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Would You Wear… Non-Prescription Glasses?


Girls with Glasses
1. Anna via Chictopia, 2. Alexa Chung, 3. Sara via Lookbook

For this week’s “Would you Wear,” I wanted to talk about a trend that’s been around for a few seasons now: non-prescription glasses. Lots of fashion-forward girls (and guys!) have been rocking oversized glasses with clear lenses… even if they have 20/20 vision.

Personally, I’m on the fence about this one. When done right, this look is both stylish and adorable. Unfortunately, I have horrible eyesight and am already required to wear glasses (or contacts), so I’m not that willing to buy non-prescription frames when I can just wear the real deal.

Are you loving this look? Not quite sure yet? Check out these adorable frames:

Non-Prescription Glasses

Product Information: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

So, what do you think of this look?

Would you wear non-prescription glasses? Or is this a look that you’ll be skipping? Do you want to embrace your inner geek? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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99 Responses to “Would You Wear… Non-Prescription Glasses?”

  1. 1
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    waay too hipster for my taste.

  2. 2
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I like the look but I only see a few people being able to pull it off without looking akward. I know one my friends has been wearing this look for the past few months and I can honestly say he looks good with it. Me on the other hand…. I only pull it off one lol. But def fun to wear :)

  3. 3
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:27 am


    sorry I had to fix those two typos lol

  4. 4
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Looooooove it!!
    haha I’m kinda in love with this trend but you’re right If you don’t pull it off it looks horrible

  5. 5
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I have to wear them for distances and I hate it so I don’t really understand why people would choose to wear them just to be fashionable.

  6. 6
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Prescription glasses here… so, I don’t think so, lol :)

  7. 7
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    whish I had the choice lol! – Im badly short sighted!
    I kinda like that people who dont need them like wearing them now though.
    I hope it means wearing glasses when you are a teen is not such a trauma these days.

  8. 8
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I think it can look cute, but I myself would NEVER wear non-prescription glasses! I don’t need glasses, and honestly the mere idea of them scares me….. but I guess everyone’s opinion is different!

  9. 9
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    i don’t really like them and i have a reason why…there is a girl i know in my school who insists on being “scene” so she started wearing these huge heart-shaped plastic frames with cloudy lenses that looked like she had scooped them out of the garbage. she would ask her friends how they looked and they all said quite honestly that they didnt like them at all, though she continued to wear them. ever since then im afraid ive lost my liking for them.

  10. 10
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I can barely see a foot in front of me without my contacts so I’d rather just get glasses that would help me out. But I do own a pair on non-presciption glasses that I got one year for a costume.

  11. 11
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I personally love it! I wear them when I’m late for class in the morning and don’t put on makeup , other than that they stay in my makeup bag. But prepare to make up a story of if your near or far sighted and at what age you got them… almost got outed in front of one of my huge classes thanks to the teacher’s lecture on children’s eyesight. Fantastic.

  12. 12
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I think some these glasses really fit with those who dress like boho-chic style ! I loved the 4th one also the wayfarer’s non-prescription model looks really cute!you caught up a nice hot trend Ashley!

  13. 13
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    prescription glasses here too – & this is honestly a trend that i never understood – why wear them when you don’t have to?

    i mean, i prefer my glasses to contacts, but i still have to wear something otherwise i can’t see. if i had my way, though, i’d have 20/20 vision & not have to worry about it.

  14. 14
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I wear contacts/glasses, but I bought a pair of non-prescriptions glasses from Forever 21. I like my prescription glasses, but I also like having a new look with a different pair without shelling out $300+ (that’s how much my prescription glasses cost me). I really dig this trend. I’ve always loved glasses and how they look on people.

  15. 15
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Ha, Brittany said it.

  16. 16
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    agree with brittany

  17. 17
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    My sis and I do already. They make wonderful accessories. Even if I needed to wear prescription vision enhancers, I would choose glasses.
    Hope the link works. To see how we wore them.!/photo.php?pid=145504&op=2&o=global&view=global&subj=1007400059&id=100000374164402

  18. 18
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    never mind the link is wrong.

  19. 19
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    hipster-wannabe fodder, as Brittany said.

    also, I see way too many of the people who tortured me in gradeschool for being a “four-eyes” wearing them now that they’re “in” than I am comfortable with. meh.

  20. 20
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    As an admitted four-eyes, this trend offends me deeply. If you need glasses and you like a style, do what i did: buy cheap $2 frames at a street fair or something and ask your eye doctor to fill them. It’s still not always cheap but it’s better. If you don’t need glasses, then get a pair of sunglasses and leave my people alone…

    Wearing glasses only make you look distinguished if you NEED them, otherwise you look like a 10 year old dressing up like mommy/daddy

  21. 21
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Do I like it? LOOVE it, totally, it’s an adorable look… but would I do it? No, probably not… My brother, however, has some prescription glasses that have an oversized, retro look to them, and they are amazing. But as for me? If I don’t have to wear glasses, I’m not going to. If I did have to wear glasses, I’d probably get a prescription pair.

  22. 22
    June 29th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve always wanted glasses but I would want a more classic looking pair… something smaller than the ones these girls are wearing. Unfortunately for me, my eyesight is fine and I probably wouldn’t wear fake ones for fear of looking like a wannabe.

  23. 23
    June 29th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Nope, I recently changed my prescriptions to contacts and I’m not about to go back to that look (although my prescriptions are super cute). This is one trend that I really can’t stand, not even a little bit.

  24. 24
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    seriously, i’m so scared to wear them. I’ve seen people with them, and they were such a trend a couple of months ago. But I guess if you have a great outfit it might work? Maybe you guys should make a post about that? :D

  25. 25
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I have to wear glasses [when I don’t wear my contacts] anyway so I don’t see why it’s such a cool trend. But some people really can pull them off. While others can’t. I do have 5 quite cute pairs of glasses so I’m happy with them :]

  26. 26
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I wouldn’t. I also wear prescription glasses, though only sometimes for distances. I hate wearing them and I don’t see why people would want to wear glasses if they didn’t have to. I can understand why people like the look, and they do look cute on some people, but wearing them without needing them just comes off as sort of phony.

  27. 27
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    If I didn’t already have glasses to wear as an alternative to contacts, I would probably skip this trend. It’s a bit too hipster and generally I’m enough of a nerd that adding fake glasses would be overkill!

  28. 28
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    #2 Glasses are my fave

    Actually, I did finally get contacts this year and a couple months later I got a pair of non prescription glasses. I mean it’s funny always listening to my parent’s reaction but for the most part they’re just any other type of trendy accessory right now. What will eventually happen is that people will get tired of them and we’ll just stop.

  29. 29
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    ugh, no. I dislike everything about this trend.

  30. 30
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Well I already have to wear glasses as I can’t see very far without them but even if I didn’t have glasses already I would skip this trend. It’s cute and all but why pretend you need something that you don’t just to be fashionable?

    I actually need to update my glasses since I got them back in high school and I was thinking of getting oversized frames kind of like the ones pictured above … I tried many glasses on last time I went to the eye doctor and I think those work better with my face shape. I’m still thinking about it though.

  31. 31
    June 29th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I wouldn’t wear those types of glasses non-prescription. I got “geek glasses” as my prescription pair very similar to the “anna via chictopia” pair and everybody loves them. I tried them on at the eye doctor because the fitter wanted to see them on somebody before choosing them to stock at the optometrist and I realized that larger glasses really suit my face. I still get asked, however, if I bought mine at american apparel or at forever 21 which is slightly annoying because I can’t see anything without them and I’m offended when girls are like… “oh I just bought similar ones at an accessory store the other day for 12$”

  32. 32
    June 29th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Slim, sexy-librarian sort of glasses? Maybe, and that’s a big maybe. I hate the huge glasses trend, it looks ridiculous. Way too painfully hip.

  33. 33
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I’m nearsighted and have to wear either prescription glasses or contacts and can not understand why any one who doesn’t have to wear them would. Glasses may be cute but they get in the way of so much. I usually wear my contacts unless I’m in a hurry. I would much rather have 20/20 vision and not have to worry about it. This is a trend that I definitely do not understand.

  34. 34
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    prescription glasses here too… Contacts are a huge expensive hassle for me.. so i keep me nerdy glasses. I do have two pairs depending on how I feel to mix up my look.

  35. 35
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I think this a pointless trend. I agree with Brittany, only hipsters seem to do this. Plus, it’s so over done! You can’t get through lookbook, twitter or facebook without someone wearing nerdy glasses and pouting their lips.

  36. 36
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    First of all I really like the look, but only a few people can actually pull it off. I’ve seen so many people who looked absolutely terrible in them.

    Secondly I don’t think that it is a good idea to wear glasses if you don’t need them even if they have clear frames. The fact that your eyes have to look through a piece of glass or plastic infront of them cause cause a lot of strain and over time it can cause you to actually need glasses. And they are not always fun to wear.

    Trust me because I did just that. I wore fake glasses a couple times a week and then after a couple months I found that my eyes were getting weaker. Now I can’t see as well as before and if I don’t wear my current glasses then I get horrible headaches that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

  37. 37
    June 29th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve been doing this (but not everyday) for a little over a year. I personally think the right frames make a difference. My parents don’t exactly support it, but what do they know about fashion, anyway? I don’t think it’s insulting to those who actually have to wear glasses; just the opposite.

  38. 38
    June 29th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    What really bothers me about this trend is that I can’t think of ANYONE I know who needs prescription glasses and wears frames as large as the trendy, fake ones are. Most people who actually wear glasses seem to choose smaller frames that don’t overwhelm their faces. I, for example, could never wear frames that large because they would take up half my face. Because of this, if I see someone wearing glasses that large, I usually assume the glasses are fake, unless I can see a bifocal line in the lens or some other indication they’re real.
    On the flip side, however, I love how so many people who need a prescription long for the days they can wear contacts, and here people with perfect vision are, trying to make themselves look ‘smarter’ by wearing over-sized frames.

  39. 39
    June 29th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    i love the trend, but i feel like i see sooo many asians wearing them, i’m afraid that i’ll seem like i’m trying to be asian by wearing them…

  40. 40
    June 29th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    yes I totally love this trend!!! Id never leave the house in my prescription glasses but Id wear contacts&non pres. glasses :D
    My glasses are like #5 :)

  41. 41
    June 29th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I think huge glasses look great on people with prescriptions. If you “rock” non-prescription glasses, you are a fool. Even more of a fool if you try to hide the fact that you have perfect vision.

  42. 42
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I think this trend is decently cute on some people. Personally…Tried it out, but 1) it made me look like a total fob and 2) I realized how absolutely preposterous it is for me to wear non prescription glasses when I have been wearing prescription glasses/contacts since age 7, am verging on legally blind and am at high risk for develping glaucoma in the near future.

    P.S. For those of you who say you are “unfortunate” enough to have 20/20 vision, I know you’re probably joking, but seriously? That’s kind of a slap in the face for those of us with serious vision issues.

  43. 43
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I have huge, Buddy-Holly-esque PRESCRIPTION glasses. I’m a four-eyes. Can’t see without them. i know they’re not EVERYONE’S favourite style for me, but I love it, so I really don’t care! As for non-prescription…why wear glasses if you don’t have to? You’ll need them eventually, lol, almost everyone does.

  44. 44
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I don’t agree with the trend either, and it annoys me when I see people wearing them. When it comes to non-prescription glasses though, I might wear them but definitely ones that are way slimmer.

  45. 45
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I agree with some of the others. I have to wear glasses and luckily just got comfortable in putting contacts in. But this whole trend makes as much sense to me as wearing fashionable casts and crutches. It may seem cute but bad eyesight isn’t very cute fashion no matter if they are made by Gucci or Prada.

  46. 46
    June 30th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I’ve had non-prescription glasses on-hand for the past 7 years, and I love to pull them out to surprise people every once in awhile. Most people do think they’re real until I tell them otherwise.

    I think the key here is to pick a pair of specs that suits your face well. Mine are pretty small, with squared rims. They don’t look too overstated, and I like that. I do have a pair of zebra-framed glasses as well, which I don’t wear often, but I love them nonetheless. :)

  47. 47
    June 30th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    I LOVE it, but only on certain people with matching styles.
    For instance, on my, it would look not so good at all.

  48. 48
    June 30th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    I personally like the glasses! It’s just a fun look!

  49. 49
    June 30th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    My prescription-glasses-wearing friend made a good point the other day (although i do not neccessarily agree with her) she said that it annoys her when people suddenly start wearing non-prescripts as people have been teased for decades for being a ‘four eyes’ and suddenly now its cool?

    I reckon they look pretty cool on the right person!

  50. 50
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I love it! I guess everyone’s opinion is different!

  51. 51
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I would if I didn’t have to wear real glasses all the time! I can’t wear contacts. But I’d love to have loads of different pairs of prescription glasses to switch up my look x

  52. 52
    June 30th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I think this is a great trend. I guess there’s a timid part of me that is secretly glad that because of this new thing going on, those years of being teased as being four-eyed would be shoved back in their faces. But that’s just me being selfish.

    Besides that, I think it is awesome. I have terrible astigmatism (and wearing glasses since age 6) and have only recently gotten contacts (custom made, mind you), so you’d think any type of glasses wouldn’t appeal to me. However, I’d totally rock a pair of vintage-chic pair or a nice professional looking one that makes me looks, well, professional. As long as the glasses aren’t over the top and look like they belong to a costume, I would definitely wear them.

  53. 53
    June 30th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I already wear prescription glasses, and I do think having a few different pairs to change out is fun. The most recent pair I got is from ProDesign denmark and they have some really cool swirly patterns on the temples.

    However, I don’t think I would wear non-prescription glasses if I had 20/20 vision!

  54. 54
    June 30th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I think it looks ridiculous. I actually need contact lenses and glasses. I cannot see a thing w/o them. Then I see teenyboppers and hipsters wearing these huge bifocals.

    Ouch, You just slapped me in the face :o

  55. 55
    June 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I think they are adorable! Although, I am not sure if where I live is ready for this trend.

  56. 56
    June 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I actually need to wear proper glasses, so no.
    My glasses look like the non-prescription ones.
    Buddy Holly-esque, I guess you would call them.

  57. 57
    July 1st, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Well, if I wanted to look like I was interning at the circus, I suppose I would. But, I do not, in fact, work in costume, and I happen to wear real, very cool, much smaller, vintage cat-eye prescription glasses. I can also say that even very cool glasses become insufferable when every dab of eye makeup, every nuanced light in your eyes, and part of the strength of every facial expression is always hidden behind glass, and I am currently trying to covert to contacts (my reflexes really aren’t up for me sticking stuff in my eyes, yet, apparently) and ditch all glasses forever, so does color my perspective a bit.

  58. 58
    July 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I love this look, but I also wear glasses for distance on occasion. I agree that wearing them just to be stylish is a little phony when you have 20/20 vision. I need glasses to see in class so I go out and get trendy prescription glasses from online stores. I also find some of these glasses to be a bit extreme in the geek-glasses trend. Wearing huge frames is only ok if they’re singlasses. We’re not in the 80’s!!!

  59. 59
    July 1st, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I LOVE my friends comment a few weeks ago… we were talking about lazer operation on the eyes, she has a really big construction problem with her eyes, so she can get the operation for free…. but she was a little concerned, and i finished the sentence “if it will go wrong”…. but no, she was afraid that she would actually never need glasses again….. fair enough though, she has always been rocking crazy glasses, and it has always been the part that made her outfit complete.

  60. 60
    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    This annoys me just as greatly as the geek-chic trend, and for the same reasons: once it falls out of style and it’s not hip or trendy to wear glasses or be dorky, what about those of us who actually need glasses, or who were born and raised nerds? Of course I love rockin’ my glasses. I also cannot see three feet in front of me without them.

  61. 61
    July 2nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    What about recs to cute, trendy PRESCRIPTION glasses? I love this look, but, like you, have actual eyesight issues. :)

  62. 62
    July 7th, 2010 at 6:46 am

    i already wear glasses but choose to wear contacts the majority of the times.
    i love this look but i really cannot pull it off!!

    charlotte xx

  63. 63
    July 7th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I would wear them,they are cute!

  64. 64
    July 11th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    now, i have two pair of perscription glasses… one pair of smaller wire-rims, and one pair of horn rimmed Ray Ban Wayfarers! i love them, although my friends do sometimes call them granny glasses. i really love the look and i recommend giving the trend a try!

  65. 65
    July 12th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    frankly i dont like the oversized look unless its shades/sun glasses.i too have sight problems-i wear have prescribed specs, cant risk damaging my already damaged the loo is a big no-no for me.i go for the real deal or nothing at all!!!

  66. 66
    August 12th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    i wud i actualluy have a cuple of pairs nd i dnt care what ppl think bout it if they like it or dnt ima still wear them there cute to me

  67. 67
    August 17th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I wear these constantly. I adore them. The only downside is when people fail to understand why I wear them once they discover that they aren’t real. People can be painfully slow on the uptake. X(

  68. 68
    September 5th, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I don’t have an oversized pair, but a regular rectangular pair!
    They’re super fun and make me feel artsy when paired with the right thing! :)

  69. 69
    November 29th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I am already blind, so no thanks.

  70. 70
    January 18th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I actually remember when i was in the fourth grade and i wanted to wear glasses. Always been kind of a dork lol. But now that its in I’m actually really excited and ordered some reader style glasses from hottopic. I’m not really into the huge ones. Just simple black frames with rectangle lenses. I love this fashion trend.

  71. 71
    June 11th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    To the people who are offended that others wear non prescription glasses, you do realize that a common reason for this is to keep stuff out of your eyes right? Its that or goggles and I know you can’t pull off goggles with a suit…little common sense goes a long way.

  72. 72
    June 30th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’m on the fence about this trend. It isn’t as bad as some of the hipster-phobes make it out to be, but it is, unfortunately, associated with a hipster look. On the other hand, it is DEFINITELY offensive to prescription-wearers, and it’s pointless for both the visually impaired and non-impaired to wear them. Then again, what purpose do accessories hold other than to enhance our inner beauty and release the fashionistas inside? As a usual contact lens wearer, I do appreciate my glasses on a lazy day, because the right sized frames can do wonders to hide dark undereye circles. However, they aren’t my first choice of accessory on any normal day, as I feel like any type of frame tends to take away from my bright smile.

  73. 73
    October 1st, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I actually have very similar prescription glasses, and I’ve heard nothing but compliments on them! They look great on most faces, and a classic cat-eye has earned me a few winks at in class. Definitely going to continue this trend in college in ’13.

  74. 74
    July 30th, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I was at my friends house and tried on his glasses and i thought they looked good on me and i was thinking about getting a pair like them my self. The lenses would be clear because i have 20/20 vision. And i think people should stop bitching about how hipster is. Its fashion you drama queens. And i highly doubt that if you see someone that has on glasses when they don’t need them is going to ruin your day. But i kinda have to agree that without the lenses its pretty dumb.

  75. 75
    August 15th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I love this style of glasses but I only got them because I actually NEEDED them… I wouldn’t have the courage to wear purely aesthetic glasses :D

  76. 76
    August 16th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Ugh way too hipster. I’m stuck with glasses and my eyes are worsening rapidly (prescription doubled in a year and a half). Thicker (not larger) frames suit my face so people sometimes assume I’m partially taking part in this trend and ask where I got my glasses and how much they were, I’m like we’ll you need to effin blind and have some decent money because I can’t buy my stupid glasses at forever 21 for $12… I have to rely on clearly contacts to keep me from going broke :(

  77. 77
    January 20th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    people wear non prescription glasses for cosplay guys (that’s dressing up as a character from anime, comic, etc. for you non-fandom people)

    but for general fashion i say only if you can pull it off well
    you don’t really need to go buy em just punch out the lenses from 3D glasses

  78. 78
    May 13th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I personally don’t wear them because of all the hate, but I think glasses are great whether prescription or not. I think some eye-glass wearers’ outrage at non perscription glasses is stupid- I can understand the argument that glasses are not an accessory but a necessity, but the same could be said for wearing scarves in summer, horse riding boots when not a horse rider, etc. Wearing “fake” glasses is not a shout out or making fun of the perscription community- it’s simply a matter of style that should be in no way offensive.

  79. 79
    December 28th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    This si an interesting subject because as all of the comments have shown there really isn’t a clear answer about wearing fake glasses. On one side in some ways it should make hose that really need glasses much more comfortable about wearing glasses because they are being considered as a fashion accessory. In the past one of the biggest problems for a girl was being told she needed to start wearing glasses. Wearing glasses in front of friends and family for the first time was often very hard for many to do.
    For all those that are have perfect vision and are on the fence about wearing fake glasses, really the biggest problem is being outed by your friends for wearing fake glasses. The way around this if you really want to wear glasses is to just go on line and order yourself glasses in a very weak prescription. Nearly everyone can see better than perfect with a -.50 prescription. That way there not fake and your friends will be able to tell that there is in fact a small rx in the lenses. Try ( as just one source for getting your glasses and you will find many of them are less than $25.00.

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