Your glasses aren’t just an attractive fashion accessory that also enables you to see. Your eyeglasses frame can be a blank canvas on which you can give your inner Van Gogh free rein. Inspired by the World Maker Faire, we start with a nice, wide, solid color frame with thick temple arms. That’s the clean slate on which your imagination can run as far as your frame will carry it.
Custom decorating your glasses is easy! Just take a permanent marker in a contrasting color to your frame, and use it to put monochromatic or multicolor polka dots on your glasses.
Here’s the finished product of how our glasses came out. Let us know what you think, and we’d also love to hear your own DIY ideas in the comments below!
Bonus: Here are some other eyeglasses frames that would look great with polka dots!
Finally, if you are not DYI inclined, we carry frames that come with polka dots, like these:
Wednesday, October, 1 2014 by Matt Souza
I confess that I’m shivering in my chair: The end of September has brought some chilly weather! Fortunately, Fall Fashion Week has brought us some great looks by some incredible designers. We picked some of our favorite cool weather pieces by the hottest designers and put together an outfit that can easily take you from work to dinner or shopping with friends:
Wine-Red Acetate Wayfarers – $27.95
Start out with these decadent wine-red glasses from Zenni! These oversized wayfarers would make perfect sunglasses (very dramatic with this outfit), but you can certainly order clear lenses as well. Try a matte wine lip color to add some extra sophistication to the look and truly complement this eyewear fashion statement.
Grey 3/4 length dress – $714
This 3/4 length dress from The Corner is soft, sophisticated and appropriate for just about any occasion. It’s also incredibly versatile: Accessorize according to your mood.
Mint Velvet Steel Trench Coat – $209
Trenches are absolutely essential, but they can get boring. They also don’t work well over evening wear. Fortunately, House of Fraser decided to take things to the next level with this asymmetrical front trench in steel gray. The color keeps it versatile while the design makes it appropriate for both daytime and evening wear.
Shoe Cult Turn Up Platform – $88
If you were getting worried that this outfit might be a bit conservative, never fear. We found these fun, faux leather platform shoes by Nasty Gal. (These shoes will also look great with jeans.)
Faliero Sarti Scarf – $366
Stay warm and add a pop of color to your outfit with this scarf by Faliero Sarti. Rich burgundy contrasts beautifully with shades of gray and keeps you from looking too somber.
Tuesday, September, 30 2014 by Lainie Petersen
San Francisco Fashion Week was an amazing event, as fashion, technology, and design innovators – and the most au courant fashion bloggers – all converged to create a unique, “only in San Francisco” experience.
Zenni would never miss a fashionista event. So we were there, to learn from, revel in, and record all the latest exciting trends in fashion.
Within the concrete walls of SOMA lofts, fashion photographers clicked away, recording bloggers, designers, and techies sharing their fashion industry insights.
Masters of the trendy blogosphere Natasha Lo and Anthony Rogers discussed their approach to the “Street” part of the theme. We loved hearing them describe how they take pictures of strangers on the street, and we were really taken with Amy Roiland’s description of collaborating with street people, by giving them cameras to capture their unique perspective in distinctive photo sessions.
We were especially delighted to hear Natasha and Anthony address whether it’s possible to make a living from your blogging passion, because the answer is “Yes.”
Also, we have to give a special shout-out to some of the fashion experts we met, who helped make the night special: Owen Geronimo, Robyn Hagan Cain of RackedSF, Caroline Curran, Kelly Huibregtse, Rafael Cano, and Lena Drozdova of LiveLoveModa & California Crown Clothing.
To sum it all up, it was simply awesome! It was great to meet you all, to hear your stories, to laugh with you, to get a sneak peek into your apps, and especially, to see you looking so great in our glasses!
We will definitely be back next time, and we hope to see you there, too!
Saturday, September, 27 2014 by Matthew Surrence
Fall is definitely here and Zenni’s got some great styles that can take you through the end of the year. Check out a sampling of our fall glasses collection below:
These wayfarers combine black and metal for an edgy look. Sure, you can wear them to the office, but they’ll look just as cool at a friend’s party or at a poetry slam. Try pairing these with a gray shirt or blouse for a super-sophisticated look.
Here’s another pair of glasses that mixes two colors: Black with wood grain temples. The contrast results in a look that’s a lot more interesting than what plain black frames can offer.
I admit that I love this simple pair of tortoiseshell rectangle frames: The color is deep and warm and there are no distracting embellishments. This is a beautiful pair of glasses that will look great with the warmer, richer colors of fall.
Now here’s something a bit different: Gray woodgrain frames. These would be a great option if you want draw attention to your eyes: Try pairing these with black or brown clothing for maximum impact.
Friday, September, 26 2014 by Lainie Petersen
Here at Zenni we’re all about the DIY spirit, as you can probably tell from infographics like this one, and there are few events in the world that capture the do-it-yourself attitude quite like the famous World Maker Faire in New York.
Labeled as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” the Maker Faire is a hodgepodge of talented “makers” putting their wares on display and sharing knowledge and innovation. Comprised of techies, artists, engineers and craftsmen, the participants at the Maker Faire are truly an inspiring bunch.
In honor of them and this amazing event, which takes place this weekend, we decided to put together a blog post that features “makers” of a different sort. We searched the web and found some unique blogger tutorials for making your own glasses cases and they were so good that we had to share!
Check out the finished products below and be sure to click through to the full tutorials on each site.
Leather Sunglasses Holder from A Beautiful Mess
This tutorial is super easy to follow and the finished product looks really professional. We love the added clasp to keep your glasses in and the black leather glasses on front are a great touch. Read the whole thing here.
Simple Fabric Cases from Poppytalk
These are so fun and easy to make. All you need is calico or plain fabric, fabric markers, scissors and a needle with thread! For more, visit the full tutorial.
Hand Sewn Felt Cases from Design Sponge
Taken from one of crafter Kata Golda’s book, these lovely DIY glasses cases are so artistic! Click here to learn how to make them yourself.
If all else fails…
We understand that not everyone is the DIY type. Sometimes you just want have someone else make it for you! If this is the case (pun intended!) with you, don’t worry. You can always browse our selection of eyeglass cases and find the perfect one to fit your personality.
Saturday, September, 20 2014 by Matt Souza
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