It has become apparent in the last year or so that retro styled clothing and accessories as well as authentic vintage pieces are currently a prominent part of the fashion world. Some of the clothing and accessories that are now a part of mainstream fashion were once relegated to the fringes. One of those accessories are geeky eyeglasses.
While glasses in general have, in relatively recent years, moved from being unfashionable to being a stylish accessory, once particularly unpopular styles, geek glasses, have lately emerged from those fringes and have taken their place as a popular fashion trend. Celebrities, as well as the general public, can now be seen sporting the accessory so reminiscent of eras gone by. Even some that do not wear prescription glasses are embracing this trend through the use of clear lenses.
But, what is the charm of this style? Why would something once seen as a fashion “faux pas” become popular in mainstream fashion? Aside from the simple fact that many people latch on to trends simply because it is “in”, there are several other factors that could influence the appeal of these specs.
First of all, as mentioned earlier, many styles from decades past are reappearing in both clothing and accessories. Retro, simply put, is cool. Shoes, clothing, and other accessories with vintage flair can all be found in the average clothing or department store, while online blogs dedicated to retro style and even the sewing of retro style clothing (with many people using actual vintage patterns) can be found in abundance.
Secondly, thanks in part to a number of endearing nerds on several television series’, nerds and geeks are not considered quite the social outcasts that they once were. This spike in coolness may have helped propel geek glasses to popularity. Those that have taken a liking to television and movie nerds may find themselves drawn to the glasses for themselves or their significant other.
Third of all, someone who wears them might be perceived as having a fun or funky personality. Wearing such an obvious accessory might be an indication that someone is quirky or confident. People lacking in self confidence may be intimidated to put on something that affects one’s appearance as much as bold glasses do. To say the least, the glasses will draw some attention as they are almost always bulkier and more apparent than average frames.
Finally, they might contribute to creating an air of intrigue. The person sporting geek glasses may cause some to wonder what they are really like (or really look like) underneath them. Possibly the best way to exemplify this idea is to refer to a very famous comic book character and star of many television series’ and movies. This character, like many in comic books, has not one, but two identities. The first is that of a supposedly inconspicuous man, a frequent wearer of geeky glasses, that enters a phone booth and exits as his second identity, one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Does that mean that every person that participates in this trend is a superhero in disguise? Of course not, but they just might make a person a little curious about the wearer’s personality.
Undoubtedly, there will be some that do not care for the trend at all; others will love it and buy multiple pairs. But regardless of which side you are on, it’s undeniable that in the current fashion climate, these eyeglasses are high on the thermometer.