Dior, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Bvlgari, DharmaCo eyewear and Ted Baker, all these brands and many more help you make a fashion statement while simply wearing your prescription eyewear like it’s just another day. While you can get away with looking dashing all day at the office with people thinking it’s only your charm, the politicians rest under the careful eye of the media and are judged every time they wear something new. Some are highly acclaimed for their style and eyewear choices and we found that politicians have a certain affinity for one brand or another. Just perfect to give you a bit of inspiration when you’re looking for designer eyewear to replace your old glasses.
Starting with Republicans, the glasses Sarah Palin has been sporting most often during events, speeches and TV appearances are Kazuo Kawasaki eyeglasses. She wore the Kawasaki 704 model so much in public that the model is now famous as the “Sarah Palin” glasses – their product page on Amazon even shows a picture of Palin on the cover of Time Magazine wearing their 704 model. They boast lightweight beta-titanium frames, rectangular lenses and no rims – professional and elegant, the look Palin is certainly aiming for.
John McCain, the Republican senator who ran for office in 2008, is pretty faithful to Maui Jim – especially their aviator sunglasses, as he has been seen plenty of times over the years wearing different Maui Jim sunglasses models. His preferred Maui Jim models have large, rounded dark grey lens, but the frames he wears vary, he doesn’t seem to mind if its rims or no rims, metal or polymer. They’re simple and bold and give him a serious “I’m here for business” look even when he’s only at the beach.
The Democrats on this list tend to pick Ray-Bans as their designer eyewear of choice, especially when it comes to sunglasses. President Barack Obama himself has worn the Ray-Ban 3217 model very often, leading to articles that praised him for the cool, yet professional look – some pointing that he even looks as sleek as the infamous Men in Black. Dark, rounded rectangular lenses and semi-rimless metal frames definitely give that serious, yet cool vibe.
He’s not the only president with a thing for Ray-Bans – John F. Kennedy often wore thick-rimmed Ray-Ban Wayfarers while in the outdoors. The Wayfarers were very popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s and a president who wore what the artists, actors and common folk wore was seen as closer to the people.
Joe Biden, the current Vice President of the United States, has also been seen rocking his signature Ray-Ban aviators, looking about as fashionable as the president. His mature appearance is sweetened by the aviators’ large and dark lenses. We see a hint of a trend here, with Republicans looking as serious as they can and Democrats looking professional with a modern twist. Some politicians like to use glasses to show off their fun sides of their personalities when appropriate – like Hillary Clinton sporting purple and green wing-tipped shades at an official ceremony.
While Ray-Bans seem to be the brand of choice for some politicians, many brands out there have great quality glasses and fashionable designs, just waiting to be picked out and shown off as fashion statements.