In the past couple of years, I’ve basically become a glasses girl.
I didn’t get glasses until high school, even though I started failing eye exams much earlier (and hiding the results from my parents…) I knew I wouldn’t be able to get contacts right away, only dorks wore glasses, so I just ignored the blurriness. Which is shocking to me now, the idea of going through life not seeing any leaves, just green blobs for trees.
I only got them because my high school algebra teacher with the wicked coffee breath used to write pop quizzes on the chalkboard in his tiny handwriting. One day I couldn’t read any of it, panicked and started to cry, and a kid I didn’t especially like figured it out, subtly asked my teacher if he could copy the quiz for me, and placed a copy of the problems on my desk. I decided it was time. And from then on I was a lot nicer to that kid.
For years I wore contacts, but they never really suited me. I’m not one of those people who only feels awake once I put my contacts in – they make me feel tired, give me headaches, I get the dreaded halos and my eyes guzzle tons and tons of eye drops. Anymore, I really only wear them when I’m playing sports or getting really dressed up. And I’m all about the dailies so I can pluck them and chuck them once they start to drive me nuts.
Which leaves legally blind me as the glasses girl. And I’m cool with that. They’ve become a big part of my identity. But deciding on a pair, the first thing people see when they look at you every day, is a big choice. I’ve had a couple of pairs I really loved. And a couple that were just so-so.
After a multi-country search, I finally found a pair I really like. Kinda scholarly, kinda artsy, not too mannish/Teutonic. Tortoiseshell, which I always dig. But also purple. They’re even called marbled lilac. Ooh la la.
I’m a fan, even with the silly logo on the side of my face. They suit me.
Do you wear glasses? Are you one of those people with perfect vision who wishes she wore glasses, kind of like how straight-haired girls always wish they had curls? (figures.) Do you agree with my grandma, a woman who probably wore 50 pairs of glasses in her life, that boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses?
(all photos by me except the product shot)