Geek Chic: Thick-framed specs make a comeback
Once upon a time, thick black-framed Glasses
were the bane of one's existence.
But in a computer age, the high rollers are the tech crowd, and geek-chic is the hot look.
"Pretty much the nerds rule the world," Emily Salsbury, an Edmonton style coach, told Canwest news service. "We all strive to be like them in some way or another."
According to Salsbury, the trend is for thin plastic but with rims stretched so the lenses cover almost the entire face of the wearer.
Last summer, Canadian designers DSquared dressed every single one of their Spring 2009 runway models in thick, black frames.
Recording celebrities like Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake have been spotted in them, and there is definitely a strong men's movement for the Clark Kent-style simple black thick frames, but the look is also showing up in women's fashion, and isn't limited to black.
American Apparel and Urban Outfitters are actually selling prescription-free frames purely as fashion accessories.
LeAnn Nealz, chief design officer of American Eagle, calls it an anti-fashion fashion statement.
"I think it's funny to them," said Nealz to the Associated Press. "Guys don't have as much to play with in the fashion realm so that's what can be fun and interesting to them."