Whether youâ€™re trying to embody your inner hipster, simply correcting your myopic or hyperopic vision (fancy talk for nearsighted and farsighted vision) or maybe just doing a little bit of both, itâ€™s all about choosing the perfect frame to complement your everyday style. I was never really a big fan of framed vision, being a spectacle owner myself, but stumbling upon these â€˜specâ€™ wearers and hearing their thoughts on glasses has really got me interested in making a spectacular investment (I know, Iâ€™m a dork!).
Do you find your specs to be a trend or investment piece?
â€œThese [glasses] are more of an investment but also a trend, I guess. Iâ€™m not a contact wearer and I really like the print of the glasses. Theyâ€™re dorky and fun like me!â€ – Birago Osei, senior, biobehavioral health
â€œAn investment definitely, but something stylish. Itâ€™s something I actually need to survive. Some people think itâ€™s just for style but itâ€™s an essential piece for me.â€ – Atina Kelbuganova, freshman, electrical engineering
â€œA little bit of both. Iâ€™ve been wearing glasses since first grade and these are kind of trendy because it has the whole grandma-vintage look going on.â€ – Zoey Gutierrez, junior, print journalism
I have a sunglasses obsession. And, no, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m too cool for school or a celebrity dodging the paparazzi. I merely enjoy the privacy of letting my eyes wander wherever they please and, on a more serious note, my eyes really, really dislike anything brighter than a dimly lit room. So Iâ€™m sure you would all agree that the only way to assuage my visual dislikes and preferences is with a stylish pair of shades. Check out these fellow shade wearers â€” their cool frame selections and ideologies speak to me.
Davon Robinson, a senior majoring in English, describes how he wears his Ray-Bans every day â€” everywhere and anytime. Robinson also makes an interesting analogy between himself, life and his mysterious shades. â€œLife is hidden sometimes, like me,â€ he says. â€œIn order to understand, you have to look past the secrecy. [The shades] also add a little feng shui to my look.â€
Yuting Zhang, a sophomore advertising major and also my lovely column photographer, shows off her amazing Australian-brand shades! â€œI like square-shaped things and wear these whenever I feel like it,â€ she says.
Mike Dice, a senior studying music, admits his shades arenâ€™t the best against the sunâ€™s rays. But a memento from the â€˜70s, his motherâ€™s vintage sunglasses are unique and remind him of her. â€œIâ€™d usually rate myself a three to five [on a scale of one to 10],â€ he says, â€œthen when I put [the shades] on, Iâ€™m like an 11 â€” off the charts!â€
Interviewing Melody Stringer, a senior philosophy major, left me with a newfound appreciation for the geometry of fashion â€” resulting in my new rounded sunglasses purchase (no swagger jacking intended!). â€œTheyâ€™re corky in a way and I usually wear them depending on my look,â€ she says. â€œI like geometrical shapes and the tortoise print makes them classic.â€