New Glasses Conundrum

I hope you guys don’t mind that I always turn to you all when I can’t make a decision.

My newest indecision is glasses.  I went to the eye doctor the other day and after much trial and error we narrowed it down to two different frames.

Felix and I both had our eyes dialated so it was hard to come to any kind of decision when we were at the eye doctors and he suggested that I ask you guys.  (The dilation also made it difficult for Felix to take flattering pictures of me as well!)  heh

I wanted to say that when I was at the eye doctor I was leaning towards the red frames, but after seeing these images of myself, I’m now less certain.

Cat-eye, rimless Red Frames:


Slight cat-eye, classic Tortoise Frames:

Sorry about the glare and super-close images!  Felix couldn’t see properly….

I like the sassiness of the red frames and they would pair perfectly when I wear red lipstick.  But on the other hand the tortoise frames have a bit of the chic librarian that I also like.

Which is your favorite?


While I would like to make your vote the deciding factor,  it’s such a big decision I do want to be able to make the final decision one way or the other. (I like free will in this instance.)  But  I can tell you that your thoughs will heavily weight my decision!!!  :)

Thanks everyone!  I have left the voting open for one week and will let you know which were the winning frames.

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Comments (20)

  1. Sarah September 20, 2012 — 7:45 AM

    Both very cute! I have to wear glasses all the time (something about the curve of my eye changing, making contacts horribly uncomfortable), so I decided to have multiple pair. No need to buy them all at once. I love visiting my glasses guy — we always have fun picking out my next frame. I highly recommend!

  2. meredith September 20, 2012 — 8:50 AM

    They both look great on you! I lean more towards librarian-chic tortoise, but not everyone can pull off the rimless cat-eyes like you clearly can — if only you could buy both!

  3. Awfulknitter September 20, 2012 — 9:07 AM

    Both frames really suit you. The cat-eye frames are a bit more costumey and have a definite vintage look. On the other hand, the tortoise shell frames are elegant, but much less distinctive. I would say go for the red cat-eye ones! There is plenty of time to hate them and get other glasses, but if you never take a chance on something a bit different, then you’ll never know whether it works for you.

  4. Lauren September 20, 2012 — 9:54 AM

    This was really hard to pick – they are both fabulous & they both look great on you! I think I like the red pair just a little more, though – the shape is really beautiful & I love that they are red.

  5. teaweed September 20, 2012 — 10:29 AM

    I think the red ones are sassy and retro looking. They look good on you.

    However, as a fellow glasses wearer I know that sometimes, due to glare or shadow or just lazy looking, onlookers can view glasses wearers as if glasses are the eyes. Do you know what I mean? I’ve seen photographs of myself where my eyes weren’t visible, just reflected light off the lenses, and I’ve seen cartoons that showed the same eyeless effect, just the outline of the frames and blankness where the eyes would be. The cartoon in my mind’s eye is wearing those round frames that give the character a wide-eyed innocence.

    When I try to imagine those extreme cat-eye frames without eyes, they’re kinda squinty and point at one’s nose. For that reason, I vote for the more moderate, tortoise-shell frames.

  6. Tasha September 20, 2012 — 11:02 AM

    That’s a tough call! I really like them both, but I feel like the tortoise frames seem a little more ‘you’. Good luck though, picking glasses is the worst!

  7. Rachel September 20, 2012 — 11:36 AM

    I am another for the BOTH camp ;) But then again, that is because that is what *I* would do ;)
    I also highly recommend and coastal classics if you want to get more glasses ;)

  8. Meg September 20, 2012 — 12:41 PM

    I always like a splash of color, so I’m voting red because they are adorable on you :)

  9. Clare S September 20, 2012 — 1:14 PM

    Tough call! I had to make this decision myself earlier this year, so I feel your pain!

    I went for the tortoise because I think the full rim suited and defined your face/framed your eyes better than the rimless ones. Having said that, if the red cat-eye ones had been full-rimmed, I would have voted for them, because the shape suits you and the colour is fab, it’s purely the missing rim at the bottom edge that I don’t think suits you as well as a full rim.

    Hope that’s a help – both look lovely on you, so I don’t think either would be a ‘bad’ decision!

  10. First let me say, red is my favorite color and those glasses look amazing on you!!
    But, I voted for the tortoise because that’s what I would probably buy for myself. Personally, as much as I love red, I do find it limiting as far as what I am willing to wear with it. When it comes to shoes and purses, I always buy black or brown or tan first, and then get a second pair in red, when appropriate. So that’s my suggestion–the more neutral brownish glasses first.
    You can’t really go wrong though Liz, both pairs look fabulous on you :)

  11. As a glasses wearer from the age of 7, I can say that if you can get both, you should. However if you must choose, I would say that it depends on your prescription. I like the red ones but would only get them if you have a fairly low prescription, otherwise the tortoise shell are a really cute alternative.

  12. Amanda September 20, 2012 — 2:17 PM

    You look great in glasses, but I must say that the rimless age you. You can never go wrong with tortoise shell!

  13. Sarah September 20, 2012 — 5:51 PM

    The red frames, hands down! They are awesome!!

  14. I think both are pretty fabulous. My suggestion would be to buy the tortoiseshell ones (even though I like the red ones more) because they are more practical. Then, go online and buy a whole stack of glasses from a cheap online store (hello $10 glasses!) using your new prescription. Bingo! You’ve got a nice pair of everyday glasses and a stack of fun ones that you can match to your outfits. I did this a couple of years ago ( and last week I ordered several new pairs because it’s been so hepful.

  15. Jo September 20, 2012 — 8:09 PM

    Red ones!
    The tortoiseshell is a bit busy and distracting- the red ones bring more attention to YOU :)
    That’s just my humble opinion- they are both cute :)

  16. Ginger September 20, 2012 — 8:28 PM

    Ooh, I like both pairs, but the tortoise pair is soooo cute on you!

  17. Ah!! I LOVE the first ones!! Both pairs are super adorable but the semi-rimless cat eye style is just so neat! If I could find cute glasses that were semi-rimless I would own them already. …but I’ve never found any.

    You should probably just get both pairs though. A girl can never have too many pairs of glasses ;)

  18. Jill September 21, 2012 — 9:23 AM

    Red! They’re distinctive without being obnoxious. Also, my lenses are so thick that I’m jealous of anyone who can get away with rimless glasses!

  19. Janice September 21, 2012 — 12:55 PM

    I like the tortoise shell one. I think the red one is harder to wear and red around the eyes might be an odd combination.

  20. Another Lauren September 23, 2012 — 4:14 PM

    I voted for the red ones about 5 seconds after seeing both pictures – it was a gut reaction. On reflection, I think both frames suit you, but that the red ones (because they’re only half-rims) look lighter on your face – despite the more vivid colour, I think they allow more of your face to show. the tortoiseshell ones seem a bit heavy to my eye (but that could just be my bias – I love cat-eye half-rim frames and have two pairs myself!!). Good luck with the decision making!

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