Friday, 17 September 2010

Women who wear red glasses

I had to get new glasses this week. My old ones are falling apart due to too many head-butts from too many children. *Sigh*

Getting new glasses is rarely fun for me. I find it hard to get cool glasses that I actually want to wear. I have a heart-shaped face which means that only square lenses suit me, and because of my mousy colouring and light eye-colour, I can't pull off a thick 'librarian look' or dark coloured rims. They can't be red either. It is very limiting.

I have a thing about women who wear red glasses. Not on a personal level of course, but there is a bit of stigma attached, don't you think?

I mean, the women I see wearing red glasses are usually on the other side of their thirties. They seem to be making a personal statement with them, something like "I am sexy, interesting and, well, young". They either go for the brightest red, over-sized frames (like the lovely lady in the picture above) or those funky 'barely there' frames with a hint of red across the nose.

Their glasses are an entity unto themselves. 

Red is the colour of passion. Vitality. Sex. Are these women reminding us that, despite what might seem to be a few crow's feet around the eyes, they are fabulous? Uber-fabulous even?

So when I found myself  being kitted out in a pair of well-fitting red glasses by the lady who was helping me, I had to question myself. Am I ready to join this trend of women. Will wearing red glasses age me? Propel me into the forty-something?

Needless to say the purchase of new glasses was a torturous affair.

Even something as simple as buying glasses can have political connotations. If you look for them.

What do you think about women who wear red glasses? Am I being a bit mean?

27 comments:

Maxabella said...

Did you get the red? I need to know before I comment... x

alliecat said...

You are so right! A friend of mine wears dark red glasses (they match her lippy) and always a trendy brand in very angular shapes. She is of a very particular personality type, and the age you mention. She is strong, opinionated, and you certainly know when she is around. It's that type of person I associate with red glasses!

I don't wear glasses, so I can't share your pain, but it must be hard to find something you like enough to add to your face every day. Plus not being able to see them properly when you are trying them on, because you are not wearing your (usual) glasses!

Gill@OurParklife said...

Can't say it has ever occurred to me! But now you mention it, I am sure there is a certain type that wears red glasses...

I can't imagine myself doing it, only because I don't ever like to stand out too much and yes, I guess red frames are kind of a stand out look...

So, DID you get the red frames in the end.....?

BabyMac said...

Interesting...I think that I would actually BE one of thoes people. And even more interesting, I think that it's because of all the reasons you say! It's nice to be able to put a little personality into something as boring as glasses no? Maybe no. And I am always trying to add a little fabulous into my day wherever I can. But thanks for letting me see the other side looking in...I don't think you are mean...we are all just different.

Nichole said...

interesting! i have never noticed women wearing red glasses! lol, i'll def have to keep an eye out.

i will say that i hate picking out glasses too! my face is round and glasses never look good on me! i wear contacts most days, but my best girl wears the cute dark librarian glasses often & i envy her! :)

Kelly said...

I need a new pair of glasses too, I was thinking about getting a pair with purple frames. Red frames sounds super cool, I say got for it. I don't think age matters, do want makes you feel happy.

So Now What? said...

The hardest thing I find is that I can't freaking well see myself properly when trying them out. Blind Betty here.

But yes, I always though red frames were for the "zany" ones.
But I've got to say, I've tried on a few of red and, gasp, purple and I quite liked them. I didn't buy them though.

Perhaps I'm just losing my marbles.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

When I saw the title of your post, my mind jumped right over to good ol' Sally Jesse...so glad to see you found a picture of her! :)

I had to quit wearing contacts when we were trying to conceive. I've only been back in the world of contact wearers since last fall...and thank goodness I am. All the girls want to do is pull my glasses off when I wear them!

When I started having to wear glasses, I bought three new pairs. No red, but I would put at least one pair in the really trendy camp. I figured, if I have to wear these, I might as well make a fashion statement. :)

I love having contacts as an option, but I still wear my glasses sometimes, too. I like to think that the trendy frames detract from the crow's feet. :)

And yes...you have to let us know...did you get the red???

Kamarine said...

If red looks good, it looks good!
pish posh to only older ladies wear it. Break out of the mould and be the young woman wearing the rockin' red glasses.

Busy Working Mama said...

Whatever floats your boat. In general I try not to judge b/c I don't want other to judge my (un-stylish) self. But if I had the need for glassed, I would prefer understated lenses. That's just me :) Seretly I envy women who can pull off bold looks!

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Jacki said...

Yikes! I'm due to get new glasses soon and I know what you mean! I've only ever worn metallic or dark frames and I think I'll stick with that. I don't know about red. I guess it's just saying, 'well, if I have to wear glasses, I might as well make a statement about it'. They could be cool.

Lori @ RRSAHM said...

So true!! I totally see what you're saying here. But... my best mate wears red glasses. She's under thirty though, and more the trendy urban hippy type, with chunky librarian frames...

life in a pink fibro said...

I'm a redhead. We don't do red glasses. But as for the rest of it, you could say the same thing about red shoes, couldn't you? And I love red shoes. Say what you will about that. :-)

Mrs Woog said...

Red glasses? No problemo, especially of you are a brunette. Red eyes however are an entirely different issue....

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toushka said...

I LOVE red glasses. I think it depends on the shape of the frames as too whether they look zany or cool.
I recently did some mystery shopping in a bunch of optometrists so I got to try on heaps of glasses and the coloured ones look great on me - especially purple or blue. I wanted red but they don't look that good on me. :(

MultipleMum said...

I don't have the same thing about red shoes LIAPF! I have about 4 pairs. Maybe that is why my new red glasses might be a bit much!

Yep! I went the red (not bright) and my second pair (Specsavers do a 2 for 1 deal) are a pair of chunky ones. So there you have it.

I think it was the fact that my prescription has improved (caused by my pre-presbyopia) got me thinking that maybe I am getting old and am I ready to release the red within?

I also want to add that men who wear red glasses exhibit the same traits as women. It is the glasses, not the person I am concerned with.

Nomie said...

Well, I'm typing this in my red framed glasses. They are square frames... I must admit when I got them I did think, next it will be a "funky" hair do with bright purple highlights, red lipstick, and I'll take to wearing lots of bright beaded necklaces and red shoes... then I realised I own at least 3 pairs of red shoes and lots of beaded necklaces... plus I'm brunette so red goes... but if I ever put on lippy to brighten my self up (and get bits of it on my teeth) I know I will have gone too far, and actually become my mother.

Emmak said...

I agree, actually I think red glasses look terrible on anyone not just a middle aged woman trying to hold onto the last bits of her youth. If I had glasses I think I'd go for the rimless ones.

Lolaferrola said...

I am your your nearly 36 year old, red glasses wearing girl and I love them. After a lifetime of wearing the sensible bronze framed glasses, bought to blend with my red haired complexion, I went for something completely different. I think that if you need something to give you that extra edge in your look, then why not? I didn't buy them for any other reason than they were so far removed from the NHS prescription ones of my youth. No ulterior motive behind the selection, they just look great.

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myshoeboxlife.com said...

Ah the dilemma of glasses! I dread having to choose new frames - the store people always seem to be trying to con me into some fancy coloured pair! I just can't do it, same with lipstick. Love colour on other people, but not myself. I'll just stick to my silver frames and a bit of lip gloss thanks.

DancingInTheRain said...

I think glasses in general are becoming a bit more of a statement and much more colourful. They dont just come in the silver and gold rimmed versions, with or without some tortise shell (like my first pair!). When working as a frame consultant I remember a few women buying fluro purple plastic chunky glasses. Now what does that say about a person?

Zoey @ Good Goog said...

I realise this post is awhile ago but just had to comment! Because I have just gone to get new glasses (actually I bought two pairs) and one of them was bright red. Wondering if that makes me old by default. Luckily I have a black/green pair as well!

Anonymous said...

I love red...I seem to pick silver/white or Pink/Red and always at cat eye or trendy! Each year I change my hair color at least three times Red, blonde, dark brown. All colors go with the Pink/Red. Age? I have never heard that old ladies wear the red. I believe it is confident/kind women that wear red :-)! Go for it!

Anonymous said...

I have worn glasses since the age of 12. I've always hated wearing them. I changed to contacts at the age of 19 and wore them until age 43. I am now 47. I've found as my skin is ageing I have reverted to hide behind glasses again. And guess what....after trying countless numbers of frames it was the RED ONES that bought personality and brightness back to my face...it took confidence to wear them because I felt they stood out too much...but now I can't go back....hahaha....anything less colourful looks drab on me now....looking forward to fab 50's with funky glasses!!

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