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5 Bespectacled Presidents and the Glasses to Match from Zenni Optical

5 Bespectacled Presidents and the Glasses to Match from Zenni Optical
Michelle Moross

In honor of Presidents' Day, here's something a little different — a look at five four-eyed presidents and the glasses we remember them sporting. And although most of these are vintage frames, Zenni Optical has eyeglass styles to match these presidential looks.

1. Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was sometimes called the country's first modern president, Teddy is perhaps best known as an early environmentalist who signed acts to protect our natural resources like forests, game reserves, and the Grand Canyon. But his specs weren't so modern; Teddy wore pince-nez glasses which were held in place by pinching the bridge of his nose. The style fell out of favor in the early 1900s, but you can get a similar, simplistic look with rimless glasses like style number 317611 available at Zenni Optical.

2. Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman is most often remembered as a wartime president who made difficult decisions during the end of World War II. But he is also remembered, like Roosevelt, for being one of the few presidents who wore glasses full time. Item number 450114 at Zenni Optical are a bit rounder than Truman's, but they are nevertheless a very studious looking set of frames that are almost antique in their style.

3. John F. Kennedy

While Teddy Roosevelt was the first modern president, John F. Kennedy was perhaps the first modern-styled president when it came to appearance. JFK didn't wear glasses often, but Wayfarer style frames were his preferred choice, sometimes even in sunglass form. You can see his pair of reading glasses here and if the retro style suits you, check out item number 489715 at Zenni Optical, or item number A10142921 if you're in the market for sunglasses.

4. Lyndon B. Johnson

After Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the less fashionable (sorry, LBJ) Lyndon B. Johnson took office, and was reelected in the 1964 election. Though his thick, half-rim glasses fell out of popular fashion for several decades, glasses like item number 732021 at Zenni Optical are back in vogue and perhaps cooler than ever.

5. Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton doesn't wear glasses, but he sure knows how to rock a pair of shades. From sporty wraparounds to narrow shades, Clinton knows how to keep his cool in the sunlight. When he played the tenor saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992, he wore a pair of Wayfarer style sunglasses. Item number A8735121 at Zenni Optical combines the look of all three pairs into one hip style.

Photo credits: Featured, Teddy Roosevelt, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman, Bill Clinton

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