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“Frame Friday” Roundup: Vintage Look Glasses

They say trends go in cycles, and these amazing vintage-looking glasses are a testament to the fact that what’s old can be new, and not just new but among the hottest styles in the fashion world. But don’t be fooled; these ain’t your grannies cracked ol’ spectacles. These new versions of classic styles are ready to take your face-fashion game to the next level.

You know a specific era of vintage fashion is back in when you look at those styles and don’t even think of them as old, but rather as established trends now. Heavy black frames? Winged cat-eye lines? It all seems perfectly on-trend, despite pulling from the 1940s and their comeback in the 1960s.

The difference is that if you dug through your parents’ and grandparents’ boxes of old stuff to pull out their musty glasses, you would find frames that look quite similar to these new options, minus the moths and cob webs, but that are also heavier, less comfortable, and slightly less refined.

Despite these differences, because they are so clearly paying homage to frames from generations past, you can also pair these glasses with actual vintage garments mixed together with new trends to create your own unique, retro style.

Vintage styles can pose a challenge if their design and aesthetic are unfamiliar and and you aren’t sure what styles work best for you. One great way to find the right vintage-look glasses for you is to browse Pinterest boards of vintage style from the 1940s and 1970s. Other online resources that present historic fashion images work well too. Look for people who have a similar face shape to yours to get a sense of what frame shapes are best for your face.

However, you don’t have to worry as much with these vintage glasses, because their unique shapes and lines are more forgiving, since they are less familiar to others as well. So you can more than get away with a pair of glasses you love, even if they aren’t technically ideal for your face.

The timing is perfect for vintage-looking frames. It’s warm, and summer trends couldn’t be friendlier to a little nostalgia, putting your hot new vintage glasses from Zenni precisely on-trend.

Thursday, June, 5 2014 by

“Frame Friday” Roundup: Graduation Season Kickoff

Just one word: “Glasses!”

Whether or not this play on the famous line from “The Graduate” resonates with you, June is right around the corner, and that means graduation season. Many high schools are already on summer break. That means gifts for grads, graduation ceremonies, and taking the next big step to college, post-graduate studies, and facing more of the real world. A mature pair of glasses may be just the thing to for this unique occasion.

What do recent grads want? For the most part huge parties, a moment to enjoy freedom from nightly homework and early classes, and money. This is, unsurprisingly, one of the many times when what you want and what you need diverge. Ideal gifts for grads help them reach their goals. If a grad wants to learn about water shortages in India before they start college where they want to study economic development and communication, cash to help fund their trip makes sense.

If a grad just plans to jump into an entry-level job in finance now that they’re done with their undergraduate degree, something more practical makes a lot more sense. Glasses are certainly one of the most sensible options.

The perfect pair of mature glasses for a new grad help them develop a respectable appearance. The process of aging your image can be a painful one, and the right pair of glasses goes a long way to helping a recent grad build the poised, mature, professional look they need to leverage their skills and experience as they begin their life’s next step.

To identify the right frames, consider two characteristics: the shape of the frame and the color. You can find frames that read as responsible in terms of both shape and color, while still being fun.Sensible frames tend to have smaller lenses, such as those on this page, as opposed to large round or squared frames. They are also typically rectangular instead of circular or squared. They look more professional because they make any obvious or powerful fashion statement, except that the wearer cares about functionalism.

Appropriate colors are similarly refined. Greys, browns, and blacks are the best choices because they look professional, don’t stand out, and match most outfits. However, they don’t have to be dull. College kids aren’t going to want boring glasses. As long as they are wearable every day, they want something slight fun, such as the brown and gold pair above.

Graduation season is a time to celebrate. It’s also the right time to give grads gifts that are appropriate for their future, such as a mature pair of glasses.

Friday, May, 30 2014 by

“Frame Friday” Roundup: Memorial Day Tips – Party Ideas, Sales, and More

It’s time to gear up for Memorial Day Weekend and all the amazing summer kick-off parties you could throw and attend. This Frame Friday we’re rounding up some amazing frames, as well as important Memorial Day tips and info, starting with Zenni’s Memorial Day Sale on all polarized and photochromatic lenses running until May 28th. Also, don’t forget that today is the last day to go pin-crazy on ZenniOptical’s Pin It to Win It Giveaway. Make it count! 

Let’s start with the basics. Party tips and safety. It’s going to be hot, so prepare accordingly. If you are hosting, have tons of backup ice and make it really easy for guests to drink lots of water and stay hydrated, whatever else they are drinking. You may also want to provide sunscreen if people will be outdoors, and fun disposable hats are a perfect way to provide more shade. If there will be water nearby such as a pool, be sure someone capable is watching the water at all times to keep little ones out of the water and swimmers safe.

Food, outfits, and decorations are half the battle on Memorial Day. Festive, patriotic themes are always popular and appropriate because of the origins of the holiday. For food, you can find a huge list of recipes online, but balancing things that everyone will like, which will stay safe to eat and be easy to carry and serve, and are fun and celebratory is less simple. Stick to upscale and interesting takes on class BBQ items, like hot dogs but with kimchi toppings or layered dip but use blue corn and fried chipotle pepper chips.

Now the big one, trips. Three day weekends are a great time to get out of Dodge, especially if you live in a big city that will be broiling with early summer heat. With no plans (maybe everything fell through at the last minute), take this opportunity for a quick visit. Washington D.C. can make a great budget trip if you’re within driving distance, especially if you know someone who will put you up or are efficient with Air BnB. In Southern California, Palm Springs offers an escape, if not from the heat at least from the pace of celluloid life, with a range of price options. St. Louis, New Orleans, and Austin are all within road-trip striking distance even if you don’t live in the Sunshine Belt. They respectively offer BBQ, Creole food and culture, and a great mix of culture and outdoorsy fun. Float the river anyone?

Finally, sales. It’s a great weekend to save money, offering some of the best deals all year. So after you’ve grabbed a pair or two of hot Zenni frames with polarized lenses – which make it easier to see and protect your eyes in high-glare situations such as around a pool, lake, or ocean for a great summer party – from Zenni’s Memorial Day Sale, head out to snag a few other deals. Just stay savvy and skip summer seasonal items that retailers may claim are “on sale” but don’t actually offer significant savings.

No matter what you do or with whom you appreciate the extra day off, do take a moment to remember the men and women in the armed forced who have given their lives in the line of duty. Their sacrifices are the reason for the holiday and pausing to feel and express gratitude is always worth your time.

Hope you have your Zennis nearby! Slide on the perfect shades and have an AWESOME three day weekend and a safe Memorial Day!

Thursday, May, 22 2014 by

“Frame Friday” Roundup: Aviator Popularity

In honor of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17, we’re taking a look at Aviator glasses, their history, and influence.

These timelessly trendy frames do have their history in actual aviation. John Macready, one of the pilots battling to set the altitude record in the 1920′s, collaborated with Bausch & Lomb to design glasses to protect his eyes from the bright sunlight of the upper atmosphere. According to his daughter, Macready “gave Bausch & Lomb the original shape, tint and fit” of aviator lenses, which B&L branded as Ray-Bans and which later became known simply as “Aviators.”

They experienced their first real surge in public popularity in the 1960′s thanks to Paul McCartney and Ringo Star wearing them in photos. Then after falling off they experienced a resurgence in the 1980′s thanks to another rock legend, Freddy Mercury. They have basically stayed in the limelight since then, adorning the faces of film, music, and television celebrities, politicians and America’s Most Wanted, and millions of normal people like you and me.

If you ask adults now what aviators make them think of, many will respond with “the Greatest Generation,” the men who fought in World War I, II, and sometimes the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. Navy pilots and men working on aircraft carriers were among the many who sported these sunglasses, and just like with other essential components of U.S. fashion like the T-Shirt, they contributed to the spread of the style.

This is why you see so many variations on aviators, beyond just simple color and pattern differences or offering them as glasses without the tint. In fact, the “classic” Ray-Ban glasses, the Wayfarer, are an obvious reinterpretation. The thick frames, combination of straight and rounded edges, and wide, flat front profile of these two styles is pervasive in average glasses these days.

It makes for a perfect, if subtle homage to all our men and women who continue to give themselves to the service of this country in time for Armed Forces day.

So while you’re out enjoying the comfortable, stylish sun protection offered by a cool pair of Aviator sunglasses, or any other glasses style, take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of the glasses and everything they represent, as well as to express thanks to those active in the Armed Forces now.

Thursday, May, 15 2014 by

“Frame Friday” Roundup: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The best Mother’s Day gifts show thoughtfulness. And it’s never too late to figure out a thoughtful gift. The essence of thoughtfulness starts with asking yourself what your mom likes. Think about her preferences and her style. Glasses are a great option, as long as you start by looking at all the women’s frames and identifying the ones that match her tastes best. Glasses from Zenni are an even better gift option when you pair them with a free, custimizable electronic gift card.

It can be difficult to actually figure out your mom’s tastes, especially in glasses. If you understand a few basic aspects of glasses styles you can narrow down your options to come very close to something she loves even if you aren’t a fashion expert.

The two easiest features of glasses to identify are color and overall style. Look at the glasses on this page. Each is a different color, representing some of the many colors available. Think about what your mom wears when she’s in the best mood and when she is going to do something she enjoys. Also think about when you think she looks the best. Analyzing these outfits can give you some ideas about a color or color palette that she prefers.

For overall style, you have to ask yourself the same questions about the outfits she likes best, but then evaluate the outfit as a whole. How would you describe it? For example, you might say sun and playful, sleek and stylish, trendy and urban, flowy and chic, or timeless and classic? Use these adjectives and look for glasses that also evoke those descriptors.

Another great strategy when buying clothing and accessories as gifts for mom is to look through family pictures to identify her style instead of just relying on your memory. Just be sure to stick to recent years. You don’t want to draw inspiration from mom’s big-hair phase in the 90s. Take a few photos where you can tell your mom thinks she looks great and use those to go through the two previous steps. Once you’ve narrowed down your glasses options, compare them to the photos again and try to imagine which would look best on your mom in each.

Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts doesn’t have to be difficult if you actually take your time to think about your mom and what she likes. Although it’s true that “it’s the thought that counts,” mom will be even happier if you actually give her something she likes, such as a pair of perfect glasses.

Friday, May, 9 2014 by