De Wolf Opticiens

Re-visiting De Wolf Opticiens

August 27, 2016 • Style

i’ve been wearing glasses on and off now for about four years, but really only needed them for driving in the dark or working behind the computer for long stretches of time. truth is i could have probably held off on wearing them for a little while longer, but i’ve always liked glasses as a fashion accessory, so i honestly didn’t mind. then came juliet, and gradually i noticed myself grabbing my glasses more and more often, and yet i still couldn’t read some traffic signs or i’d end up with a bursting head ache at the end of a long work day. after she turned one, i thought it was about time to go see an optician for a check-up.

after i’d discovered DE WOLF OPTICIENS last year when i looked for and found the PERFECT PAIR OF SUNGLASSES, there really was no doubt in my mind i’d return there. i love the brands they carry, but above all i had never felt so cared for in any shop before. so i made an appointment, but went to a different location this time – a bit closer to my home town antwerp – in puurs. last time i went to their leuven boutique, and they also have a shop in schilde. again i was welcomed with so much warmth and friendliness – i honestly felt like their most valued customer. and as i spent some time in the shop getting my eyes checked and sight measured, i listened in to some conversations and realised every. single. customer. is treated like this. the de wolf team really goes above and beyond to listen to every concern and find a solution to every challenge, with a nice cup of coffee on the side. i swear i haven’t had a more enjoyable shopping experience in my life.

but perhaps even more importantly, i’ve never experienced such an extensive measurement at an optician before. de wolf’s little backroom looks and feels like an astronaut’s cabin, with psychedelic-looking machines and monitors. not only did lovely stephanie (what’s in a name, right?) check my results against my old glasses to see how my eyes had evolved, she also checked entirely new things – like how my sight is influenced by darkness, for example. though the tests were relatively quick and straightforward, the results were certainly extensive, and a little bit surprising… there’s one more thing you can add to the list of stuff people don’t tell you before you have kids – the pregnancy and mama hormones can influence your sight. so if you thought your waistline was the only goner after giving birth, think again! luckily my sight didn’t deteriorate per sé, but because hormones influenced the incurvature of my cornea, it simply changed my astigmatism. my old glasses are pretty much worthless now, which explains the headaches and bad sight i’d been experiencing. though stephanie kindly remarked that it could also be that i’m just a lot more tired now than before having kids, and of course that has its influence on your sight, too. word, girl.

in any case, i was relieved to be reassured my eyes were pretty much still in the same condition, and i just needed new glasses. i decided that, having become a mom, this meant i should probably go for a new look, too, and then the fun really began… i was lucky to have both stephanie and astrid, owner of de wolf opticiens, help me with my search. i explained them i didn’t want a ‘mom look’, but i wasn’t into too extravagant colors or frames either. they had me try on dozens of frames, with astrid even running out to her car to find one more that she wanted me to try on. they were super good at letting me make up my own mind, but adding their honest suggestions, too. we agreed that i shouldn’t go for a frame that looked too secretary-like strict, like my old glasses, and that i needed a more feminine or flirty shape. to be completely honest – the dior frame was probably the third i tried on and i knew from the moment i looked in the mirror that it was the one. i really considered the heavier frame from oscar et valentine, simply because it was so cool, but we all agreed i looked more like myself with the dior frame.

this was all about a month ago, and i’ve probably worn my new glasses more in the past four weeks than i’ve worn my old ones in the time span of a year. i am so happy i went for the dark blue colour and very subtly ‘winged’ shape – it’s all very discreet, but still a little different than what you see most. but by all means, what do you guys think? did i do good, or should i have gone for the heavier frame? no matter how much i like the look on others, i feel like i end up favoring something more elegant time and time again…

photos by MATTHIAS RABAEY and STEPHANIE DUVAL

Through The Eyes Of De Wolf

September 27, 2015 • Style

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choosing new glasses or sunglasses is something i still prefer not to do from behind my computer screen. whatever the fancy schmancy software they’ve developed to ‘try on’ glasses with webcams and photos – i’m not buying it. the only way to really know if a model is good for your shape, color and style, is to actually put them on your nose and look into a mirror. preferably with someone knowledgable standing by your side and giving appropriate advice. so that’s why i headed to DE WOLF OPTICIENS in leuven on one rainy afternoon, because what else to cheer you up on a cloudy day than preparing for brighter ones to come, right?

there are actually two locations of de wolf opticiens closer to where i stay in belgium – in puurs and in schilde. but because LIENE works at the one in leuven and i’ve been following her on instagram since forever and i really trust her eye for style – that’s where i went. on a side note – leuven is actually not a bad place to go shopping. there are lots of nice little boutiques with a unique identity – multibrands run by people who know their stuff. check out LIV STORE for example, and you’ll know what i mean.

anyway, back to the business at hand. i desperately needed new sunglasses, as one does when they’ve worn the same pair for five years straight. i mean, i still love my ray-bans, but i’m sort of over them. liene had been tantalizing me with so many gorgeous snaps of the céline collection over on the INSTAGRAM FEED of de wolf, so i was super curious to try on a few of their models. not sure if i’ve shared this before, but i’m a huge céline fan – and this recent encounter with one of their accessory lines didn’t change a thing about that.

i tried on so many different sunglasses – from dolce&gabbana to dior – but in the end i fell hard for a smaller version of the céline model i’d spotted in liene’s pictures. if i’d shopped for sunnies online, i’d surely have gone for the bigger model, which ended up being way too big for my face. i’m glad liene suggested the smaller model and had the endless patience to go through all of the models twice, and in some cases three times in a row. we had a nice cup of coffee and talked about shopping and fashion while i tried on everything i could get my hands on, and liene gently advised me against everything i put on my face that just didn’t flatter me like it should. in the end she agreed that i should go for a classic, iconic style, and as she packed up my choice, she looked nearly as happy as i felt with it.

i’m leaving on holiday end of this week, to have one last summer experience before i resign to six months of winter. we’re going to ibiza – where i went on my BACHELORETTE WEEKEND over two years ago, and i couldn’t be more excited to return with my husband and little one in tow this time. i have a couple of nice posts planned for the blog while i’m gone, but if you’d like to see where i’m taking my new sunnies, make sure to follow me ON INSTAGRAM, where i’ll happily overshare every little detail of my favorite island.

photos by LIENE MENEVE and stephanie duval

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