Nerd Alert: Everyone Stylish Is Wearing These Huge, Geeky Glasses
The idea of geek chic never really goes away, but it does constantly reinvent itself. Throughout 2016, the nerd-ometer has been swinging in the direction of seriously hip grannies, where all of Nan's demure staples have been given a whizz-bang makeover in metallic, clashing prints and magpie accessorising. One of those key accessories is a pair of geek glasses, but not the kind you'd come to recognise—you know, thick black rectangular frames reminiscent of Austin Powers. Belle laide frames in 2016 are more along the lines of 1970s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter or (whisper it) Terry Richardson's signature wire aviators.
Keep scrolling for the fashion take on one of the biggest trends this year—the geek-chic glasses.
Emily Ratajkowski is the most recent celeb to try this look.
Glasses after an 8 year hiatus. Turns out all the better for observing suspected robberies on the street outside (paranoia) with. If I can't win Rear Of The Year I'd at least like to be included in the less catchy "glasses wearer of the year" nominations. Mel B once won this.
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Alexa Chung has been at it too.
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On the runways, Gucci has reinvented old-lady acetate frames for the more adventurous (rhinestones and a glasses chain, anyone?) while Chanel's oversize silver opticals have made their way onto many a blog—including Charlotte Groeneveld of The Fashion Guitar, above.
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Even Kendall Jenner has succumbed to the lure of the geek chic glasses.
Pixie Geldof has invested in a seriously nerdy pair of frames.
We've spied cool girls all over swapping out their regular specs for these jumbo, gawky silhouettes and wearing them with ease. How so? Well, you'll likely find that this new wave of geek glasses is actually far kinder to your face—lighter weights, softer shapes and prettier hues make them generally more flattering, even if they are XXL.
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Desert Mannequin blogger Anum Bashir wears her geek glasses with another accessory du jour—the choker.
Fashion blogger Sonya Esman juxtaposes her specs against a super-pretty pink suit.
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Best of all, these brim with confidence—there's something quite transformative about wearing a statement pair of specs. They feel bolder than any other accessory, and in a time where individualism is king, there's no finer cherry on top—see Whinnie Williams's retro combination pictured above for a truly vintage approach.
Wire frames are proving to be the most popular new addition to the opticals circuit.
Make like Chiara Ferragni and up the sass factor with a plunging top for an evening out.
Will you give this key accessory a go? Let us know in the comments box below!