Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Cool to Be Nerdy

I thought it was odd when I started seeing young, trendy people wearing glasses that looked like they were their "emergency pair."



If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you know exactly what I mean. It's that pair of glasses you keep around the house in case you have no other way to see. You know--in case it's the end of the world and you stepped on your good pair.



Meanwhile, I've been enjoying the cool "bling glasses" trend that features rectangular frames. Rectangular frames are a must for people with round faces like me.



But nope, "geek chic" is a thing in eyewear. It even has its own category on Glasses.com.



How did this happen? We have celebrities to thank. Nerdy glasses have been sported by Kim Kardashian...



Justin Timberlake...



Christine Hendricks...



And just about any other celebrity who hasn't yet shelled out money for Lasik. Could it be that nerds finally are cool?




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82 comments:

  1. I'm sticking with my contacts, thanks.

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    1. That's what I did when I was young...gradually my astigmatism worsened and now I can't see close up with my contacts (but I can with my glasses). So I wear my contacts when I go out sometimes, but only for a couple of hours at a time. I also have learned in recent years that your eyes eventually get dryer, making it harder to wear contacts...which is why you see so many elderly people in glasses, I guess? I don't have the courage to try Lasik.

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  2. My eyes grew dry by age 28!!! I do see a lot of people with the big black frames. It would look ridiculous on me, so I'll stick with my purple rectangles!

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    1. Yes, Bijoux--I've heard a LOT of people say that. A girl I worked with as a teen told me that she wore contacts almost around the clock for a while during a time when she had to work a lot of hours. During that time, she accelerated that drying-out process and now can no longer wear contacts. Someone told me we all eventually "grow out of" contacts if we wear them long enough and we have two choices: Lasik (if we're candidates) or glasses.

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    2. That is so interesting. At the time, I thought it was hormone related (having a baby, breast feeding, etc.) but I did wear my hard contacts 24/7 for ten years prior.

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  3. I won't be wearing the new trend... luckily I don't follow the pack... I like the small rectangular glasses. I guess because I had to wear big frames in the 70's I refuse to wear them now :-)

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    1. I remember the days before you could get thin lenses--if your sight was bad, you had to wear those coke-bottle lenses that made your eyes HUGE! I started wearing contacts at age 15 and wore them all day, every day, for almost 30 years. Now that I work from home, I can wear contacts for the short periods of time I'm out, but I have to switch to glasses as soon as I get home because I can't see my computer screen with my contacts. My glasses are single vision!!! I thought I needed bifocals, but the eye dr. said I'd have to switch to hard contact lenses to be able to see well with contacts--I tried it a day and it took 10 minutes to get them off my eyeballs, so I stick with soft!

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  4. or maybe it IS a social disability

    *wink* ... I have TWO just-in-case pair.

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    1. I don't have a just-in-case pair anymore. If something happens to these, I'll have to wear contacts until I can get a new pair!

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  5. I wear my contacts when I go out and my glasses when I'm home. I really need new glasses but the thought of going through the exam, picking out frames etc is exhausting. Or maybe I'm just lazy. :)

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    1. You echoed me EXACTLY! I can see fine with these glasses--they're only a couple of years old. And they're the rectangle style with the cool sides. I'm worried if I wait too long, that style will go out of fashion and I LOVE it! What if we wait so long, all that's left are nerd glasses? Yikes!

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  6. Nom on Timbermylake!
    I always wear rectangular plastic frames and I must admit Dezzy is a trend setter when it comes to this :) I do have a new midnight blue frame, but as you said, when I'm at home I usually wear my old (almost falling apart) Armani frames because they have rubbery sides so they don't slip down my nose and from my ears :)
    I've always wanted me a bunch of adorkable nerds!

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    1. Two of the houseguests on Big Brother had big glasses last summer--I thought it was the weirdest thing. Then one of them said big glasses are in style "where she's from." Sure enough--she was right. I've noticed a lot of young people wearing what I think are ugly glasses...older people like me probably will ignore that trend!

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    2. but they look so cute on cute people :) especially since today's glasses are made from such lovely new materials and have that modern vibe eventhough the frames are retro. Of course in order for the glasses to look trendy on you you must dress fashionable too :)

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  7. I wear glasses but not nerdy ones - not that there's anything wrong them :)

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    1. Nope--it works for some people. It's just not for me!

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  8. I always call them hipster glasses. I think a lot of girls can look very cute with them, there was one woman I knew who wore them and I admit she looked pretty hot. But now she doesn't wear them, and now she looks rather plain

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    1. Glasses can make a person look more interesting...

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  9. Ah the nerdy glasses....um no. I will never wear them. I wouldn't wear them when they first came out and I won't now. I am a snob that way. Or maybe just vain, either way you won't catch me in a pair of them. Even my "bad" glasses are chick LOL!

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    1. It's not my style--I like the glasses that have bling on the sides! In fact, there's usually not enough bling for me as I'm looking at glasses.

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  10. My new glasses are just a *touch* on the nerdy side. More like sexy librarian I think.

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    1. Men love the sexy librarian look (as Adam mentioned above!).

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  11. Hey but really love that geeeeeeeky look..:-P

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  12. I have a pair similar to those- I bought them at Wal Mart ten years ago because they were on the "affordable" rack and I never wear my glasses out of the house, so the $15 frame was the winner. Bet they're way more that now!

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    1. And now you're stylin' when you wear them!

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  13. I kind of like the nerdy look; my brother wore them years ago as it was the best my mom could afford, LOL, didn't realize now they would be so fashionable :)

    betty

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    1. Everything becomes popular at some point, I guess!

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  14. I'm so glad nerd is a trend--because I'm so lazy about putting lenses in lol

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    1. Me too! I just went out to lunch and the grocery store and wore contacts. As soon as I got home, I took them off because I can't see my computer with them in. The whole thing seemed like a lot of work (even though contacts take all of two minutes to put in!

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  15. I'm so glad I don't have to wear glasses anymore; they made me look like an angry school teacher. Most people look fashionable with glasses, though.

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    1. I'm sure you look great in them! Did you get Lasik?

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  16. Shall continue with my 'down memory lane', hope you enjoy the posts :0)

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  17. Nerds are way cooler than they used to be and I wear nerdy glasses. I like them too.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Maybe The Big Bang Theory has made being nerdy cool!

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  18. I dislike my glasses. I need them for distance but not for close up so I'm always taking them off and leaving them someplace. And contacts drive me crazy. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. I used to be able to see close up without them on--not so much anymore! My prescription is -4.25. Everyone else I know seems to fall in the -2.00 range.

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  19. You can't forget Sarah Palin! :D

    I was happy to finally see an attractive older woman wearing a set of nerdy glasses.

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    1. And, of course, Tina Fey! I think she made smart and sexy cool.

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  20. My niece is into glasses. She's 13. And doesn't need them. I don't get the allure.

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    1. Kids always want what someone else has, I guess!

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  21. I soooo hope the trend has reached us. I need my glasses updated and small frames really, really don't suit me.

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    1. Glasses.com will ship you a bunch of frames and let you try them on. They actually don't have as many of the bling-type frames I pictured above anymore. I think the trend is definitely changing, judging by the site.

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  22. I've seen them around a lot to. I guess they are in. I have some but never wear them, too much of a pain in the arse lol

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    1. If I didn't need them to see, I wouldn't. I definitely would prefer not having these things on my face.

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  23. I always think about going for LASIC as I don't like wearing glasses :(

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    1. I do, too, although the idea of someone cutting into my eye... They have blade-less Lasik now...so maybe technology will just make it easier.

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  24. Iove that nerdy is now cool. And wasn't that episode of Twilight Zone memorable? I'll never forget it.

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    1. I love The Twilight Zone!!! I just watched them all again on Netflix earlier this year.

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  25. I do think Nerds are in right now! Not only are glasses in these days but apparently braces are cool, too! It is a status thing to have pink and purple braces and pink purple glasses to match!

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    1. Cute! I would have loved that when I was a kid.

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  26. Oh goodness - check out the photo from The Twilight Zone!

    I like glasses. Started wearing them when I was three years old.

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  27. I love how nerdy is the new cool, although I am not feeling Kim Kardashian's glasses. Justin seems to pull them off but Kim needs some new fashion sense.
    I don't have a round face but both pairs of my glasses are small and rectangular. I have a pink pair and a black pair. The black I take when I'm traveling and use "in case of emergency" since they are a bit dated, lol.
    Nerdy is sexy nowadays and I love it! I wish I would have thought this way when I was in college because it would have saved me from some real jerks!

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    1. I think Kanye dresses Kim...or maybe he just realized he was with someone who has no fashion sense and he had to do something!

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  28. I wear contacts and glasses. I noticed the same trend that you did. I think overall it is cool that nerdy is in- and I guess if I need to wear my backup last case scenario pair I will be even more stylish than I am now. :) I wonder how long this trend will last!

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    1. I think it will only be a trend for young people...although I've noticed the leggings trend has officially made its way to the older generation. That happened last time and it was a few years of "not good!" I don't mind if the trend makes its way older, as long as there are some other options for those of us who like our glasses a little more girly!

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  29. Yeah, those glasses have been in for a while. I wish it had been cool to have them when I was a kid. Getting glasses in Grade 5 felt like the end of the world.

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    1. I'm in Nashville. Fashion takes a while to get to us!

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  30. I used to wear contacts through my teens and twenties, but then they started to make my eyes itch real bad, even when I switched brands. I now wear glasses all the time and love them. I see a lot of people wearing fake glasses nowadays.

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    1. Yeah--with fake glasses, you can switch it up every day. With real glasses, you can just afford one pair, so it's the same thing day after day.

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  31. I know that glasses are the new thing and I'm surprised becuase I'm always so reluctant to wear mine, really reluntant!

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  32. I remember that Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone episode. It's my favorite one! I wore contacts when I was working, but since I retired, I just wear glasses. The same gold wire-rimmed style I've worn since the 70s. Yes, you may cringe now. But hey, some of us have to look dorky so the rest of you look good! lol

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  33. Kim Kardashian is a celebrity? Tell me about her achievemnts.... ;) I need glasses too but I'm still looking for a pair to match my receding hairline. Do you reckon there's still hope for me?

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  34. Nerdy is definitely cool! Or, at least I think so. :)

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  35. I wore ugly, cheap plastic glasses from 3rd through 6th grade. I hated them and begged my parents for contacts, which I got in 7th grade. I wore them from 7th grade until I was 20, and then I got some nicer glasses I actually liked wearing. Plus, I really hated wearing contacts too because my eyes would dry out too quickly. I love my glasses now and would wear them even if I had perfect vision.

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  36. Nerdy's always been cool. People were just too narrow-minded to appreciate it.

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  37. At 47, glasses finally became a necessity if I wanted to continue to read (I am glad I was finished with my dissertation long before then--was I really able to read footnotes without glasses!). So maybe now I am finally nerdy.

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  38. I started wearing reading glasses 2 years ago at age 42 and now I have several pairs of them in every corner of my apartment for easy finding. But my reading glasses don't look like those. lol

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  39. I think I'll get out my old '80's glasses. They're all the rage again! Finding them might be a problem...

    All the best for your book release, Stephanie. I can't wait to read it.

    Happy holidays to you and yours!

    Denise :)

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  40. I agree about rectangular frames. My face is too round for true nerdy glasses.

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  41. I'm waiting for those big 80s tortoise shell frames to come back!

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  42. Oh my...fads. I noticed the big black rims-reminded me of Walter Cronkite from the early 60's...no thanks. Next year the celebs will be on to something else and the average Joe will be stuck with glasses they now don't want...if they follow trends. That being said I always thought nerds ruled

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  43. I wear my contact lenses when I am going out, at home its always glasses. Yes contacts worn for long hours over the years does lead to dry eyes and add long computer hours and dry eyes is a certainty.

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  44. I have to say I'm not a big fan of this trend, especially for fair-complected people to wear dark glass frames. But I'm not cool, I guess. ;-) Thanks for the link to your giveaway--I entered. Best of luck with your release!

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  45. I love those nerdy glasses. I had a difficult time when they came up with those narrow glasses. I have astigmatism too and gave up on the eye lenses.

    I guess I should be glad that I can see at all with glasses. For now, I'm wearing those narrow glasses to read and to get around.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  46. How is it that they all look good in nerdy glasses? I can't pull it off. My glasses are nerdy - not for the sake of being trendy, but because my vision is so bad.

    Happy holiday season, Stephanie.

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