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“Cool reading glasses” used to be an oxymoron—but that idea has been turned on its head by the brands highlighted below. Readers have become a fashion statement, which is great because after 50, they’re essential for most of us. Seeing stuff and expressing your personal style now go hand in hand.
Many of these frames also have a blue-light-blocking option to protect your eyes from hours in front of screens, and most brands also make reader sunglasses. So whether you’re a +4 who spends six hours a day in front of the computer or you want new sunnies for that winter getaway I hope you’re planning, you can get in on the latest eyewear trends to start 2022 off right.
Root Cause Analysis by Caddis, $95
Caddis has created a self-described cult out of the concept of owning your age. The company’s goal is “to call out the whole fountain of youth illusion, industries that profit from the fear of getting older and the concept of ‘aging gracefully.'” I am so here for that. Root Cause Analysis is a statement-making, chunky aviator and comes in three colors: matte gopher (shown), gloss black, and seawater.
Art in Revolution by Eyebobs,$95
These hexagonal frames now come in two new colors: purple and green. Both are rad and available as readers, blue light readers, all-day readers, and prescription. Eyebobs has been around for more than 20 years, so they know their stuff. And I love them for using models who actually need reading glasses.
Kaine by Look Optic, $78
If you’re looking for a chunky frame you can wear every day, Look Optic’s Kaine readers are it. Plus, you can feel good about buying them because they’re made from 100% recycled materials. The brand says its glasses are 50% lighter than its competitors and offers a 90-day risk-free trial (and they pay for return shipping). This forest green color is very cool, and the Kaine style also come in four other colors: black, champagne, purple gradient, and taupe. (Also check out the brand’s stunning blue aviators.)
The Rand Reader by Prive Revaux, $30
This style is selling fast, and while quantities are limited, they’re worth a shout-out for their oversized yet delicate frame and amazing price. Plus, JLo is a fan of the brand so you know you’re in good hands.
From Peepers’ Spring 2022 collection, the Sawyer frame has a trend-forward ’70s/early ’80s vibe that I love. It’s a departure from the super chunky and heavy frames that have been so popular lately, but still make a statement with large lenses paired with a more delicate frame. The Sawyer comes in three fun colors: black marble, blue quartz, and Tokyo tortoise. The best part: they’re only $27. Also, Oprah loves them! And if you want to stock up, Peepers offers free 2-day shipping on orders $125 or more.