Candy Stripes

Sailors, Beetlejuice, Robin Thicke channeling Beetlejuice at the 2013 MTV VMAs, prison inmates, Waldo, Bretons, the 2014 Resort collections from Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, Carolina Herrera, DVF and Missoni, and of course candy stripers.

WHAT: Tort, black, gunmetal, crystal… blah, blah, blah. It’s bad enough the winter weather is dreary in so many places this time of year, but does your eyewear need to be so too? Luckily, there is a great crop of ophthalmic, sun and reader frames on the market featuring graphic, colorful and festive stripes of various widths to remind us that better weather isn’t that far away.

WEAR: (Top to bottom) the Dolce & Gabbana DG3162P optical style from Luxottica is a highly wearable dark tort front paired with a striped temple that evokes a canvas cabana in some delightfully tropical locale. The Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ 394/S from Safilo (currently only available at Solstice Sunglasses and Marc Jacobs boutiques) ups the graphic nature of the horizontal stripes lining the interior by bisecting them on the frame front and pairing them with contrasting solid acetate. Readers want in the on the fun too; here the Sight Station EY0313 from FGX International highlights the classic combo of red, white and black thanks to the striped temples and vibrant front. Our last frame is literally “Candie’s” striped! The Candie’s COS 2084 sunglasses from Viva International feature a virtual rainbow of complimentary colored stripes in varying degrees of thickness to add a fun pop to the infinitely wearable brown front.

WHY: Who doesn’t like stripes? Stripes are a classic pattern, and of course they also happen to be a unisex one, one that many usually pattern shy men can even see their way around to wearing. The beauty of stripes is that the wearer can go as bold or as understated as they want. Many eyewear styles feature the pattern in different ways on the temples or interior of a frame, while for the more adventurous out there, styles offering the pattern emblazoned across the frame front are available.