Why Wear Glasses Without Lenses?
People usually wear eyeglasses for two main reasons. One, we actually need them to see clearly. And two, it’s all in the name of fashion and style! Geek chic is a popular aesthetic for a reason, and glasses are a must if you want to get it right.
Speaking of wearing glasses for aesthetic reasons, we can’t forget about lensless glasses. Yes! You read that right. Glasses sans lenses.
Read on to learn how this trend started, how it became a thing in pop culture, and get some style inspiration from your favorite celebs.
Why wear lensless glasses?
At the end of the day – why do people reach for lensless or non prescription glasses anyway? Well – a couple of reasons.
1. Lets you emulate celebrities’ style trends without breaking the bank
Celebrities have always had a big influence on fashion trends, but not all of their looks have an accessible price point.
Glasses are fairly affordable compared to apparel, handbags, and shoes, which makes hopping on the trend more effortless and easy on the wallet.
2. They’re highly customizable
What we wear is an expression of our personality, and no matter what trends we follow, we still like to put our own stamp on it. With glasses, it’s easier to do so as you can customize so many aspects, from frame design to shape to color.
Some people may view wearing lensless glasses as weird or senseless but hey, at the end of the day, you should be free to express yourself however you wish. If you look and feel good in lensless glasses, wear it loud and wear it proud.
3. They give off an instant ‘smart’ aura
This is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you see someone wearing eyeglasses. Due to glasses always being associated with intellectuals, wearing a pair adds an instant smart edge to your ensemble. It can even add a layer of sophistication to your look.
How did the trend of lensless glasses begin?
It all began in California in 1965 when it became popular for youngsters to wear thick-rimmed glasses à la Clark Kent (yup, Superman himself) to poke fun at grownups. Since they didn’t actually need them to see clearly, they wore these glasses without lenses.
Jumping to the other side of the world, lensless frames also rose to popularity in Japan in the 1990s. Although the trend was short-lived, it resurged in East Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea) around the 2010s with youth gravitating towards large, thick frames without lenses.
Now, fake eyeglasses (or non-prescription glasses) are a whole other thing. Starting in 2010, this trend involves wearing glasses with actual lenses but without a prescription. Similar to lensless glasses, they are worn mainly for fashion.
With that being said, non-prescription glasses have their perks as they protect you from blue light (which causes eyestrain and headaches) and UVA/UVB rays.
Famous glasses in pop culture
Movie characters whose glasses are a distinctive part of their appearance and identity can have a big influence on eyewear trends. Here are a few of the most popular pairs in pop culture – which you can emulate with non-prescription glasses here at Mouqy.
Harry Potter’s round glasses
One of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s most legendary alumni, Harry Potter is easily recognizable, even among non-fans, for his round, thin-rimmed eyeglasses.
For Potterheads out there, Mouqy’s got some similar frames:
Tony Stark’s iconic aviators
Who could ever forget one of the forerunners of the Avengers? The genius billionaire and creator of the Iron Man suit, Mr. Tony Stark is equally known for his classic tinted glasses, which have ranged from rectangular to square to aviator.
Here are some Mouqy frames to make his look yours.
Edna Mode from The Incredibles
Finally, there’s Edna from the Incredibles. The famed fashion designer and creator of superhero costumes sports unforgettable thick, round glasses as part of her look.
Stars known for stylish glasses
From fiction, we move on to real-life personalities who have made an equally indelible impact on eyewear fashion.
Such is their influence, that even those without an actual need for glasses would hop on the bandwagon and go for lensless or non-prescription glasses in the name of emulating their favorite stars!
Here are some celebrities who are as known for their bespectacled looks as they are for their body of work.
Taylor has donned a wide range of glasses throughout her many musical eras, switching from nerdy and geeky designs to bolder and more colorful ones.
If you’re curious to learn more about Taylor’s top glasses moments, you can check out her eyewear style evolution here and even find out how to get her look for less from Mouqy.
The award-winning actress and writer has been rocking eyeglasses ever since the start of her career. In general, Tina has always sported horn-rimmed glasses as part of her signature look, even on her famed sitcom ‘30 Rock’. However, she has also been known to change it up every now and then, like when she appeared on the Today show in thicker, ‘hipster-like’ glasses.
The following square and horn-rimmed spectacles are just what you need to replicate the witty comedienne’s style.
Musical icons get to where they are today not only for wearing multiple hats, but also for their memorable, boundary-breaking style. Singer, songwriter, and pianist Elton John is one such icon whose esthetic wouldn’t be complete without a pair of fabulous, colorful glasses. From tinted to glittery to vintage — you name it, Elton has probably worn it.
Here are two of Mouqy’s most flamboyant specs to help you bring out your inner ‘Rocket Man’:
Lensless glasses worn by stars
While the aforementioned stars wore glasses out of necessity — with stylishness being a bonus — there have also been celebs known to rock lensless or non-prescription glasses purely for fashion.
The supermodel has admitted to not wearing prescription glasses, but she sure does like donning fake ones because according to her, glasses pique interest and project smartness. Plus, it makes her feel like a grown-up. The model usually goes with rectangular frames and occasionally with round ones like the one above.
Lebron James and Dwyane Wade
Lebron and Dwyane, who made up two of Miami Heat’s big three back then, put the lensless glasses trend in the spotlight during a press conference in China. D Wade asserted back then that he wore them just because it was something to do. He and his teammate have been known to favor thick-rimmed rectangular or square frames.
Justin likes completing his streetwear ensembles with glasses, but he doesn’t actually need them as they’re all prescriptionless. He has been known to experiment with a ton of styles, from thick-rimmed glasses in the early days of his career to his more recent penchant for aviator, square, and round wireframes.
Frames to pull off the lensless or plano trend with
When it comes to making a fashion statement through your eyewear, Mouqy is the place to be thanks to our wide variety of frames for every esthetic. While we don’t offer lensless glasses, we do have non-prescription ones which you can easily tailor to your personality with various designs.
If you’re feeling like a classy yet modern design, these Gem frames will fit the bill. These geometric blue eyeglasses suit people with round faces best, and turn up the cool factor on your outfit instantly.
Now, if you’re leaning towards something more quirky and adventurous, Justin specs are where it’s at! This type of frame fits those with square, triangle, and diamond-shaped faces.
For a more subtly elegant approach, Suzy glasses will do the trick. Perfect for round and oval faces, its minimal design can be worn in just about any setting.
For bright and fun days, radiant glasses like Balance will make you stand out right away. The geometric shape makes it especially fitting for people with round faces, and as a bonus, its interesting design can be a great ice-breaker.
Hopping on the lensless glasses trend
So, is this trend worth a shot? Well, that’s all down to your confidence and personal taste. If you’re confident you can pull it off, you’re already halfway there.
If you’re team #LenslessGlasses or want to hop on the non-prescription glasses wagon, check out our guide to finding the right glasses for your face shape before you start browsing frames.
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