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bijou
12-10-2009, 12:37 PM
Vision Express, a chain of opticians, is to start selling the lenses after an unexpected spate of requests for monocles.

It believes most of the requests have come from young men wanting to ape the fashion of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers.


The eyepieces cost 50 and come with a metal frame, a pouch, and a string so the wearer ensures it stays around his or her neck if it slips.

Bryan Magrath, the chief executive of Vision Express, said: To our surprise weve had dozens of requests from customers in the last few months, so we thought wed bring back the monocle on a trial basis. Were as puzzled as anyone by the interest, but were a responsive retailer and we are delivering. I guess its one of those inexplicable fashion things.

Initially the monocles will go on sale in central London, but if they take off with young fogeys about town, the retailer will start rolling out the single lenses around the country. ...

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b326/ParallelRose/monocle.jpg
link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6780193/Monocles-to-be-sold-on-high-street.html)

I'm tempted to see if I can get away with wearing one.

noonwitch
12-10-2009, 12:41 PM
They always make me think of Colonel Klink.

Gingersnap
12-10-2009, 12:48 PM
This is the 19th century version of monovision. I can't see what the point is, really.

On the other hand, I've been following the Brit 'old fogey' fashion trend and find it intriguing. If I could get away with a riding skirt and a lace-trimmed Victorian blouse, I'd probably do it. :D

FlaGator
12-10-2009, 12:49 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b326/ParallelRose/monocle.jpg
link (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6780193/Monocles-to-be-sold-on-high-street.html)

I'm tempted to see if I can get away with wearing one.

Post pictures.

bijou
12-10-2009, 01:00 PM
This is the 19th century version of monovision. I can't see what the point is, really.

On the other hand, I've been following the Brit 'old fogey' fashion trend and find it intriguing. If I could get away with a riding skirt and a lace-trimmed Victorian blouse, I'd probably do it. :D

Steampunk, it's the way forward (http://www.ladiesemporium.com/ladies_victorian_outfits.php?from=leftnav&__utma=1.372952439.1260467997.1260467997.126046799 7.1&__utmb=1.1.10.1260467997&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1260467997.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=%28orga nic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=steampunk%20emporium% 20clothing&__utmv=-&__utmk=186694312)

Gingersnap
12-10-2009, 01:11 PM
Steampunk, it's the way forward (http://www.ladiesemporium.com/ladies_victorian_outfits.php?from=leftnav&__utma=1.372952439.1260467997.1260467997.126046799 7.1&__utmb=1.1.10.1260467997&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1260467997.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=%28orga nic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=steampunk%20emporium% 20clothing&__utmv=-&__utmk=186694312)

I kind of like the Steampunk aesthetic. It seems less mentally ill than Goth and yet not as labor-intensive as reenacting. :p

bijou
12-10-2009, 01:16 PM
I kind of like the Steampunk aesthetic. It seems less mentally ill than Goth and yet not as labor-intensive as reenacting. :p

If I could get away with it I would.

http://steampunkworkshop.com/images/M19.jpg

How cool would that be? :D (http://steampunkworkshop.com/lcd.shtml)

Gingersnap
12-10-2009, 01:20 PM
That is beyond awesome. :cool:

megimoo
12-10-2009, 01:43 PM
This is the 19th century version of monovision. I can't see what the point is, really.

On the other hand, I've been following the Brit 'old fogey' fashion trend and find it intriguing. If I could get away with a riding skirt and a lace-trimmed Victorian blouse, I'd probably do it. :D
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Top it off with an Rose Bun With Braided Rope Braids .

Speedy
12-10-2009, 02:14 PM
I am waiting for these to come back. Prefferably in khaki.

http://www.thefashionpolice.net/images/Jodhpur-jeans.jpg

noonwitch
12-10-2009, 03:06 PM
I am waiting for these to come back. Prefferably in khaki.

http://www.thefashionpolice.net/images/Jodhpur-jeans.jpg


Market them to rappers and if they use them in their videos, the kids will all skip school to run out and buy a pair. I think they'd sell best if they were offered in the variety of colors that painter's pants were in the 70s and 80s. I had a kelly green pair of DC painter's pants overalls. I wore them with a pink Izod, a pink and white striped oxford, and Sperry topsiders with no socks.

Speedy
12-10-2009, 03:13 PM
Market them to rappers and if they use them in their videos, the kids will all skip school to run out and buy a pair. I think they'd sell best if they were offered in the variety of colors that painter's pants were in the 70s and 80s. I had a kelly green pair of DC painter's pants overalls. I wore them with a pink Izod, a pink and white striped oxford, and Sperry topsiders with no socks.

A pair of those pants and boots like this, a polo shirt and I would be ready to ride my horse.

http://www.forever21.com/images/large/58051429-02.jpg

Speedy
12-10-2009, 03:15 PM
maybe even throw in a helmet like this:

http://www.thehatco.com/media/Novelty_Hats/ELOPE_U3398_MI.jpg

bijou
12-10-2009, 03:48 PM
maybe even throw in a helmet like this:


That whole outfit needs a monocle to top it off. ;)

Speedy
12-10-2009, 04:04 PM
That whole outfit needs a monocle to top it off. ;)

Maybe if the monocle was blinged up with a little color.

http://i915.photobucket.com/albums/ac356/Bitter_Clinger2009/2009-12-10_150055.jpg

PoliCon
12-10-2009, 05:11 PM
I have to say - I look damn good in an Edwardian style suit :cool: Bring it back - I'd wear it in a heart beat. :)