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November 04, 2012

New specs - when did geek become chic?

I've worn glasses for as long as I can remember - about 20 years or so. Not very many people know this, because I rarely wear them! That is, I wear contacts all day, for long hours. Back when I was a young kid - 20 years ago - glasses were not cool. 

I remember getting called all the traditional nicknames: the four-eyes, the nerd, the geek, etc. I was one of the only kids in the class that wore glasses and I had to because I needed them. As soon as I hit high school, I got my first set of contacts and never looked back. I only really wore glasses when I couldn't wear my contacts, or it was really inconvenient, like camping.

Just last night I found my stash of old glasses. Over the years, I've had my share of frames - the metal, the titanium, the round, square, rectangular. Each pair was geekier than the last and the nicknames came flooding back, only this time, I had a good laugh at it. 

It makes me very happy, though, that today, glasses have gained popularity. They've become a fashionable accessory, with some people actually sporting different frames depending on their outfit. Others elect to wear a frame without a prescription in it! The concept still makes me shake my head - wear glasses if you don't have to?! Big and bold, coloured and funky - what some people hid in years past, today they are flaunting. 

Somehow, in recent years, glasses have become - dare I say it - cool? 

Frames have come a long way too, and even with my mega-prescription, there are a lot of frames that actually look stylish. Still, though, I've never been able to find a pair of plastic frames that suited a) my face and b) didn't make my eyelashes touch the lens. (I have been blessed with beautiful long lashes - I know, it's a curse!) Until now.

When I picked out these glasses, the lady at the store told me the new trend was big and bold. The geekier, the better. That's ironic, I thought. But, hey, I've always been somewhat geeky, and not afraid to admit it. So, without further adieu, here they are!

I think they're pretty awesome, and if they give my eyes a break from the contacts, they're doing their job. What do you think?


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