I'm Enthusiastic About: Sunglasses as Glasses

Wow, is it just me or is it impossible to find a good looking pair of glasses these days...actually, let me rephrase that. Doesn't it feel impossible to find a good pair of glasses when you have a particularly wide face? (I'm raising my hand here. Just call me Mrs. Wide Mug.)

I have been on a never-ending quest to find a big pair of glasses. The kind eccentric old ladies wear...except I want to wear them now. I don't want to wait till I'm old. So, of course, I searched far and wide for a pair of frames that were suitably massive and also wide enough to not make my face look huge. (It's all relative. The narrower the frame, the wider my face looks. UGH.)

I had been fairly successful with a pair of Warby Parkers, but they were more "sophisticated hipster" and less "fashionable, old lady." That and the hinges were constantly pulling my hair out...and they were 4 years old. I needed something new.

And after several failed search attempts and a promise to myself that I would wear glasses more because, hello, my poor eyes (turns out wearing contacts for 14 hours a day with 10 of those hours spent staring at a laptop or mobile phone screen with a pre-disposition to forget blinking isn't so great for them), I realized it was time to get serious.

This seriousness conveniently coincided with the revelation that I could use sunglass frames as glass frames and just get the lenses swapped. (DUH. I know. Obvious, but I had never considered it.) This post is really to bring that to light for a lot of us who have had trouble finding a pair wide enough or a frame interesting enough.

So, that's what I did. On a trip to Lenscrafters with my chore buddy, Greg, (he was getting new prescription sunglasses), I decided to do some snooping and found this awesome pair of oversized, cat-eye Tory Burch sunglasses with smokey grey frames. (I was always a black or dark tortoise kind of lady, but it was time to try a new look.)

The saleswoman was nice enough to pop out the dark lenses for me so I could try them on to get an idea of how they would look as glasses. Greg approved. I sent photos to Charles. He approved...and I definitely approved...


I was there the next day to get my eye exam. Not to mention they can have your glasses ready in about an hour. ALSO, the eye puffer test has gotten so much better in the last few years! And no more dilation procedures. You can just get a scan instead. Technology, people. It makes getting your eyes checked out almost a pleasure. So, all in all, I was at the mall for 2 hours or so and walked out with a fresh pair of eccentric glasses.

Next up? Wearing them all day at least one day a week. Let's see how that pans out.

Whatever the case, I just wanted to share the experience with you. If you're bored with your glasses and can't find something interesting enough, peruse the sunglass section and check with your local optometrist to see if they can replace the lenses.

Going glass shopping just got a whole lot more interesting. xo!


  1. Dude I have totally tried this before but been told that the frames I had could not support real lenses. Wtf.

  2. Laurynnnnn,

    Yeah...unfortunately, there's some truth to that. I brought in a few pairs of sunglasses to see if they could use them and they took a look. They informed me that the frames needed to have a particular groove to be able to support real lenses and the ones I brought in were a no-go.

    But definitely don't give up! There are tons of sunglass frames that DO support real lenses!


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