Glasses make us sharper, either by honing our fuzzy vision with 20/20 clarity or by pulling all the elements of an outfit effortlessly together as an accessory. They are pop culture symbols for having smarts, represented by countless fictional nerds and geniuses.
But did you know that spectacles were categorized as medical appliances and were seen as socially humiliating before the 1920s?
Something happened and glasses became cool — when Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, was photographed often wearing pince-nez glasses. It was Teddys reputation of being rough and ready and being the prime example of American masculinity that challenged the notoriety of wearing glasses.
It wasn’t until Hollywood actor Harold Lloyd began donning a pair of horn rimmed tortoise shell glasses in movies that wearing glasses became a fashion craze. By the 1940’s, plastics manufacturing became advanced enough to produce glasses in every color imaginable.
While only the stereotypical nerd is often seen wearing glasses in film and movies, in reality about 6 out 10 people need some sort of visual aid to go about their everyday lives. Thats over 4 billion adults! Of course we also wear glasses to add a touch of geek chic to our wardrobe and another dimension to our face. There is nothing wrong with that at all but it serves as a reminder that looking smart will always be stylish.
Let’s take a look at the 5 upcoming trends in eyewear and glasses this fall.
Round specs are in! Often seen on those trendsetting K POP stars, round styled frames similar to those made famous by Harry Potter are showing up everywhere on social media. The round shape is an evolution of the classic square frame and gives wearers an extra cute yet retro edge.
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