From the little black dress to the plain white tee, we all have those clothing items that are non-negotiables. You know, the ones that you consider your wardrobe essentials. In our eyes, reading glasses are no different. To help you start your collection, we’ve put together a list of five staple pairs you need.

Essential Reading Glasses

Little Black Dress

Cat Eye Readers
Shop The Laura >

With a million ways to wear it, the LBD is arguably the most versatile item in your closet. Got a business meeting? Going out to dinner? Heading to a wedding? No problem. Your black dress is faithful in all situations. The Laura is the LBD of reading glasses — simple, timeless, and a little dressier than your boxy square frames.

Other choices include: The Brit and The Liza


Round Reading Glasses
Shop The Portofino >

Pair it with a pencil skirt, throw it on with jeans. No matter how you wear it, a blazer says you’re one put together lady. Everyone needs that one go-to item for an ultra sophisticated look. The Portofino is that accessory. It’s your workhorse pair of reading glasses — studious and determined.

Other choices include: The Beethoven and The Dorian

Plain White Tee

Retro Browline Readers Shop The Dickens >

A plain white tee screams casual and laid-back. This is what you grab for when you’re on-the-go and don’t want to overthink your look. Keep it simple and classic, or add a statement necklace to dress it up a notch. However you accessorize, The Dickens browline reader is a no-brainer.

Other choices include: The Judge and The York

Pearl Earrings

Rhinestone Reading Glasses Shop The Ingrid >

Pearl earrings are feminine, elegant, and classy. And they’re meant to be noticed. With rhinestone accents, The Ingrid is just like a pair of pearl earrings.

Other choices include: The Angie and The Becca


Retro Square Sun Readers
Shop The Riviera >

We just couldn’t leave sunglasses out of the mix of wardrobe staples. If you’re looking for a basic pair that goes with everything, a retro square frame with smoke-tinted lenses is the way to go. Start your reading sunglasses collection with The Riviera.

Other choices include: The Key West and The Cancun

Now that you’ve got the basics covered, stay tuned for our post next week. Hint: We’ll help you add some fun and unique pairs to your eyewear collection.