How about wearing glasses as a fashion accessory instead of medical need?
Turning your look into something completely different by just one piece?
It’s possible! Glasses have become cool nowadays, from geek to chic with a stunning ‘eye’catcher. Literally. 🙂
To elaborate a bit more on this subject I’ve contacted Janna van Vugt (27). She won the Dutch Design Talent Award 2015 by Specsavers. Pastel Pop was her winning frame (I’m wearing it on the pictures). I had the privelege to ask her a few questions about the award and on her opinion about the subject ‘glasses as a fashion accessory’.
This is Janna:
‘I’m Janna van Vugt, 27 years old and I live in Utrecht. After completing my study Fashion & Design I started studying Fashion & Textiles at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. I graduated in 2013 with a women’s collection consisting of ten outfits. Currently I work as a designer for a fashion brand.’
What did it mean to you to win this challenge?
This award definitely means a lot to me as a designer. It is nice to get appreciation for your work. Besides that there is a lot of attention in the press which makes it possible to show my work to a larger public.
What was your inspiration (as in color, pattern and shape) for the winning frame?
For the designs of the frames I developed two themes. Matt & Marble, is about mixing materials, gloss and matt, marble with gold. The theme Pastel Pop! is all about contrast, an abstract horn print combined with pastel pink, this was the winning frame. I wanted to develop two very different themes, the first refined and subtle the other quite outspoken in print and color. For me it was important that the frames would express my handwriting as a designer. I think both designs are really ‘Janna’, I’m happy about that. My work is feminine and clean, which is what these glasses are as well. Not too much fuss, but lovely details and always refined.
If I’m right you don’t wear glasses yourself, have you ever considered wearing them as a fashion accessory?
Yes true, I don’t wear glasses myself. But I’m always happy when summer begins so I can wear my sunnies! They are definitely my favorite summer accessories. If my sight ever starts to get bad it would mean I can wear cool glasses so I wouldn’t mind haha. I got both of my frames with normal glass so I can wear them.
Nowadays glasses are a fun item to add to your look even when you don’t need them. To some people that may seem odd, because why should you wear something when you don’t have a medical need for it. What is your opinion about this?
I like it, why not! I see it indeed as an fashion accessory, you can spice up your outfit with a cool frame. And anyway, people should just enjoy wearing what they want.
What would you advise someone who has never worn glasses before, as an accessory, and doesn’t know which frame to choose?
Try all different kind of frames and you will see which is working best for you. Take a good look at the shape of your face, the color of your skin and go from there. And be critical, glasses can be so strong in your appearance. Choose something you feel comfortable with, and take somebody with you that knows you to get advice from.
Would you wear glasses as a fashion accessory?
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