Geek Chic – Specs

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My favourite fashion oxymoron: geek chic. The fashion choices that would have had you shunned by the cool crowd in school have never been more stylish. The cute and quirky look has been having a major moment for the past few years, and can be spotted everywhere this season from the runways of Marc by Marc Jacobs to the racks at J. Crew. Incorporating geek chic elements into your ensemble is a fun way to punch up a fashionable but otherwise lackluster outfit into something with a little more edge.

Return of the Bold Frame

Return of the Bold Frame

I have had moments where I have had a love-hate relationship with my glasses. When I was younger I hated wearing them, now however as I have matured, glasses are cool, I love wearing them and embrace wearing them.  The gripes are plenty: paying obscenely high prices for your prescription, and the general day-to-day hassle of wearing them. Yet deep down I am secretly fond of my glasses. Maybe it’s the fact that I have worn them most of my life that I am just a big geek at heart.

Over the years, geek chic has gradually made its inroads into fashion. A long time champion of geek chic glasses, fashion IT girl Alexa Chung continues to be a source of four-eyed fashion envy.

The key to this geek chic look is really simple: Bold statement eyewear and a neutral makeup palette. In general, the thicker and larger your glasses are, the less makeup you need. But there is still plenty of room to make a bold statement. Whether you like the specs appeal or that you genuinely need glasses after spending too many hours squinting at your ipad screen! #guilty!!!!, this accidental geek chic and bespectacled veteran has a few style tips to get you started. Here’s to looking less hapless nerd and more chic style icon (hopefully!)

Thick-rimmed specs are practically synonymous with the geek chic trend. So instead of lamenting your 20/100 vision, try out a pair of boldly bookish frames like Alexa Chung.

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Alexa Chung – Posing here with her “Geek” jumper to match, style pro Alexa Chung often favours a pair of cool tortoiseshell wayfarer frames.
Vintage
And Alexa is also known to acquire vintage eyewear – a move which I highly recommend. After all, we turn to vintage clothes to escape from the monotony of mass-produced fashion, so why not try out vintage frames? There’s a vast, seemingly endless selection out there so go prowl the internet or vintage stores for your one-of-a-kind statement piece.
Preppy
For those who like their glasses preppy, What I like about the choices of glasses is that the frames always highlight your eye colour and give a contrasting masculine edge to feminine styling. In fact preppy eyewear style is the perfect refection for personality: a little geeky, yet very classy and super cute. They can be extension of  our style and personalities. Although we’ve never really fallen out of love with them and call me biased, but I will always be in to that brainier-than-brainy look that a thick acetate spec gives off.

There’s always been a style icon sporting the specs whatever the current trend. From Gok to Heston Blumenthal the solid design has given the wearer that sartorial edge and a more than sufficient fan following. This year, the specs appeal has spread across both genders with women cashing in when it comes to topping up on their style status. Newly acclaimed fashion designer Victoria Beckham has most recently branched out into optical design and ever the self promoting powerhouse, Team Beckham have stepped out in matchy-matchy self branded glasses.

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Because people generally recognize you by your face, the glasses you choose to wear are a very real part of your identity. Whether you want to appear sophisticated, fun-loving, conservative or style-conscious, the right eyewear can help you shape how you are perceived. No pressure then…

What Do Your Glasses Say About You?

Eyewear as they are known in Shorditch can help people see the real you, or they can help create the image you want. The key is to find the right eyeglass frames to match your personality and lifestyle. The first step, according to eyewear styling experts, is to consider the different aspects of your life. “What do you really want your eyewear for?

Classic tortoise patterns also work well with business attire.  I am definitely in favour of this look and colour.

 Eyeglasses That Showcase that you are Fashion Savvy

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Women’s Havana Glasses

I recently purchased the Marc by Marc Jacobs Women’s Havana Glasses and I love them, I have had so many compliments about them. One way to show your creative, fashionista side is with modern shapes, such as geometric designs in thicker dark plastic frames. Many modern metal frames also can be creative in appearance.

La Geek,  elle est tres Chic!

La Geek, elle est tres Chic!

Today’s more fashionable, larger-sized eyeglasses also are an option. Another big fashion trend lately has been retro or vintage styling. Look for exaggerated takes on frame shapes from the ’70s and ’80s, such as oversized cat-eyes and aviators, as well as mod looks from the ’60s.  For different looks to suit the occasion, most people can benefit from more than one pair of eyeglasses, just as they need more than one pair of shoes.So to conclude, glasses rule in my book. Embrace your inner geek and look good doing it…

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@victoriabeckham @MarcJacobsIntl @alexa_chung @FemaleBloggerRT

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3 thoughts on “Geek Chic – Specs

  1. dressingd says:

    Great Post! I wear oversized frames by Claire Goldsmith. I believe she is the granddaughter to the designer who made Michael Caines glasses… I think you’ll like them! I need to get me a pair of the red ones ASAP! x d

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