I’m hoping for your input on a quandary I’m having. I’m starting my first real job this summer so trying to build an adult wardrobe now. I am nearsighted and strongly prefer glasses to contacts for everyday wear. I love my (only) current pair; they’re big and plastic and perfect for me. But can I pull off “geek chic” in a professional (though not very conservative) environment, especially as a 21 year-old intern?
As a fellow glasses wearer, I’m curious to hear what the readers say here. I think that ‘geek chic’ glasses can be great — I’ve even recommended them to a reader who was wondering how to to make her look edgier. However, there is a sliding scale with these things. The wackier the glasses are, the more that people will remember (and form opinions about you) based on your glasses, at least at first. In other words: if a particular boss thinks you look like a bit odd/hipster/weird/[insert negative word here], you are probably not going to get a lot of work with that person. You may say, “fine, I wouldn’t want to work with someone that stodgy anyway!,” and an outward statement about your personality can be a great way to whittle down who you work with. (Glasses are in a different ballpark than heavily tattooed arms, but you may want to check out that discussion as well.) That said… you don’t want to be so limited that only a few people in the office want to work with you — so if your office is filled with more “stodgy” types than not, you need to exercise caution. (And just in terms of style, I personally prefer not to have a certain pair of glasses be my trademark, but that’s just my $.02.) (Pictured above: I was sort of surprised to see Jenna Lyons wear what I would classify as geek-chic eyeglasses to an Oscars party, but if they become your trademark look then I suppose it’s weirder not to wear them.)
So here would be my approach: wear multiple pairs of glasses. [Read more…]