i actually liked my glasses when i first got them in second grade.
my teacher noticed i had a problem seeing the chalk board, even when i was moved to the front row. that was it for me.
i got frosty pink frames, and they were the COOLEST. i remember even as a 7-year-old, thinking that it was just one more way i could express myself and be unique! i got them on a friday, and i could barely wait through the weekend to show them off to everyone in school.
well, it didn't take me long after that to figure out that having glasses was not cool. it was, in fact, nerdy and meant that no boys would ever like me. because even though i was just coming out of the boys-are-icky phase, i was old enough to be susceptible to all the cultural messages that told me yeah... having boys like me was pretty important.
i'll never forget the day my brother's best friend, wayne, was waxing poetic about "the prettiest girl in school" marissa. he wouldn't shut up about it! for some reason i was interested in how i might compare to this girl... so i said something to the effect of "what about me? am i cute?!" he said something to the effect of "... you're alright. nothing to DIE over."
from that day on, i just knew. i wasn't one of the pretty girls. it was totally cool though, i had other good traits to go on. like my uh... uniqueness. and um... my good heart?
there were a few sad years where i felt ashamed of my perceived ugliness. but then in sixth grade i got contact lenses, and it was kinda all good again. yada, yada we all have stories like this. what got me thinking about it all was the fact that i've been thinking about getting a pair of new glasses.
i see other girls pull off glasses with such style... hello keiko lynn and elizabeth! however, i still remain unsure of my ability to do so. i still always kinda feel like that nerdy girl :(
still. the fact remains. i need some new ones. the last time i got a pair was 2006. yup. so when i saw louise over at coffee and a cardigan make a post about warby parker, i knew i had to try it out.
the deal: they will ship you five vintagey frames of your choice to try on FOR FREE (you of course must ship them back in a timely manner.) because of my sucky eye prescription, it would cost me $130 buckaroos. but for people with normal eyes, it would be $95. that includes lenses AND frames.
first pair: miles
second pair: webb
i am clearly uncomfortable trying these on, and feel totally geeky.
third pair: sinclair
yeaahhhh, what's my name?!!
you can see, i'm starting to ease into it a bit more, and i like these frames a little better than the previous two :)
fourth pair: tenley.
fave so far. the head scarf doesn't hurt.
and last but not least, the huxleys.
they seem a little over-the -top for me, but are they?? not sure if i could pull it off in real life.
i'm flummoxed, friends! i don't want to choose any pair, but i think i'm leaning towards tenley or sinclair.
what do you think??