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Part Three in a multi-part series on prescription eyeglasses-themed Halloween costumes. I know it's still a month away, but the eyeglasses featured in these posts will take a few weeks to arrive. ACT NOW!

The glasses for this ensemble are bold -- awesomely so. Start a new look, it's about time you did. Seriously, look in the mirror, those wispy wireless jobbers might be fine for the board room, but when was the last time you were in the board room?

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via boingboing tv


via Make
Super-blogger-illustrator-magazine-editor-robot-maker Mark Frauenfelder is one of my favorite web personalities. He's the most (capital 'R') Renaissance of all internet Renaissance Men. He started Boing Boing, was editor of Wired Magazine, started and edits the deliciously nerdy Make magazine, is a fantastic illustrator (see his iGoogle theme here), and most importantly, often wears glasses proudly and prominently.

When trying to emulate the "Mark" look, you need to go big, plastic and classic -- with the frames. He's likely to wear the Ray Bans (very easy to replicate at a bargain price), but he'll throw a change-up every now and then to something a bit wackier.

Throw in a mussed up hairstyle, a bowling shirt or interestingly patterned short-sleeve (untucked and in ample supply at the thrift stores this time of year), maybe a remote control with a big antenna and you're good to go. Your mileage may vary, but my crowd will likely be able to identify the inspiration of my costume -- especially if I can talk my youngest into going as a smoking fish, and the others into going as robots.

Up here in the frigid North country (in those short sleeves), it's going to take a full thermos of espresso to make it around the neighborhood on Halloween. That lab coat is starting to look like a good idea.

Here are those FakeBans ($29) from Optical4Less again. I can attest to the solidity of the frames. They're my current favorites in the sunglasses arsenal:

Add a second pair (perhaps from the $15 Overstock section) and you can skip the shipping. I typically go the Shuron route for my bold, plastic, prescription eyeglasses frames, but I've also gone free -- twice.

Regardless, whether you want to be like Mark or not, a bold pair of frames is a must for your eyewear wardrobe.

Check him out on The Colbert Report, and this old Apple "Switch" commercial:






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5 comments:

At October 3, 2008 at 4:44 PM jackofallbraids said...

I found this site from one of his entries at boingboing. I wondered where I remembered that name from when he was announced as the interview on Colbert.

Smart guy,

 
At October 4, 2008 at 10:43 PM samnthu said...

you nailed it

 
At October 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM Anonymous said...

Never heard of the guy but after watching Colbert, I'm hoooked. New glasses and anew guy to follow. Thanks Ira.

 
At October 13, 2008 at 1:34 AM Olli said...

quite a few of the specs on opticalchic.com look like they'd do the job...(big acetate models section: http://www.opticalchic.com/home.php?cat=395) No clue about the optics quality there yet, though. Anyone know wether they're trustworthy?

 
At July 29, 2009 at 3:53 PM Ray Ban Sunglasses said...

Yes, I agree with everyone!!

 

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