What does your glasses cupboard look like? Is it a mix of pint glasses nicked from the pub, a few airport-bought shot glasses, and the odd wine glass, swan-like in its elegance, towering over the IKEA tumblers that you’ve had since university? OK, it's time for an update. Some sets that lend themselves to specific drinks?
Let’s start with wine glasses. There's a theory – touted by people who know nothing about wine – that the thinness of a stem is directly proportional to how good a wine tastes. If that’s the case, whether you’re drinking plonk or a vintage, try Nude's Dimple glasses, on which the stems are skinny enough to twizzle between two fingers.
Now, be careful with your best glasses at dinner parties (when you're allowed to have them again, that is). There will be profuse apologies and promises that replacements will be bought, but they never will, and you the host, will be left anywhere between one to three glasses down, feeling parched and resentful. Cack-handled folk need sensible, stout and robust glasses. Tumblers, preferably, like the charmingly crooked hand blown glasses from Edition 94? But you don’t want to appear like you don’t trust them as this could loom large as a metaphor for your friendship. In which case you need something that gives the illusion of elegance, but is substantial all the same. La DoubleJ’s glasses have a sturdy if not dainty base, and in bold primary colours, they’re hard to not miss. Literally.
For extra points in these Covid times, Campbell Rey's outrageously chic rainbow-rimmed glasses mean there's no confusion as to whose glass is whose. For casual midweek glasses that have a point of view, try accessories designer Claire Vivier’s tumblers for Anthropologie.