Photographed by Stephen Mark Sullivan

Original Penguin “The Bartender” from Kenmark Eyewear

As the holidays approach, so do the holiday invitations, running the gamut from office parties and happy hours to family dinners and New Year’s celebrations. If the thought of what to wear—or what eyewear to pair it with—gives you a holiday-sized headache, there’s a very simple and fashionable solution. Opt for black. Classic, polished, easy to dress up or down and flattering on any complexion, black frames go with everything. As the legendary fashion designer Christian Dior said, “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion; a ‘little black frock’ is essential to a woman’s wardrobe.” Just as a black frame is to anyone’s eyewear wardrobe.

–Iris Johnson