Transitions, Varifocals And Trends in Glasses for Men

As a style blogger, friends and family ask for my thoughts and advice on clothes and accessories. As an optometrist, I get asked about eyes. Sometimes, these two worlds meet when people seek advice on what type of spectacles are best functionally and sartorially. A column I wrote recently for the professional journal Optometry Today, was about trends in men’s spectacle frames. This was timely because my partner Ian was long overdue some new glasses as an alternative to his habitual contact lenses. He knew he wanted Transitions and was keen to get varifocals for the first time.

Essilor Varilux with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends

We went to Eyeworks in Kensington to have a sight test and to choose glasses. That’s where I got my fabulous Transitions Style Colours from, (do read all about them here- they’re brilliant). Ian wasn’t sure what style of frame he wanted, so like I do with everyone, I recommended trying lots of styles, including those out of his normal comfort zone. He did just that and consequently, decided upon this super stylish frame by Mykita.

Mykita Mylon spectacle frames for men

Essilor Varilux with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends, Eyeworks Opticians, Kensington

Clear Vision At All Distances: The Varilux X Design Varifocal With Transitions

The Varilux X by Essilor is the very latest in varifocal design and this is what Ian opted for. It affords excellent vision with minimal distortion at all distances (long-distance, intermediate and near). Practically, this fulfills all visual requirements from driving to watching tv, using a PC or laptop, cooking, reading and looking at a phone. Ian adapted to the Varilux lens immediately which is quite remarkable, because I know that it’s common for a first-time varifocal wearer to need a period of adaptation. This is testament to the outstanding optics of the lens and Ian’s receptiveness to their benefits.

Essilor Varilux X with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends

Essilor Varilux with grey green Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends

UV Protection And The Seamless Transition

I cannot place enough importance on protecting the eyes from harmful UV exposure. Among other things, it can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration and premature ageing of the skin around the eye. Transitions lenses adapt and darken in response to UV light. When in bright sunlight, it takes less than a minute for them to reach their darkened state. The time it takes to fade back to clear is just slightly longer. It’s a seamless transition which means they can be worn both indoors and out, so negating the need for prescription sunglasses. The lenses offer 100% protection against harmful UV rays when they’re dark and against harmful blue light when they are in the clear state.

Transitions For Business and Pleasure

The combination of the Varilux and the Transitions means Ian glasses work for business and pleasure, for tasks at any distance and in all lighting conditions. In summary, this pair of glasses does everything.

Essilor Varilux with Transitions in dark state, men's spectacle frame trends

Essilor Varilux with Transitions in darkened state, men's spectacle frame trends

Essilor Varilux with Transitions, men's spectacle frame trends. Transitions Style Colours

The Current Top Three Trends in Men’s Glasses

Spectacle frames are one of the first things a person sees; they speak volumes about the wearer’s style and personality and it’s amazing the difference they make. In fact, I believe they have the power to create a whole new persona (I’m thinking of Clark Kent here). From a style perspective, anything goes, however, there are currently three standout trends in men’s spectacle frames. Gentlemen, who do you want to be?

The Hipster: With thick, dark, frames, hipster glasses are a cultural fashion phenomenon. A hipster has an interest in style and culture and he accessorises with scarves, bracelets and earrings. He enjoys a laissez-faire approach to life and Johnny Depp epitomises this hipster aesthetic and attitude.

The Geek: Geek frames are over-sized, often angular, and frequently coloured.  A geek is confident, edgy and not afraid to be on display. He might sport tweed and elbow patches and may or may not hold a PhD. Indiana Jones and Clark Kent top the class of aspirational geeks. (Can you tell tell that I’ve always preferred the quiet confidence of Clark Kent to his more outgoing alter-ego?)

The Classy Gent: Classic frames are timeless in shape and have no association with a particular decade or style genre. Minimal in design, they come in easy to wear neutrals and soft metallic shades. A man who wears such frames might inhabit the world of business and wear tailoring. Anwar Hadid, (brother of supermodels Bella and Gigi), proved that classic is cool, when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing classic aviators.

Transitions: The Multi-tasking Lens

Whatever your choices, make sure you get a sight test at least every two years. Consider getting Transitions lenses too, to ensure that your eyes are protected from harmful UV rays all of the time.

And, although I don’t for one minute believe that you gents can’t multi-task, we can conclude that your spectacles most definitely can…

Ian’s frame is the Mykita Mylon with Varilux X Design Ormix progressive (varifocal) lenses with Transitions light adaptive lenses in grey/green.  My frame is by Caroline Abram and it has the Transitions Style Colours in sapphire (do go to this post for more details). This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Transitions Optical. As always, my opinions are 100% honest and the content is my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves. Thank you to optometrist and owner of Eyeworks, Miss Brenda McKernan and to student dispensing optician Aimee Wheeler, for the outstanding service and finally to Emily Marsh from Chase PR for arranging this collaboration.

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    • elizabeth
      August 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Hi Suzy, you noticed!!! It’s written all over my face isn’t it! We’re really happy thank you. He’s brilliant and I’m lucky to have met him. Yes, he does suit his glasses and he wears them more than contact lenses now. And thank you- I like the boldness of the frames I chose xxx

  1. August 18, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Fab read, these glasses look good. but I have to admit I hate being the age where I have to wear glasses – all day long ‘where did I put my glasses’ lol.

    • elizabeth
      August 22, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you very much Jacqui. Hee hee!! I know! It’s the thing that is most annoying for spectacle wearers I’d say! xxxx

  2. Michelle
    August 19, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    I like the pair Ian chose very much Liz. I think I’m going to try something completely different next time too. Thanks for the advice & I agree with Suzy, you two look so happy! xx

    • elizabeth
      August 21, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you. They’re fab aren’t they?! He really suits them. Yes- try something a little different next time and thank you. We’re so happy and I’m glad it shows xxx

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