Specs Appeal: Would you wear fake glasses?

By Lynnie | February 8 2013 | 38 Comments

Prior to getting my eyes sliced open and remoulded with a laser beam in 2011, I couldn’t understand why anyone who didn’t need glasses was so enamoured with the idea of wearing them.

I’d spent the 13 years previous having people ask to try on my specs in all sorts of situations and talking longingly about how they wished they needed them, and how much smarter they looked with a pair of eye frames perched on their nose, and how they thought they might need an eye test, actually, and even if it turned out they didn’t need glasses for their fractionally less than perfect vision they might get fake ones with non-prescription lenses.

“Is that a thing? Would an optician just put, like, clear lenses in frames for me?” I was asked frequently, whereupon I’d have to resist the temptation to point out that most glasses had clear lenses – y’know, to help with the seeing through them thing – and since I’d always had to have a hefty prescription in mine, how the feck would I know if they’d go along with the non-prescription fakery?!

Oh, it’s all coming back to me now. Deep breaths.

Anyway, I recently ran into a Vision Express (I’m not endorsing them, other opticians are available, etc) to hide from from a cloudburst and kill a bit of time by indulging in what had been one of my very favourite things to do pre-op: trying on ALL the glasses. And, as had been the case before my surgery, they were mostly just meh on me.

Then I tried on these bad boys and it was all change.

Holy sheet. They were AMAZING. They suited my face so well that I actually looked better with them than without, and they were just big enough to tap into the current fake hipster/meedja glasses trend without making me look like a Late Late Show audience member circa 1992. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still thinking about them – a lot – but at the guts of two hundred smackers, they’re too rich for my don’t-actually-need-glasses-anymore blood. If they’d been around the twenty quid mark, I’d be wearing them right now.

I miss having glasses to hide behind and, having spent most of my adult life wearing them, I still sometimes don’t feel quite like me without a pair of specs. I can kind of see (ho ho) a pair of non-prescription glasses in my future for times when I want to feel more myself, but what I want to know is this.

Would you wear glasses if you didn’t really need to?

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38 Replies to "Specs Appeal: Would you wear fake glasses?"

  • Chloe says:

    People wearing non-prescription glasses do tend to annoy me too, I’ve had glasses since I was eleven & was jealous of everyone that didn’t need them. But ow I’m so used to them & they suit me much more than going without, so if I got laser surgery I probably would miss them.. Just maybe not enough to buy fake ones

  • Aoife says:

    Lynnie…have you been reading my mind??!! I’ve been watching ‘House of Cards’ and I’ve been lusting after Claire’s oversized tortoiseshell ray bans (v similar to ones pictured!) …. but I had laser eye surgery two years ago and my eyes now work. I’ve too been flirting with the idea of non-prescription lenses. I had the most gorgeous pair of chunky blank Chanel frames before my surgery but glasses definately dont look as good with prescription lenses because they make your eyes look smaller. Conundrum!

  • Atkin says:

    Lynnie, the good news is you will probably need glasses again when you get older :D I have worn glasses since I was 8 so almost 25 years! I don’t need them all the time, only to drive, read watch TV and working at the PC. I can safely leave the house without them so I don’t mind wearing them, it is nice to have something to hide behind. As for wearing fake glasses, I don’t get it. To me it would be like wearing braces because you like the look

  • Anna says:

    As for wearing fake glasses, I don’t get it. To me it would be like wearing braces because you like the look

    Exactly. Or walking around with a stick. I got my first pair of glasses when I was 9, and got contact lenses when I was 17 – which is twenty years ago now. I was so keen to get away from specs as a teenager that I still can’t fathom why anyone would wear glasses when they didn’t have to (that said, I am too much of a wuss to risk laser surgery). I had friends in college who started to need glasses for reading and ended up wearing them all the time because they looked cool, which always really annoyed me.

  • witchgirl26 says:

    I don’t get this at all. I’ve never needed glasses but have tried on friends ones in the past for a laugh to see what I looked like with them on. Wouldn’t be rushing though to wear them if I didn’t have to.

  • witchgirl26 says:

    Nothing against people who do wear them – sorry that last line might have sounded a bit bad. Just agreeing that I don’t see the point in pretending you need glasses to go along with a trend.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    As someone who needs to wear glasses I don’t get it at all! I would love not to have to wear them! I’m unable to wear contacts and I have a fear of lazer treatment so I have no other option to wear them.

    On the point of people saying they would get their eyes tested and consider getting non-prescription eye glasses… Everyone no matter if they need glasses or not are meant to get regular eye checks! It’s no just about your vision but about the health of your eyes!

  • IceQueen says:

    This is just like every season when the Catwalk shows models wearing glasses to try and make it look cool to wear them. It has never worked since this started in the 90′s. Forgive me if I’m wrong but I dont recall seeing anyone wear fake glasses on the red carpet with their ballgown!

    Most people who actually need glasses hate wearing them. Anyone I know does and I know I hate wearing mine. But until surgery comes more into my price-range, I will stick with them.
    I currenly wear a pair not unlike the ones in the pic. But mine are Chanel. At least I no longer have to wear those wire-frame ones like in my early teens.

  • Buttons says:

    I paid €4500 so that I wouldn’t have to wear glasses again so this is one trend that I would NOT be following!
    I have a freakishly small face and head, so no glasses suit me. Sunglasses look totally ridiculous on me, even the smallest, child sized ray bans look stupid.
    Actually if anyone with a small face has the same prob finding glasses to suit them has any hints on what I could try…please let me know!

  • TGIF says:

    no way in hell!! i hate having to wear mine, just feel much less confident in them. would love to go for the laser surgery but just too scared!!

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