when did wearing glasses become a fashion statement?

I was watching a recent video on Vogue’s Youtube channel featuring Susie Bubble where she was discussing her fashion show essentials and had an array of different glasses to pair with her outfits. This array of glasses sparked my questionable side: since when did glasses become a fashion statement? Obviously Susie needs glasses but what about those who don’t, I’ve seen increasingly that people are wearing them to complement outfits whilst those who actually need to wear them for sight impairments have to fork out the money to buy a pair of glasses (even if they are particularly cute). 

Three years ago I would’ve shunned the idea of wearing glasses for more than the time I really needed to wear them. Now, due to glasses being paraded at catwalks such as Gucci and Max Mara glasses are no longer seen as a hinderence but a hip, cool fashion accessory. Did you know you can buy clear glasses for around £20?!! For those of you lucky enough to be long sighted you can even buy reading glasses in Primark for around £2; although who wants to do that when the fashion market for specs is so big? I won’t bore you with my myopic woes because I do actually love wearing glasses. 
So whilst I find the whole ‘clear glasses’ thing slightly absurd I have to thank glasses becoming trendy because I can now wear mine with pride, no longer am I constricted to wearing them in the classroom but maybe even the whole day? Radical I know. I also see other people walking round school who probably wouldn’t sport glasses unless they were a fashion statement over a functionality. I have become reliant on my glasses for everyday use and I would be more upset if I lost them than my phone. Funny how glasses are medical devices that have been in use since the egyption times and yet I am more attached to them than my phone. For those wondering; no I would not opt for contacts – my glasses kind of make me who I am.

The latest designer brand to sell glasses frightens me, I love them but well I can’t afford to splash out £200 on a pair of glasses that I’ll grow out of in a year. I love them now but they’re now like a fashion trend and fashion trends change; I’m perfectly content No I don’t think of glasses as a fashion accessory, that’s where sunglasses comes in my friend. 

Do you wear glasses or if you don’t would you opt for fashion glasses? Let me know as I would love to know your view on glasses becoming fashionable.  


  1. Frances 6th October 2016 at 7:08 am

    I wear glasses for reading and computer work; I opted for the cuter ones at a slightly higher price point and I often find myself wearing them to complete an outfit! They seem to have become a fashionable practicality! Lovely post ❤

    Frances x


  2. Katy Bennett 6th October 2016 at 8:18 am

    I have to wear glasses for concentrated activities like reading/writing/lectures etc and I really want another pair of glasses so I can change it up! Tbh glasses kinda became fashionable when people started accepting that they were actually useful, not stupid XD Nice post! 🙂

  3. Eleanor Pritchard 6th October 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you! I think I started to love my glasses a lot more since they aren't considered stupid haha!

  4. Eleanor Pritchard 6th October 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Frances! It's strange how trends can develop over the years x

  5. Kizzi Webster 6th October 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I need my glasses all the time, and while I do wear contacts for sport or if I just feel like it, I love my glasses! I've just picked out new ones as my eyes have worsened again (grrrr) and I'm picking them up tomorrow! I think they are more fashionable than what I've picked out before and a bit different but I like them so there ya go!


  6. Eleanor Pritchard 6th October 2016 at 7:58 pm

    That's so weird, I'm picking up some prescription sunglasses tomorrow haha! I feel like I can be really wacky with sunglasses, I just love so many different styles!

  7. Esme Madeline 6th October 2016 at 8:01 pm

    i have absolutely appalling eye sight so glasses and I have had a love hate relationship for years. i've never really found a pair lovely + cheap enough to wear on a fashonnnnnnn-y day to day basis but lately more and more nice ones have been floating around – maybe it's time to ditch the contacts and splurge on some new glasses. oh eleanor, your blog is never a good influence on my bank account! 😉 wonderful post as per xx


  8. Sophie 7th October 2016 at 8:06 am

    I am short sighted so I have to wear glasses all day long. I have quite a few pairs and fortunately my eyesight hasn't changed in a few years so I can mix and match depending on my outfit.

    I feel divided over the "glasses as a fashion trend," I like that it's helped stop the stigma attached to wearing glasses. I never suffered any bullying over my glasses (I've been wearing them since I was very young) and I've always been confident in wearing them; I've always worn them without feeling self-conscious. But I also kind of dislike that people are wearing fake glasses, having poor eyesight isn't something that's "cool" or fashionable.

  9. Lauryn Griffiths 8th October 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I wear contacts most of the time but I also have some glasses.. I have to say I love my glasses and I think they are cute! Nice post by the way x

  10. Dakota Daniels 9th October 2016 at 12:13 am

    I have never worn glasses but I do remember getting them once in 3rd grade and this one girl came up to me saying that she loved my glasses and wish she had bad eye sight so she could wear them LOL. I think there has always been something about wearing them as a fashion statement. Maybe it is the vibe LOL. Great post girlie!

    Dakota D.
    Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter: @missdsquared413

  11. Eleanor Pritchard 9th October 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I totally agree with you about being divided, you've summed up this post perfectly!

  12. Eleanor Pritchard 9th October 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you! I've never actually thought about getting contacts before x

  13. Eleanor Pritchard 9th October 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I think perspectives have changed over time which is great, it's good to get over the stigma of bad eyesight being a bad thing 🙂

  14. Eleanor Pritchard 9th October 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I did not mean to persuade you to buy new glasses haha sorry! Thank you darling x

  15. Alice Rowe 9th October 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I have to wear glasses for reading but I love them so much I end up wearing them all the time! X

  16. Eleanor Pritchard 10th October 2016 at 6:17 am

    I guess when we're a child you have completely different views of what you want!

  17. Eleanor Pritchard 10th October 2016 at 6:18 am

    Omg that must be awful for you! I find it hard enough when I forget to bring my glasses to school one day – let alone losing them! x

  18. Hadon hal 22nd January 2017 at 11:44 am

    That style is never heaping accessories on yourself. If you want your eyewear to steal the show, then ensure that your scarf and earrings are not too showy. Eyeglasses online


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