TAKE THIS QUIZ…What does Buddy Holly
- Drew Carey,
- Clark Kent
have in common with little ol’ ME?
They wear geek glasses.
Looking smart is the latest fashion trend. Black-frame glasses with no lens (or clear-glass, non-prescription lens) can add “brainy points” to your appearance.
Mostly it’s the young who wear these fake-o, but hip fashion accessories. Suddenly it’s cool to look like a nerd as long as you aren’t really a nerd.
Now I know some of you consider Fake Glasses STOOOOOPID. Would you suddenly start carrying around crutches if they became fashionable? No. And the reason the older generation doesn’t wear fake glasses is because we’re myopic and partially blind. ( I need glasses even though they don’t go well with Barb’s Sack O’Good Looks.)
Optical aids are not a fashion statement for those of us who ARE smart. Wise folks know it’s Spock-Logic to see well enough to avoid a bad day like…..missing the curve on the Interstate Bridge or ordering duck feet because the restaurant lighting is so frustratingly dim and the print on the infernal menu is so small.
But for years…young people have copied their elders. They put
light colored streaks in their hair.
They tweeze their eyebrows until they’re a crisp line. (My eyebrows are so thin, I draw them on now…same difference.)
And now fake glasses.
No need to squint and scowl at this change. It isn’t new.
In the late 70s a couple of friends of mine finally kicked through the glass ceiling and were promoted to the fourth floor of a large bank. (They still work there so I’m not using the name.)
They had arrived at the Executive Banking area, full of suited-up men, dealing exclusively with VIPs and career-making corporate accounts.
It was strongly suggested to both of these women that they wear glasses.
“But we don’t need prescription lens,” they said.
“It’s your choice,” the director told them. “Though….if you want anyone to take you seriously, you need to wear glasses.” (So they did.)
And younger folks thought this was a new fashion trend.