Remember those kids in elementary or middle school that got teased for wearing glasses? The poor children who would hear the phrase “haha, it’s four eyes!” dropped on the daily? Remember them?
As it turns out, they were the clairvoyans who saw far into the future when everyone else could only see the present. They are the trendsetters.
How did the style go from glorifying Superman to wishing you could unearth your inner Clark Kent for the whole world to see?
Ever since the age of the digital revolution, when the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs rose to power, their reputations as ‘alpha geeks’ also gained favorable traction. The Merriam-Webster definition of "geek" – a person who is socially awkward and unpopular; a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people– is no longer relevant. The term geek has taken a positive spin, and rather than parting themselves from this label, people aspire to it.
Being smart and looking sharp is the new cool. There has never been a better time to be nearsighted. Even people without poor vision want non-prescription lenses for the sake of making a fashion statement.
What better way to pull of the nerd-spec look than to draw inspiration from one of our favorite SNL stars, Tina Fey?
Or step away from your inner pirate and pull from Johnny Depp's glasses collection? No one should be forced to look like Mr. Peanut or Benjamin Franklin in order to show how wise they are. It is possible to merge intelligence with style: the new geek-chic trend.
Being a geek has never been adorkable. It's a style that suits everyone, and it is one trend that we should never underestimate. When you ever feel singled out from wearing glasses, remember that the multi-talented Mindy Kaling - actress, comedian, writer and producter - once said, "I feel lucky because I was a nerd."