I’m not self proclaiming that I’m cool for wearing prescription glasses. But, I should be allowed to think just that.
Outfit details: Expedition Parka (Abercrombie)
Having to wear prescription glasses is one of those things where It could be bitter-sweet. My history with coming to terms with needing to wear them is a pretty long one and me feeling confident enough to wear my glasses didn’t happen overnight.
When I was first told that I need to wear glasses, I would say I was in about 3rd or 4th grade.
At this time, none of my friends wore glasses and all the kids that did wear them were either picked on for wearing them or they were made to feel like they weren’t something to feel okay or even confident about.
During this time, I completely rejected the idea of wearing glasses and these negative feelings resulted in me not wearing them when I needed to. I was told that I needed reading glasses and that pretty much, everything will be fine. I mean of course it would, I’m just wearing glasses. But I didn’t wear my glasses when I really needed to wear them and my vision only got worse.
I made it through the rest of elementary school, middle school, and high school without wearing my glasses.
I’ll just say that I spent all of those years squinting at any and everything because I couldn’t see it clearly. And by the time my freshman year of college came around, I was suffering from headaches and eye strain daily. I would carry my glasses with me “just in case” but I felt embarrassed about needing to wear them. I was in college and I was still feeling the same negative feelings towards wearing glasses that I felt in 4th grade.
So what was the big deal! Why wouldn’t I just wear my glasses?
Simply put, I thought I would get negative attention just for needing to wear glasses. It’s and old tired cliche to think those who wear glasses are less attractive or less desirable but I felt I wouldn’t be seen as myself. Kids can be cruel and I wasn’t up for any “4 eyes” jokes.
Things started to change during my college years. I was around 18 years old when I inevitably had enough of the headaches and eye strain. I figured if I was going to wear glasses, I should have a pair that suited me and my style. Wearing glasses needed to be a reflection of my personality.
The first pair of glasses that I felt confident in were a pair of black full rim Ray Bans.
Finding a pair of glasses that I felt confident in changed everything for me! I no longer felt like glasses were embarrassing but I started to feel like they were cool, like a necessary accessory. I wore those Ray Bans every single day until I upgraded to another style of Ray Bans that I liked more at the time.
If you need to wear glasses, finding your glasses style is a must!
I’ve had my fair share of not so flattering glasses in the past, and they all made me feel like having to wear glasses was a burden. I didn’t feel cute, I didn’t feel like they were an extension of my style or personality. I just plain out hated them. Once I found a pair of glasses that I felt I looked good in, my confidence level went up about 50%.
Wearing glasses doesn’t need to feel like a burden. After all, there are so many people who wear non prescription glasses as accessories now. When it comes to glasses, there are so many styles, colors, textures and finishes. You can truly find your style in these little details. I’ve found that round framed glasses make me feel my best so for now, i’ve settled on round and nothing else.
Find your glasses style, and own it!
Peace & love,