Sporty spies

The Weekend Australian - Life - - STYLE - KEN THOMP­SON kthomp­son­stylist@big­pond.com

A spec­ta­cle wearer from the mo­ment I turned 40 and started to read restau­rant menus like I was play­ing a trom­bone, I have adopted eye­wear as an in­te­gral part of my dress­ing rou­tine.

I would not dream of leav­ing the house with­out my glasses. I have a se­lec­tion of spec­ta­cles that tra­verse the spec­trum of smart ca­sual to black tie. But when it comes to gym wear, why are sun­glasses the only style that seems to work?

I have tried to adopt the op­ti­cal meets sports look but re­sem­ble a nerdy middle-aged car­toon char­ac­ter in search of a bet­ter body. Thank heav­ens for pre­scrip­tive mul­ti­fo­cal sun­glasses. I can now power-walk in a Kath & Kim fash­ion, nav­i­gate the streets and read my text mes­sages si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Even this morn­ing when it was pitch black out­side, on went the sun­glasses — the only pos­si­ble face ac­ces­sory as the ad­den­dum to a head-to-toe story in Nike Swoosh.

Now I just need to stop re­fer­ring to the health dash­board on my phone. Just when you think you have con­quered an­other kilo­me­tre it re­veals you have taken only 20 more steps. Now, that’s an eye-opener.

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