Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Re-spec-table? Spec-tacular? Can you SEE what's coming here?

I promised you a photo of my new specs, and I try to keep my promises. Here they are from a distance along with the outfit (Simon Chang jersey blouse with silk ruffles over pleated wool Wilfred pants from Aritzia) I wore to give a talk at the public library last week. (Sadly, no one showed up -- a combination of poor publicity, a too-early start time, in a location people are reluctant to come to in the evening. I'm obviously not taking it personally!)
Here's a closer view. Wonkier, but closer . . .

Can you tell they're tortoiseshell in colour? That's new for me -- somehow back in the days when we "got our colours done" I latched on to the notion of myself as a summer (burns-in-ten-minutes fair skin, grey-green-blue eyes, medium-brown hair) and stuck to cool colours, often in pastels. The last decade, as my hair often has a reddish (unnatural) tint, more and more people tell me I must be "an autumn" and I've found that I can, indeed, wear some warmer colours (although not much orange, almost no yellow), and so I decided to try going warm for glasses.
These are by a company called Chrome Hearts, and they feature some gorgeous vermeil decoration along the arm and at the upper, outermost points of the frames.
With a progressive lens in my strong prescription (which mandates a more expensive lens to minimize thickness), these beauties, I told the young saleswoman/fitter, cost more than my first car. And then I corrected myself, remembering that I/we've actually owned four cars that cost less than these glasses -- if you live long enough, I told the bemused (bored? tolerant?) young thing, you get to say things like that.
But besides the fact that these double as jewelry -- I wish I'd managed to capture the three gold fleur-de-lis at the temples -- glasses can't be beat for a Cost-Per-Wearing item. Turns out my last pair, which ka-chinged in at $1300 were seven years old -- so less than $200 per year, and worn daily!
What about you? Do you resent paying for glasses? Do you manage to find bargain frames? Do you splurge on a CPW basis?
And what kinds of cost comparisons do you find yourself making with back-in-the-day budgets? You know I love to hear from you . . .

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