His, Hers, Yours? Featuring: Merivale Optometric
As a big fan of androgynous dressing, I totally get the allure of incorporating pieces from the opposite sex into my wardrobe – for one, a baggy sweater makes me feel and look smaller – bonus – but a little revelation the other day made me realize that more than anything, lenses do the best job of blurring lines between masculine and feminine style. Specs and sunnies are truly (in my opinion) one of the only accessories that can’t be claimed by either gender. You see, anybody can wear a tie, but it’s history and traditional use associate it with menswear. But a thick pair of black frames? Both Yves Saint Laurent and Nana Mouskouri rocked and owned those as an inherent part of their personal style. How many times has your mom or grandma swiped her hubby’s reading glasses to check the menu at a restaurant and looked super chic doing it? The ease at which eyeglasses can cross back and forth between men’s and women’s style makes them my new go-to accessory (how did I not realize this before?!), and I think you should consider their merits too.
Totally apropos therefore, is Merivale Optometric’s 4th annual trunk show to benefit the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind happening on Thursday May 12th. That night, you can view the complete collections of Rayban, Dior (which has been killing it in the land of sunnies – I’m talking about theeessseee the Dior So Real) and Fendi, which have awesome selections for both men and women, although, we’ve just established that anyone can wear anything in this department. Not to be missed either are the four legged guests of honour, their wonderful trainers, and exclusive discounts.
It’s an evening I never miss, and to give you some ideas of what they’ll have on deck, I took some outfit photos in a pair of scholarly Dior lenses (paired with an uber sport look to show how versatile they are and keep confusion alive) and a classic pair of Rayban Aviators. In both of these cases I looked for a gentleman to pop the frames on but didn’t find any obliging strangers, but trust me when I say that both of these frames would also look pretty awesome on a gent.
Shirt: AG c/o Nordstrom // Denim: William Rast at HBC Bayshore Shopping Centre // Jacket: 7 for all mankind c/o Nordstrom // Shoes: Winners // Sunnies: Rayban at Merivale Optometric // Thanks Anna Pipin for the photos!
Below, some lenses that are a bit more masculine … but I think anyone can wear any of these frames and feel like a rockstar… hopefully you’ll join us on May 12th so you can see for yourself! For more eyesight awesomeness, follow Merivale Optometric’s Facebook Page (seriously, the articles they post are super interesting), and check them out on Insta too!