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Poll: Would You Wear Geek Chic Glasses?

You don't need a prescription (or a big budget, for that matter) to get in on one of the hottest trends for spring: Geek chic glasses are now wholeheartedly embraced by fashionistas everywhere as a slightly ironic, totally cool, statement-making accessory. This look certainly isn't new—retro nerdy specs are always "in" somewhere—but the question is: Will YOU be wearing them?

Photo credits: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Just Jared,

**UPDATE 7/6/10** Hilary Duff is wearing Cutler and Gross D-shaped acetate glasses, $470 at

No way!!! I've been wearing glasses since I was 7 and can't wear contacts so they're a necessity for me. Therefore I want my glasses to actually look "cool" and "stylish" instead of "nerd". I'm also sick of the ironic hipster trend though I do find it amusing that trixies are starting to pick up on it. :-D
#1 cathy (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 13:04 (Reply)
I agree, I actually need glasses, and really hate seeing glasses worn by hipster brats and spoiled fashionistas that mocked mine in middle school/high school. I actually saw a chick wearing just frames, no lenses of any looked ridiculous.
#1.1 Natalie on 2010-02-26 14:11 (Reply)
I feel the same way! Hahaha. While certain people are trying to be ironic and chic with this look, I am just trying to see. My vision is horrible.
#1.1.1 Joann on 2010-02-26 20:40 (Reply)
I have to agree with these ladies. When you actually wear glasses for a genuine need and you see women wearing it for a fashion trend that would run away screaming if not for the trend it's annoying.

I don't mind someone needing glasses and choosing to get a stylish pair but the girls walking around in glasses with no lenses or etc....complete childishness.

I'll be so happy when this trend passes.
# Ariana on 2010-02-26 22:13 (Reply)
Thank you! I also wear glasses and I find it completely ridiculous that non-prescriptive glasses have become a trend.
#1.2 Elise on 2010-02-27 00:13 (Reply)
I wear my contact lenses most of the time, but I do wear my nerdy glasses when I feel like giving my eyes a break. I honestly dont like the look of the fancier skinny glasses on me. I think these suit me well, considering I'm a geek too :-)
#2 Giselle on 2010-02-26 14:14 (Reply)
Yes! And please tell me where I can find them!
#3 Dina's Days (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 14:16 (Reply)
When I don't have my contacts in, I have to wear glasses with "coke-bottle" lenses--so dubbed because the glass is about 1/4 inches--as thick as an old fashioned glass bottle. So I can't actually wear so-called "cute" frames because of the thickness of the glass.

The only "nerd glasses" I'll be wearing will be those stupid 3D Imax things next weekend...
#4 Stephanie on 2010-02-26 14:36 (Reply)
One of my pairs of actual prescription glasses is pretty "nerdy", but i don't see the coolness in big huge frames if you don't even need glasses.
#5 SupaWaifu (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 14:40 (Reply)
No thanks! I prefer my rimless ones since my eyes refuse to wear contacts anymore. I compromised and got rimless with tortoise shell earpieces. Very nice if I do say so myself.
#6 Tracie on 2010-02-26 15:25 (Reply)
I have no disrespect to the ladies that wear them..BUT I just think there is nothing sexy about them, they look pretty goofy to me
#7 Miss Neira (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 16:38 (Reply)
Heck no! I wore glasses from age 8 to 28 and they were such a hassle and always got in the way of everything. Now that I've had my vision fixed with laser surgery I would NEVER put on glasses by choice again. Very few people find geeky glasses "cute" or "chic" when wearing them is a necessity rather than a fashion choice. However, because my vision was bad enough that I couldn't wear contacts and prescription sunglasses were/are so expensive, the surgery opened up a whole wonderful new world for me. I now own about 10 pair of sunglasses and love wearing them around. Go figure!
#8 Selene on 2010-02-26 17:30 (Reply)
the only thing i don't like about geek glasses is that it takes away from people who do need & wear glasses.
#9 Steph H. (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 17:52 (Reply)
I don't understand how wearing glasses makes one a geek and why anyone would want to pretend to look like they need glasses when they have perfect vision. Silly trend.
#10 Athena on 2010-02-26 18:12 (Reply)
BB, you're hysterical .. i always knew they reminded me of something, but never put my finger on harry potter! haha, now that's what i'm always going to associate them with.

i would not wear them (i think that was already obvious though lol). there was a girl on idol trying to make this trend "work" and had like different glasses each round and it was really annoying. like wannabe-hipster-ish...if that makes any sense ;-) .. i was happy to see her (and her glasses) get eliminated
#11 fashion court (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 19:41 (Reply)
I already wear them (prescription)! Actually, I think I'm a little geeky anyway.
#12 Christine (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 20:18 (Reply)
Yes, I definitely would. But, then again:
1. I wear prescription glasses, and
2. When I was 5, I popped the frames out of my red sunglasses in order to rock this look. For a whole summer, I pretended I needed them to see. So, I've been a fan of this look for awhile. :-)

#13 Robyn (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 20:30 (Reply)
lol I have a pair of black-rimmed geeky-punk fake glasses that I wear when going for a certain style or if I want to appear particularly intelligent.
#14 K (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 20:53 (Reply)
I love it! I have my own prescription glasses and can't wait to get new bigger more dramatic frames, in the meantime I may have to pick up some fakes!
#15 Liz (Homepage) on 2010-02-26 23:13 (Reply)
i've been wearing plastic framed prescription glasses for the past ten years or so; before that it was six or seven years of contacts; and before that, what i'd call truly nerdy glasses: ugly, ovalish nondescript wire rims that i avoided like the plague (and hence the contacts when i finally couldn't read the blackboard no matter how close to the front of the class i sat). anyway i love my plastic glasses, and since i wear them all the time other than in bed and my vision seems to have stabilized, i've built a collection of about six pairs, all of which are in rotation. i think the style really suits me and people frequently comment on my glasses ... although in more recent years i've gotten tina fey and sarah palin comparisons (which i think is due solely to having dark hair and glasses). also, harry potter's glasses are more john lennon (round, wire-rimmed) than hipster-geek-chic. and finally, i don't think the trend is so stupid as many commenters above seem to. i like to think girls like us who've been wearing glasses for years have been making them look cool for so long all the others now want to jump on the bandwagon. at the end of the day, they're another accessory that are also functional for some of us.
#16 jane (Homepage) on 2010-02-27 05:21 (Reply)
good call on the harry potter glasses, they are definitely more john lennon as you said.

maybe ugly betty would have been a more appropriate pop culture reference (?)

very interesting comments, all around!
#16.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-02-27 12:03 (Reply)
just returned on monday from a long weekend in paris - we saw LOTS of geek chic glasses on the gals (mostly in their teens and 20s) there. couldn't help but think of elvis's not for me.
#17 sswitt (Homepage) on 2010-02-27 08:05 (Reply)
I don't need glasses; but even if I did, I don't think this would flatter my face shape. So no.
#18 Claudia H. on 2010-02-27 10:40 (Reply)
I think girls like Emily (from Cupcakes and Cashmere) and Hilary Duff can rock anything, so for sure the look works for them. For everyone else, they are better left to be admired, not styled.

P.S I just want to feed the Marc model. Look at her legs, too skinny. Quite gross.
#19 Talia on 2010-02-27 10:43 (Reply)
hillary duff looks adorable...I would totally do that look.
#20 toutalamode (Homepage) on 2010-02-27 11:03 (Reply)
I actually wear glasses, have been since i was about 7 for the purpose of seeing because my vision without them is terrible. So I have a few frames, from stylish to nerdy ones similar to the what HIlary Duff is wearing in the picture above. I love it. I'm all for nerdy glasses if an ONLY if you need them as prescription glasses. Otherwise, IMO you don't look stylish, you just look like ur trying way too hard lol.
#21 Michelle G on 2010-02-27 15:11 (Reply)
I agree with the other glasses-wearers - I have to wear glasses so I pick a frame that flatters. I'm annoyed when people wear them as a "trend".
#22 Gabrielle Smith on 2010-02-27 17:49 (Reply)
I, like some people have commented, think that wearing fake glasses is a bit silly. I wear contacts most of the time, really because I don't enjoy having to wear glasses to see.

The geek-chick look, like many looks, I think works on some people. ...Whereas most trends are more about fashion than function, for me, glasses have more of a function, and can be fashionable, but just don't work as an unnecessary accessory.
#23 Justine on 2010-02-27 19:13 (Reply)
Words cannot describe how much I loathe this "trend". The funny thing is I don't even care if people who don't need glasses wear cute fake ones; I just HATE the ones the fashion world is trying to pawn off on us as stylish. These god-awful, giant, unflattering plastic frames [usually] in loud colors remind me of the glasses my older sister had in the 80s. Even then, when they really were in style, she hated them. I would have an entirely different take on it if the fake glasses people were wearing were at least cute geek!
#24 Erin on 2010-03-01 16:11 (Reply)
Does anyone know where I could find a pair like Hillary Duffs glasses? Those are Awesome!!!
#25 Erika on 2010-07-05 14:58 (Reply)
Hilary is wearing Cutler and Gross D-shaped acetate glasses, $470 at

Since they're kinda pricey, you might try anthropologie, urban outfitters or to find a look for less!
#25.1 The Budget Babe on 2010-07-06 08:48 (Reply)
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