SPEC AP­PEAL

Four ed­i­tors go in search of the per­fect frames

The Kit - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JENNA MARIE WAKANI

“The ac­etate brow adds fo­cus on my eyes, but the gold wire de­tail­ing brought light­ness.” “Pink­ish frames are flat­ter­ing on most peo­ple.”

Jil­lian Vieira, fash­ion ed­i­tor, started wear­ing glasses at age 6

Goal: “Since I’d skipped out on vi­sion ap­point­ments for a few years, my pre­scrip­tion had got­ten sig­nif­i­cantly worse, ac­cord­ing to my dis­ap­prov­ing op­tometrist. This seemed like a good time to switch up my look and try some­thing other than my go-to rect­an­gu­lar brown tor­toise­shells.”

First try: “I love a big, bold frame—but that’s ex­actly how you’d de­scribe my cur­rent glasses. Time to jump out of my com­fort zone!”

Sec­ond try: “I ini­tially put these on for a good laugh— the ex­treme cat- eye shape and be­daz­zled tips are even a lit­tle too Gucci for me—but they did some­thing sur­pris­ing for my face.”

Win­ner: “I landed on this round, warm tor­toise­shell op­tion that re­ally says, ‘Call me pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus.’ The ac­etate brow adds fo­cus on my eyes, but the gold wire de­tail­ing brought light­ness— dare I say lift?—to my nar­row face.”

Veron­ica Saroli, as­sis­tant ed­i­tor, started wear­ing glasses at age 17

Goal: “Apart from main­tain­ing the hope that glasses will make me smarter, I was look­ing for frames that wouldn’t draw too much at­ten­tion or be dis­tract­ing.”

First try: “I in­tended to get a clear pair, and these ones felt very Barb from Stranger Things.

‘Clear glasses are the new black,’ Sophie Boulanger, co-founder of Mon­treal brand BonLook, told me, adding that see-through frames make it eas­ier to pull off bolder shapes. Ul­ti­mately, they felt a lit­tle too try-hard.”

Sec­ond tr y: “Round frames work bet­ter with my an­gu­lar face shape and I liked the steely colour— but I’ve been-there-donethat with round frames.”

Win­ner: “The ‘pink tor­toise’ hue com­ple­mented my peachy skin tone with­out wash­ing me out. Boulanger said pink­ish frames are flat­ter­ing on most peo­ple and get­ting in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar. Plus, they’re the most an­gu­lar specs I’ve tried. Ding-ding-ding!”

Jes­sica Hot­son, cre­ative direc­tor, started wear­ing glasses at age 10

Goal: “I’ve been wear­ing dark brown over­sized frames for years. I’ve got­ten so used to them that when I opt for con­tacts I tend to over­draw my brows— my face just seems too bare with­out them. I re­ally wanted to try a lighter frame to open up my face and add vari­a­tion to my look.”

First try: “I was nat­u­rally drawn to large dark frames, of course. I loved the shape of these and the tor­toise­shell pat­tern. Ul­ti­mately, though, they were too sim­i­lar to my cur­rent pair.”

Sec­ond try: “I liked the softer tone of this pair, but the wire bridge felt too for­mal. I missed the chunky style that I usu­ally wear.”

Win­ner: “These frames were ex­actly what I had imag­ined, only bet­ter. In­stead of be­ing per­fectly clear, they have a soft blush tone, which helps them feel fem­i­nine and fresh with­out be­ing too trendy.”

Sonya van Heynin­gen, as­so­ciate art direc­tor, started wear­ing glasses at age 26

Goal: “I wear glasses ev­ery day and I’ve never owned two pairs at once, so I thought it would be fun to mix it up.

First try: “I liked the ba­sic shape, but the bridge was nar­row, so they didn’t sit well on me—much too high.”

Sec­ond try: “The ex­ag­ger­ated cat-eye made me feel like a sexy li­brar­ian or Cat­woman on her day off, but my style is pretty low-key— even though these were much more wear­able than the first pair, they were still too off-brand.”

Win­ner: “The light colour and thin metal bridge make a more sub­tle im­pact than other pairs I’ve worn; you see me more than the glasses. These hit me in just the right spot— skim­ming my brows with­out cov­er­ing them com­pletely. They also get bonus points for match­ing my shirt (and about a dozen other items I own).”

BONLOOK

GLASSES, $99, BONLOOK.COM JIL­LIAN’S PICK 3

BONLOOK GLASSES, $99, BONLOOK.COM SONYA’S PICK 3

BONLOOK GLASSES, $99, BONLOOK.COM JES­SICA’S PICK 3

3 BONLOOK GLASSES, $99, BONLOOK.COM VERON­ICA’S PICK

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