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!
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!”
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!”
How’d you pick them? “I think they were on sale!”
Favorite thing? “I love the shape”
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!”
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”
How’d you pick them? “My mom said the looked good.”
Favorite thing? “They help me see!”
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!”
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?”
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!