How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Glasses

Between my mid-teens and the ripe old age of 22, I genuinely disliked wearing glasses. Sometimes I would go as far as to say I hated it. Part of this may have been due to not liking the actual glasses I was wearing, but a lot of it was definitely a case of feeling ugly with some ungainly hunk of metal attached to my face. In August 2012 I got a new pair of glasses for my birthday, and they were different to any of the glasses I’d worn previously. They were large, full, squareish frames, half navy and half tortoiseshell. My previous pair had been small, metal, rectangular half frames.

aren't they pretty?

I was kind of amazed that they suited me, that they were comfortable and, strangest of all, that people didn’t point and laugh at me while I was wearing them. Yes, this is ridiculous, but I had convinced myself that I looked stupid in glasses and so if I wore any style other than small, unobtrusive frames, everyone around me would think I looked like an idiot. Well, I probably don’t look like an idiot, and if I do nobody has mentioned it to me (with the exception of a hilarious ‘should have gone to Specsavers’ comment) and, most importantly, I’ve reached a point where I don’t necessarily care.

One of the most unexpected things I have found is that glasses actually work as a kind of fashion accessory. I mean, obviously they don’t have to. At their most basic, glasses with corrective lenses are simply an aid to help you see, and it doesn’t have to be any more complex than that. But if you find a nice pair, that you like and that (subjectively) suit your face, they can be an accessory. A plain outfit of jeans, a vest and a cardigan can look more stylish and even more put together with the addition of some swanky specs. On the other end of the spectrum, glasses with a dressed-up-to-the-nines outfit can look amazing, and thick frames might even add a much-needed edge to a frilly, girly frock.


The long and the short of this strange, self-involved blog post is that now I wear glasses most of the time (at least five out of seven days) which has to be cheaper than wearing contact lenses every day in the long term, and is also much better for the health of my eyes. As well as money and health, it’s a step in the right direction when it comes to being comfortable in my own skin and placing less emphasis on how I look, or how the way I look is perceived by others.

12 thoughts on “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Glasses

  1. Yes! I agree with you all the way. I thought I looked so dumb wearing glasses when I was younger and then once I got contacts and started switching between the two, I realized that I looked perfectly fine either way :P I think it just has to do with finding your personal style et al. :)

    • For me, once I started wearing contacts that was it and I was so happy that I never had to wear glasses ever again. I seem to have come full circle though because the other day I wore contacts and when it came to bedtime and I had to take them out, all I could think was ‘is this really worth the hassle’!

  2. I love my glasses! But yeah, it took awhile for me too. All high school I ran around in a blurry fog because I didn’t want to wear my glasses, and contacts just fall out of my eyes. Now? Yeah, unless it’s a “special occasion,” glasses are on my face. I do think it has something to do with embracing the fun you can have with frames!

    • I definitely have spent more time than I care to admit squinting at everyone with my glasses tucked away in my bag. Frames definitely are fun! I was thinking just yesterday that if it weren’t so pricey to get a new pair, I would absolutely have a few more pairs of glasses in bright colours or fun patterns.

    • The brand is Lozza, and I got them at Boots optician. They are pretty lovely, I fell in love with them the moment I tried them on. True to form I initially told myself they were too big, too colourful or whatever, but then ended up trailing back to the shop an hour later to get them.

  3. Those glasses look really lovely on you :) I agree with what you say about them bringing an outfit together. They really do add a certain something to an outfit. My boyfriend used to have terrible glasses when we first got together – but I soon sorted that out ;) Nothing better than a guy with good glasses!

    Thanks for your comments as well. I’ve booked in to give blood on the 13th of Feb so I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it goes whether they like it or not! ;) xx

    • Thanks! It never occurred to me before that an outfit can look better with glasses – I used to always think that it was just a waste bothering to put a nice outfit one and then wearing glasses. Ha I love that you made your boyfriend get new glasses! Speccy couples are super cute. My boyfriend really suits glasses but unfortunately his vision is absolutely fine… what a shame.

      Ah good luck, I hope it goes well for you. For all that I was telling you that you should donate, I actually haven’t been for ages. Off to book an appointment I go!

  4. Love these glasses on you and I am totally onboard the glasses train! These really suit you and I love that you are feeling more at ease with yourself too :)

    Maria xxx

  5. I have worn glasses since the day after I turned 18. I didn’t always need them all the time but wore them as such anyways. Fourteen years later I am still rocking them and can’t imagine myself without them and I don’t think anyone else can,either. I am glad you have embraced wearing yours and I like those ones on you. Keep rocking those extra set of eyes! Four the win!

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