Me and my glasses

“I pick my eyewear wardrobe very carefully”

Daniel Scott, dispensing optician and trained personal stylist behind The Eyewear Stylist, on style inspirations and his eyewear briefcase


How many pairs of spectacles or sunglasses do you own?

I keep my eyewear in a briefcase that was custom-made in Paris. I have about 15 pairs of frames at the moment. I pick my eyewear wardrobe very carefully. I hate the words ‘spare pair,’ in terms of something that lives in a drawer. So I’ve always made sure that each pair is decisively different from any other pair that I have, whether that is colour, shape or style. I also do something functionally different with the lenses, too. That keeps my wardrobe more active than if I was changing eyewear for purely fashion-based reasons. For example, I have no-reflection lenses, which are perfect if I have any cameras on me, and I have blue acrylic Kirk & Kirk frames with XTRActive Transitions lenses, which become a blue mirror that matches the frame in sunlight. It’s quite geeky and complex, but there are multiple reasons for each set to be chosen.

What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually go for?

I personally prefer a frame with a fixed bridge, I find them really comfortable. Style-wise, I don’t like anything that is too understated. I’m very lucky in that I have more of an oval face shape, so most frame shapes suit me and I can more easily build a wardrobe in terms of a mixture of square and round shapes. In terms of colours, I am a winter-season, so that means I’ll tend to wear brighter, darker and cooler colours, and will steer clear of any warm colours.

Eyewear is not just the frames and the lenses, it is the combination of both, while also incorporating optical health


Can you describe your favourite pair?

My favourite pair to wear currently is a Vinylize frame made from AC DC’s Back in Black album. With my background as a musician, anything I can tie back to music is brilliant and I love the story of the frames and knowing what the vinyl is.

My favourite frame at the moment is one that I designed. It’s Feb31st, a black frame made from ethical and sustainable wood with a white asymmetrical colour block.

Who would you pick as your style icon when it comes to eyewear?

My biggest style inspiration is Jeremy Scott from Moschino. I love that he has created a high fashion brand but with personality. Most high fashion brands are quite serious, but he will get models to walk down the catwalk in crisp packets. It’s really creative. I have a pair of shoes that were designed by Jeremy Scott in collaboration with Adidas, that are white with wings on. I definitely treat him as an inspiration.

To be at 100% Optical styling the models on a catwalk, chairing panel discussions, and judging the eyewear awards, is huge


What does good vision and eye health mean to you?

What I like about eyewear is that it is so multifaceted. You can think of eye health as just a need rather than a want, but I love the creative ways lens suppliers tackle it. Eyewear is not just the frames and the lenses, it is the combination of both, while also incorporating optical health. I love Tokai because they do some super clever things, and companies like Marma London are really cool, because they have photochromic lenses that become such vibrant colours in the sunlight, like a purple or crazy blue.

Hidden in plain sight: Daniel described co-ordinating these frames for a client’s wedding as “the most rewarding experience” of the past year
Eye health is always part of the whole experience and certainly never to be ignored – most people are wearing glasses because they have prescriptions. But eyewear can go beyond being just a scientific tool that allows you to see and protects your eyes; it is something to be embraced and to enjoy.

Lots of people talk about the synergy between glasses and shoes: you want to have a comfortable pair of shoes. If you’re running, you might want a pair that gives you extra ankle support or different insoles. You can also have shoes in a cool colour or that can be customised. You need the shoes, and you want different pairs for different activities, but it doesn’t end with the functional aspects, you can add a fashion element on top.

How important is eyewear to reflecting your personality?

If eyes are the window to the soul, then what is your shop window? Eyewear is so personal, because what can be more personal than your face. In the modern world of ‘Zoom-wear,’ where you can only see someone from the shoulders-up, eyewear is the main way you can dress yourself for that occasion. I think the best people embrace the fact that they are wearing glasses and rock it. You can completely change how you are perceived through that choice.

What are your top three tips for selecting the right pair of frames?

  1. It all starts with comfort, and comfort is always going to come from the bridge fit on the nose. If it fits well, it looks good as well
  2. You want the top of the frame to follow your brow line, because that is what will look natural on your face. If you have more of an arched brow, then I wouldn’t go for a flat top to the frame, because it will look incongruent
  3. With the bottom of the frame, for a natural tailored look, I would recommend going the opposite shape to your jawline. If you have a soft face shape, and go for a round frame, it could look quite jowly. If you have a square face shape and go with an angled frame, it could look boxy.