While contact lenses have become a staple in myopia-stricken Singapore, it’s not healthy to wear them every day – we need to give our eyes a break from them! This is why investing in a pair (or a few pairs) of trendy glasses or spectacles can up your style cred.
In fact, for those of us who can rock the nerdy-chic look, the right pair of glasses can make a great fashion statement.
But we know, when we think about chic-looking glasses, there aren’t that many places that immediately pop up to mind. Thankfully, AVENUE ONE has curated a list of places you can buy stylish glasses – including Korean-style glasses – in Singapore!
1. New China Opticians
What’s to love: Founded in 1927 and tucked away in unassuming Peninsula Shopping Centre is a treasure trove of vintage-finds that vintage fanatics are sure to love. But not to worry – for those who aren’t into vintage pieces, there is also a good mix of trendy, modern pieces, including Korean-styled ones, to love too, and at only S$40!
Where to buy: 3 Coleman Street #01-11 Peninsula Shopping Centre, 179804
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11AM – 7.30PM, Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Price: From S$40 onwards
2. Richard’s Atelier
Posted by Orchard Central on Friday, October 10, 2014
What’s to love: Having a partnership with one of Korea’s oldest and most established frame manufacturers, Hwangbo Precision, Richard Atelier is the place where you can get the authentic Korean-styled spectacles you’ve always wanted.
Where to buy: JEM, #01-27 | Orchard Central, #05-48 | Suntec City, North Wing, #01-436
Opening hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Price: From S$48 onwards
3. Oblique Eyewear
Another low-cost eyewear place selling luxury glasses, Oblique Eyewear is popular amongst students for its affordable price, and trendy, constantly updated pieces, where a pair with prescription lenses starts from S$70.
Also, they tend to share promotions on their Instagram page pretty often, so look out for them! Right now, they are offering a whopping up to 70% discount on their individual pieces for the GSS period.
Where to buy: 2 Handy Road, The Cathay, #01-07, and in online stores.
Opening hours: 12.30pm – 9pm
Price: From S$70 onwards
4. Visual Mass
What’s to love: Based on its motto that a pair of glasses need not cost an arm and a leg, Visual Mass makes it its mission to always put its customers first – by cutting out the middleman and designing the frames by themselves, prices are kept affordable, yet, modern, trendy, and most importantly, of high quality.
Where to buy: Orchard Gateway, #B2-30 and in online stores.
Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM
Contact: 6702 3480
Price: From S$95 onwards
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Posted by Zoff Singapore on Thursday, June 7, 2018
What’s to love: Looking for some coloured-lenses to suit the eternal summer season? Head over to Zoff, where they have that taken care of for you, with multitudes of different coloured tinted glasses available in stores, to get the trendy spectacled look your favourite Instagrammers are sporting.
Lenses are scratch-resistant and anti-reflective, with a 99.9% assured UV-protection to ensure your glasses are kept spick and span, looking fab in pics, while ensuring you get your much needed protection from the sun. Win-win.
Where to buy: Orchard Central, #B1-02/04 | Suntec City Mall, West Wing, #01-305 | Lumine, Clarke Quay Central, #02-20
Opening hours: 11AM–10PM
Contact: 6509 9786
Price: From S$98 onwards
6. O+ Eyewear Designer
What’s to love: Started in 1985, O+ Eyewear Designer prides itself on its meticulous care to every pair of spectacles handed out – finishing touches are usually done by hand, and prices are kept affordable, yet stylish. A family business, it also prides itself on blending the classical, with a contemporary touch. This is where you can find trendy spectacles at reasonable prices.
Where to buy: OUE Downtown Gallery, #01-07
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Price: from S$169 onwards
7. Zenni Optical
Known for its quirky, fun designs – this is the place you want to go to if you want to spice up a monotonous style. Prices for prescription lenses go for as low as S$17. Cheap yet stylish spectacles? Sign us up!
Where to buy: Can only be bought in online stores.
Price: from S$17 onwards
8. Firmoo Optical
Posted by Firmoo Online Optical Store on Monday, May 28, 2018
Firmoo Optical is a place that offers cheap, yet stylish steals with nothing costing over SGD 40. Plus, if you’re super into the transparent-frame trend, Firmoo Optical has a wide selection of designs and colours to suit different face shapes!
Where: Only in online stores.
Price: S$19 onwards
9. Visual Loft (Permanently Closed)
Visual Loft is good in that it helps you scout for cheap deals online by comparing prices from one store to another directly. In other words, like the often-advertised Trivago, but with spectacles, instead of hotels. It also has its own home brand too, if you’re too lazy to search through everything.
It also has its own Home Try-On Programme, a convenient programme where you can try on their specs in the comfort of your house, and have the option to send them back if you don’t like it, all at a fee of SGD 15.
What’s more, if you do purchase a pair, Visual Loft will give you a SGD 15 discount code, a reimbursement of sorts. Have we converted you yet? We certainly hope so.
Where: Only in online stores.
Price: From SGD 25 onwards