Frame Friday: Labor Day Looks

Labor Day is upon us, officially putting an end to Summer. For me, fall is an exciting time: I push myself to complete my goals for the year. I also begin to look forward to the fast-approaching new year. Fall is also a great time to update my wardrobe, including my glasses. Here are some nifty Zennis that will help you make a fashionable transition into shorter days and cooler weather:
 

 
We love our classic wayfarers here at Zenni and I have to say that I’m particularly fond of this pair. Tortoiseshell is so classic and perfect for fall. I also like the coverage offered by the larger frames: Try these as sunglasses!
 

 
Here is another classic: Aviator frames. Gold wire goes with just about everything, including the changing foliage. They are also strangely appropriate for just about every occasion.
 

 
Speaking of foliage, these wayfarers are made of acetate, but look like wood! If you are shifting to darker, warmer wardrobe colors,  check this pair out.
 

 
Sick of eyewear innovation? We get it: You want your wayfarers old school. Check out these thick rimmed black wayfarers. No wood grain, no fancy patterns, just basic black nerd glasses. Enjoy.
 

 
If you aren’t sick of innovation, however, we’ve got some excitement for you. These beautiful frosted aqua wayfarers will remind you of summer trips to the beach, even when there’s a nip in the air. A little harder to pair with clothing, but they’d look beautiful with a cream blouse and khakis.
 
Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!
 

 

 

Friday, August, 29 2014 by

See Who Rocked Their Glasses Best at the 2014 Emmy Awards!

TV has the Emmys. We have the Zennis!

 

We’re presenting our 2014 Zennis to the TV stars who rocked their glasses the best at Monday’s Emmy Awards ceremony, as well as at the Creative Arts Emmys held one day earlier.

 

The first Zenni goes to Jim Rash (shown with Community co-star Joel McHale), who looks great in his black horn rims, which was the most popular style of the stars.

 

 

It’s not unlike Zenni frame 635521:

 

 

In the variations-on-the-theme category, Al Roker gets the Zenni Award for his beautiful glasses featuring tortoiseshell front rims with solid brown ornamented temple arms. He’s shown here with Sarah Silverman, who won a writing Emmy for her variety special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.

 

Silverman made headlines for claiming to have a pot-vaporizing pen with her, so maybe that’s why it looks like she’s got the munchies for Roker’s glasses.

 

 

If she was still hungry after devouring those, she could feast on a similar Zenni frame, 785725:

 

 

Stephen Colbert skipped his typical rimless glasses …

 

 

… choosing instead to go with the flow, in distinguished looking full-rim ombre glasses, with a black top, tortoiseshell bottom, and keyhole bridge.

 


 
Check out Zenni’s ombre tortoiseshell frame 120625:
 

 
Maybe Colbert should have stuck to his rimless glasses, or at least skipped the routine about his imaginary friend, which got no laughs and must have had some people wondering if he is the right choice to replace glasses-wearer David Letterman.
 

All’s right with the world in this shot, with both Colbert and Letterman in rimless glasses.

 

 
Either of them – and you! – would look great in Zenni frame 134711 (shown here with lens shape 238):
 

 

Host Seth Meyers had some fun donning rimless sunglasses …

 

 
… for a play on words involving the last names of two presenters, Debra Messing and Jim Parsons, calling them “Messing Parsons,” and invoking CSI star David Caruso.
 

 
Give that host a Zenni! Perhaps Zenni frame 164714 (shown with lens shape 353), with an 80 percent amber or gray tint:
 

 

Maybe the key to killing at the Emmys is sticking to your usual eyeglasses.

 

Key and Peele were funnier than Colbert, with Jordan Peele rocking his familiar black front, tan temple arm glasses.

 


 
He gets the Zenni for looking consistently awesome in his glasses, and you can, too, in Zenni frame 185321:

 

 

Aside from black horn rims, another super trendy eyeglasses style, translucent wayfarers, batted .500 when it came to winning Emmys. (Everybody wearing cool glasses won Zennis!)

 

Fred Armisen of Portlandia

 

 

… lost the best supporting actor award in a comedy series Emmy to Modern Family star Ty Burrell, in wayfarer-style translucents.

 

 

You’ll look just as awesome in Zenni’s translucent frame 307223.

 

 

Jon Voight of Ray Donovan was elegant in a white scarf and rectangular half-rims.


 
Zenni frame 777515 is just as cool, if not maybe a little cooler:
 

 

Don Was, who led the ’80s band Was (Not Was), won for music direction for The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. He gets the Zenni for best blast-from-the-past, in his throwback round, silver-rimmed sunglasses.

 

 

Here’s his award, Zenni frame A8450021, a pair of round, non-prescription sunglasses:

 

 

Unfortunately (if you like seeing people in glasses, like we do) most of the female presenters and winners skipped eyewear. But Kathy Bates, who won best supporting actress in a miniseries for American Horror Story: Coven, gets the Zenni for rocking her black oval cat-eye glasses.

 

 

Here’s her Zenni Award – frame 628221:

 

 

Congratulations to all the Emmy and Zenni winners!

 
 
 

Tuesday, August, 26 2014 by

Zenni Takes ALS ‘Eyes’ Bucket Challenge

At Zenni, we’re always up for anything fun, especially if it’s for a good cause. So when we heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for ALS, we thought, “We are so down with this!”

 

But since we’re always thinking about eyes and eyeglasses, we renamed it the ‘Eyes’ Bucket Challenge. And because we’re in drought-plagued California, we decided to take the Ice, oops, ‘Eyes’ Bucket Challenge at the beach.

 

(Any excuse to go to the beach on a workday, right?)

 

So we filled our buckets with seawater along with ice, to conserve as much of our precious H2O as possible.
 


 

We did it!

 

We raised awareness of ALS and saved water, too.

 

Now, in the spirit of friendly competition, we’re nominating fellow online eyeglasses retailer Warby Parker, and our marketing partners Wpromote and IMI.

 

C’mon in guys – the water’s f-f-f-fine!

Sunday, August, 24 2014 by

National Aviation Day: Aviator Frames!

Today is National Aviation Day, when we celebrate flight and the men and women who pilot aircraft. Here at Zenni, we are also excited about our aviator frames, available in a variety of materials and colors.
 
As the name suggests, aviator frames (also known as “aviators”) were originally developed in the 1930s as sunglasses that could protect the eyes of pilots. Eventually they were popularized by General Douglas MacArthur during World War II. The frames continued to enjoy popularity through the 20th century, peaking in 1986 after the release of Top Gun. Today, the aviator frame remains a classic: Flattering to most face shapes, wearable by men and women, and providing ample eye protection (remember, here at Zenni we offer FREE UV coating on all our glasses!).
 
Thinking about getting a pair? Here are some frames to check out:
 

 
These bendable titanium glasses offer a classic look, perfect for flying, driving or even doing business. The frames are bendable and hold their shape well, something that’s important if you lead an active lifestyle and are afraid of breaking your frames.
 

 
Classic styling with a twist is probably the best way to describe these stainless steel aviators. Check out the subtle cut-outs on the temples to see what I’m talking about. Sure, you can wear these to work, but I’d also keep them on hand for date night.
 

 
Men who like a lot of eye coverage should go for this pair: Goldtone stainless steel rim with black acetate temples suggests luxury while the large lenses give you plenty of privacy.
 

 
These plastic framed aviators are a sturdy, affordable alternative to metal sunglasses. Even better, this style comes in three different colors (red, white and green) so you can easily match them to your car, plane, swimsuit or outfit.
 

 
No-nonsense ladies should check out these brick-red ladies’ aviators. They may not go with everything in your closet, but you could surely rock a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt while wearing these. Or try wearing them while out for a jog.
 

Here’s another alternative take on the classic aviator, this time in different shades of gray. Metal rims, plastic temples and a bit of contrast in color and texture throughout.
 
By the way, while aviators were originally sunglasses, you don’t have to order them with tinted lenses if you don’t want to. Zenni’s ordering system will help you select the exact lens treatments (including tints) that you want and need!
 
Also, be sure to check out our latest infographic to help figure out what frame size you should get!
 

 

 

Wednesday, August, 20 2014 by

Frame Friday: Summer Whites

Not so long ago, white outfits were restricted to the time between the Memorial and Labor Day holidays. Times have changed and the season for whites is not so rigid, but there is something about the hot days of summer that makes cool whites an appealing choice.
 
Here at Zenni, we offer a bunch of incredible white frames year ’round, but find that our top season for selling them is summer. Check out these lovely specimens and let us know what you think! Also, feel free to reference our latest infographics if you’re ever curious about finding out your frame size or measuring your PD.
white frame with spring hinges
 
This pair of full-rim glasses makes me think of Devo, even though they wore black-rimmed glasses. Maybe it’s the unisex, classic styling, but I suspect that it’s the metal hinges that reinforce the pomo look.
 
white and gold frames
 
These beauties aren’t the least bit bit unisex: Every lady will feel absolutely gorgeous in these white and gold frames with a decidedly old-fashioned charm. Not only will this frame look great with a tan, the gold knotwork at the temples make these wonderful glasses to wear to formal events.
 
white and steel frame
 
Another retro look that is positively sci-fi: You could definitely wear these to a con, while working in a lab, or even to the beach if you wanted to add an air of gravitas to your ocean-side frolicking. Seriously, though, this mix of white and silver isn’t to be trifled with.
 
thick white frames
 
On one hand, these are classic, full-frame wayfarers. On the other hand, the metalwork on the temples makes them stand out. Try them as sunglasses, if you wish, but they’d also look great as regular glasses and worn an aqua blue or coral pink sundress.
 
white wooden frames
 
There is no need to make the touch choice between white frames and wood frames. This pair has wood grain temples that bring birch trees to mind. Try them with a plaid shirt and jeans or denim shorts for a cookout in the woods.
 
sleek white frames
 
Ladies who are looking for a no-frills, yet feminine look should check out these oval frames. Pure white, with no embellishment, the gentle curves of these glasses are saved from looking masculine by their gentle curves.
 
red and white frames
 
If all-white isn’t your thing, check out these oval-shaped full-rim glasses. They’re trimmed in red, giving them a distinctly sporty look. Keep it casual and wear them to a softball game or a barbeque.
 
 

Friday, August, 15 2014 by

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