TOPPING OUT TEMPLES

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The slimline temples on bebe’s Ice Baby from Altair make their way from the temple tip along the front of the frame to the other temple tip.
café Style No. 3173 by Silver Dollar is a plastic stylish frame rich in plum color that adds an adornment on the slightly tapered temple.
The top temple placement on DENIMEYE style in the Diesel Eyewear Collection from Marcolin USA lets the casual wearer enjoy a better peripheral visual experience outdoors.
Ogi Style No. 4303 is an upswept, modified cat eye that places the temples at the top, adding to the innovation and luxury represented on the frame’s detailing.

Temple placement can make a fashion statement and temples found on the high end are more stylish than ever.

An interesting way to place temples is high on the frame front’s endpiece versus near the center or upper two-thirds of the eyewire periphery as is usually the case. Once called “Ful Vue” by one frame manufacturer many decades ago, this high temple positioning creates a hip look for contemporary eyewear styles. Here’s a look at some temples on top styles.

FASHION FORWARD
In the fashion world, one goal in eyewear is to present frames that give the wearer a more youthful look. While cat eyes can do that, another design is to place the temples in the upper peripheral corners of the frame.

Designers at Ogi Eyewear provide many top-temple designed frames. My favorite is Style No. 4303 in color 1687 (abalone pearl/sea green). This upswept, modified cat eye places the temples at the top, adding to the innovation and luxury of the frame’s detailing.

Another great example is café Style No. 3173 by Silver Dollar Optical. This plastic stylish frame is rich in plum color and adds an adornment on the slightly tapered temple. The metal embellishment with faux gems is positioned near the endpiece, which catches the light and adds to the feminine look.

SENSATIONAL SUNWEAR
Sunwear is not just for summer anymore. As the sun sets lower in the winter months in the U.S., the need to reduce visible light outdoors is even greater. Top temple placement increases the peripheral view. When driving, walking, shopping outdoors, or enjoying a picnic ,this means the wearer does not have to move their head back and forth more than needed.

The DENIMEYE style within the Diesel Eyewear Collection from Marcolin USA is made of acetate and Diesel denim. Shading differences and fabric imperfections make each piece unique and original; the model is also characterized by multiple lens colorings. The top-temple placement lets the casual wearer enjoy a better peripheral visual experience outdoors.

Bebe’s Ice Ice Baby (Style No. BB7099) by Altair Eyewear features slimline temples that make their way from the tip along the front of the frame all the way to the other tip. The thin, sweeping, feminine temples are engraved with accents and individual stones and studs are placed along the way.

HIGH PERFORMANCE
For the active and sports minded, top temple placement is an ideal choice. This design offers extra peripheral viewing when in motion. Rudy Project offers the technological sunglass model Agon. The temple extends from the frame front at the top, like one big uni-brow and the lenses appear to be floating. The small gap between the upper temporal corner of the lenses and the top rim (frame front) allows just enough airflow to reduce thermal shock and prevents fogging.

As you can see, top temple placement is trendy, fashionable, and functional.

Jackie O’Keefe is a writer, speaker, course preparer, and consultant in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Altair Eyewear
800-505-5557 • altaireyewear.com

Marcolin USA
800-537-9265 • marcolinusa.com

Ogi Eyewear
888-560-1060 • ogieyewear.com

Rudy Project
888-860-7597 • rudyprojectusa.com

Silver Dollar Optical
800-962-3200 • silverdollaroptical.com

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