Which Glasses Do You Like On Me?

How many times have you been shopping, and asked a complete stranger what she thought of the dress (blouse, shoes, coat, hat, slacks) you were thinking of buying?

Did you really care what she thought, or did you just want affirmation that you looked great and should get it, at once?

As far as I’m concerned, glasses present one of the biggest buying challenges. It’s amazing how this small piece of bent metal or plastic can change your look in the blink of an eye! But do we really see ourselves as others see us, when we’re gazing into our own eyes, trying to decide which frames make us look best?

I bought the thin teal frames about six months ago, but just HAD TO HAVE a pair of black frames ever since I saw Oprah wearing a pair that made her look cool (mind you, I have never looked to Oprah as a style icon, but there’s always a first). I didn’t like the Oprah pair on my face, but I made the plunge on the anything-but-thin black frames you see here, supposedly designed by Stella McCartney.

My fabulous, stylish UK friend, Pattie, said this of the black: “I think the Stella frames are fun and you can get away with it. You need to be dark or blonde for those. But I think they should be part of a frames collection. I wouldn’t personally wear those with a light summer dress, for instance, or with a sparkly evening outfit… too heavy. But great with monochromes and brights and heavier clothes. I like to have different ‘weight’ frames for different occasions.”

Now tell me, my FOFriends, which glasses
do you prefer on me?

Which frames do you prefer on Geri?

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Thin skins need not apply. 🙂

0 Responses to “Which Glasses Do You Like On Me?”

  1. jan says:

    I agree with Donna Geri, I love the black, very trendy and you rock them.

    • GeriFOF says:

      Hi Jan,

      Just saw your comment. Pleased you feel this way. I have been getting compliments on the black glasses from strangers in the street, which I never got on the blue glasses. 🙂


  2. Carol Holmes says:

    I agree, you should wear your glasses, not vice versa.

  3. Bessheit says:


    I have very strong opinions about eyeglasses because I’ve worn them most of my life. Many years ago I wrote
    Footnote to Dorothy Parker
    “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses”
    But what’s really to blame is the shape of her frame.

    I think less is more and that you should wear your eyeglasses not vice versa. The first things people should see are your eyes and face not your frames. The only person I like in huge black frames is Iris Apfel because they’re her trademark brand. On most others they tend to dominate the face even though they’re a trend.

    Most good opticians now have machines that let you see how you look in your frames. I’ve been going to Leonard Poll on 55th street for years and only trust Bernice Olivetti (of the Olivetti typewriter family) to make recommendations. She sometimes picks frames I’d never choose but I’m always showered with compliments. Big frames for sunglasses. Super lightweight vividly colored titanium for up close and personal. I’m a big fan of these and there are dozens of stunners out there. If they weren’t so expensive I’d have a whole wardrobe of them. About 7 years ago she picked a Dutch titanium frame with vivid purple orange irregular shaped rectangles for the glass and bright orange for the sides. People stop me to ask where I got them and despite the bright colors they blend in with ALL my jewelry designs. Don’t have a selfie although I’ll try to send one later but for now here are some quick iPhone pix to show what I mean.

    That being said, YOU look nice in both of the frames above. I personally prefer the teal because the shape lifts your face UP and they’re not so heavy.

    Good luck with your sightseeing adventures.

    Bess Heitner

    • Geri Brin says:

      Hi Bess, Love your suggestions, I, too, used to own tons of frames but stopped that when I had to cut back my spending! I refuse to buy cheap frames that look like everyone else’s. Anyway, I know the black frames are big and heavy but I had a hankering for them and think they’re fun. I am going to stop into Poll in the future. G.

  4. alexw says:

    Geri received this lovely email about her frames:

    Dear Geri,
    Although I see the teal blue frames got the higher vote I see a twinkle in your eyes when you fashion off the black frames. Since a twinkle overrides all, my vote is for the black frames which you clearly like more. They have character where the other pair is ‘safe’ and we all know most people are comfy with safe. You however are bold enough to carry off…well, anything.


    • Geri Brin says:

      Dear Donna,
      You made my day!

  5. Diane Yoder says:

    There is a better frame out there for you than either of the two you chose…….keep looking! You are such a good sport to do this. I suffer from terrible headaches that started after surgery for a brain aneurysm. So I wear a thin titanium frame with lightweight lenses and no hinges.. And I will have to wear them or something similar until I die. A heavier frame drives me insane. I am happy you have a choice.

    p.s. Geri this system insists on calling me Diane Yoder and I am Diane Hinkle. Can you figure out how to change it. I’ve tried with no luck. Every time I try to answer something to you, it insists I am Diane Yoder. Bet the real Diane Yoder wonder if she is sleep-walking and writing messages to you. : )

    • Geri Brin says:

      Ha ha, Diane. I thought we were checking into this, but will make sure we do now! Thank you for calling me a good sport. I have developed a thick skin after working in publishing for 45 years. Plus, it’s fun to see peoples’ reactions. Fondly, Geri

    • alexw says:

      Hi Diane,

      Please send an e-mail to alex@faboverfifty.com so we can resolve this issue!


  6. Geri Brin says:

    I’m not surprised that the teal frames are winning, but I am pleased some women like the black frames (I DO!). I am surprised, however, that 30+ percent of the responses, so far, note NAY to either frame. Sure confirms we all have our own opinions. And that is good!


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