Thursday 10 March 2011

Boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses.

Fashion friday by Evie Kemp
Or maybe they do?

I sit here writing this post safe behind my fairly strong prescription lenses. For me wearing glasses isn't really a choice (ok, it is and most of the time I choose contact lenses) it's a matter of personal and public safety. Lately, however, the trend has developed for people to wear big statementy frames often with blank lenses.

In searching online I found blogs that got incredibly upset over the use of blank glasses as a fashion statement and claimed that they trivialise a physical impairment. Firstly, I am going to say - they're just glasses. Calm down. Secondly, I'm going to argue that yes glasses are cool and the right pair can really frame the face and give a person a new look.

I don't think it's a question of necessarily looking geeky (though obviously you generally will) but of looking different and looking good. Just like doing your hair differently or wearing a dress when you always wear jeans, experimenting with how you look is your prerogative and no one has the right to question the strength of your prescription (except perhaps if you're driving them home).

Anyway, I'm stepping off my soapbox and sharing some cheap inexpensive fake frames, no one needs to know you didn't go for an eye test.

Oh, and the title of the post? Isn't true. Obviously.

Feel free to disagree/agree in the comments. (Loved the slightly heated discussion over Cate Blanchett's gown last week!)

ASOS Jeepers peepers round frame clear glasses £12 (free shipping) ASOS Jeepers peepers wooden frame clear glasses £14 (free shipping) Monikapolitan clear glasses $7US Wow Vintage Grady slim clear clubmasters $17US


  1. I can't say that I am down with fake glasses. It was never cool before and I used to get so much crap for it — now it's cool part of me wants to keep it to myself (someone with crappy eyes) so that all those people with good eyes just have to look on and eat their humble pie because now, I look awesome. I guess it's like wearing a fake tattoo and pretending it's real, or coloured contacts, or hair extensions. It just looks lame.

  2. I don't actually miss my real glasses since getting my eyes zapped. Probably because I was blind as a bat dependent on them I never really had the option of not wearing them. Personally I'm not big on the whole fake glasses look but I think the occasional few can pull it off and not look too try hard. It's just fashion. You can't take it too seriously :-)