The A-to-Z of Accessories: Eyewear

Whether you’re considering glamorous glasses, colourful contacts, stylish shades or a magnificent monocle, there is a lot that you can do to accessorise your eyes. If you need corrective lenses, chances are you’ve already tried on many different styles of spectacles to see what suits your face. There is so much to choose from: classic optics from Ray Ban; stylish frames from Cutler and Gross and Linda Farrow; vintage eyewear with prescription lenses from Dead Men’s Spex and The Old Glasses Shop; or frames only from Retro Peepers. You can even get interesting vintage inspired frames on the high street – check out Gok Wan for Specsavers.

When dressing up, eyewear can really add something special to a costume. A simple fancy dress costume has much more impact when you add some quirky contact lenses to give a finishing touch to your cat, zombie or even Terminator. Steampunk goggles are another fun dressing up component, and they can be cheap or beautiful handmade works of art. You can instantly make your costume or outfit fit a specific decade of the 20th century by clever use of frames – cat’s eye for 50s vamp, round for 60s hippy, large square frames for 1970s – or you could bring out your inner diva and draw inspiration from the vast sunglasses collections of Lady Gaga or Elton John.

Speaking of sunglasses, you can’t go far wrong with one of Ray Ban’s classic styles – Wayfarer, Aviator or Jackie Ohh. If you’re unsure which would suit your face, you can use the site’s virtual mirror to try on a couple of styles without leaving your desk. If you fancy something that is a bit more of a statement, perhaps Tatty Devine’s Eyelash Sunglasses (above), Oakley’s Offshoot or ASOS’s lizard sunglasses. Definitely not for wallflowers!

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