I Can See Clearly Now
Make a statement with your eyewear.
I’ve been wearing glasses since grade school when, seemingly overnight, the math questions on the chalkboard began fading into a blurry mess. Sporting specs at that age brought on merciless ridicule. “Four eyes” was a stinging epithet made worse by the knowledge that your nerdy-looking frames were undoubtedly chosen from the cheap rack at the town’s only optician.
Over the years, I’ve attempted to distance myself from those early bad eyewear experiences by trying out different frames as per the trends of the day: sporty, wire, oval and rectangular – I even dallied with contacts lenses but couldn’t get comfortable sticking plastic bits into my eyes.
That is until I had a conversation with Beverly Suliteanu, creative director of Montreal-based Wescan Optical. She suggests that times have changed, and men’s eyewear choices have evolved. Apparently, many of today’s leading stars like Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt are now using glasses to make a statement (“I’m more than just a pretty face”).
I also learn it’s becoming more common for men to own two sets of specs – one for everyday purposes and another, perhaps a more daring pair, for social occasions. The eyewear industry is responding to this trend, offering stylish new frames: plastic rims instead wire, a dash of colour instead of the usual black, grey or gold and a variety shapes instead of the ubiquitous thin rectangular frames. It’s all in the name of matching your glasses to your personality and lifestyle.
“We don’t wear the same pair of shoes for every occasion,” says Suliteanu. “So why not have a second pair of frames that can be worn at different outings?”