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.
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.