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Super-stylish specs (and you’ll love the price)

Cool specs that cost £129, all in? We'll take two pairs. Muddy eyes up a new collection of fun, fashionable and affordable frames from a brilliant Berkshire opticians

Basebox eyewear work by female and male model

We’re all about specs appeal here at Muddy. Aside from the fact I cannot see without glasses – and have recently had to add readers to my eyewear arsenal – I actually love wearing them.

Trouble is, if you want to own multiple pairs to mix and match to your mood or OOTD, the costs become, eek, eye-wateringly expensive. The average pair of specs, with lenses, comes in at about £400. Elton John is rumoured to own 20,000 specs and a staggering 250,000 pairs of sunglasses – so you do the maths. To become a dedicated follower of spectacle style you need deep pockets.

Well, not necessarily. Dr Valerie Jerome – owner of Newbury’s super-cool indie opticians – has just launched The Berkshire Collection. It’s a carefully curated collection of stylish frames for £129… INCLUDING single vision lenses. Could this be the answer to our fashion eyewear woes? Absolutely. It’s a game changer. Quality glasses, cool frames, top notch customer service and you can try them on in store. Wanna a take a look at a few favourites?

TICKLED PINK

Bold and beautiful and in SS21’s sexiest shade – pink. These acetate frames (from Brit biz Booth & Bruce) are not for wall flowers, but they are fab-u-lous.

PURR-FECTION

Dr Valerie Jerome Tortishelle

Classic cats eye tortoiseshell frames for those sexy secretary vibes. Feminine, flattering and they’ll go with everything.

THAT 70S SHOW

The 70s are back in 2021, so slip into your flares and channel your inner Deirdre Barlow. These beige, oversized specs complete the look.

TAKE FLIGHT

Dr Valerie Jerome Basebox metal Aviator frames

For effortless fashion points, aviators never get old. These metal frames are simply super-cool and are totally unisex.

GREEN GODDESS

green acetate frames Dr Valarie Jerome Newbury

Don’t be afraid of colour, green on warm skin tones can make you look as fresh as a daisy in spring. Youth ahoy.

SCARLET WOMAN

BASEBOX RED CATS EYE FRAMES dr valarie jerome

Sexy, scarlet and oozing confidence. Never has a pair of specs made your feel like you’ll own the room during your next Zoom meeting.

BACK TO BLACK

black acetate frames Dr Valarie Jerome Optician

In the word of Coco Chanel, ‘ The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.’ If that colour is black, why change perfection.

Dr Valarie stocks loads of quality eyewear brands for women, men and kids that tick the boxes for design, functionality, sustainability and social conscience. Expect to see Parisian brand WOOW, British brands like Booth & Bruce, Wolf and Aspinal of London, Swedish cycling eyewear brand POC and cool accessories like the Coti Vision frame chains that have been featured in Vogue. To book an appointment, head over to Dr Valarie Jerome.

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