Friday, July 6, 2012

Fashion Glasses - a Do or a Don't?

Believe it or not, I'm feeling kind-of sentimental lately.  I've been in a thinking mood as my boy gets ready to celebrate his first birthday, my summer is officially "half-way over," and I'm beginning to adjust to my new "normal"... I'm planning a little series (that's a fancy way of saying "several posts on a related topic") soon on being a working mom - just some reflections as I've finally been able to process last October - June and what it has meant for me as a wife, mom, teacher, woman, etc... BUT, you aren't getting anything "meaty" today.  Our internet is out at home, so I'm stealing what little time I have alone at Panera while my mom keeps Sam to update my online class and catch up on a few emails.  I wrote this post a few weeks ago, but hadn't posted it yet... So, today seems like a perfect day!

I hope you will have some useful insight on this very important topic ;).

Happy Friday!

Remember when you were in middle school and secretly hoped for braces or crutches or glasses?  You know, the dorky-yet-cool fads that you never "qualified for"?  Haha.  I'm still waiting for the day when Urban Outfitters sells stick-on freckles for those not naturally blessed with the incredibly cool pigment mutation. ;)

Anyway, I digress...

I never quite outgrew the "I wish I had glasses, but instead I got perfect vision" phase.  In fact, it has only gotten worse in recent years as glasses have become such a fashion statement in Hollywood, etc. They make such a statement... You know - "I'm so cool, I even look cool in glasses."

I've been to the eye doctor several times since high school; but, the truth is, my vision is fine.  I've gotten a prescription before for a VERY slight astigmatism, but they really hurt my eyes more than they make me look cool.  So, despite a few unsuccessful attempts at wearing glasses, I've settled for only two eyes for the last 28 years.

NOW... I'm feeling brave and ready to embrace my inner dork.  I'm starting a new job in August, at a new school; and... I'm seriously contemplating re-inventing myself with FASHION GLASSES.  I need something to make me look a little more intellectual anway...

Here's what I had in mind:
Joanna Goddard from A CUP OF JO - I kind-of want to be her.
So, what do you think?  Are fashion glasses (i.e. glasses that serve absolutely no medical purpose) a Do or a Don't?  Be honest.  Seriously. And, don't pretend you've never secretly hoped for a bit of a vision problem. ;)


  1. My take as a gal who has been wearing glasses since she was 3: they are a pain in the butt, regardless of how cute. They get dirty, especially when you're around a baby all the time. They make your face hot in the summer and they fog up when you come in from the cold in the winter. And you have to monkey around to switch to sunglasses when you go outside. I would love to not need glasses.

    Wow, I'm such a Debbie Downer. Sorry!

  2. I would have to agree with Sandra! I have terrible eyesight and I wear contacts (and then glasses at night before I go to bed) and it's just kind of annoying to not be able to see and be fumbling around for your glasses if you need to get up in the middle of the night! I do agree with you that they can look cute (like seriously Joanna Goddard looks adorable in hers) but because my glasses have such a strong thick lenses I always think they look terrible on me...but it's so true, the grass is always greener! :)

  3. I just recently started wearing glasses just to read and I find them way more of a hinderance than a fashion statement and I even splurged on the fashionable ones.


    best fashion glasses ever, best price, you can try them on at home and return them--do it! i think its great!

  5. I have been thinking the same thing myself. I once even lied in the 3rd grade on the eye test in order to get glasses. They told my mom she was horrible for letting me walk around basically blind. Then I got the glasses, and couldn't see but had to pretend! Haha.. however I like the fashion glasses! They even sell some cute ones I saw at target the other day for around $13.

  6. Let me just tell you that this is the best post I've read all day!!! I have ALWAYS wanted glasses (but I didn't want bad vision, hahah)!!! Anyway, I have said for years that I wanted fake glasses but I didn't want people to think I was some sort of weirdo...and recently I tried some on that I thought were so cute but I couldn't bring myself to buy them. Partly because I thought I was the only person in the world who would wear non-prescription glasses. Alas, I'm NOT the only one! :) I say go for it---because now that I know that there are other teachers who want to be a "fashionable teacher" ... I'm totally about to go get some! :)

  7. I think they're awesome and fun. While my new dorky glasses are prescription, they are 10000% also 'fashion glasses' and I'm totally cool with that. I don't really "need" the distance glasses, but my prescription is small enough to make them KIND OF worth it ;P

  8. I say go for it girl! I have ALWAYS wished I could have glasses- maybe I'll join you with some fashion glasses :)

  9. Cracks me up to hear people with perfect vision say they've always wanted glasses. I'm wearing mine now - and they're a cute pair - but so dirty & i only wear them once i get home. I sometimes wear them out but very rarely. I have been wearing glasses since 7th grade & contacts since 9th grade. And i promise i would trade you my bad vision for your good vision ANY DAY! Contacts and glasses are a pain in the butt!!

    But i bet you would look cute in glasses! :)

  10. It would not appeal to me but, like some of the others, I've been blind since I was 6 years old and have had to wear glasses and have grown very weary of them. But, they can make such a fashion statement, so I say "go for it" if that's what you want to do.

    Happy weekend!

  11. This is hilarious. I've probably told you this before, but for several years in grade school during the mandatory eye screenings I tried to lie and say I couldn't see things on the chart in an attempt to get glasses. My best friend's dad growing up was an optometrist - and it was torture because she always had the cutest glasses! Anyway, my lying got me nowhere and I still want glasses too!! Long story short, I totally support this!
    -Liz McYorno :)

  12. i knew we were friends for a reason. i totally had fashion glasses in elementary school, bright red ones. i kind of miss them actually. and i too tried to lie on my eye test...but wasn't as successful as liz. anyway, i say go for it!! you would look great. i may join you too! :)

  13. I'm a new (er) reader. Erin sent me over a few weeks ago with a rec.

    Anyway, I'm all for fashion glasses and wish I had your zeal to pull them off. I actually find myself admiring new mommas' hospital pics when they are wearing them and always feel like somehow the glasses make them so much more put together than my plain face!

  14. I have terrible, terrible eye-sight and have needed correction since the fifth grade. I wore glasses until high school, then had contacts through college and beyond, until I had my son in 2009 and went back to glasses (since they are so much easier and much less fuss). I now wear glasses most of the time, and while they can be a pain in the butt, I do enjoy them ... I'm currently debating on whether or not I want to go with my contacts or glasses for a wedding I'm in in September ...

    Anyway (back to you), if you want to rock the "fashion glasses," I say go for it! With so many different types of frames to choose from, you can't really go wrong.

  15. My first thought is that they are a don't. However, I was in the same boat and ended up getting a script to wear them when staring at the computer all day and when driving at night... point being I totally have a pair so it seems unfair to tell you not to go there when the tables turned differently for me.

  16. I say: Fashion DO! Zooey Deshanel's (sp?) look great. Despite the fact that I have an Rx for mine, I get crazy compliments every time I wear them and my students were falling all over themselves telling me how pretty I looked. (They're in middle school, so this was pretty rare.) Definitely a DO!

  17. I say, Fashion DO/DON'T. If you really don't need glasses, then I don't think it's worth the side effects of something resting on your nose and on your ears. I wear glasses at work due to headaches and honestly, while it DOES help my eyes better view the screen and reduce the likelihood of a headache, the pressure on my nose and behind my ears just CAUSES a headache. It's a Catch 22! Oh brother.

    However, if you do have a slight astigmatism and your vision really would benefit from glasses, you betcha your bottom dollar you should get fashion glasses! And make them cute! Although does that make them just glasses, then? They can still be cute even if they are for a purpose! I like the top middle, although I can't remember her name at the moment. Very cute!

  18. I have to say, as a 5th grade teacher myself, that it actually helps add a little something fun to your wardrobe! I've had contacts and glasses since high school. I occasionally wear my glasses to school (a john lennon brand them) and it kinda gives my 'glass wearing students' a boost. I'm (hilariously to me) considered fashionable by my students, so for kids who are feeling 'different/shy/concerned' about helps!


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