Welcome to the golden age of glasses

Lessons from the world’s most stylish bespectacled men

VERSION IS KING

“When you wear glasses, you declare yourself to be a certain type of person,” says David Sedaris, which is why the famous author and humorist keeps nine different pairs ready to cycle through.

Get toned, BUT NOT TOO TONE

New York artist Tyrrell Winston keeps his peach colored lenses on at gallery openings. “These are situations where I feel super vulnerable,” he says, “so it’s like a superhero mask that protects me.”

FIND YOUR SIGNATURE

Dutch soccer legend Edgar Davids’ distinctive sporty, muscular frame helped make him an instantly recognizable global star and gave him a lifelong affinity for orange-tinted glasses. “When you look at green and white [on the pitch]it really sets them apart,” he says.

LAY OVER THE FABRIC

Some people wear glasses in an attempt to appear more stern and dignified. Not Kaytranada. “I need something funny to wear, you know?” he says. “I don’t want to just look like a serious man with glasses.”

CONSIDER PROPORTIONS

To balance out David Letterman’s epic retirement beard, the late-night icon recently opted for bigger, brighter specs that can hold their own against his bushy grandeur.

MATCH YOUR VIBE

The key to pulling off your bleach blonde rite of passage as successfully as Seth Rogen? Locking the peroxide with a few clean wire frames.

THINK OUTSIDE THE SPACE

Bowen Yang wanted glasses at the age of five – long before he actually needed them – after seeing footage of Elton John backstage with two huge suitcases full of glasses. These days are SNL Star is an eyewear king in his own right, with a penchant for avant-garde shapes.


Brands of the moment

Courtesy of Akila

Akila

Founder Chris Mart imported plenty of elements from the LA streetwear scene to his eyewear startup: a penchant for wild colors, a commitment to accessible prices, and a knack for hype-inducing collaborations with Pleasures, Mister Green, and the Grateful Dead.

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