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On-trend with Attitude Glasses

A recent sighting of a long-time acquaintance wearing glasses, uncharacteristically, led me to ask whether she decided to go without her contacts that day. But she said she’s never worn contacts or glasses! She said she was trying some new attitude glasses since she simply liked how she looked in glasses. When I learned her glasses were neither magnified readers nor prescription glasses, I was flummoxed. She said, “They’re my new favorite fashion accessory!”

She asked me to share my view of her new look, but I was hesitant. Later, I learned attitude glasses are a fashion statement that’s been trendy over the past decade, and my friend is by no means the only one to catch the wave. The trend of eyewear as an accessory can be traced years back to actors, TV personalities, athletes, celebrities, and other high-profile people. The popularity of attitude glasses is growing quickly.

Our Eyes Are Our First Connection

Think about a response that affects us all: the “first impression.” Like me, you may often form quick judgments about new people you meet when they enter your “space” based just on their appearance. I immediately notice how they’re dressed, they're groomed, how they walk, their hairstyle, and, of course, their eyewear. My initial impressions can vary significantly after we've taken time to chat.  People who wear glasses are sometimes stereotyped as being reliable and intellectual. But how could those who wear glasses ever receive such a boost in judgment if “the eyes are the doorway to the soul?” Glasses usually obscure the eyes!

Woman with and without eyeglasses

What Are They Trying to Do?

It seems those who wear attitude glasses as a fashion statement are looking to achieve something by wearing glasses, despite having no apparent physical need for them. Are those who wear attitude glasses attempting to grab some of the advantages of those who genuinely need glasses? Yes! The nerdiest looking eyewear has larger, dark-colored rims. And, as you likely know, a lot of people, men and women, now go for the nerd look!

Personally, I like wearing glasses and I have several pairs.  I don’t wear them to reflect my honesty, dependability, intelligence, or a higher social class. I wear them depending on my mood and personality. They are, in fact, an accessory.  I’d still like people to decide for themselves whether I am trustworthy or intelligent, in other words, I’d like people to get to know me before making those kinds of weighty decisions. I'm not sure if a pair of glasses can communicate such traits, but if they can, eyeglasses aren’t just an accessory, they turn me in to a brainiac!

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