My blog was originally named "Every Body Wears Shoes."
That name meant something to me. I was reminded of it when I was telling my business partner about Warby Parker contacting me to review their fall collection of eyewear. She responded that "it's like you said about every body wears shoes, eyeglasses are a style equalizer, just like that." She was right and here's my rationale: Designers make high fashion shoes to fit 6 foot tall models with big feet, but are far less "creative" when it comes to contemporary fashion for a woman with curves.
The name "Every Body Wears Shoes" represented my frustration with the findings in a study inspired by Dove reporting that advertising that featured skinny models made women feel bad about themselves but they regarded the brands higher. You do get the other side of that statement? It's saying that overweight people lower the perception of luxury about a brand. I wrote about it a while back in a post, "Are curvy models bad for brands?" Don't we want to see aspirational images of plus size women on tv and print too? We need more positive images that respresent the beautiful and accomplished majority of women in this country that wear a size 14 or larger now!
So, when Warby Parker contacted me, I don't believe they were thinking about my size. They said, "I had a great blog with an amazing eye for fashion to match,"and asked me to take a look at the collection. This was my chance to deliver on my promise to create postitive images of plus size women in the media with a brand that stood for affordable luxury and a humanitarian purpose. Warby Parker gives away a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair it sells. Warby Parker eyewear are "The great style equalizer!" This is too good!
In one word the Warby Parker Fall collection is OPTIMISTIC.
Everyone deserves an opportunity to feel optimistic everyday. The shapes and colors, even the colorless in the collection reflect a belief in what you hope for will happen because you can see it clearly. That's called faith in my book, "the substance of things hoped for..." I've curated a collection of looks with Warby Parker frames that I believe inspire the personal brand of the models in my portfolio who are boldly pursuing their dreams. I am sure you will find something that fits your style. Work your faith. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live your life with better vision. Enjoy!
Find more of my favorite styles by Warby Parker on my Pinterest board: The Style Office!