Quit thinking about glasses as if they are a bad thing. They may have called you four eyes or nerd in school when you walked the halls with this accessory perched on your nose, but we’re past such juvenile behavior now. Truth is, the further we progress into the 21st century the more popular shades and frames become. These days, nerd-chic is a compliment and donning a pair of tinted shades and trend wire frames usually improves your style rather than detracting from it. So whether you actually struggle to see things with your naked eye or not, consider grabbing a pair of glasses to integrate into your wardrobe. Here are some trendy celebrities to show you how it’s done.
BELLA HADID ROCKS AVIATORS
The style community has developed a surprising love for vintage eyeglasses. Time to ditch those slim-framed business shades and embrace tried-and-true aviators like Miss Hadid.
CARA DELEVINGNE SHOWS OFF HER TINT
You could argue these transition lenses are for cloudy sunny days when it’s not bright enough for sunglasses, but that sounds a little far-fetched. You should wear tinted glasses because they’re cool. Any other benefits are coincidental.
EMILY RATAJKOWSKI WITH ROUND LENSES
One of a rare group of celebrities who truly wear glasses to correct their eyesight, the necessity of Ratajkowski’s accessory doesn’t take away from its style. If you find quality round frames this season, buy them. They blend old and new eyeglass styles almost perfectly.
GIGI HADID CHANNELING HER INNER FOLK STAR
In large round frames with a thin wire outline, the eldest Hadid calls to mind iconic singers from the 1970s. With a simple middle part and shoulder-length hair, your minimal frames can pull off a memorable version of 70s chic too.
GUCCI PRESENTS NEW LUXURY EYEGLASSES
You almost always find the gaudiest designs on high-profile runways. That’s how it worked with glasses this year. If thin frames aren’t bold enough for your, got with this thick gold pair from Gucci’s recent show.
HAILEY BALDWIN MAKES THE CAT EYE LOOK COOL
You should know how to pull off a subtle cat-eye look. It’s nerd-chic to the max. When your frames are this spacious, perch them on your nose for some extra librarian style prowess.
SELENA GOMEZ FLAUNTS OVAL SHADES
Far less gaudy than the other options out there, oval glasses are nevertheless trendy and easy to wear. They can help shorter a longer face and space out a chubby one. Perhaps it’s this versatility that makes them so popular despite the meteoric rise of large frames and tinted lenses.
TAMU McPHERSON AT THE GUCCI RUNWAY
More pronounced than most cat eye designs, this thick-rimmed item from Gucci really takes the idea that accessories, particularly glasses, should stand on their own very seriously. Whether you wear this pair with a casual sweater or formal gown, everyone in the room is bound to notice you.
Good glasses are more fashionable than you know. It’s time to combine your smarts with some style sense for a true expression of contemporary nerd-chic. Glasses may have just become one of the best ways to snag a boy in 2017.
— Julie Grossman