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​​​​​​​​​​​​Fashionable Vision: 10 Stylish Solutions for Sydney-Siders

fashionable vision

Did you know more than one in every two Australians has to wear corrective glasses or contact lenses? Moreover, some 93% of people aged 65 or over are affected by some kind of long-term vision disorder. So, spectacles are very much a part of many people's everyday lives.

Thankfully, glasses have come a long way in the last 100 years, transforming from a large, clunky apparatus focused solely on vision improvement to a widely adopted fashion accessory that expresses one's individual style.

Indeed, facets like rim colour, frame shape and level of UV protection have become major influencers in our purchasing choices and with so many options available, there has never been a better time to incorporate fashionable vision in your look.

In this article, we will highlight ten stylish solutions that flawlessly blend fashion with functionality. So not only will you be able to see perfectly, you will also look great in the process too.

1. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

We all spend plenty of time watching TV, scrolling on our phones or working on our computers or laptops. However, doing so does carry the risk of eye strain and disrupted sleep patterns.

For this reason, many people have started to wear Blue Light light-blocking glasses to shield themselves against the harsh effects of prolonged exposure to the blue light that gets emitted from these devices.

You'll find plenty of brands available on the market to protect your eyes without compromising your style.

2. Athletic Leisure Eyewear

We like to consider ourselves a sporty bunch in Sydney, so Athletic leisure eyewear is important to us. Thankfully, brands like Nike and Oakley offer sporty yet chic eyewear options that blend fashion and function.

Therefore, whether you are going for our morning jog along the beach, playing a round of 18 holes at the local golf course or cycling around the park, there is plenty of choice of frames for you.

3. Fashion-Forward Frames

Today, people would rather not wear eyeglasses at all, than have to wear something that looks dull and boring. Instead, they want frames that are bold, expressive, and downright stylish - which has led to the emergence of fashion-forward frames.

These frames, ranging from classic elegance to avant-garde chic, allow people to express their individuality through their eyewear. The likes of Warby Parker and Oliver Peoples are leading the charge by offering some of the most popular designs on the market.

4. High Fashion Eyewear

In recent years a number of luxury fashion houses have added high fashion eyewear to their range of couture clothing, high-end accessories and elegant shoes.

Companies like Prada, Gucci and Chanel have created exquisite designs that will help Sydneysiders dress for success.

While these designs are more expensive, they will no doubt elevate your style game to new levels.

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5. Retro Frames

Sometimes it would have been good to have been born in the 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s to wear the iconic fashions of the time when they were first in vogue. However, at least we can embrace retro frames to connect with these eras.

Through cat-eye frames reminiscent of the glamorous '50s or the oversized aviators that defined the rebellious spirit of the '70s brands like Ray-Ban and Persol provide a link to these bygone times. They allow you to pay homage to fashion history while offering a unique opportunity for vintage self-expression.

6. Sustainable Eyewear

While there are those who embrace fashion-forward frames, there are others who are very much in the sustainability camp. For this reason, the likes of ECO Eyewear and Proof Eyewear have developed a strong following through their use of materials like recycled plastic, bamboo, and reclaimed wood in their frames.

They are an excellent choice for those wanting to align their fashion choices with their commitment to saving the planet and moving towards greener fashion practices.

7. Customisable Lenses

Not everyone wants to wear glasses, so contact lenses are an excellent alternative for those who want a vision correction solution that more seamlessly integrates with their natural look.

Brands like Acuvue and Dailies are among several 1001 Optometry contact lens options you may want to consider. They are at the forefront of cutting-edge lens technology, and their products are renowned for reducing glare during outdoor activities and optimising contrast for clearer vision.

Many can be tailored to your specific needs that go beyond traditional one-size-fits-all methods.

8. Lightweight High-Tech Materials

While some companies have incorporated sustainable materials within the designs of their glasses, others have embraced hi-tech materials to create a feather-light frame that is highly durable.

These materials include titanium, TR-90 and carbon fibre, which are ideal for those who don't want to wear a heavy or cumbersome frame. Given how long they last, they represent good value for money for those who decide to purchase them.

9. Smart Glasses

You have heard of Smart TVs and smartphones but did you know you can get Smartglasses too? Perfectly marrying technology and fashion, they are a real game changer for some people, opening up a world of possibilities.

In simple terms, these glasses offer a range of smart features, augmented reality displays and wireless bluetooth connectivity from within those frames, which enable you to answer calls, reply to messages, talk to a voice assistant and listen to music.

North and Vuzix are some of the leading brands of Smartglasses, offering real-time information to the wearer in a visually appealing, easy to use and engaging way. Very James Bond!

10. 3D-Printed Eyewear

The advent of 3D eyewear printing technology has been one of the most groundbreaking developments in the field of ophthalmology in recent years. This technique has revolutionised the market, enabling companies to produce frames that can be customised to the unique contours of each individual's face, in a way that has never been done before.

In doing so, pioneers like MYKITA and Monoqool are pushing the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship in a way that blurs the lines between vision correction, art and fashion.


As you have read, there are plenty of stylish vision solutions for the good people of Sydney to adopt.

It doesn't matter if you want something representing fast fashion or sustainability, or indeed, blue light-blocking eyewear or athletic leisure wear glasses. You'll find something to suit all preferences in the Emerald City, ensuring you can not only see clearly, but look as stylish as you want to in the process.


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