It doesn’t matter if you were born with the fashion genes or you’re still getting a hang of choosing the right shirt.
And that’s because we all understand there are certain stylistic devices that can bring our outfits together – with little effort. You remind yourself this as you get dressed in the morning, striking a pose before you head to the front door. But yet, you find yourself freezing. The blouse? Awesome. The shoes? Killer. The watch? Epic.
Yet you’re missing something, and that’s a pair of glasses.
A nice pair of glasses is an absolute must, whether or not your eyesight is perfect. When you’re feeling a little tired, a pair of sharp specs is enough to raise eyebrows all around you. They make for a stellar conversation starter when you hit that first awkward date, and they’re your best friend when you type on your keyboard into the late evening hours.
You want them but it seems impossible, and that’s because they can be expensive. Luckily, Canada’s largest online optical retailer, Clearly, is running a Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer site-wide on all of their eyeglasses until the end of July.
Now that it’s easier to get an amazing pair, we’ve compiled a list of seven cool places in Calgary that are perfect for wearing your glasses.
Cabin Fever Books
Browse the aisles at this Centre Street bookstore to find some of the rarest new and used books. The quaint location offers a wealth of choices from romantic novels to adventure-filled travel memoirs. Wear your round frames and search through the old vinyl section where you’ll find some retro albums to match your look.
TRUCK Contemporary Ary Gallery
The TRUCK contemporary gallery on 10th Avenue is home to some of the most incredible exhibits in the city. Visit the gallery and explore animation, culture, and abstract works of art on a day when you’re looking for creative inspiration. Wear your quirky oval-shaped glasses as you explore the galleries.
Milk Tiger Lounge
The weekend hits and you have the urge to try out a new cocktail bar. The Milk Tiger Lounge is a venue to add to your list where you can order a mean old fashioned if you’re in the mood for something with a little personality. Speaking of personality, this is the perfect place to wear your new frames.
This quirky yet urban coffee shop is the perfect casual setting to meet a friend for lunch. Located on 17th Avenue, you can easily jump on a bus to get here and admire the creative paintings while you wait in line. Wear your black square frames to catch the eye of the handsome barista behind the counter.
Dickens Pub: Poetry slam
It’s time to try something new. With that said, what better way to challenge yourself than by attending a poetry slam against other poetic wordsmiths? Dickens Pub on 9th Avenue hosts a monthly slam where you can wear your glasses as you speak and feel like the next Dionne Brand.
Old movie theatre
Take a break from mainstream movie theatres and catch a screening at the Plaza Theatre. Located on Kensington Road, this theatre will transport you right back to older times in Calgary with the contrast of modern movie showings. It’s the perfect place for a date and your retro square frames.
Everyone wants to have their own style and individuality. One way you can easily achieve this is by shopping at a thrift store like Urban Thrift. Located on 34 Avenue, you can wear your favourite round-edge frames as you shop for patterned dresses, hats, and suede skirts. Then see how they complete your look in the dressing room.
Calgary is home to countless places that are guaranteed to vibe with your glasses – now all you have to do is buy some new frames.
Luckily, Clearly has tons of them as Canada’s largest online optical retailer, so you’ll be able to find something trendy – perfect eyesight or not. And this year they’re doing a special Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
If you’re travelling this summer, you can simply order your glasses online anywhere in the world and have them waiting for you when you get home. It’s that easy.