Smart Dressing

In the frame: Five pairs of glasses for a fresh spring look

It’s not just your wardrobe that could benefit from a new season update. These frames are ideal for a fresh 2018 look

Judd Cubitts glasses, olive1. Cubitts Judd in olive – for serious statement frames

Kings Cross based brand Cubitts is on to something; British design, top-quality Italian acetate, contemporary and clean styling. The Judd is one of their signature frames and something of a cult eyewear hit. They’re big, bold and have more than a hint of Michael Caine about them – ideal with anything from a corduroy chore jacket to a double-breasted flannel suit. They come in six different acetates as either opticals or sunglasses, but it’s the olive colour that gets our vote. It’s less predictable than tortoiseshell, while remaining just as wearable. It also suits a wealth of different skin tones and eye colours, too. Better still, buy your frames in store and Cubitts will fit your prescription at no extra cost. If that’s not a winning formula, we don’t know what is. £125, shop now

E.B.Meyrowitz glasses2. E.B. Meyrowitz New Yorker – for old school luxury

E.B. Meyrowitz is a fabled name in British luxury. Perhaps the most traditional eyewear brand around, it was founded in 1875, and has occupied premises in Mayfair ever since. Today, its hallowed boutique on the Royal Arcade is a discreet retreat for clients in search of classic ready-to-wear frames, or a remarkable bespoke eyewear experience. Meyrowitz’s craftspeople work with only the finest materials, and can create frames from everything to buffalo horn to precious metals. Even so, we’d recommend investing in something that live up to the house’s timeless credentials. The New Yorker model in mottled acetate is just the ticket – classic, versatile and distinguished – best debuted at your next board meeting. £595, available in store

Barton Perreria glasses, Jackal magazine3. Barton Perreira Elon – for the fashion conscious

Slim, round glasses are having a moment in menswear. Don’t miss it, treat yourself to this achingly cool pair from Los Angeles brand Barton Perreira. Founded in 2007, every pair of BP frames is designed by partners in crime Bill Barton and Patty Perreira, before they’re manufactured in Japan – always in limited quantities. Consequently, these glasses might be an à la mode choice, but they’re absolutely not fast fashion. Barton Perreira is obsessive about the finer details; with a lightweight tortoiseshell acetate composition, keyhole bridge and knurled gold-tone titanium inserts, these tick every luxury box in the book. £425, shop now

Fredricks glasses LF154. Lewis Fredricks’ LF15 in blond horn – for the intellectual

For something both sophisticated and a little different, break away from the pack and experiment with these pale horn specs from Lewis Fredricks. Fredricks is something of a connoisseur’s brand. It was founded four years ago in New Zealand (where natural horn is in plentiful supply) and only makes frames from ethically sourced materials: usually buffalo, ox or ram. Despite its pale appearance, the LF15 is a versatile design that feels cool and clean, so it won’t overpower your features. Let the distinctive colour do the work and you’ve got yourself the perfect talking-point frames – ideal when you next sit down to chew the cud with your fellow polymaths. £345,00, at Burnett, Hodd & Tam

Lunetterie Generale, Medium Rare glasses5. Lunetterie Générale Medium Rare – for the sophisticate

An intriguing name for an intriguing pair of glasses. The Medium Rare is a handsome, variegated amber and ecru design, crafted from the finest celluloid (natural) acetate, with a retro ‘50s silhouette. The strong chamfered brow line follows the contours of the eyebrows, and slim, brushed gold-plated arms keep these looking suitably smooth. Precision made in Japan and designed by Canadian brand Lunetterie Générale (props to our Style Director for introducing them last year), these really are anything but the obvious choice. Founded in 2014, LG has always sought to produce directional, collectable eyewear in small quantities. True to form, only 60 pairs of this model have been made – so if you like the look of these, strike now. £415, shop now