Fancy or Four Eyes?

Don’t let my photo’s fool you. I should be wearing glasses. <Gasp!> The only reason you don’t see me sporting a pair is due to my lack of insurance. It’s been years Literally, years. I think the last pair of legitimate glasses I wore was during my sophomore year of high school. Shame, shame, right?

Now I do have plans on getting glasses very soon so don’t be too upset with me. I have a nice job that pays well and covers vision! But what I would like to mull over is the history of popularity regarding glasses.

Back in my day.. Haha, just kidding. ~.^

It actually wasn’t too long ago when glasses weren’t something to be proud of. I started wearing glasses at about the age of ten. They were geeky, dorky, and generally not something kids liked. Anyone with glasses that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s can tell you that we (wearers of glasses) were made fun of constantly. “Four eyes!”, “Geek!”, “Dweeb!”, and such were the most popular of the jabs. Even so, I wasn’t ever really bothered by them. I liked my glasses. If it made people assume that I was smart then hey, who am I to complain?

Fast forward to now-a-days. Glasses have become an accessory! I really didn’t even know that the glasses sitting inside accessory stores were prescription-less until I tried them on for fun. They don’t even magnify! They’re just plastic. Now I will admit that I am guilty of buying a pair, but I really just wanted the frames. Ever consider using those frames as a cheap alternative than buying them at the optometrist?

So I have mixed feelings about the current glasses trend. I am very glad that it means that people won’t look at me as being socially inept, but at the same time it’s redundant for people to wear them when they don’t need them. They’re a functional device for correcting vision, yes? I guess I just liked when having them meant you needed them, and that sort of separated you from your peers. After all, kids would beg for contacts instead of glasses so that they didn’t look like a dweeb! Then no one would know that they needed <gasp!> glasses.

So what do you think about this new trend? Good, bad, ugly? Hopefully not ugly, because I’ll be getting some soon!

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2 thoughts on “Fancy or Four Eyes?

  1. These are Kelly’s thoughts on this subject. I got my first pair when I was 10 in the 4th grade. They were huge and a translucent pink color. I literally wore them to school one day because I was picked on so terribly. Now those same kids in school that made fun of our glasses think it’s trendy and most don’t need them. I’m a girl and I’m all for accessorizing but I’m conflicted on this.

  2. I actually wrote about this trend being part of a “geek chic” thing on GFN (a blog I see you listed as one of your recommended, smart women! :D). I wear glasses myself, mainly when I’m working on the computer, reading, or watching TV. I kinda can get by without wearing them when I’m doing none of those things I’ve listed, but I should try to invest on a pair of contacts at some point.

    I remember wearing these really ugly pink and oversized lens frame glasses as a kid, and I certainly was picked on. Not for the glasses thing, but more because I was the chubby kid way back when. It’s great that glasses have looked nicer over the years and there is no shame in wearing them, but to wear them as an accessory you toss on before leaving to go out for the day when you don’t need them is incredibly stupid.

    You wear glasses because you need to see, not because you are making a fashion statement. The trends that come out of fashion makes no sense sometimes.

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