Cute Faces … Dorky Glasses (Why Fashion is Irrational)

It isn’t often that you’ll find me writing about the world of fashion, but I feel it’s time for me to stand up to a modern gullibility of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” proportions.

To be frank, those “cool,” often expensive, glasses frames that many women (and men) wear, look just plain dorky. They looked horrible in the 1950s, and they still look horrible today. Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s better. The thick-framed glassed of the 1950s and ’60s were popular because materials science and manufacturing expense required they be made primarily from plastic, and to get plastic to be strong enough (especially at the time), they had to be big, thick, and ugly.

Modern materials give us a host of inexpensive and classy glasses designs. So why do these horrors persist?


You have a cute (if somewhat pale) face, honey … great color for the glasses, but … dang …


Jeepers, Uncle Ian, what were you thinking?


Dorky in 1950 … dorkier still if you think these are cool.


Yes, even the uber-cool companies are not exempt from marketing trash for your face. Be smarter!

Now, I’m going to prove my point by borrowing one of the world’s most beautiful faces, normally belonging to Catherine Zeta Jones.


Let’s see how dorky glasses ruin even Catherine Zeta. Here she is before a trip to the local optician nee fashionista.


And … here’s Catherine with her super-cool fashion-statement spectacles.


We hope Catherine Zeta Jones has better fashion sense than this, but many people with beautiful faces do not.


See how bad it can get?


Do you believe me now?

So … don’t be tempted to look like a dork just because all the cool people are doing it! Just like wearing your breeches half falling off your butt, tramp stamps, and bell-bottoms (and virtually anything from the 1970s), just because it is or was popular, trendy, faddish, or in some way nifty, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Spend your hard earned dollars on something useful, like foreign missions, books by John Piper, or World of WarCraft.


And the cooler they pretend to be, the worse it gets.


Note: Virtual glasses are from a cool-if-slightly-pokey (showing the dangers of not-careful-enough AJAX development) service called FrameFinder, courtesy of FramesDirect.com .

5 Replies to “Cute Faces … Dorky Glasses (Why Fashion is Irrational)”

  1. Are you feverish again? I think thats a good explanation for this one…. but I cannot comment on this one, because,even tho I DO have GQ looks, Mom still insisted I wear the thick plastic frames when I was younger…..then the BIG framed ones in high school.

  2. Well, my kids haven’t lost any teeth lately, so I had to write about something.

    Actually, this subject has been on my mind for a couple of years. (It didn’t take long to throw together, either.)

  3. UUuumm…that was random. Scraping the bottom of the barrel for that one, brother. I can’t believe NaNi hasn’t done anything cute recently??

  4. Random? Random? RANDOM?

    :: sigh :: I guess not everyone thinks in my direction. This is probably a very good thing.

    Anyway, here’s a NaNi story:

    Okay, last week I told the kids at dinner that I would get rid of them, and replace them with obedient child robots. NaNi said, “Dad, not even the robots would obey you; I know it.”

    And today NaNi handed me a drawing in church, and said, “Look, it’s your Mii character.” A while later, she brought me one that had Xs in place of pupils, and said, “Look, Dad, it’s you, dead.”

    Enough? I mean, she’s cute 24/7.

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