Revenge of the Nerds: A WFU Photo Diary on Glasses

I remember being absolutely horrified—me, glasses?! Absolutely not. At the ripe and angst-filled age of 15, I was definitely NOT ready to be a four-eyed loser. Or, at least, that’s what I thought.

I tried to make contacts work. I woke up hours in advance of school, but consistently failed at putting the uncomfortable, annoying contacts in my eyes, and  after weeks of unsuccessful attempts, I accepted my fate: I was going to have to make glasses work.

With a little help from the Internet, I discovered Warby Parker. A hip and affordable glasses brand that gave me the option to pick a few frames I liked, try them on, and then decide on the ones that looked best. From that day on, I was hooked.

Now, I am obsessed with my glasses. I have two pairs, both from Oliver Peoples, and I get more compliments on them than anything else I ever wear. If you look around, glasses are absolutely everywhere. They’ve become a staple fashion accessory for celebrities, designers, college students, and more.

People are embracing their nerd status rather than running away from it. To encourage everyone to embrace their inner nerds, I talked to a few of my friends about their glasses and why they love them so much! I also included myself and my favorite fashion staple—my glasses!  

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset Rachel Lancaster

From? Scott Harris

How’d you pick them? “I picked them with my mom! And I wanted something more fun than my previous pair!”

Favorite thing? “They’re blue!”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAndersen Estes

From? Michael Kors

How’d you pick them? “I just tried on different frames and I liked how these looked!”

Favorite thing? “The pop of red on the side!”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetCamille Wixon

From? RayBan

How’d you pick them? “I think they were on sale!”

Favorite thing? “I love the shape”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetKate Lorenz

From? Ted Baker

How’d you pick them? “I wanted something a little bit fun and different, but not too bold”

Favorite thing? “The hint of purple because I wear a lot of black and white. I feel like it adds a little something!”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetLiz Lipscomb

From? Salt

How’d you pick them? “I went into it thinking I wanted a clear, round frame. Then, I realized that I need to pick what fits my face, not the trendy fame. Square frame is a classic and I love the color because it complements my eyes and hair.”

Favorite thing? “How they go with everything”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetLindsey Close

From? Burberry

How’d you pick them? “My mom said the looked good.”

Favorite thing? “They help me see!”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAnnie Grimball

From? Barton Perreira

How’d you pick them? “They just happened to be at my eye glasses place. These looked the best!”

Favorite thing? “I can see!”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetKathleen Burns

From? Kate Spade

How’d you pick them? “My friend had ones that were really similar and I thought they were really cute on her; so, I picked ones that were basically the same!”

Favorite thing? “Is it bad if I say I think they make me look smarter?”

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMcGee Bosworth

From? Oliver Peoples

How’d you pick them? I stalked them both on the Oliver Peoples website for so long! My mom got me the brown pair when I first came to Wake. I got the second pair for Christmas!

Favorite thing? The brown pair, I love their shape and how they’re a little bit lighter in color; I think it
compliments my skin tone. The clear pair, I love that they’re a little edgier/trendier than I ever really am!


I hope you feel encouraged to rock your inner nerd—everyone’s doing it!


-McGee Bosworth

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