Me and my glasses

Showcasing a style identity

Zoë Anderson, dispensing optician and practice partner at Eden Eyecare in Penrith, shares her favourite shapes and her Instagram style icon


How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own?

I own seven pairs, including four spectacles and three prescription sunglasses.

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

I have an oval face shape so I always choose shapes that enhance my features. My favourite is a soft square or butterfly shape, perfect for the current trends. I have cool pale tones so I opt for soft colours like pinks, soft browns or dark Havana for a statement. I’m a huge fan of anything mottled.

Can you describe your favourite pair?

That’s easy: Tom Ford 5388 in 055. I have had so many compliments on these glasses. Salt Optics are also one of my favourite brands for their stunning use of colour, texture and quality.

Who would you pick as your eyewear style icon and why?

My style icon would be a make-up blogger on Instagram called Katie Jane Hughes. She looks incredible in a variety of eyewear and I love how she showcases make-up for glasses wearers.

How long have you worn spectacles for, and what prompted you to go for your first sight test?

I’ve worn glasses since the age of 11. I started to struggle at school, so my parents took me for a sight test, and it turned out I was quite short-sighted. I remember the trip home after collecting them - I was ‘wowed‘ that trees had leaves.

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A pair of Salt Optics frames, one of Zoë’s favourite brands

Do you wear contact lenses?

Yes, but occasionally – I prefer glasses.

How important is eyewear to reflecting your personality?

It is very important, it is the first thing people see and can totally complete an outfit. It gives you an identity of your chosen style such as classic, vintage or high fashion.

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

1. Know your face shape
2. Know your colouring
3. Don’t just choose what you like the look of, they only look good if the fit is great, size is right, along with the colour and shape.