Not Your Mother’s Glasses: Eyewear for Boomers Over 50



Just because you’re a woman of a certain age who wears glasses you aren’t doomed to bifocals, glasses hung from chains around the neck and the pastel frames you bought for $40 back in 1988. Pick the right eyeglasses and frames and you could actually shave years off your look. Pick the wrong ones (or stick with the dated look you’ve adopted) and you can add years.

Boomers have rocked the world of music, healthcare, business, art, fashion, politics and government.  Now that they are aging they want eyewear that complements their lifestyle – active, hip glasses that reflect their personality. For all you boomers out there –  this one’s for you!

Funky Black Frames Are Youthful

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  • Rule Number One: Black frames are universally flattering. When looking for frames, make sure you don’t choose frames that are too small vertically. You’re in luck. Big frames are huge this year – just take a look at what actresses and models are wearing.  As we age, especially past 45 years we develop presbyopia, which is the loss of near or close focusing power. This causes many of us to need a different prescription for near than for distance. Ask your optometrist if you are a candidate for multifocal eyeglass lens. While very small frame shapes are fine for distance glasses or dedicated reading glasses, they don’t leave much room for line flat-top bifocals or no-line progressive lenses. While the newer digitally processed custom-designed progressive lenses work better than ever in small frames, a larger vertical dimension usually is much better for comfortable reading vision. It can be difficult sometimes to fit a larger reading area in very tiny frames.

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  • Look for frames that are uplifting to the face. Softer and more rounded corners are better  than sharp edges that could make you look harsh.
  • You’re in luck.  Cat-eye glasses are hotter than ever and there is a wide selection of designer looks.  Go for cat-eye shapes that have softer edges and a slight uplifting shape.



Not Your Mother’s Frames




  • What has made current over-50 set unique is that, unlike previous generations, Boomers are not afraid to experiment with colors and different shapes.
    Look for deeper shapes with a retro look. These are great for Boomers who are truly young at heart, and want just a little more style in their eyewear




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  • Many over-50s tend to reach for over-the-counter reading glasses, or “granny glasses.” These are the glasses you sometimes see on the end of older people’s noses while they are gazing over the tops of them. Avoid this look – it tends to make you look much older.
    No-line invisible progressive lenses are a great option for a youthful appearance. Just because you could be a candidate for a progressive lens you don’t have to wear them all the time. You will have access to not only good, clear distance vision, but also arm’s-length vision and near vision without putting your glasses on and taking them off all day.

She Comes In Colors

  • Tortoiseshell frames are flattering on everyone (except women with gray hair) because the frames usually have blonde, gold or brown flecks in them. Clear frames are both funky and functional because they go with almost any outfit.

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  • Warmer tones work best for women in their 50’s and older. Try rich browns, deep  autumn colors, jewel and berry tones.


Pay Attention to Celebrities 

  • Did you see the glasses Meryl Streep wore on the red carpet? Or the readers Katie Couric was sporting on TV? Try Googling images of a celebrity in your age range along with the word “glasses” or just “celebrities wearing glasses” to get a feel for on-trend looks that flatter.

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Pick Youthful Frames & Shave Years Off Your Look



  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer is not a young woman, but you can see she’s young at heart from the frames that she’s chosen here. Again, a dowdy pair of old glasses would transform Dr. Westheimer into an old lady, whereas here, she seems almost ageless.





You can always break the rules.  Baby Boomers are used to that. 

Stylists insist blue frames are aging, but these teal frames look absolutely stunning on Susan Sarandon because of her hair color. Sometimes, even the best rules are meant to be broken.

Make time for a Comprehensive Eye Exam with your Eyeland Octical doctor and find out what your true vision needs are.  Each of our 14 PA Eyeland Centers has over 1,500 frames featuring designers such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, Marilyn Monroe Eyewear and more, so you are bound to findthe perfect glasses for your style at the perfect price. To make an appointment at your neighborhood Eyeland call (888) 603-EYES or visit

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Coolest Accessory of the Year? Eyeglasses!



Fall/winter 2016 is all about fashion forward wearable eyewear. From playful candy pastels, clear, tortoise and exotic animal prints to masculine-inspired silhouettes, our favorite fall picks are a cornucopia full of vivid colors and dynamic shapes.his season’s color palette is all about soft, pale, dusty hues. In keeping with this theme, rose quartz is officially the Pantone Color Institute’s color choice for 2016. Not surprisingly, this pretty pink shade featured heavily in runway collections and on celebrity trendsetters, and is set to make a huge impact next year.pantone_fw16

Inspired by elements of nature and Scandinavian design, natural hues in tones of pale blue, dusty grey, and hazy taupe evoke a clean minimalist look and soothing feel. 5a67da5f7eeff9d5aab72918de5d08e6These muted, neutral colors say simplicity and comfort – something we definitely need more of.  Dusty shades of pink, baby blue, and lavender create a soft candy colored ethereal look. This feminine and composed color palette embodies a sense of freedom and youth – perfect for the free-spirited bohemian in us all.

For many years  we’ve considered glasses something that complicated our lives.  This season people wearing glasses get their style revenge – fall/winter 2016 shows elected optical glasses  the coolest accessory of the year!  Many are sporting frames with neutral lenses just for the sake of wearing them.

Here are some of our favorite eyewear styles of the season, so wearable they make glasses cool again. What are yours?

Cool Trend – Transparent Frames

Retro eyeglasses with an upscale feel…  glasses with clear frames. Transparent frames are comfortable and thanks to a sturdy plastic body, they look stylish and trendy.  What we love the most about transparent frames is –  they look great almost on everyone. This season offers lots of cool retro inspired, modern and classic transparent frames.


Candy Inspired Hues

Some of the season’s most exclusive labels bring a softer side to candy-inspired hues. Vibrant lilacs and pretty pinks are a welcome contrast to fall’s darker colors and warm tones. Pair these soft hues with vibrant colors, or have them serve as a contrast to more monotone shades.

Pair a black leather jacket with a playful frame for edgy contrast.


Big Bigger Biggest

Big glasses are definitely a bold fashion statement. It seems everyone has hopped on the big black-coverframe bandwagon – from models to film and music stars. The reason? Glasses with big frames go well with a lot of faces.

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Go for a design that reflects your personal style… or even something new that you might not normally choose. If your style is geek-chic, vintage or high fashion, big frames are where it’s at.



Call of the Wild

Animal prints roared loud and clear this season. Long trenches and handbags adventurously incorporate fall’s warmer tones with primal furs and exotic patterns. Wear patterns against solid colors, or match them with more animal prints for maximum impact.

Take a walk on the wild side and pair animal print frames like these from Gucci with worn denim.



Retro Roundunknown

Any eyewear specialist will tell you that round frames tend to look best on people with square-shaped faces — it has to do with geometry and opposites. Round glasses are one of the hottest eyeglass looks this season, paying homage to icons like John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Ozzy Osbourne, and let’s face it… Harry Potter.


Channel Harry Potter with these tortoise shell round Ray-Bans for a little bit of magic.


Nerd Alert – Big Geeky Glasses

The idea of geek chic never really goes away, but it does constantly reinvent itself.  A key accessory this season is is a pair of geek glasses, but not the kind you’ve come to recognize — you know, thick black rectangular frames reminiscent of Austin Powers.  Today’s frames are more along the lines of Wonder Woman and Tina Fey –  think intelligent power look with a touch of sexy.

Pair nerdy glasses with a leather blazer and a shock of red lipstick.


Cat Eye

img_4247Cat eye frames are characterized by rounded frames that flare out near the temples. They were c0cd7e59633c67627d23f52d6405895cpopular in mid 20th century when eyewear became a fashion accessory rather than simply a  necessity.  They still have a loyal following among women with retro style, and 2016 sees the look hotter than ever. These frames tend to be more playful and are ideal for women with square or diamond faces.



Cat eye glasses give a sophisticated, elegant, slightly exotic look. Often the extra eye rim at the outer corner is embellished with rhinestone, metal, or colored plastic temple enhancements.   A striking feature are brows, which usually have sculptural, applique and ornamental designs on the top edges.



Think Cat Eye, Think Marilyn Monroe 

The Marilyn Monroe™ Eyewear Collection recalls the aura of the iconic star’s legacy while evoking the inner radiance and glamour in each of us.  Available at Eyeland Optical Centers.


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The color grey seems to be a trending topic nowadays and whether it’s because of a book,
movie or even the bleak weather, we love this it hot look. There are so many different shades ofgrey to choose from – clear lighted tinted plastic, silvery metals, granite and marble to deeper shades of slate and smoke.



Neutral grey frames will give your fall/winter wardrobe an instant fashion forward look.


Each of our 14 PA Eyeland Optical Centers has over 1,500  frames featuring Gucci, Ray-Ban  Marilyn Monroe™ Eyewear and other top designer names – the perfect glasses at the perfect price for everyone in your family. To find your neighborhood Eyeland call  (888) 603-EYES (3937) or visit

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