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Published on March 12th, 2014 | by Teresa Simmons


How to look stylish in geek-chic eyeglasses

Big, thick-framed eyeglasses, like the ones Urkel wore in Family Matters, are no longer unfashionable. They’ve become an increasingly popular, geek-chic fashion accessory for every nerd-to-be. People are not only wearing them to look stylish, but also to look more attractive and intelligent to the opposite sex. Who knew that geeky eyeglasses would become sexy and fashion-forward? Before you decide to rock a pair of geek-chic eyeglasses like Buddy Holly, though, there are a few things that you should consider.

Be Original

Don’t go to any old eyeglass store—sorry, that just won’t cut it. Choose an eyeglass store that has a wide selection of stylish and funky vintage-inspired eyeglasses. Our personal favourites in Edmonton are Smith & Wight Opticians and Women with Vision. They both have a great selection of European eyeglasses.

If you’re on a budget and want something more affordable, check out some vintage and second-hand stores – you might just find the geek-chic eyeglasses of your dreams. Just make sure the frames are strong enough to hold prescription lenses. When you’re out and about, the last thing you want is for your glasses to split in two and fall into a public toilet. You’re going for geek-chic, not dumpster-chic.

Go for Black

Black goes with everything and is the perfect colour choice for just about any occasion or event. If you’re craving a pop of colour, go for it, but buy a second pair of eyeglasses in black – trust me, you’ll need them!

There’s something about black that instantly makes you look smart, professional, sophisticated, and pulled-together, but wear black from head to toe and you’re ready to attend a funeral. Black vintage eyeglasses work better than any other colour if you want to easily update your look to geek-chic without shopping for a new wardrobe. And you’ll look just as intelligent as (if not more than) Leonard in The Big Bang Theory, minus the crazy hair. We trust you have a good stylist.

Select the Right Shape

Bring a friend along with you and take your time when shopping for a pair of eyeglasses. Thick, black, and rectangular (ah, yes – the hipster style) won’t suit everyone.

Of course, you should always choose eyeglasses that flatter your face shape. For example, if you have a round face shape, rectangular eyeglasses will balance out your face. What you want to stay away from is anything that makes you look like Mr. Potato Head with glasses – a look that is very far from geek-chic. Potato-chic isn’t in style at the moment (but give it a couple of years).

You should also think about whether or not your eyeglasses will suit your lifestyle (this includes your wardrobe) and hairstyle. Your eyeglasses should reflect your personal style and your fabulous nerdy personality. If you frequently like leaning over railings to peer down great heights, though, then you might need to temper your geek-chic glasses with a trendy eyeglass neck strap…just kidding.

Glasses that make you look geek-chic and feel your nerdy-best is the way to go. Think of them as a stylish accessory that functions as a fashionable addition to your wardrobe. Experiment with different shapes and sizes, but remember: only you have the power to decide just how far you want to go with your geek-chic eyeglass style.

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| Fashion writer and blogger at Simmons on Style. She can’t live without classy little black dresses, seafood, holidays, Indie music and lip gloss.

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