Thursday, 21 September 2017

Styled by Helen: CrossEyes

Hand with red nail polish holding CrossEyes Edinburgh Circle Frame Glasses Scottish blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations wearing CrossEyes glasses with red and orange outfitRed haired Scottish fashion blogger wearing smart casual outfit with CrossEyes lasses and Syrah Jay necklaceRed Dundee tote bag screen printed at the Dundee Design Festival and worn by Scottish blogger
Dundee blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations wears black trousers with The Shinin patterned socks from DCA Shop and metallic Primark boots
Dundee style blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations wear CrossEyes glasses with red eye make up and red and orange outfit

I love wearing glasses but that hasn't always been the case. I've needed them since I was in primary 7 but it took me a number of years to find a pair I was completely happy with. Those super small, dull wire frames of my teen years still make me shiver just thinking about them. Luckily in 2012 I discovered Spex Pistols and found that glasses can have style. Shocker! I still have, and frequently wear, the cat-eye Ray-Bans that started my glasses obsession. I did have a brief affair with contact lenses many moons ago but now I'm very much in the glasses camp, so much so that I don't feel quite myself without them. There's the fact that I need them to see but they've also become a big part of my personal style and wearing the right frames always gives me a confidence boost. So I was very happy when CrossEyes got in touch and asked us to come visit their Edinburgh store (the brand's first in Scotland) and try out their spectacle selection.

Colourful transitional summer autumn outfit worn by Scottish blogger with red hair
Colourful street style from Scottish blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations against a colourful graffiti wall with eye design painted in Dundee

Where Dundee has Spex Pistols and Glasgow has Iolla, there never really seemed to be anywhere in Edinburgh that had that same draw of a wide selection of awesome frames at affordable prices. But that's all changed with the arrival of CrossEyes. While this Danish company doesn't quite have the independent charm of my favourite Dundee and Glasgow glasses emporiums, they do have plenty of drool worthy frames, a relaxed shopping space and a tidy price point of £98. And they have one thing those other places don't have - they do eye tests! I didn't try out the service but I loved that people were coming in and booking a slot for the very same day. So handy!

As Kimberley mentioned in her post, we tried on pretty much the whole shop and had a whole lot of fun doing so. Eventually, after much mulling over, I opted for these lightly caramel coloured circle frames. A bit of a step away from my trusted cat-eye shape but it's good to try something new. I have to say I'm rather happy with how they look. They're easy to wear while still being interesting and fun and I love the toirtoiseshell legs! The only downside is that they have been referred to as Harry Potter glasses on a number of occasions. Not being a huge fan of this fictional wizard this is a slight drawback for me but for others it might be a plus. I still heart them though.

Glasses | c/o CrossEyes Edinburgh
Jacket | Charity Shop
Top | H&M
Trousers | H&M
Boots | Primark
Necklace | Syrah Jay
Tote Bag | Printed by me at DCA Dundee Design Festival workshop
Socks | DCA Shop

CrossEyes Edinburgh store filled with over 400 stylish frames and spectacles
Helen from Wardrobe Conversations wears colourful CrossEyes turquoise lasses with Dreamland clothing glitter tshirt

The CrossEyes shop itself has around 300 different frames in it, including some lovely colourful limited edition ones.  I particularly liked the turquoise pair, but I think that was mostly because they went with my outfit. So, if you're in Edinburgh and are after some new specs, I can thoroughly recommend checking out CrossEyes. If you aren't in Edinburgh, they do have a number of other stores across the UK. I even stumbled across one in Derry on my recent trip to Northern Ireland!

Thanks to CrossEyes for being super welcoming and treating us to some fabulous new specs.

Eye graffiti art by SYKE.

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