An unsolvable problem: sunglasses and glasses


Finally, the sun seems to be coming out to stay for at least a little while. It’s time to put away winter coats, Bean Boots, and beanies, and slip on boat shoes, colorful shorts, and sunglasses.

While I’m overjoyed at finally basking in the sunlight (instead of studying for finals), I’m met with a major dilemma, one that anyone who wears glasses can empathize with.

Is there a harmony between wearing sunglasses and glasses?

Please, help me. I can’t find a way to get the best of both worlds. I’ll wear my  sunglasses outside with my glasses in my pocket, but I’m practically blind unless you’re a foot in front of me. As soon as I’m inside, I’ll pull out my glasses and swap them in. Doesn’t it seem cumbersome, not to mention dangerous, walking around with a shaded and completely blurred vision?! Here are some suggested “solutions” I’ve encountered, though I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

  • “Buy prescription sunglasses.” I actually have my eye on a pair of prescription Warby Parker sunglasses. But this doesn’t solve anything. It just reverses the problem! I don’t plan on staying in the sunlight for hours on end, so these would only work for the few minutes I’m outside. What happens when I go inside? I have to take them off, and then I’m blind again.
  • “Use transition lenses.” No.


  • “Wear your sunglasses over your regular glasses.” I was called “four-eyes” in elementary school, and I don’t want to be called “six-eyes” in college. They would also probably just slip off my face.
  • “Wear contacts and sunglasses.” This is actually one of the best suggestions because I solve the blind problem and the wanting protective eyewear problem. But then, I’ve missed my point. I enjoy eyewear, so when I’m inside, my face will feel vulnerable and exposed. I need my glasses.

Any suggestions are welcome. For those with 20/20 vision, I’m jealous.

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Japanese-sponsored nostalgia for non-hipster fashion

Tired of all the sweatpants and pajama bottoms, super-skinny jeans and plaid shirts? Ready for a return to a more classic, preppy style?

Take your inspiration from Take Ivy, a Japanese book featuring candid photos of people (okay, men) on Ivy League campuses, originally published in 1965. It became a big hit in Japan in the ’60s, as people started to imitate the Ivy League preppy style. The book was reprinted at the end of August, and may be seeing a bit of popularity. There certainly are a lot of people writing about it. Jack Spade is even creating a Take Ivy Kit, featuring a preppy shirt, a book strap, and a copy of the book. (Don’t worry, we secretly want one too.)

Maybe we’ll see a resurgence of the preppy style? Let’s hope so.

Shopping suggestions? Insistence on continued hipsterism? Tell us in the comments!