Let's talk glasses.

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    Dec 24, 2012 10:47 AM GMT
    We've all heard the saying "Guys don't make passes at boys who wear glasses."
    My ass they don't. When I'm single I put myself out there and flirt with plenty of people, and I've found it uncommon for me to get shot down based on my looks.

    The real problem here is that most people don't know anything about the world of eyewear.
    Most people are cheap and want to buy glasses BOGO at the lowest price possible. If you're buying BOGO glasses, of course they look terrible on you, they're made in China for 50 cents a pair.
    Also, eyewear lines brought out by clothing designers are NOT "designer glasses". Designer glasses are frames that are made by designers who specifically design eyewear and usually nothing else.

    So, for those of you who have poor eyesight, this post is for you.

    How to find a pair of glasses that isn't awful:
    1. Know who the real eyewear designers are. I will provide a list of ones I know at the end of this post.
    2. Search online to find out if there's an eyewear store near you that sells eyewear from those designers.
    3. Don't be closed-minded about what you think you can pull off. There are plenty of different shapes of frames out there, you just need to find the right shape for your face.
    4. DO NOT WEAR RIMLESS GLASSES. Not only are they fucking ugly, but they make it obvious that you wish you didn't have to wear glasses and chose them based on the fact that you're insecure about wearing them.


    Okay, here's my list.
    The rest are in alphabetical order but this designer is one of my favourites and a must-see: theo
    Alain Mikli
    Anne et Valentin
    Dita
    Face À Face
    ic! berlin
    l.a. Eyeworks
    lafont Paris
    Linda Farrow
    Mykita
    Oliver Peoples
  • jessetriguy

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    Dec 24, 2012 1:37 PM GMT
    I love wearing glasses. Never had a problem meeting anyone. I have worn them almost my entire life so they are like part of my body now. I get a new pair every year. icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 24, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    McQueen said


    Okay, here's my list.
    The rest are in alphabetical order but this designer is one of my favourites and a must-see: theo
    Alain Mikli
    Anne et Valentin
    Dita
    Face À Face
    ic! berlin
    l.a. Eyeworks
    lafont Paris
    Linda Farrow
    Mykita
    Oliver Peoples


    OMG you ARE a label ho! *hugs*
  • JackDoyle

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    Dec 24, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    I think you'd have to be really shallow to not make a pass on someone cause of glasses lol but some people do look better without them and some look better with....this guy in the gif looks hot anyway!!

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    Dec 24, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    JackDoyle saidI think you'd have to be really shallow to not make a pass on someone cause of glasses lol but some people do look better without them and some look better with....this guy in the gif looks hot anyway!!
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    There is always a right pair for anybody.
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    Dec 24, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    I wear my glasses most of the time. I have worn contacts on and off but through and through specs, have always been with me since age 19.

    Current ones are from David Cardigan. Love the retro style and it has a subtle detail on the front.

    But I do feel from time to time that my glasses are a hindrance when I want to be noticed more. But then I wont be able to see the guy who may be flirting at me from a distance!! icon_lol.gif
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Dec 24, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    I LOOOOOOOOOOVE MEN WITH GLASSES!

    Not only makes them look intelligent but with the right kind of frame it also gives intelligence a highly sophisticated look! I wear glasses for driving only. In January I am going to switch to the rimless kind! love it!!

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    Dec 24, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    Biggest problem with rimless glasses is that they're fucking flimsy. A better choice for minimalist eyewear are titanium frames.
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    Dec 24, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    My ex looked weird without his glasses. It's amazing what a couple of rectangles on a face can do.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Dec 24, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    paradox saidBiggest problem with rimless glasses is that they're fucking flimsy. A better choice for minimalist eyewear are titanium frames.


    Thank you for the suggestion! what is a Minimalist eyewear? can you show me a picture of it!? and yes I agree about the flimsyness characteristics of the Rimless glasses.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Dec 24, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    LINDBERG 1950s MEN'S CLASSIC FRAMES

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    Dec 24, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    Well, I love mines...
    As already said, they are a part of me.
    I was 10 yo when I got my first pair...
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    I've been wearing glasses for over 50 years, since age 9. I have a very strong prescription with thick lenses, bifocals now, so certain frames aren't an option for me. In fact, my choices are largely defined by my practical needs, not fashion alone.

    The frame must be tough, because I tend to fall asleep watching TV in bed, and then roll over them. For years now they've been titanium. I don't pay for a fashion name, but neither do I get Chinese (the VA gives me those that I won't wear, except for costumes like the one in my profile pic). My frames run about $400. Not the most expensive, but still good quality.

    The lenses are a high-refractive index, to make them thinner, and progressive, to avoid a bifocal line. Also anti-reflective coated, with the lens edges beveled & polished, to further give the illusion of being thinner. Otherwise they would look like Coke bottle bottoms.

    All of this typically costs around $1000, for glasses I can keep for about 2 years. But my partner & I go to a locally owned optometry shop, and the lesbian couple that owns it (and friends of ours) give us nice discounts, and wonderful personal treatment. I would never use a national eyewear chain.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    I think so many guys look great in glasses, but I always felt like a big dork. For my last birthday, though, my ex (and still close friend) bought me a pair of designer glasses. It was my first ever. For an entire month, and even this past week, I keep getting compliments on the glasses and how I look in them. Wow, what a difference they make! And they influence me in other ways - At my ex's suggestions & coaxing, I've improved my wardrobe as well. I feel like a new man LOL
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said

    All of this typically costs around $1000, for glasses I can keep for about 2 years.


    I've never spent $1000 on glasses until recently. I adore my J.Lindberg frames because they have no logo, only the screw-less hinge and weigh ~3oz. The only problem is I can't seem to maneuver looking through my otoscope with them on.

    A good pair of glasses is worth the money.
  • Henri_jhb

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    Dec 24, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    I prefer glasses to be honest...

    I wear Lindberg - and will NEVER wear another brand again.

    My current frame weighs 2.8g... Also has no frame or screws...

    The right specs can make a major statement...

    Bought a car recently and people have said my picture with the car looks like a tailor made add - as my specs is a light titanium frame, and my new baby is also Light silver (the whole look is great - especially if the hood is down)... I find the right specs to add a certain amount of authority as well (Just my opinion).

    But you would need to consider what you want to spend - as Lindberg is usually around R8500.00 / $1000+ (or at least it was about a year and a half ago), where other brands are much cheaper...

    PS: "DO NOT WEAR RIMLESS GLASSES. Not only are they fucking ugly, but they make it obvious that you wish you didn't have to wear glasses and chose them based on the fact that you're insecure about wearing them." Not at all... Don't know what cheap brands you bought, but Lindberg is EVERYTHING but flimsy or Ugly... I love rimless specs - very minimalistic and simple.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Dec 24, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    I've had glasses since the third grade and was made fun of after I got them so I hate glasses. I only get what Medicare and medicade will pay for.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    deltalimen said
    ART_DECO said

    All of this typically costs around $1000, for glasses I can keep for about 2 years.

    I've never spent $1000 on glasses until recently. I adore my J.Lindberg frames because they have no logo, only the screw-less hinge and weigh ~3oz. The only problem is I can't seem to maneuver looking through my otoscope with them on.

    A good pair of glasses is worth the money.

    Agree. Provided, like with many things, you're paying for quality that gives you service & value in the long run. Not the hollow prestige of paying for a trendy name.

    My late Mother always told me to buy the better quality, because it'll outlast 2 of the cheaper, at a lesser cost than 2 would be. And you enjoy the better features and appearance of the better the entire time. In other words, the more expensive can often be the better bargain in the long run, whereas the cheaper can be a false economy. "Designer" labels being the costly exception in many cases.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    LEANDRO_NJ said
    paradox saidBiggest problem with rimless glasses is that they're fucking flimsy. A better choice for minimalist eyewear are titanium frames.


    Thank you for the suggestion! what is a Minimalist eyewear? can you show me a picture of it!? and yes I agree about the flimsyness characteristics of the Rimless glasses.


    By minimalist eyewear, I mean frames made with the least amount of material. Rimless are obviously the absolute minimum, but they're flimsy. Next best is wire frames, and wire frames made of titanium are very durable. I've been wearing Ray Ban 8611 frames for about four years, and compared to both pairs of rimless glasses I had before that, these things are indestructible.
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    Dec 24, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    For me getting rid of glasses was more about comfort than aesthetic.
    It was difficult to carry two glasses when I had to go out in Sun, one my normal and another sunglasses.
    Also during sports, gym, beaches it was a bit of hassle. So I got rid of them. I really don't care whether a guy wears glasses or not.
  • rnch

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    Dec 24, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Queenie: 1964 called, requesting the return of their glasses.




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    Dec 24, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    I got lasik ten years ago, now look where I am...just wait you youngsters!


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    Dec 24, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    That reminds me. I need new glasses.
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    Dec 24, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    I'd have once disagreed with you about the rimless glasses, but I have to admit I do better in the cheap plastic generic pair with the bifocal line:

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    than I did in the fancy rimless designer line with progressive no-bifocal-line lenses:

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    Two other RJ threads on the subject of guys not making passes at guys who wear glasses, the first rocking loads of RJ guys in their designer eyewear:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2116010

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/250818
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    Dec 24, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    I agree... I'm attached to Oliver Peoples... the no-nose bumper is what I really like...other than the aesthetics. I keep the cheapo's (and several additional pair) around the house and in the car - for working outside, heavy work etc., plus, I do wear contact lenses... depends on the event/occasion.