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Fashionable Frames Do Exist Whether You Need A Prescription Or Not

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Gone are the days when pop culture told us that all we needed to do was straighten our hair and take off our glasses and, ta-da, we’d emerge sleek and fashionable like post-makeover Mia from The Princess Diaries. Thanks to idiosyncratic fashion editors like Lagerfeld and Wintour who never part with their frames, as well as more girl-next-door runway royalty like Gigi Hadid and her obsession with eyewear, glasses have become one of the most important statement pieces in the It-girl’s arsenal of accessories, whether you have a prescription or not – especially if you want to master that academic-chic aesthetic for back-to-school. 
 
However, finding frames that’ll give you the intellectual poise of Amal Clooney or the model-off-duty cool of Kendall Jenner – and not the "adorkable" awkwardness of Ugly Betty – can be a challenge. The first step to rocking that perfect pair of specs? Comfort above all. That means that no matter how cute the frames are, it’s imperative that they sit comfortably on your face: no sliding down your nose, pinching at the sides or hitting the bottoms of your cheeks when you smile – unless the optician tells you that there’s a possibility of adjusting the fit or adding nose pads to elevate the lenses before you purchase them.
 
Next, try on as many pairs as you can. If you don’t have time to go in-store, companies like Warby Parker and Bon Look offer free at-home or virtual try-ons. Choosing a pair of glasses is like going for a new haircut or a fresh lip color: the most minute of nuances can make or break the overall effect. As a general rule, ensure the size of the frames are proportionate to that of your head and features, and pick a style that complements your face shape.
 
We also recommend picking out a few frames so you can switch them out depending on your outfit. Tortoise-shell specs are a must-have for that polished Ivy-league elegance – an added bonus is that the colors in the frames can also give your eyes more dimension and bring out the tones in your hair. But, for that nonchalant, too-cool-for-school look, try a pair of colorful plastic glasses or some retro ‘70s aviators. 

Our last tip for pulling off your glasses like a fashion insider? Treat them like any other accessory. Especially if you’re rocking a statement pair, make sure the other elements and colors of your outfit balance out the frames, and proceed with care when heaping on other accessories. Unless, of course, crazy be-speckled cat lady is the look you’re going for, in which case knock yourself out – there’s a cat-eye for that!
 
Who knew that myopia could be the perfect excuse for buying a stylish new accessory? Whether your lenses are prescription or not, check out our curated selection of fashionable frames for back-to-school:
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Warby Parker Addie Eyeglasses - $145
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2/23
Bon Look Reverie Eyeglasses - $99
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3/23
Covry Rigel Mocha - $105
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4/23
Warby Parker Zelda Eyeglasses - $145
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5/23
Urban Outfitters Bookworm Aviator Readers - $16
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6/23
Vogue Eyeglasses VO4033 - $150
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7/23
Bon Look MUST Eyeglasses - $99
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8/23
Warby Parker Henry Eyeglasses - $145
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9/23
JINS LMF-17S-100 - $120
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10/23
Steven Alan Dudley Glasses - $195
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11/23
Versace Eyeglasses VE3241 - $250
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12/23
Warby Parker Percel Eyeglasses - $95
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13/23
Tiffany Eyeglasses TF2109HB - $330
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14/23
Garrett Leight Club House Glasses - €290
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15/23
Ralph Lauren Red Eyeglasses - $195
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16/23
Warby Parker Tansley Eyeglasses - $145
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17/23
Covry Pavo Beige Specs - $105
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18/23
Bon Look Flawless Eyeglasses - $99
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19/23
JINS The Minimalist 619 - $100
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20/23
Steven Alan Optical Broome Glasses - $195
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21/23
Bon Look Lolly Eyeglasses - $99
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22/23
Prada Eyeglasses PR 29RV - $280
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23/23
Bon Look Wish Eyeglasses - $99
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