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Advice for the First Time Glasses Wearer

You can imagine how I felt when the optometrist told me I needed glasses. I was thrilled. I’d secretly always wanted a pair. And now, instead of accessorizing with that non-prescription pair I kept in my top drawer of my dresser, I had a reason to wear glasses without feeling like a poseur.
girl with purple glasses

This was the super sassy, new me. And I loved every purple bit of her.
Here’s my advice for anyone looking to buy their first pair of glasses.
1. Dress for Your Face

We all have different shaped faces. There are ovals, squares, rounds and even hearts. You need to find a pair that complements your shape. And this can be trickier than it sounds.
Square-shaped faces beware. You want round or oval eyeglasses in bold or dark colors. It’s best to stay away from geometric and square shapes as well as light-colored frames. You want eyeglasses that take the emphasis off your strong facial features.
Heart-shaped faces are a bit more challenging because of the broad forehead and small chin. Your best bet is glasses that help create balance. Oval and round shapes as well as light-colored frames are best as they help balance the widths of the face.
Round-shaped faces look good with wide lenses. Look for frames that draw attention to your cheekbones. It would be a pity not to show them off.
Perhaps the luckiest of them all, are the oval-shaped faces which can get away with almost anything. Stick with rectangular and square frames to be on the safe side though.
2. Dress for Comfort

Might seem like an obvious one, but it’s something I overlooked when I got glasses. Remember, these are going to be on your face for the long haul. Think long hours at the office. Dinners with family. And everything in between. Ask yourself: do these frames have what it takes to be there for me when I need them most?
Consider them carefully. How do the frames feel on your face? If you feel pinching or discomfort, you can always adjust the nose pads. But bottom line, if they aren’t built for comfort, the only place they’ll be is in their glasses case.
3. Dress for Every Occasion

When my boss first saw my bright purple glasses, he pulled a face. He was surprised. I’d been at the same company for two years without changing so much as my haircut. I played it safe: mauve blouses, elegant pants and the occasional scarf. These glasses were my attempt at changing all that. I wanted to reinvent myself and change how people saw me. Few of my colleagues had met the fun, outgoing side of me. And I thought these glasses would do the trick.
So did it work? I got my fair share of stares. People I’d passed countless times in the corridors or had seen in the lunch room, complimented me. Some even treated me differently. A colleague I’d said maybe 10 words to, loved my glasses so much that we started having regular lunches together. We’ve since become good friends. As for my boss, a man with an eye for colorful art, he soon took a liking to my glasses. And I’m happy to report that I now find him much more approachable. But colorful frames may not be suitable for your workplace.
I was lucky with my choice of glasses. Remember that your glasses need to look good in any situation they may find themselves in whether it’s a slinky black number or typing away at your daily 9 to 5.
Picking your first pair of glasses doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, I recommend having a little fun with it. Think of it as accessory shopping. After all, with Zenni Optical’s affordable prices you can easily purchase two, three, or even four pairs to suit any occasion.

Friday, June, 27 2014 by

Delicate Pastels For Spring – One Look For Under $100!

Spring is in the air, so it’s time to lighten things up a bit with pastels, softer fabrics and flirty sandals. We here at Zenni had a look at this season’s trends and decided to put together a simple, gorgeous ensemble that’s perfect for springtime . . . and all for under $100! Check out what we came up with and let us know what you think in the comments below.

The Frames – Pink Translucent Frames from Zenni

pink transparent frames
Badly chosen eyewear can ruin your look before you even get started, which is why we began our spring ensemble with these adorable Zennis ($6.95). A lovely pink translucent frame picks up the pink on the dress, harmonizing with the lighter colors of a spring look while also drawing attention to your beautiful eyes.

The Dress – Tribal Print Zip Back Shift Dress from Body Central

Body Central's Tribal Print Zip Back Shift DressThe next element of this look is a simple shift dress that offers a study in contrasts: Warm pastels take on new life in a bold Aztec-themed print. The result is Southwest glam that isn’t too heavy-handed.
In addition, the shape of this dress makes it an incredibly versatile piece: While the skirt is a little short for work, you can still wear this on your days off with a baby-blue cardigan for shopping and strolling around town. Even better, this Tribal Print Zip Back Shift Dress from Body Central will only set you back $24.98 . . . a serious steal.

The Shoes – Gladiator Sandals from Maurices

Anna Beaded Gladiator Sandals from MauricesThese gladiator sandals, only $24.00 from Maurices, rock this look without overwhelming the dress. Pastels can sometimes be tricky to match, so your best bet is either an exact match or a pale/light neutral. These sandals kick things up a notch with gold metallic studs.

Bonus: In addition to being incredibly cute, the flat heel and straps gives the whole outfit a decidedly beach-y look, even if you are strolling down a city street.

The Accessory – Curve Bar Clutch from Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins Blush Curve Bar ClutchLest you think that this outfit is getting a bit too casual, our stylist comes to the rescue with this adorable, but quite proper, clutch in pale pink with beige trim. At only $27 from Dorothy Perkins, the bag even has a zippered pocket for your wallet (a good thing, considering the money you’re going to save on this outfit) and a pouch for your cell.





Thursday, April, 17 2014 by

Jazz Appreciation Month – These Artists ‘Got Their Glasses On!’

In jazz slang, to say you’ve “got your glasses on” means you’re acting a little snooty.

But we think that expression’s jive, man, because we’re all about people getting their glasses on. After all, some of the coolest cats who ever blew an axe literally got their glasses on.

Don’t have a cow, man. We know Simpsons character Bleeding Gums Murphy wasn’t an actual jazz great. But plenty of real-life jazz musicians sported some pretty rad rims.
So in honor of April’s designation as Jazz Appreciation Month (with the appropriate acronym JAM), we’re taking a look at some of the baddest daddies (and a couple of fine ladies) of jazz who definitely got their glasses on – in a good way.
Composer, lyricist, and ragtime pianist Eubie Blake was one of the fathers of jazz.

Blake and his partner, singer-songwriter Noble Sissle, wrote the 1921 Broadway musical Shuffle Along, one of the first written and directed by African Americans. That show gave the world the standard “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” Blake was just wild about horn-rim, wayfarer-style glasses. Check out similar Zenni frame 220421.

Clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman’s 1938 concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall was considered jazz’s coming-out party, and as such, one of the most important performances in jazz history.

The concert climaxed with the immortal “Sing, Sing, Sing,” featuring Lionel Hampton (left) on vibraphone, Gene Krupa on drums and Harry James (not pictured) on trumpet.

A big part of Goodman’s image is his rimless eyeglasses.

Goodman’s frame is similar to Zenni’s frame 322111, shown with lens shape 232.

If you want to copy Goodman’s style, go with lens shape 224.

Thelonious Monk was one of the first modern-jazz, bebop artists.

He was notable for a percussive style of piano improvisation with abrupt starts and stops. Monk first gained attention performing with Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, where he was the house pianist.

Monk’s popularity took off when the Thelonious Monk Quartet played the Five Spot Café in New York, in 1957. Along with Monk on piano, the quartet included (from left) John Coltrane on sax, Shadow Wilson on drums, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass.

Whether it’s “ ’Round Midnight,” or any time of the day, Monk looks great in his glasses. You’ll look just as cool in Zenni frame 690111.

Or, to get the Monk look in non-prescription sunglasses, go with Zenni frame A10120421.

Ella Fitzgerald was known as both the “First Lady of Song” and the “Queen of Jazz.”

She was the first African-American woman to win a Grammy, at the first Grammy Awards ceremony, in 1959. She actually won two Grammys that night, Best Female Vocal Performance for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook, and Best Jazz Performance for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook.

She went on to win 11 more Grammys. Her live version of “Mack the Knife,” recorded in 1960, is one of the landmark jazz performances captured on record.

Although she didn’t wear glasses in performance as a young jazz singer, Fitzgerald wore them in later years.

Her oversize, ornamented, full-rim style is similar to these Zenni frames (click on the images to see their specs!):



It’s notable that several of these landmark performances are in the late 1950s and early ’60s. In jazz, 1959 is considered the art form’s peak year, similar to the way film buffs consider 1939 the greatest year in movie history.



You’ve probably seen those three 1939 movies, which are so famous they need no identification. They are just a few of the many movie masterpieces that year.
Now let’s look at some classic jazz albums that were released in 1959:





Of the jazz greats behind these albums, only bandleaders Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis were frequently seen in glasses.


Check out Brubeck (at the piano) with his quartet (from left, alto sax player Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello), all of whom are wearing glasses.

We love the Take Five cut “Blue Rondo à la Turk,” and the title track, which is so recognizable and popular it could almost serve as jazz’s theme song, although some would argue that John Coltrane’s version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” deserves that distinction.
As much as we love both recordings, we’re going to go with Brubeck, if only because he and his bandmates all wore glasses.
Brubeck’s signature frame is not unlike Eubie Blake’s wayfarer-style horn-rims, but let’s mix it up a bit (you didn’t think we were going to say “jazz it up,” did you?) with a rich-looking, brown wayfarer-style frame from Zenni, model 820415.

Desmond’s glasses are similar to Zenni frame 614212.

Wright is wearing a pair of classic brow line glasses, not unlike Zenni frame 535021.

Morello’s glasses, with a straight-line bridge, are similar to Zenni’s Christmastime tortoiseshell frame 624725.

Trumpeter Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue brought a new form of improvisation to jazz, using the songs’ scales rather than chords for his riffs. His 1960 album, Sketches of Spain, is just as revered as Kind of Blue, but we’re also extremely fond of a less heralded 1959 album by Davis and Gil Evans, their jazz version of Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin (music), DuBose Heyward (libretto and lyrics), and Ira Gershwin (lyrics).
When he started wearing glasses, Davis favored oversized frames, like these aviators.

Davis’s frame calls and Zenni responds, with similar frame 579721.

When you think of images of one of Davis’s modern-jazz forebears, Dizzy Gillespie, you probably think of two balloon-like cheeks rather than two round eyeglass lenses. But in his early years, the man credited by many as the originator of bebop, also known as modern jazz, wore round, full-rim specs that set off his not-yet “moon cheeks”.

Pop on similar Zenni frame 6290015, and start blowin’!

If Thenlonious Monk and Miles Davis are bebop, and Benny Goodman is “prebop,” then Herbie Hancock could be considered “post bop.”

Hancock is a true crossover jazz-fusion artist, bringing synthesizers, funk, soul, and modern classical music to his improvisations. His 2007 tribute album to occasional jazz artist Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters, won two Grammys, for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Album of the Year.

The full-rim, rectangular metal frames shown in his picture and on the album cover are not unlike Zenni’s frame 650312 (in gray) and 650315 (in brown).


Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

A prodigy who was performing in church by age 8, Marsalis won the Pulitzer in 1997 for Blood on the Fields, an oratorio about a couple moving from slavery to freedom.

With his participation in various PBS programs, including Marsalis on Music and Ken Burns’s Jazz, his several books on jazz, and his artistic directorship of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis has become the leading ambassador of jazz.
The full-rim rectangular metal frame he’s wearing in his picture is similar to Zenni’s frames 552415 (brown) or 552421 (black).


Finally, sultry Canadian singer-pianist Diana Krall (shown with bassist Ben Wolfe) is one of the few ladies of jazz who doesn’t mind performing in eyeglasses.

That may be because she is married to Elvis Costello, whose glasses are an indelible part of his appearance.

Krall’s tinted full-rim rectangular glasses are similar Zenni’s frame 228721.

Costello’s are close to Zenni’s frame 638821.

Now you’ve got some crazy chops to break it down and find some gone frames in the mix. And that is all that jazz – in eyeglasses.

Monday, April, 14 2014 by

Presidents Day: It’s All About the Glasses

When did Presidents Day become all about white sales?
I mean, c’mon! What do towels and bedding have to do with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or any other president for that matter?
EyeGlasses - Presidents Day Sale
(All right, we know what you’re thinking, but please move along. There’s no Clinton joke to see here. There wasn’t any bedding, although towels may have been involved.)
Monica Lewinsky
But hey, it’s time to move on! So toss that rumpled bed linen in the hamper, along with the stained blue dress, and let’s get serious.
To properly honor our presidents, instead of sheets and pillowcases, our last three-day weekend before the long drought until Memorial Day should be all about … glasses!
Yes, glasses. Work with us here.
Now we know that when you think POTUS (the acronym for President of the United States) you may not immediately think GOTPOTUS. (That’s glasses of the POTUS, not a parody of a milk commercial or a sign the rest of the country will soon follow Washington and Colorado.)
But you should. Eyeglasses have played an important role in the lives of many U.S. presidents. And in the case – literally, the eyeglasses case – of Theodore Roosevelt, a lifesaving role!
Roosevelt favored pince-nez (pronounced “ponce-NAY”) glasses, which perch right on the nose and are held in place with nose pads.
Theodore Roosevelt
He was running as the Progressive Party candidate for president in 1912 after he failed to wrest the Republican nomination from his successor as president, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt was on his way to make a speech in Milwaukee when a would-be assassin shot him outside his hotel. Here he is, just before he was shot:
Theodore Roosevelt Before Assassination
Although the bullet pierced Roosevelt’s skin and lodged against one of his ribs, its trajectory toward the former president’s heart was stopped by Roosevelt’s bulky overcoat, his folded lengthy speech, and (wait for it) his steel-reinforced eyeglasses case.

Was that sound we just heard the sound of you moving your eyeglasses case to your breast pocket? Don’t worry, you’re probably safe, unless you live in Florida.
Roosevelt, whose machismo was unimpeachable, was the first president to be photographed wearing glasses. He knew he wasn’t a namby-pamby, or if he secretly knew he was a namby-pamby, he made sure his well-publicized exploits indicated otherwise.
But most presidents, being politicians and as vain as actors – heck, they are actors! – have preferred not to be photographed (or painted) wearing eyeglasses.

That’s why you won’t see a pair of glasses anywhere on a dollar bill – not on Washington, not on the pyramid’s eye on the greenback, and certainly not on the eagle-eyed eagle. But our first president was also the first president to wear glasses, and he rocked them, in a frame of solid silver:
George Washington Spectacles
Washington also sometimes read with a lorgnette (French eyeglasses on a stick), a cherished gift from his Revolutionary War comrade the Marquis de Lafayette.
George Washington Glasses
Washington’s prescription in his silver-frame glasses is +3.50, making them fairly strong reading glasses. He apparently did not favor bifocals as his non-president contemporary Benjamin Franklin did. Although the invention of bifocals is frequently attributed to Franklin, this claim has been plausibly debunked, as reported in our blog on the History of Eyeglasses.
Nevertheless, those Founding Fathers were a bunch of four-eyed geniuses.
Washington’s vice president and presidential successor, John Adams, was farsighted both politically (the Massachusetts Constitution he wrote became the model for the U.S. Constitution) and optically. He had basically the same prescription Washington did: +3.50 in his right eye, +3.59 in his left.
John Adams Glasses  in Case
The history of presidential glasses goes fairly quiet until Lincoln, whose first purchase of eyeglasses has achieved the near-mythical status of Franklin’s bifocals. It’s been written that Lincoln bought his first pair of eyeglasses in 1856 in Bloomington, Illinois, for 37 ½ cents. (In today’s dollars, that would be around $10.00 – still more costly than the least expensive pair of Zennis!)
Abraham Lincolns First Pair Of Spectacles
But scrupulous historians now believe that Lincoln’s first pair was purchased in the same state but in Springfield, in 1854. Two pairs of reading glasses confirmed to have been worn by Lincoln are in the Library of Congress. The first picture shows Lincoln wearing one of these pairs of glasses as he reads to his son Tad. The second shows the glasses he was wearing the night he made his ill-fated trip to Ford’s theater.
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Eyeglasses
An example of Lincoln’s legendary wit – or at least whimsy – is reported in a story about one of his debates with senatorial opponent Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln held up a copy of a speech Douglas gave the night before, disparaging Douglas’s remarks.
“Read it!” yelled a member of the audience. Lincoln replied:
“Gentlemen, reading from speeches is a very tedious business, particularly for an old man who has to put on spectacles, and more so if the man is so tall that he has to bend over to the light.”
The audience laughed, the newspapers reported the next day.
President Abraham Lincoln Eyeglasses
Early 20th century presidents, who wanted to display their technocrat cred, became more relaxed about being photographed in their glasses. Woodrow Wilson, formerly the president of Princeton, didn’t mind the egghead image his pince-nez glasses conveyed.
Woodrow Wilson
Herbert Hoover, who remained active in public life long after the last Hooverville shantytown gave way to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, appeared before the U.S. Senate in 1950 in a pair of glasses that would be considered a super cool geek-chic frame today:
Herbert Hoover
In addition to suffering from polio, FDR was nearsighted and started wearing glasses as an undergraduate at Harvard in 1900. One of the pairs he wore was in the pince-nez style, intended to emulate his cousin Theodore.
President Roosevelt
Roosevelt’s last vice president, Harry Truman, who became president when Roosevelt passed away in 1945, favored translucent full-rim plastic frames, which are very popular today.
President Harry Truman
Truman had a strongly farsighted prescription. His glasses let him see up close, so he could easily tell where the buck stopped. When the buck stopped he could pick it up and put it in his pocket.
President Harry Truman Eye Prescription
Dwight D. Eisenhower, who followed Truman into the White House, wore glasses although he was rarely photographed in them. When he was, you’d see him wearing the same style frame as Truman.
Vintage Eyeglasses
A poignant story emerges regarding Eisenhower’s successor, John F. Kennedy, who, with his wife, Jackie, brought a new sense of style to the presidency, no more so than in their choice of sunglasses.
JFK Sunglasses
A letter written by the American Optical Company’s director of public relations and advertising, H.P. Brigham, dated Nov. 19, 1963, recounts a visit by an eye doctor to the White House to examine JFK’s eyes. After fitting the president with a pair of reading glasses, the optician who accompanied the eye doctor showed Kennedy a pair of bifocals with no correction on the top half of the lens and a mild +1.00 on the bottom.
Kennedy was so taken with these bifocals that the optician was called back to the White House the next morning and asked to produce a pair of these glasses before the president’s press conference that very day.
They cranked out the glasses in roughly an hour and a half and got them to Kennedy in time for his press conference. He liked them so much he called back and asked for three more pairs.
At the bottom of the letter describing these events, a note was scrawled: “The day I received this Kennedy was shot.”
Kennedy’s vice president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was the last U.S. President, so far, who was frequently photographed in glasses. Not unlike the split between guns and butter LBJ was unable to bridge, he favored two different styles of glasses. He wore the presidential style favored by Truman and Eisenhower: full-rim plastic translucent glasses.
Vintage Eye Glasses
But he also wore the brow line style that was very popular in the 1960s and is popular again now in the 2010s. LBJ didn’t have much else in common with civil rights leader Malcolm X, but they both liked the same type of glasses.
Half Rim Glasses
Malcolm X - Half Rim Glasses
In the archives of the Johnson Library are two eyeglasses prescriptions for LBJ, one written in 1957, the other written in 1962. The two prescriptions are very close, but they represent a curiosity many eyeglasses wearers experience, when they see a prescription that calls for an astigmatism correction written with negative Cylinders (CYLs), as optometrists write it, and another one with positive CYLs, as ophthalmologists write it.
Eye Glasses Prescription - President Johnson
President Johnson Eye Prescription
Whichever way you look at it, it still comes out the same.
Just like history.

Saturday, February, 8 2014 by

Radiant Orchid for 2014: Pantone Color Institute Has Spoken

The Pantone Color Institute has spoken: 2014′s color is Radiant Orchid 18-3224.
pantone color orchid
Described by Pantone Color Institute’s executive director as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones,” this color doesn’t quite stand out like last year’s Emerald Green 17-5641. Instead, it adds a bit of subtle cheer wherever it is found. Decorators and fashionistas who need to stay conservative, but want to jazz things up a bit, can make great use of Radiant Orchid.


How to Use Radiant Orchid at Home

If you really like Radiant Orchid and want to use it in a big way, use it on one wall in a sunny room. If you aren’t up to painting, consider an orchid sofa along with a neutral hardwood or glass coffee table.
On the other hand, if you like the color, but don’t want a major commitment, select some smaller accent pieces, such as candles, throw pillows, or even fresh orchids in a gorgeous container. The nifty thing about this color is that while it’s definitely fresh, it can work throughout the year.


Wearing Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid flatters most skin tones, so you can wear it in dozens of ways:

  • As eyeshadow, lip gloss and nail polish
  • Ties
  • Hats and hair accessories
  • Scarves
  • Jewelry
  • Tops, blouses, skirts and dresses
  • Umbrellas
  • Handbags
  • Try a few streaks in your hair!

How much Radiant Orchid is appropriate? Depends on the situation, your coloring, and your style. If you aren’t comfortable wearing purple, try something small: A pair of earrings, a necklace or a tie. Willing to go bolder? Try a purse, or switch up your eyeliner or eyeshadow: This shade can really make blue eyes pop.


Eyewear Options

Another option is to swap out your regular eyeglass or sunglass frames for something in the Radiant Orchid scheme. Here are some options:


Frame #797517 is an oval shaped frame that looks decidedly hip without being over the top. 


Rimless glasses, such as #3990, flatter most face shapes and have the advantage of helping you to see while also keeping your face free of distractions. The beautiful temples add just a touch of color to your look.



Half-frame glasses, such as #650717, are great for balancing heart-shaped faces.


If you are a conservative type, try this classic frame. Straight on, you see subtle purple frames around the eyes, but #256217 has a trick up its sleeve: The temples feature an intriguing pattern in many shades of purple.






Monday, December, 23 2013 by