If Glasses Are Cool, I’m In!

10 years ago, my brother was given his first pair of glasses to save him from squinting at school. He was about 12 and hated them. Almost every week he’d come home complaining of some kind of predictable name-calling: Four eyes, nerd, geek. Today, his eyesight having worsened, he needs to wear glasses or contact lenses most of the time. A young twenty-something at university, it seems he’s done a U-turn on the glasses front and they now form some fundamental part of his ‘fashion’. He takes time in choosing the frames to go for and even gets asked if his glasses are ‘real’. It could be that he’s just grown up and come to love his specs. Yet, the notion that people would even think to ask him if his glasses were ‘real’ suggests this is probably part of a wider cultural phenomenon. 

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Glasses have become a fashion accessory for many, not merely an instrument to aid vision. It’s interesting to consider the reasons for this: Possibly, after the rapid rise of the contact lens, glasses have become another part of the general harking back to all things ‘retro’. It’s desirable to have surround sound in your living room, but it’s also desirable to have a1960s record player.

Due to the different sizes and shapes available, different glasses can also accentuate or minimize features. This is probably another reason for the entrance of glasses into the fashion world: Some people want to take any option they can in customizing their look and aesthetically, glasses can be useful in elongating a round face or adding curves to a very angular one.

Geek Chic?

Throughout history, glasses have also been linked to intelligence in some way or another. The idea of a real link here seems pretty tenuous, but maybe there are rational explanations for understanding some of the associations. One influencing factor could be the number of real-life influential and respected thinkers whose names have become synonymous with wearing glasses: Woody Allen, Malcolm X, Bertrand Russell, James Joyce and most recently, Steve Jobs. As a current example, the latter’s rimless, platinum-framed glasses have come to serve as a major reference point since his death. His eyewear manufacturer ‘Lunor’ are certainly cashing in on this: “Steve Jobs 1955-2011: We have lost an ultimate genius. What he has left us are his overwhelming ideas and his favourite glasses”.

Whatever the reasons behind the connections people make between glasses-wearing and intelligence, it is clear from the rise of ‘geek chic’ that where once, the stereotype of the glasses-wearer was one to avoid, it has been reclaimed as an extremely cool, trendy thing. Questioning a friend who occasionally wears non-prescription glasses as a completion of her ‘look’, she said she felt they helped get across the image that she wanted. When I asked her what these things were, she said they made her look like an ‘intellectual’. There may be little logic to this but if glasses-wearing means ‘smart’, ‘deep-thinking’ and ‘studious’, it’s probably a good thing that some people want to wear them. I welcome the rise of geek chic!


Kate Dawson is a fashion enthusiast and glasses wearer! She blogs for Valley Optics, who offer a range of stylish designer Prada glasses, Armani glasses and Ted Baker glasses.

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How To Improve Your Look And Gain Confidence

There is so much pressure from the media and society to look fabulous in this day and age. Self-esteem is at an all-time low, and more and more people are having anxiety about how they look, and worrying they cannot keep up with the latest fashion trends. Thankfully some help is on hand. I’m a fashion writer and have some great tips for how you can boost your appearance and confidence. These 5 easy steps are a sure fire win for helping you battle with any issues about how you look, and what you need to know.

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Fierce Makeup

A great building is always built on a solid foundation, and this is the case for a new look. Use a quality foundation that’s around 1 shade darker than your skin tone to get an even complexion and cover any small blemishes and freckles. Foundation should always be put on top of moisturised skin. Apply some makeup around your eyes and some blusher but don’t go over the top. You want to stay relatively natural looking so avoid liquid eyeliners, heavy lipsticks and unnatural eye shadows. Use nude colours then accentuate your femininity.

Fabulous Hair

Hair design can change the way you look by a massive extent. Everyone sees your hair every day, so it’s important to have it looking great. Dye your hair a stronger colour of what you are naturally. For example if you have brown hair, go darker but stay brown, if you are blonde then go lighter. Have a professional cut too. This doesn’t mean going to your local hairdresser for the once over. Go to a well-known place and spend a bit of money to get your perfect look, it’ll be a sound investment and be much easier to maintain on a long term basis.

On-Trend Fashion

The clothes you wear are obviously important too, and it’s hard to tell you what to wear on a general basis. The rule of thumb is to follow the season colour trends. It’s ok in this day and age to be confident wearing bright colours in the summer and darker shades of grey and purple in the winter. You don’t need to be revealing but you should dress femininely around your best features. If you are unconfident about your facial features then fashion is a great way of moving the attention. If you are uncomfortable with your body then don’t go too mad on your look but work on having your face look the best.

Stunning Designer Glasses

Wearing designer glasses or sunglasses are a quick and cheap way of changing your look completely. Different frames literally frame your eyes and can transform a look. The glasses also add individuality to your look and provide you a comfort piece to ‘hide behind’ if you struggle with confidence. Designer prescription glasses are a great way of improving your eye health and adding some style to your look, so an easy win for anyone. Designer glasses such as Ray Bans will always be in fashion so a great place to start.

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Perfect Posture

This area is often overlooked, but having a good posture can give you presence and change the way people perceive you. Slouching gives off a very masculine appearance, but sitting upright and proud in a feminine manner can show off your features and make you look more confident. You can train your posture to help you sit more upright, and in the long term this will benefit your look and your health.


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