“Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses,” Marilyn Monroe famously alleged in the 1953 comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire. Phooey, I say! Because I’ve been on the receiving end of the pick-up line “I like your glasses” enough to know that’s just not true.
For me, the decision to wear glasses was a no-brainer. I needed them to watch movies and to drive. And, well, basically to see. For a while, I wore contacts but eventually went back to glasses. Eyewear is, in my opinion, the most under-utilized accessory a woman has at her disposal and I love wearing glasses. Because the right frames can do more to make a fashion statement than a great scarf or even a fabulous pair of shoes. After all, your eyes are the first thing people notice.
Geek frames are undeniably cool. Rayban Wayfarers are timeless. Cat eyes are pure glam. And right now tortoise is everything! What kind of image does the phrase “sexy librarian glasses” conjure up? And when you’re not feeling or looking your best, your shades are more dependable than any miracle under-eye cream or concealer! Yet some women still resist wearing specs. Go figure…
Case in point: my friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter is nearsighted like me. When she had trouble acclimating to her contacts, I suggested she wear glasses instead. She just wrinkled her cute little nose in disapproval. Then on a shopping expedition, I jokingly handed her a pair of big Jackie-O sunglasses. I coaxed her into trying different styles and as she posed wearing geek frames, cat eyes, and school boy frames, she liked what she saw in the mirror. She eventually ditched the contacts for a pair of oversized geek frames that look great on her.