“You are not required to wear your glasses all the time, only when you're concentrating, watching TV, using the computer, driving and intently reading or focusing on something,” my optometrist advised. I continued with my trial lenses, trying to figure out which pair made the letters at a distance seem the clearest, until I found the right one for my eyes. When I was done, I realised that he might as well have asked me to wear them all the time.
Settling with specs is easier said than done. For people like me who have had to take up glasses in the near past, the headaches and fuzziness are a regular crisis -- part of the gig, actually. It doesn't feel right even with specs or without them. It is not recommended to make do without them in the first place since nobody wants the power of the lenses to go up, especially if the doctor had somewhere mentioned that the eye problem would be cured with temporary use of glasses. However, the changing human diet and adulteration in daily food intake have reduced the probability of that happening. For most of us now, spectacles have become a lifetime companion.
Having to wear specs is not necessarily a bad thing. While a decade back spectacles made people look older than they were, given that they wore the same pair all day long, for years, wherever they went, that seems to have completely changed. Bengalis are far more fashion conscious these days and while some might still settle with just one pair of specs for perpetual use, others like the individualists and fashionistas would not be satisfied until they have enough different ones to wear at different occasions and places.
2013 has been the official year for the comeback of spectacles and there has been a number of emerging trends. The hype around this visual aid has become so tremendous that contemporary hipsters and even many among the people we know have picked up plain lens glasses to include themselves in the club. Eye-glasses are embraced as more a fashion accessory than a necessity, thus making them more desirable and stylish.
Now when it comes to choosing the right spectacle, there are a number of things that should be taken under consideration.
Face shape: The shape of your face plays a major role in determining the type of glasses that will suit you best. Remember the most important thing while picking out your specs is choosing frames that go in contrast with your face. If you have an oval face, you are likely to receive a wide variety of options to choose from, while those with round faces can go for rectangular, wider shapes. Oval frames perfectly suit pointed chins and rectangular faces. Rimless round glasses go best with square faces.
Colour: The colour of your frames also plays an important role in enhancing your look. The thing to remember is to choose a colour that complements the colour of your hair and your eyes. Those with bright and fair skin can choose colours like black, dark blue and dark brown. If you have a slightly darker tone, pay more attention to your hair colour and experiment with as many colours possible until you find one that suits you best.
Rise to the occasion: The reason why most people have more than just one pair of specs is to showcase their personalities and appearances in the right way, at the right place. If you are a corporate officer, go for classic metal frames that look smart and professional. Rimless glasses look very good on both men and women and are another good way to go. In a casual setting, celebrate with colourful frames like red, purple, green, blue and more. You can show off a sporty look or even try out the retro style (also known as nerd spectacles) if you're a student or follow celeb fashion trends in which the retro-frames have earned quite the popularity.
Where to go: When you shop for glasses, take plenty of time. Elephant road, New Market and Bashundhara City have quite a good number of stores. Try as many frames as you like and encourage opinions from your companions on what looks best. The leading brands in the market are Ray Ban, Fast Track, Boss and Zeiss. The originals are pricy, starting from Tk.2,000 to Tk.20,000 while replicas are available at much cheaper prices.
The most important thing to remember is to make sure that you feel comfortable in your glasses and like how they look on you. Spectacles and fashion are an unbeatable team and if chosen correctly, they are a huge boost to one's confidence levels and individuality.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Syed
Make-up: Farzana Shakil
Spectacles: Agrani Optics, Bashundhara City