When I turned forty (-exactly on the dot!) I needed eyeglasses. Rather than despair–I was happy. Since I was a little girl I wanted #1-long hair (finally grew it at 40-ish) #2-pierced ears (accomplished at age 16), and #3, believe it or not–glasses!

Today I go shopping every few years (my husband in tow for his opinion) for an “everyday pair.” I do this for clients often –because selection and observation by a critical and stylishly fluent consultant (hopefully me) –sure helps. They know that their glasses may be the first accessory people notice–for obvious reasons. They will either enhance features or detract from them–it\’s all in the (often very expensive) choice.

Some folks stick with the same pair for decades–because they are associated with their persona or their professional field (i.e. Swifty Lazar, Carol Channing, Liz Claiborne, Sally Jesse Rafael, Phillip Johnson, Le Corbusier, I.M. Pei). But generally–I believe –we need to look attractive and observing of what\’s modern. Trends in eyewear definitely exist. Certain styles spell “instant old”, like totally rimless eyeglasses. They work better on men.

Nothing says “modern” better than the perfect glasses.

Some of my favorite brands are Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, and Matsuda.
Today new “green” materials are being used along with metals and plastics.

Be aware that glasses may compromise a “sexy” look for black-tie—so contact lenses are a handy alternative.

Now that summer is around the corner you might want to reassess your sunglasses as well. Ray-Ban Wayfarers and aviator styles are classics that are enjoying fashion resurgence. They have a sporty, youthful look I love. So many designers are introducing great looks this year, at a wide range of prices. Make sure you pick at least one style that works with most of your clothes (like brown tortoiseshell, green aviators, or sleek black sunglasses) before you buy that big white pair.

Have fun!