New spectacles

No, it’s not vacation photos yet. Soon, I promise!

Now you may recall sometime in May, I mentioned that I got new eyeglasses. A few astute readers noticed I was wearing them in my last post. And if you follow me on Instagram, they’re not new to you at all, as I’ve been sporting them in photos for awhile. But this is the first time I’m introducing them on the blog.

Meet my new specs!

I’ve been wearing vintage eyewear from the 1950s for years, much longer than I’ve been a daily vintage clothing wearer. So I was looking for a pair of glasses for when I wanted something other than my 50s specs. And while my wardrobe often leans more 40s, I think 50s glasses will always be my main love. They are just. so. awesome.

But! I wanted a more 40s-looking pair as a change of pace. So I went with modern glasses that have a pretty 40s feel, with the round lenses and keyhole bridge. I ordered them online from Classic Specs (this pair here), and I’m quite pleased. I have a strong prescription so I need high index lenses, and these were hundreds of dollars cheaper than I’ve sometimes had to pay for eyeglasses (even bringing in my own vintage frames), including anti-reflective coating. I was very pleased with the quality of the frames and lenses. It’s a gamble ordering glasses online, but if you find a place with a good return policy, you’re not out anything if you’re unhappy with the results!

Today, I’m wearing them with a dress I made this time last year. I was kind of meh about actually wearing it last summer as I felt it was a little too cutesy and young for me, but I’m not currently minding it. Age is just a number, right?

Lately, I’ve been sporting this Rita Hayworth-inspired updo a lot, though mine is never nearly as glamorous as hers or other vintage gals, as my patience for hairstyles is admittedly quite small. In fact I noticed uncurled sections on the back of my head in these photos, counteracting the lovely wave I achieved in my bangs. So just look at the front of my head, deal?

Regardless, I’m planning to wear this style a lot to beat the upcoming heat this summer. And what a great way to show off hair flowers! I’m going bananas for hair flowers right now, so expect to see them adorning my noggin a lot in the upcoming months.

I’m wearing my new Lime Crime lipstick in Retrofuturist, too. To me it has a slight pink undertone when worn without a lip liner, though I usually opt for orange-reds or blue-based reds. But with a liner (how I’m wearing it here) it’s more the true red they say it is. I’m pretty pleased with the wearability and creaminess, so it’s already gone into my regular rotation of reds.

It’s hard to get used to seeing such a change in eyewear style on my face, and especially odd to me that they aren’t vintage specs for the first time in so long, but I’m enjoying them!

outfit details

eyeglasses: Classic Specs
1940s dress: made by me
hair flowers: here and there
Bakelite earrings: Etsy
Bakelite & fakelite bangles: here and there
shoes: Lotta From Stockholm
lipstick: Retrofuturist by Lime Crime

Filed: Vintage Dibs and Dabs

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Golly, 33 Comments!

  • Very cute! And I love the hair! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • The specs look great on you! As a fellow four-eyes myself, I can’t believe I didn’t know about Classic Specs – I’ve done okay with ordering online from Warby Parker and Fetch/Amy Sacks, but the 1940s-inspired options have been pretty limited.

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  • It’s always so hard to find glasses to fit perfectly a face… I have a few 50s pairs but most of the time I prefer wearing lenses because I feel it’s sometimes too much to wear hats, costume jewelery, crazy vintage patterns… not easy to find 40s style ones, but yours look good! You are right age is just a number… wear what you like to!!!: โ™กโ™กโ™ก

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  • I love the glasses and your hair looks amazing!!

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  • Great all round, and divine glasses1

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  • You not only have you changed your glasses, but also the hairstyle, you’re fine, changes, sometimes scare me, even simple ones. I have not yet vision problems, I have 2 glasses frames that 50 years waiting to be taken.

    Debora

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  • There’s you cute clogs again! Thanks again for responding to my question on your last post. I’m either going to go with a pair of Lotta (based on price) or Sven with the bendable sole. Yay!

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  • They look great- and so does your hair ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Lovely! They are fabulous :o)

    I am also rather envious of the lovely hairstyle!

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  • You look absolutely STUNNING! It’s as though the specs were tailor made for you ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the hair flowers and fancy hairdo – lovely!

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  • Been following you for a while now and you are totally an inspiration to start sewing. ( i will be trying my first skirt this month YIKES) The flowers look great together and I have always been nervous to bunch them and put different ones together but I think now im going to have to try.
    THANKS GAL

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  • Cute specs! I’ll be getting new glasses within the next couple months and these will go on the list of possiblities.

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  • Love them! Shopping for new glasses is stressful… it’s like buying a new face, seriously. But you definitely picked perfect ones. Gorgeous hair too. I am in the same boat… always looking for the “looks hard, but really isn’t” styles. (Like your scarf roll.) I want to say it’s only a matter of me being impatient… but there’s a lot of things I could never get my hair to do, even if I spent forever on it. Blerg.

    Can’t wait to see the vacation pics! (Well… other than instagram that is.)

    xo Sara

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  • Love these glasses! Thanks for posting about them – I’ve been wanting something similar, but so many round frames are huge! I might have to copy you and get some for myself- especially at such a good price!

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    • Yes I know just what you mean! Whenever I compared the measurements I thought they’d be too big. These are perfect. By all means please do copy me, they’re great glasses! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • I love the new glasses and would have thought they were original vintage frames. Great choice. I also admired your super fancy hair on Instagram but seeing it from all angles here makes me swoon even more. So pretty and indeed very Rita. She is one of my favourite screen sirens.
    Lastly YOUR SHOES!!!! I think I have seen several pairs of clogs in different colours on your Instagram, am I right? Can’t wait to see them on here. I really should get a pair myself.
    Anyways, great outfit, hair and accessories. As always perfection!!

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  • Always cute, always amazing !!!
    glasses, hair, shoes !!!! I could make a list …..

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  • Love your specs! And your hair is amazing! I really love it!

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  • You look so pretty, I love everything about your whole ensemble! I am also in love with your dress – it looks great on you…I wish I had one just like it! ๐Ÿ™‚ So sad I didn’t get to meet up with you on your flying visit to London, but I shall look forward to all the photos!

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  • At the risk of sounding like I’m making an unintentional pun, they are spectacular! That’s the first word that popped into my head when I saw you wearing them on Instagram and again with these photos. You’re so lucky to be able to wear round frames – I so wish I could, but alas I’ve yet to find a pair that didn’t look scary bad on me. They might not be vintage, I think your new glasses more than look the part and suit you so, so well!

    โ™ฅ Jessica

    *PS* Adore your whole cute, summery outfit here – three cheers for blue and brown together (it’s such a marvelous colour combo).

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  • LOVE the new glasses!!!! They are perfect for you! I went on the site and see that they have a Brooklyn showroom so I may have to check it out!

    I also adore the shoes! That color blue is so pretty and ladylike.

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  • I love your hair. It is really cute. Could you please do a step by step or a video (if you do videos) on how you did it?

    Thank you.

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  • love your new specs … they look fabulous on you!

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  • Love. IT!!! Everything from the top of your head right down to your shoes!

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  • You’re lovely as always! I’m in for a new pair of specks so I’ll check out this company!
    The dress is wonderful but then I am a sucker for cotton florals and gingham! And I’m pretty sure I’m older than you ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The hairdo is fantastic-we share the same philosophy about it too!
    Looking forward to your sewing tutorial!

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  • Love them!! I really need to buy a new pair as my others are 1950s blue cat eyes. They are fab but some days, you want something toned down. I love all of these photos, you look gorgeous! x

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  • So adorable! I just found your blog and love it.

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  • Love them ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like something I would wear!

    Would you consider doing a hair tutorial? Please? ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s fabulous!

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  • Oh those are great I love them!!!!!

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  • Your hair is too awesome! Any easy to follow tutorials out there for such a hairstyle? Is a fringe needed for it?

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  • Your hairstyle is beyond gorgeous! xx

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