JAMES PERSE sweatshirt dress
VINCE turtleneck sweater (can’t find it online! Leo bought it for me at Nordstrom Rack last month)
RAG & BONE aston boots
JAS MB bag (mine is quite old)
WARBY PARKER webb glasses
Sheesh. I haven’t worn tights in FOREVER. I default to leggings mostly, since they’re warmer, and seem much less high-maintenance, but this was pretty easy, actually, and wouldn’t have worked with leggings. The dress would get stuck, and then ride up, and the leggings get bunched…
I wore this to …wait for it… Target, the bank, and Whole Foods. Yes, that was my day yesterday. Honestly, for most of the day I was working at home in a pair of SoLow pants, an Everlane men’s t-shirt, Splendid cowl-neck thermal top & uggs, but you don’t want to see a picture of THAT. I promise.
And I know you know by now if you’ve been paying attention, that I have “home” clothes and “public” clothes, and never the two shall mix. I’m not that girl who can just run errands in her yoga pants, or whatever. I work at home in whatever I put on to take Dagny out in the morning until I go to Pure Barre, and then I work more in whatever I wore to Pure Barre until I take a shower and actually get dressed. I run errands or whatever during the early afternoon, come home by at least 3:30 so I can take a picture of my outfit, then change clothes by 4 to feed Dagny and take her out for a long walk or run depending on the day. And then I hang around at home in whatever I wore first thing in the morning.
That’s it, the amazing, fabulous life of a full-time blogger. I don’t know what those full-time bloggers are doing who get all dressed up every day. Something glamorous I guess.
But I really wanted to talk about wearing glasses. I’m conflicted. Although not really, because I can actually SEE now, with my new progressive lenses. REALLY see. I forgot how much I was compromising wearing contacts, but I always have seen better in glasses. But I have a hard time wearing them for Pure Barre and running/walking outside. Admittedly, I haven’t worn them for Pure Barre yet, but the one thing I always hated about wearing glasses was getting sweaty and having them fall down on my nose all the time. THAT, I cannot abide. Man…summer is going to be tough!
And, glasses give me a totally different look. One that I like, definitely, but it’s “a look” for sure; a little harder? more “intellectual”? If I can do it this year, perhaps I’ll get the Eli crystal frames also (modeled here), just to switch them out every once in a while, I really liked those, and they were a slightly softer look, more artsy.
I did go back to Warby Parker and ordered sunglasses – single-vision this time, no need for progressives in those. I got the Raglan in black, so when they arrive, I’ll be able to wear my glasses more often. As it is now, I don’t wear them much when it’s sunny, because I have a hard time driving without sunglasses.
Oh, and I bought some lens wipes at Target that I use on them every morning that seems to help the smudging issue quite a bit. I have to wipe them down with a microfiber cloth frequently during the day though. And, every time I’m in the area of the showroom, I get them adjusted a little…they do fall down on my nose more often than I’d like. But, overall, I’m really happy with them.
Anyway, you glasses-wearing ladies, how do you adjust to wearing glasses full-time? Any tricks? Do you have multiple pairs?
I have contact lenses, but I wear my glasses 95% of the time. My issue is distance, so I can’t see a thing without them. I’ve been wearing them for so long that I can’t remember if I transitioned for any reason other than sheer laziness. And eye bags. I delude myself into thinking that the frame covers up part of my outsized eye bags so that I don’t have to go to great lengths to camouflage them. I does help to have more than one pair of frames. I wear them when I exercise, though I don’t do anything particularly vigorous. My husband is a runner and got his prescription put in something made by Adidas so they wouldn’t slip at all. Made a huge difference to him. AND, there are some glasses fitters (what is the real term? technicians?) that have super powers. It took me years to discover this, and I have only found two in my lifetime. I you can find a good one, your glasses won’t slip or feel heavy, and they won’t move up and down when you jump.
I really love this look on you. It is quite possible that we have the same turtleneck sweater. 🙂
I’ve been kludging together a strategy out of readers, progressive sunglasses for driving in the day, and progressive clear glasses for night driving. I have finally decided to get better clear progressives so that I can scan grocery aisles easily;). I do find the progressive sunglasses important when I drive, for those moments when I have to look at my iPhone to see the map…
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Grechen Reiter says
haha! really? is it super-warm and drapey? i love it so much, but it’s really warm…like it’s good enough to wear by itself when it’s mid-30’s. because of the cozy turtleneck 🙂
pure barre really isn’t that high-impact most of the time, but we do spend time on all fours, or sort of upside down, and even though i know my glasses won’t fall off, i hate it when they slip, so i always just wear my contacts to class.
Grechen Reiter says
i was trying to avoid readers 😉 i don’t know why, really, but i’m glad i went the progressive route! i can just see everything better now. i’m near-sighted so regular single-vision lenses work okay if there’s enough room under the frame i can see without the lenses in front of me, if that makes sense, so i can read fine if the frame is narrow enough…
Love that look!
I have multiple pairs of glasses – I don’t need bifocals (yet) so I don’t have quite as many worries (and my lenses cost a fraction of my husband’s!) I have 4 pairs (2 are cheap I got on my last China trip) and I alternate between a tortoise (you know, plastic) frame and a metal frame with silicone nose pads. ALWAYS wear the silicone nose pads for exercise or outdoor work where sweat/slippage will be an issue. I’ve never owned contacts, so I just deal with inconveniences like rain. I haven’t tried winter sports with glasses yet – I fear that will be a true challenge! As I’m not enough of a skier or snow hiker or snowshoer (and we lack the snow most of the time) to get prescription goggles….
And 2 pairs of prescription sunglasses too (old prescription and newer prescription – not different enough to get rid of the old sunglasses I keep in my husband’s car).
Good luck figuring out the solution that works for you! (I guess the fact I buy glasses & lenses at Costco and they’re not too expensive helps me care less I need multiple pairs)
I’m with Kelly. All of my glasses must have silicone nose pads as I don’t have much of a bridge on my nose to hold glasses up (said the optometrist). With progressives, I find that perfect fit is very important. If my glasses are even a little tilted, then it throws off the sweet spot on my lenses. I use the lens would especially on the nose pads and use a toddy cloth to clean the lenses (it has microfiber on one side which seems to take care of the smudges and a smoother cloth on the other side)
Love the way your glasses look on you! And one more thing, I’m impressed that you take your photo after doing all that and you still look so fresh!
Honestly, if I saw you walking down the street in that outfit, I’d probably think, “She must work in the fashion industry.” (Which would technically be correct!) And I would probably be bold enough to ask you where you got the cool specs. I don’t see serious, I see stylish. I mean, you can’t get more stylish than Jenna Lyons or my icon, Bobbi Brown, and they wear their glasses all the time!
Give me a month and I’ll have gone to my eye appt and probably have progressives to wear all the time, and then I’ll report back. I’m thinking Warby Parker, because I’ve had such great luck with them, or Bobbi Brown frames by Safilo…if I can find them!
Great point to consider, Sandy! That will be helpful in my search. Love *sweet spot! Haha
If they are off even a little, I can’t read words on my phone well. Hope your glasses work out just fine!
Grechen Reiter says
ha! true, i guess.
honestly, if i knew then, what i know now, i would go for a frame with nosepads and maybe a bit more expensive lenses. not that i don’t like my WP frames/lenses, but now that i have them, and i know that i like progressive lenses, i wish i had a pair of frames that will stay up better. and lenses that don’t get so smudgy. BUT, i didn’t know how i would react to glasses, so i didn’t want to spend a lot. i really didn’t think i’d want to wear them very often.
i’m going to stick with these for a while, but will keep my eye out for some frames with nosepads that i like, something that will last a bit longer…