I’m a bit confused recently.
Remember the part in my last post where I talked about the 80s being dominated by big, plastic, round glasses that vaporized one’s cool factor into oblivion? I think anyone who lived through the 80s can identify with this. It’s the classic case of “why did we think we looked good back then?” Truth is, we thought we looked pretty rad. But when it came to glasses – even then – we knew they were pretty unattractive.
So, why is it that I’m recently seeing Hollywood actresses/personalities wearing big, dark, glasses when they’re considered “dressed down” in regular society?
I started thinking about this when I saw this photo tweeted by Lacey Schwimmer, one of the professional dancers of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” (I think Lacey is great, so it made me sad to see her choice of glasses.)
Then I saw this photo of actress Anne Hathaway, who is currently filming her role as Catwoman in the next Batman movie.
These are both beautiful women, and I just can’t understand why they selected eyewear that, frankly, does nothing for them.
Do you think these public figures would be photographed wearing these frames at a big event, on a red carpet? Definitely not. The fashion bloggers would be all over them.
So, is this the way to say to tell the world that you’re dressed down - by wearing unattractive glasses? Is there a switch that goes on that says, “I’m not ‘on’ right now – I’m just being me” when these glasses are worn? Again, I just don’t get it. There are so many better choices of eyewear than dark, oversized frames.
Imagine if Lacey Schwimmer wore a pair of these frames when she was up early and jetting off to her next press appearance:
Or, if Anne Hathaway caught a cab wearing these frames instead:
I’m confused because there are beautiful glasses out there to wear, even when you’re not dressed to impress. I get it – celebrities are always having to get dressed up for events, functions, etc. So, to get to dress down is a luxury that they can’t often indulge in.
But big glasses? It’s not like they’re a comfy pair of sweatpants.
Maybe I’ll never understand this perception. But, I wish there was something we could do to change it.
(Lacey & Anne, if you’re listening, we think you’re awesome. Your glasses don’t do you justice!)