I was one of those kids at school that wanted a pair of glasses, a hearing aid and crutches! I loved that the kids that had these things had something different about them. When it came to sight tests and hearing tests at school I would always try my best to come across as acutely deaf or partially sighted as possible. I think the people doing the tests were onto me though as I never did get prescribed glasses or a hearing aid and (fortunately) I was never in an actual situation that caused me to need crutches.
But then, I hit 25 and reading motorway signs on a trip to Newquay was actually difficult. I also noticed that certain times when I was trying to read things far away or on the TV screen I would be straining to see them. So I booked an eye test and realised I actually did need glasses after all. Be careful what you wish for I guess.
It wasn’t all bad though as I’ve always had a liking for fashion and adding accessories to my looks so to actually need glasses gave me a great excuse to wear them. I won’t lie, I’ve owned some pretty shit glasses, mainly because I was never advised properly on what suited my face shape until, five years ago, I decided to go along to Silverbergs opticians in Liverpool.If you don’t know, they are a family owned independent opticians on Whitechapel. They stock some great brands, brands that you won’t find in specsavers or optical express, that are worn by the likes of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. They are as I said, an independent business so the staff there go that extra mile too to make sure you are totally happy with your glasses and they offer that vital advice that I needed for many years before I became a customer.
My first pair of glasses that I bought from Silverbergs were Barton Perreira Gilberts. I had initially been looking for a pair of Cazal’s (the type you see Rick Ross the rapper wearing). They are a timeless classic that have been a staple in hip hop fashion for years. Silverbergs had a pair for me to try on for my first visit and to my disappointment, my head was too big for them!!! Colin, Silverburgs director, was really helpful though and went through the many racks of frames with me, picking out the ones that would be good for my head shape. I ended up really liking the Barton Perreira Gilberts and they are still going strong three years later.
I have been wearing contact lenses a lot lately but I have been told by Colin that this isn’t the best for my eyes with me constantly concentrating on peoples heads at work. Contacts can dry out and irritate your eyes, especially when you wear them daily so I decided this week to take a trip into Silverbergs and see what new styles they had for me.
The great thing about Colin and Ian, the owner of Silverbergs, is that they now know me pretty well and they know how I like to dress and the image I like to give off so when it came to looking for some new glasses they didn’t really need any direction from me. Aren’t independent businesses great? I was greeted with a cup of tea and a seat whilst Colin went round the many racks and brought some new styles to show me. I joined him on the look for some frames, stopping along the way to try out some of the more extravagant styles. There are definitely glasses that I really like but they are just made for smaller heads. Brands are catering for a mass audience, I guess, but I do wonder how long it will be before some of these designers look at the actual shape of people these days. Fashion outlets such as ASOS and River Island (to name a few) have realised that a wider size range definitely appeals to us bigger guys.
After a good look on every rack, we sat down with no less than 20 pairs of glasses ranging from some really small framed intricate designs made by a cool swedish brand to some big heavy black framed ones that were made by Marni.
I stood infront of a mirror for a good 30-40minutes examining every pair on my face before whittling it down to two pairs. Two completely different pairs at that. Colin and Ian had me try on my two favourite pairs a few times and even they couldn’t decide between them which has left me in a small pickle…. Frame-in’ell, I might have to buy both pairs!
Whichever new frames I pick i know i definitely want them tinted and I want this modification for a few reasons. One reason is that whenever I have to talk or perform infront of groups of people, if my eyes are slightly hidden I feel a lot more confident. Seondly, I drive a lot and when the sun reflects off the road or other cars it really dazzles me, so the tints would definitely be good for mine and other road users safety. Thirdly, I think tints look dead cool! End of story.
So, I was in a predicament at this point. I had two pairs of glasses to choose from so I did a poll of my Instagram story to ask my followers which ones really looked the best (and you can never go wrong asking your wife’s opinion in these situations as she’s the one who will see the glasses on my face more often than I will).
I’m still undecided right now so I may go back in and try them again, even just to have another cuppa with Colin and a catch up!
Whether you are looking for a pair of readers, you feel like you may be short sighted or you just really want a pair of this years best looking sunglasses on the market I highly recommend paying Silverbergs a visit. You will find yourself amongst a varied client base from across the city of Liverpool and you may even bump into someone famous. Liverpool and Everton players are amongst some of the most loyal clients Silverbergs have popping in to check out whats new!
I have visited many opticians over the last 8 years of wearing glasses in the hunt for my perfect style of frames and many times I’ve been pushed into buying some that aren’t really what I wanted or made me look like Dennis Taylor but the guys here definitely do have your best interests and image at the forefront of their agenda.
Here’s the two pairs I whittled it down to, which pair would you say I should go for?!