a stunning silhouette as always, but what really sets these frames apart is the intricate webbing detail in the temples.

Kate Spade Amara/S Sunglasses

Easily the most understated look on this list, the design is striking nevertheless. The black accent atop the clear frame perfectly mirrors the shape of the temple, creating a timeless, satisfying look.

Marc Jacobs Marc 16/S Sunglasses

That classic circle shape with the cat-ear accent. Those beaded details. The way it adds drama and an upward accent to any woman’s face. Perfection.

Miu Miu MU 54SS Sunglasses

Speaking of drama… Miu Miu took sunglasses and made them a work of art. If Audrey Hepburn made Breakfast at Tiffany’s today, she’d be rocking these. Available with an extra-protective mirror coating.

Prada PR 07TS Sunglasses

The best fashion brings you joy just by looking at it. These playful curlicues and fearless accents bring a smile to anyone who sees you wearing these.

Roberto Cavalli RC1024 (CARDUCCI) Sunglasses

Can you tell that Italian designer Roberto Cavalli started his career as an artist? The whimsical flourishes he brings to these frames are daring and experimental, and the result? Class, sophistication, and artistry.

Tommy Hilfiger TH1481 Eyeglasses

Simple concept, stunning execution. There’s a good chance you know someone who’s style perfectly matches this classic, black and white, Tim Burton meets Daria aesthetic. Maybe it’s you.

Is it time for a fresh new pair of specs? Any of the above frames will add grace, beauty and confidence to your look!

Act now to get any of the above (plus eyewear from over 100 top designers and brands) at a staggering 40% off. Plus, you can add prescription lenses for 50% off!

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framesdirect.com media mentions

Something to Talk About; Media Shout Outs

At FramesDirect.com we LOVE when influencers, writers, and vloggers connect with our brand and our product. Here’s a rundown of recent mentions from across the web:

 

Blogger and style connoisseur Franko Dean is passionate about fashion, and that’s no secret to his 116K Instagram followers. They look to him for inspiration for clothes, accessories, travel tips, and more. Franko Dean knows that the secret to a great look is in the details. That’s why he chose classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers to go with his patterned tee and white distressed denim. But then again, classic Wayfarers go with just about anything!

clubmaster wood sunglasses

 

Dr. Andrew G. Carr, aka inn8chiro on Instagram, is a practicing chiropractor and men’s style buff.  He has mastered not only the art form of having a great sense of fashion but also of being  able to capture his looks perfectly in photographs. We love the way he styled the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Wood sunglasses  with a rugged pair of boots and a smart indigo shirt, all the way buttoned up.

ray-Ban Round Folding Classic Sunglasses

 

Tommy Lei has made a name for himself as much more than an Instagram darling. His passion for aesthetics, art, beauty, and technology have led to work with major brands on their digital strategies and creative vision. Under the moniker mybelonging, Tommy showcases his unique worldview through fashion and photography.  He reminds us to appreciate the small things in life (like these round folding Ray-Ban sunglasses!)

how do glasses work

 

Changing direction from fashion to health, FramesDirect.com got a mention on MedicalDaily.com, a website dedicated to covering the health and science news that matters most. Since 75% of Americans need glasses, we thought an infographic that breaks down the science behind How Glasses Work would be of interest to a wide audience. In short, the lenses bend light to compensate for vision deficiencies in the eye, but if you want to know more check out the infographic!

michael kors glasses

Next up, we got an awesome mention on MarieFranceAsia.com, the sister site of marie france magazine and mariefrance.fr, which caters to women across South East Asia. The article gives great recommendations regarding what glasses will flatter different face shapes. The slideshow features a Michael Kors  pair of eyeglasses that would be perfect on Demi Moore, or really anyone with a strong jawline!

mirrored lens aviators

 

One of our favorite shout-outs comes from a handsome young man that modeled for our most recent FramesDirect.com photo shoot. Doesn’t dade_horton look amazing in these classic Ray-Ban Large Metal Aviators with blue mirrored lenses?

glasses with HSA

 

We also received a very educational shout-out from FramesDirect.com’s favorite sneakerhead vlogger T-Blake. He shared how to use Flexible Spending Account money on eyeglasses. FSA money is tax free! You can also use Health Spending Account (HSA) funds to pay for prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. T Blake lets everyone know they don’t have to skimp on eyewear to gain this benefit, any prescription eyewear is eligible, whether its Ray-Ban, Prada, or a less expensive brand.

ray-ban made in china

 

The MSN Money site also referenced FramesDirect.com recently when they quoted one of our articles about where Ray-Ban sunglasses are made. Even though Ray-Ban is an iconic American brand, they are often manufactured in Italy or China, depending on the style. If you want to learn about more “American” products made overseas, check out the slideshow.

prada cinema glasses

 

Last but certainly not least, you can see an awesome pair of Prada sunglasses being featured all over HelloMrsBlog.com. This adorable bohemian beauty gives lots of actionable advice on lifestyle and fashion, and best of all she shops in ways that are more attainable and affordable than many other bloggers. Steal her look or just get inspired here.

Top 12 Hipster Eyewear Choices

The term “hipster” was first coined in the Jazz era of the 1940s, but it has come to mean something a bit different in the twenty-tens. Hipsters are on the cutting-edge of modern trends, yet tend to favor fashion that is influenced by vintage designs.  This paradoxical take on culture makes it hard to pin down hipster style. But when you mix a funky, retro sensibility with unmistakably bold design, you get statement-making glasses that seem progressive – even when they’ve already been around the block a few times.

Top 6 Hipster Sunglasses

The Original Wayfarer: Ray-Ban RB2140

ray-ban wayfarer

The Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been around since the 1950’s when they were the ultimate in rebellious cool. Although Wayfarers are now a fashion staple, they can still add a little edginess to your look. Ray-Ban Wayfarers are the no-brainers of hipster style, you will see them in every variation at your favorite music festival. But don’t go for the cheap knock-offs with the fluorescent temples; show your hipster cred with the genuine article.

Randolf Engineering P-3 Submariner

randolph engineering

Round shaped lenses are a must for any dedicated follower of fashion. Whether you go full flower-child or prefer a more geek-chic take on the trend, you cannot go wrong with this Randolph Engineering pair. Randolph sunglasses are made in the USA from high quality materials. A timeless look that is currently having its moment in the sun.

Carrera Hot/S Sunglasses

carrera sunglasses

If you’re on the sportier end of the hipster spectrum, you may fall in love with these big 70’s inspired aviators. A bold, acetate shield-style front and metal temples create unique contrast. And you can personalize your look with many color choices for both frame and lens. This Palladium Green lens is eye-catching, but if you’re really wild try the white frames with grey gradient lens for a head-turning look.

Persol PO3105S Sunglassespersol sunglasses

These Persol sunglasses feature a prominent acetate browline finished off with metal at the bottom edge. This is a classier look than the Wayfarer, but equally timeless. For the hipster that takes a little more time with his appearance, these Clubmaster-inspired shades will elevate your look (so you’re not just another bearded guy on a bike.)

Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses oakley sunglasses

Let’s say you love the Wayfarer, but you don’t want to look like every other hipster on the block. This 80’s style from Oakley is perfect for the next generation who love fluorescent colors and mirrored lenses. Oakley Holbrook are a little more unexpected and off-the-cuff, adding a casual vibe to any outfit. They are also incredibly lightweight and comfortable – perfect for long brunch lines.

Miu Miu MU54RS Sunglasses miu miu glasses

Miu Miu is like the trendy younger sister of Prada and they have their finger on the pulse of what young people will be wearing next. These heart-shaped shades may seem juvenile, but a tongue-in-cheek love of kitsch of one of the tenets of hipsterdom. Whether you want to go full Valentine’s Day with a red pair, or more understated in these black ones, there’s no doubt you’ll feel the love while looking like a heart-eyes emoji.

Top 6 Hipster Eyeglasses

The Ray-Ban Clubmaster RX5154

malcolm x glasses

Pretty much a necessary part of the hipster uniform, a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmaster eyeglasses will show the world that you’re a deep thinker and a difference maker. These flattering frames will perfectly off-set any style from rockabilly to rock climber. Full of character, Clubmasters have that “nerdy” quality that will add some dimension to your look.

Polo PH2083 Eyeglasses

round plastic glasses

Well hello Professor! These Polo eyeglasses are perfect for the more preppy-leaning hipster. With a classic keyhole bridge and round lenses, they will complete your throwback look. Pair them with some tartan trousers and a waxed mustache and be the envy of your homebrew co-op. Also, these small frames will work well with higher prescriptions.

Kate Spade Analena Eyeglasses

kate spade glasses

Cat-eye shaped eyeglasses are the quintessential fun and flirty way to express your individuality. Many hipsters are fond of the “sexy librarian” look and these Kate Spade Analena glasses are the perfect choice to pair with your vintage cardigan and chunky Mary-Janes. Go for classic black or really embrace your inner grandma with a flowery pair.

Shuron Ronstrong Eyeglassesshuron glasses

John Lennon? Harry Potter? Round wire-rimmed eyeglasses are back in style and being seen more and more on young celebrities and taste makers. Shuron is a great brand for timeless shapes and high quality materials. The choice of metal finish is up to you, but whether you prefer silver, gold, or black you’ll be serving American Gothic realness with these Made in America Shuron frames.

Cazal 7053 Eyeglasses cazal

Cazal glasses have been popular for decades in the Hip Hop community for their impeccable quality and flashy styling. The double bridge is definitely back in for eyeglasses, so this pair is on point trend-wise. But you need confidence in your personal style to make these work if you’re not a founding member of Run D.M.C. However, risks come with rewards so you may just end up being the coolest guy in the room.

Caviar Goliath II Eyeglasses caviar glasses

Last but not least are these statement making Goliath II eyeglasses from Caviar. These remind me of an old school Hollywood agent or an eccentric art collector. The unique shaped lenses and oversized scale will be sure to get you attention. These super unique glasses are for the hipster that really does want to stray from the mainstream.

 

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Twelve Style Experts Who Love Sunglasses As Much As We Do

by Sarah Hall Weaver

We want to share the love with a little shout out to some of our favorite Instagrammers, vloggers, and lifestyle experts. Each of these style gurus has their own unique sense of fashion and found their own clever way of rocking our favorite accessories – sunglasses, of course! Check out these trending looks as we enjoy the last hurrah with our winter wear and start to gear up for spring.

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Kathleen Post from Lemon Blonde aces her brunch game with a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses…in fact, it looks like the whole squad got the memo! Kathleen is wearing the RB3447’s, a metal sunglasses design that’s at the top of the trends right now. The round shape is everything and the thin, sleek metal frame allows a minimalist look that goes with just about anything (yes, even an early afternoon of bottomless mimosas).

 

Kelechi Kalu is a singer, actor and man about town…and considering his expert-level fashion sense, it’s safe to say he does it all. We love this cool, collected, street-style look he finished off with a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. He’s wearing the RB3517 which are actually folding sunglasses that fit easily into your shirt pocket, perfect if you’re a jet-setter on the go like Kelechi.

 

Steph Weber, aka Trendy In Indy, is a fashion blogger that works as a buyer and brand manager by day. Steph gave this cute, casual look an edgy upgrade by topping it off with a pair of timeless Ray-Ban aviators. She’s wearing the RB3025 sunglasses, the most classic pair of metal aviators around. This unisex style has a long-standing history of being a simple solution for any ensemble in need of something definitively cool.

 

Dylan Benjamin, the blogger behind Life By Dylan, is an entrepreneur, health nut and proud papa of one cute little dude. He’s also a recent transplant to our hometown of Austin! He rocks a pair of Oakley Tailpin sunglasses and we just love this style on Dylan. It has a slim, sophisticated frame and unique temple line that looks totally fresh with casual wear like you see here, but balances nicely when it’s time to suit up too.

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Lauren Wells is a travel and lifestyle writer that brought along her sunnies to the best place you can go—the beach! A fly pair of sunglasses, super soft sand and warm emerald waters…what else could you need? Lauren is wearing classic Ray-Ban aviators, a versatile look that can be as bold or as fun-loving as you need it to be.

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Dr. Andrew G. Carr, aka inn8chiro on Instagram, is a practicing chiropractor and men’s style buff. He has a cool, eclectic air to his look and is a top notch expert in the elusive art of layering. We love the way he uses different texturesdenims, wools, flannels, leathers, etc. Here Dr. Carr wears a sleek pair of Oakley Twoface sunglasses for another element of contrast. The sharp lines along the temples and ultra-smooth finish give these shades a nice pop against his knits.

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Our friends at Hungry Hipsters have a knack for putting a rumble in our tummies and making us completely second guess the level of fun we incorporate into our day-to-day ensembles. This style super-team particularly reigns supreme when it comes to accessorizing. From funky cell phone cases to the wildest of handbags, expect lots of color and quirky, playful shapes in each of their looks. Here they pulled some perfectly pink sunnies for a sugar-sweet Valentine’s post. These RB4253 Ray-Ban sunglasses feature a trending design in a shiny fuxia frame that will have you seeing hearts…even if Feb. 14 is long out of sight.

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Breann Bowman is an indisputable master of all things neutral. This ultra-chic, lifestyle bloggin’ mama claims to “never wear color” and she more than pulls it off. Here she sports a pair of RB4253F Ray-Ban sunglasses in shiny opal beigesomething to stray away from grayscale but a sophisticated, striking neutral nonetheless. We especially love the sense of depth and texture she gets from the translucent frames.

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Alex Young is the lifestyle blogger behind Eat Style Dallas. We love Alex’s clean-cut, well-kempt yet totally chill sense of style. Ok, ok, we love drooling over all the delicious noms he posts too! His simple, uncluttered approach to fashion is a great way to let the quality of a wardrobe piece shine a little more brightly. Here he’s rocking a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses with wood frames. The handsome walnut finish gives this accessory a special, sophisticated pop, as evident even when clipped along his T-shirt collar as an indoor style statement.

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Josh McBride, lifestyle expert extraordinaire, visited CBS LA to share some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your special guy. He brought along a pair of Oakley sunglasses and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to show off. Josh describes these popular brands as “trendy” and “in”, and we think he was right on the nose. We love the idea of designer sunglasses as gifts for your SO because they are perfectly practical and universally liked, making them an easy win for even the most difficult-to-shop-for guy.

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Amy and Nathan of Two Drifters are travel-minded lovebirds with an adventurous sense of style. As they travel the world arm-in-arm, they keep it cool and classic with little pops of smart, trendy detail. Being the experienced travelers that they are, they know to keep a pair of sunnies on hand at all times—even while enjoying beautiful Vermont in the heart of winter (all that snow catches a mean glare!). Here Amy’s rocking the CATS 1000, super chic, oversized Ray-Ban sunglasses. Paired with a satin bomber jacket, she has a hip look that’s well-suited to exploring the neat streets of Manchester Center.

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Last but not least, Riann Star, a fashion and lifestyle vlogger, includes one of the most in-demand designs in her current trend reportRay-Ban’s Gatsby sunglasses. We love her fun, flirty sense of style, but especially her ongoing focus on minimalism. She has a talent for picking sharp, key pieces rather than over cluttering a look with too many elements and competing details. Riann groups these sleek, double bridge sunglasses opposite faux furs and velvet accessories. Altogether, she a locked in a great selection of textures that will really work well with each other when paired into full ensembles.