In the film world, it's often the unique elements that set characters apart, like glasses. One such element is eyewear— transforming an ordinary individual into an unforgettable screen icon. Besides, what would Velma do without her glasses?
From the round spectacles of Harry Potter to the iconic shades of Clark Griswold, glasses add a layer of depth and personality to these characters, making them unforgettable. These iconic pieces of eyewear become almost as memorable as the characters themselves, often symbolizing their unique journey through the season of joy and redemption. Whether these glasses belong to the hero of the story, the comic relief, or the character undergoing transformation, they serve as focal points in the narrative that uniquely tie into the spirit of Christmas.
Far from the stereotype of the 'nerd,' glasses serve as a fashion statement, an extension of personality, and most of all, they help our beloved Christmas mascots see, of course! Let's unwrap some of our eyecare optical favorites at Southwest Florida Eye Care Services.
1. The Conductor - The Polar Express
In The Polar Express, the enchanting storytelling is amplified by the various characters brought to life by Tom Hanks, one of whom is The Conductor. This character is etched into our memories not just for the valuable lessons he shared with the children on board the train but also for his distinct round glasses that add an extra layer of charm. The Conductor's love for Christmas and heartwarming positivity make him an iconic festive character. As we celebrate this Christmas, let's appreciate Tom Hanks' stellar voice work that superseded any animation criticism the movie received and gave us a character we fondly remember every holiday season.
Steal the Look:
The Conductor's Uniform: Navy blue double-breasted suit, pocket watch.
The Conductor's Cap: Peaked cap in matching navy blue, sew-on patch with a train or "Polar Express" logo.
Round Glasses: Whimsical, round glasses that add a touch of charm to his classic train conductor ensemble, capturing the magical essence of the holiday adventure. See designer frames from our optical eye center!
Accent Pieces: Red handkerchief, black leather gloves.
The Voice: The most important accessory, remember to practice your Tom Hanks impression!
2. Santa - Violent Night
In a unique twist on the traditional holiday character, Violent Night's Santa, played by David Harbour, takes on the role of an action hero with a Viking warrior backstory. Harbour's portrayal of a disillusioned Santa, who unexpectedly becomes the savior of a family under siege by merciless mercenaries, adds an element of enjoyable absurdity to the holiday season. His performance balances a serious approach to action with a healthy dash of humor. Santa's eyewear, a significant part of his ensemble, lends a certain gravitas and mystery to his character, reinforcing his transition from a festive figure to an action hero. This unorthodox depiction of Santa might just become a new seasonal favorite, reminding us all that even the most iconic characters can surprise us.
Steal the Look:
Santa's Outfit: Traditional Santa costume— a red suit with white fur trim, black boots, and a wide black belt. For an adventurous twist, add elements like faux fur or leather detailing to capture Santa's unconventional action-hero persona.
Round Wire-Frame Glasses: Opt for gold or bronze-colored round wire-frame glasses to match Santa's look in the movie. See designer frames from our optical eye center!
Santa's Beard: A white, fluffy beard reaching at least to the middle of your chest. If you can't grow one naturally, consider a high-quality faux beard.
Santa's Cap and Bag: A classic Santa cap in red with a white fur trim and a large red bag for gifts.
Action Props: Reflect Santa's action-hero persona by including a faux shield or sword prop. Always ensure it's safe and suitable for the event you're attending.
3. Ralphie - A Christmas Story
Ralphie, the bespectacled little boy from the all-time holiday classic, A Christmas Story, has just one dangerous wish for Christmas— the Red Ryder BB Gun. Despite his relentless attempts to convince Mom and Dad, his school teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, he is met with the same cautionary response, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." To his surprise, Christmas morning brings with it the coveted BB Gun. In an ironic twist of fate, Ralphie's first shot ricochets off a tree and strikes him right in his glasses! What appeared to be a simple prop for Ralphie's character design unexpectedly turns into an essential storyline element, acting as the lone shield saving him from a potential eye injury. That’s why he took our #1 spot!
Steal the Look:
Ralphie's Outfit: Formal schoolboy attire - white shirt, brown pants, and a patterned tie.
Round Wire Frame Glasses: Small, round, 1940s-esque wire-rimmed glasses with a classic and vintage aesthetic. Want to make it more detailed? Draw cracks on one lens for a “broken look.” Remember to clean your glasses thoroughly afterward! See designer frames from our optical eye center!
Snow Hat: A furry trapper hat for the ultimate winter look.
Red Ryder BB Gun: Optional, of course!
Even the Best Frames Need a Good Eye Prescription.
Eyewear plays an essential role in character portrayal, helping actors (and cartoon characters) express their roles more effectively. At Southwest Florida Eye Care, we cater to this need by offering eyewear in various styles, materials, and colors at our optical eye center. Visit our Cape Coral, Naples, and Fort Myers stores to find the perfect pair for you.
**The advice in this blog is for general informational purposes only and may not be suited for your exact insurance plan and optical needs. It is important to consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment on cornea care in Southwest Florida.**