How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own?So many. I have loads of glasses, I have different glasses for different occasions. I always make sure there is a spectacle for every spectacle.
Can you describe your favourite pair?I love this beautiful black pair from Balmain at Specsavers (‘BL1560S,’ pictured below). They’re very chic with a thin gold band that runs across the top. They’re so elegant, for a night time look they would go with anything.
What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually go for?I go for something that I can wear with anything. My glasses need to work whether I’m practising, in meetings, or teaching. I try to pick glasses that frame my face, usually in a neutral colour that goes with all my outfits. Although, I have started experimenting with brighter colours and patterns recently. It’s important that I feel good in my glasses.
Who would you pick as your style icon of glasses wearers and why?Kimberley Wyatt [dancer and presenter] always look very glamorous in her glasses. There’s something quite Marilyn Monroe, classic Hollywood about her sense of style that I love.
How long have you worn spectacles for, and what prompted you to go for your first sight test?I’ve worn glasses for 18 years. I got my first pair when I was 10. I kept bumping into things, so my mum took me to get my eyes tested.
What do your glasses mean to you?I love wearing my glasses, they are a part of me and part of my identity. When I put my specs on I feel liberated and happy because I can see and I don’t bump into any tables or walls. I wouldn’t be Oti without my glasses, they are a way of life. My glasses are a part of me, I need to wear them all the time so it’s important that my glasses reflect my personality.
“When I put my specs on I feel liberated and happy”