I have tons of retro glasses, but my all-time favourites are these ones by Red or Dead, which were a gift from Specsavers about three years ago now.
I LOVE those glasses: which is funny, really, because I almost didn’t get them. I remember the day I picked them out, it was a choice between the purple, retro glasses, and a pair of much more sensible frames, which I have absolutely no recollection of AT ALL now. Which says it all, really, doesn’t it? It obviously didn’t say it clearly enough at the time, though, because I ended up wandering around the store for a good 30 minutes or more, endlessly trying on both pairs of glasses and going, “I REALLY love the retro ones. But they’re purple. When will I ever wear purple retro glasses? But I LOVE them. But they’re purple. I should get the other ones, shouldn’t it? Should I get the other ones? But I REALLY like the retro ones? Should I get the retro glasses?”
And so on and so forth, until Terry, who was with me at the time, and who had been upfront about his preference for The Other Pair, finally cracked and said, “You know what? You should get the ones you love. Just do it. Just get them, and then maybe we can leave this store before your prescription changes…”
So I got the purple retro glasses, and it turned out that Terry was right, because I wear them almost every day: I’m even wearing them in all of my social media profile pics, and that says a LOT given how much I hate wearing glasses. The message is simple, people: life is short – buy the purple retro glasses. And also the gold retro glasses, because when Specsavers got in touch and asked if I’d like to try Red or Dead’s latest pair of glitter retro glasses, I was pretty excited. I mean, they had me at “glitter” and “retro” basically – those are two of my favourite things when it comes to glasses (or anything, really…). and when you put them together, here’s what you get:
These are just everything, basically. An amazing, gold, glitter-topped frame, and that fabulous, 50s-inspired shape: can you blame me for wanting to put them on and pretend to be some kind of Hitchock heroine? A particularly evil one, if the second photo from the top is anything to go by: I’m all, “Oh, do come in dahlink… so I can destroy you.” Fun times, people: fun times.
Anyway, I think it’s safe to say I’m a complete Red or Dead convert: this particular style is called Red or Dead 109, and its exclusive to Specsavers, along with a selection of other retro-inspired glasses which you may want to check out. As for me, I’m off to finish my book…
[My glasses were provided courtesy of Specsavers: all opinions and stupid poses are my own…]