What Material Is Best for Glasses?

When you think about choosing a new pair of glasses, the first question that springs to mind is usually “What shape frames should I go for?” closely followed by “What types of glasses are there anyway?” Luckily, we’ve answered those already, so the question that usually comes next is what material.

To help you understand the options available to you, we've created this handy guide, so you can find the frames that will best fit your personal look and lifestyle.


Pictured: Normanton Blue and Matte Brown Tortoiseshell

Our plastic frames are acetate, which is an infinitely adaptable material capable of producing the most beautiful patterns and colours eyewear can offer. While it has the feel and look of traditional plastic at first glance, it’s actually a nylon-based substance, making it durable, less brittle, and a much higher quality material. It’s also unlikely to cause allergic reactions.

Why plastic?

  • You want to create a unique, striking look.
  • You suit retro styles.
  • You prefer bold coloured frames.
  • You’re allergic to metal frames.

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Pictured: Carnforth Red and Fire Red Mottle

Our metal glasses are all made from stainless steel, making them hard-wearing, lightweight, and relatively flexible with regard to fitting. Metal glasses are typically favoured for rectangle wire-frame glasses and aviators, and can offer shiny metallic colours such as gold, rose gold, and silver that acetate can’t.

Why metal?

  • You need a hardwearing frame.
  • You want a lightweight frame
  • You want a more traditional look
  • You prefer a rimless style, which requires rigidity.

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