The Girl with Glasses

The Girl with Glasses | www.eccentricowl.comThe Girl with Glasses | www.eccentricowl.comI have had glasses since I was about eleven or twelve. I don’t remember the exact age, but I do remember the first night I went to our small town church’s youth group after picking up my new pair of spectacles, feeling nervous about the change, wondering if I would get dubbed the nerd or if anyone would even care. After being there for five minutes, the boy I had a crush on said he really liked my  new glasses, and it was set. I was pleased to be the girl with glasses.

Of course, as I got older and we didn’t have the money to update my frames, I started to get embarrassed about them; they were round, metal, with speckles of rainbow colors on the rims, and at 15 I was not so happy with the choice my 11 year old self had made. They were stupid, juvenile, and made me feel like  a kid. So I ceased to wear my glasses unless I had to watch a movie or, after I got my license, drive.The Girl With Glasses |

Then, finally, at 20, we were able to update my prescription (which badly needed it) and frames, and I was happy with my choice for about two years. The new frames were these, and I wore them for a few years without feeling too embarrassed. But again, I eventually started to feel like they were very much outdated and not in line with what I wanted my style to be, and went through the cycle of being blind for beauty and only wearing the frames when I was forced. I got so used to an old prescription and not being able to see that I barely noticed how bad my eyesight was.

Until I got to work with Firmoo, update my prescription, and nab the first pair of retro-style frames I’ve ever owned. In the last few years I’ve been able to review quite a few pairs of glasses, and slowly my choices have been tweaked to frames that are much more in line with the aesthetic of my style. The Girl With Glasses |

These days, I love wearing glasses. Just the other night, my husband asked me when I was going to get contacts, and I was surprised to find myself responding “maybe never!” I’ve become so attached to the idea of myself as a girl with glasses that I don’t know if I want to get contacts. Of course, contacts might be nice for the occasional day when I want to go all-out glamor and still see, but most days… the glasses are a part of me. They represent the nerdy side, the writer side; they offer a sort of mask to hide behind when I’m feeling less-than cute and need something to distract from a few pimples; they are yet another accessory that I think adds greatly to my daily style, and I love them.The Girl With Glasses | www.eccentricowl.comThe Girl With Glasses |

I will probably get contacts eventually, but I don’t think I will ever stop being the girl with glasses. It’s just who I am, and who I want to be. Especially when I can get frames as gorgeous as these!The Girl With Glasses |

Skirt, belt, flower, and shoes, thrifted | top, Target | glasses, c/o Firmoo

Do you wear glasses? If so, are they prescription, or just for fun? What aesthetic most appeals to you — retro, hipster, nerdy, modern…?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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  • Pam

    I do prefer how I look with contacts, but glasses are much more comfortable with my dry eyes. My husband insists his blue frames make him look like a sexy smurf. Ha ha.

    Your bump is adorable!

  • Jamie Rose

    I got contacts immediately when I first went to the eye doctor because my eyes were bad enough! I was around 11. My sight is really bad so I see better with contacts (peripheral vision and all that jazz) but I like the way my glasses look on me too. Ordering them online is so much cheaper and there’s a better selection of retro styled frames. I love yours! They really suit you. And I’m loving the fun mix of prints in this outfit too!

    Jamie |

  • Emily

    I’m so much on the other side of the fence about glasses! I got them when I was 5 and just HATED going through grade school with them. It didn’t help that I was already a super nerd/overachiever, and that people like my bus driver would say things like “Guys don’t make passes at girls wearing glasses”!! I got contacts when I was 11 and was just absolutely thrilled. I still don’t like the physical experience of wearing glasses (I don’t even like wearing sunglasses!) but I am probably making the switch soon for financial reasons (the cost of disposables really adds up, and I can no longer wear hard contacts because of issues w/my eyes). I’ve been glasses shopping online and trying to stay positive about it, but I am not sure if I’m ready to go back to being “the girl with the glasses” again!! You, on the other hand, look smashing in your glasses and I’m happy that you have embraced them!

    • Eccentric Owl

      Ugh, how could a bus driver SAY that? So mean. I hope when you do make the switch, you are able to find a pair that make you feel fantastic! And, you know, my husband made passes at me when I was in my nerdiest glasses, so, y’know. 😉

  • Morgan A.

    I just wrote a post about getting new glasses also! I get crazy excited about it! I usually have the same problem where initially I’ll love them, but I always get sick of them too quickly and as my style is always evolving and changing.

    Contacts are fun though too! I would suggest getting the daily ones. I only wear them if I’m going to a wedding or something where I want to do fun eye makeup. Or if I’ll be at the pool/beach and want to wear sunglasses.

  • lisa

    I love your pattern mixing and the giant polka dots on that top! Yay for a mostly thrifted outfit! I’ve never worn glasses but there’s always been a part of me that’s wanted them 🙂 That’s awesome you’ve been able to work with Firmoo and pick out some frames you love!

  • Heather Gwinn

    I got my first pair of glasses when I was 13. They were the bargain bin glasses my mom gave me the option to pick from. I was immediately self conscious about them the moment I started wearing them. Unfortunately no one but my grandmother complimented me so I rarely wore them outside of my home or to take notes at school. They were also too large for my face and thanks for my little sister stepping on them twice mine started to look worse for ware than Harry Potter’s. Sadly I didn’t have a spell to repair them. With one arm missing and the middle tapped up I was stuck with those till I met my amazing husband who immediately bought me contacts at 18. I wore contacts till just a few years back. My first pair of glasses since I was a kid looked a lot like the pair you had linked. Now I almost prefer glasses to contacts. Although I still feel styling hair and putting makeup on is sooo much easier with contacts.

    I absolutely love your skirt. You look gorgeous! ♥♥♥ Oh and my style of glasses? I love that nerdy chic look with a bit of retro feel.