Once the clocks have gone forward, I become a different man. The corners of my mouth start getting twitchy and begin to turn upwards. I stare at trees and breathe deeply, wishing I was the kind of person who knew the names of flowers and plants. (It wouldn’t have to be the Latin names, just something a bit better than ‘the pink fuzzy thing’ or ‘that one that looks like a loo brush’).
And suddenly I am hopeful and optimistic. This will be the year I learn to drive. I can still read books. I’ll definitely be able to play an instrument by Christmas and surprise everyone with a lute rendition of Jenny From The Block while they open their presents.
And as part of that process of hope and renewal, I usually have a look at my face – which has become paler and fuzzier over the previous nine months and think: this needs fixing.
After all, this is the time of year where we are more likely to exercise our bodies or update our wardrobes, so why not look at the one constant that we present to the world and see how it can be improved. So now the sun is out, here are some of my favourite frames to help you summer style your face.
I do love a bit of tortoiseshell. I like to think it tells the world I could have been an architect. But in this case, it’s the shape of the frame that appeals to me: the arms point back, rather than curl around the ear, and the brow line slopes down, giving a slightly haughty shape.HG 03
Of all the specs trends to make comebacks, the 60s-inspired big, dark frames are probably my favourite. These aren’t quite as big and blocky as those favoured by TV presenters of the decade, but I have a head the size of a Christmas ham, so a little restraint is needed in the frames I wear.FITZGERALD
I have never worn a two-tone set of specs before, but an ocular spruce up is a time to be bold, darn it. There’s a slightly retro vibe about these glasses that I like and the darker top helps to give some shape to the doughy displacement around my chops.OSIRIS IMPRESSIVE
More tortoiseshell designs, but a much more ‘up’ shape to the frame this time. The corners of the glasses look a bit softer, I think, and cheerier as a result.BENNY