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Geek Chic

by habituallychic

06 . 17 . 11
There really isn’t anything geeky about these bespeckled beauties including Carrie Donovan above but there is definitely something about a pair of glasses that makes the wearer appear smarter.  I had a cab driver ask me today if I worked at Citibank. A random question to say the least but I chalk it up to my new glasses that apparently make me look really, really smart.  I had a lot of readers ask me where I got them after seeing them in my last post so I figured why not compile a few iconic images of those who wear glasses and a few that probably will be someday.  For the record, my new glasses are Ray Ban Wayfarer Square and they definitely make geek chic.
David Hockney

Iris Apfel

Liz Claiborne

Philip Johnson

Jay Z

Colin Firth as A Single Man
Swifty Lazar

Scarlett Johansson

Yves Saint Laurent

Jenna Lyons

Michael Caine

Joanna Hillman

Woody Allen

Fleur Cowles

Erin Fetherston by Vanessa Jackman

Grace Kelly

Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

Emily Blunt

Grace Kelly

Demi Moore

Grace Kelly

Minnie Mortimer

Justin Beiber

Kanye West

Paul McCartney

Isabelle Adjani

Photo by Vanessa Jackman


Photo by Vanessa Jackman

Michael Caine

Photo by Vanessa Jackman

Elisa Sednaoui in Chanel


Charlotte Rampling

Madeline Weeks

Sophia Loren

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  1. BluBabesCreate June 17, 2011 | 1:08 am

    I especially love the classic beauty of Elisa Sednaoui.

  2. Splendid Sass June 17, 2011 | 1:09 am

    Your glasses look great, Heather.
    Love my glasses, but I only wear them around the house for some crazy reason. My sunglasses are Wayfarer and I LOVE them. Go through a pair a year for the post decade.
    Love this post. It has inspired me to wear my glasses more often.

  3. Scot Meacham Wood June 17, 2011 | 1:36 am

    Heather – how CHARMING!!!!! Thanks for bringing a smile to my work-weary face on a late Thursday afternoon!


  4. Tommy June 17, 2011 | 2:41 am

    What a great collection of peeps with mad specs appeal!! Awesome!

  5. adria June 17, 2011 | 2:46 am

    Beautiful photos and gorgeous frames, all of them!



  6. Harriet June 17, 2011 | 6:54 am

    Very sexy! Here’s another fabulous pair of specs on Italian designer Rossana Orlandi. She looks amazing.

  7. meenal@maison marigold June 17, 2011 | 9:59 am

    wonderful post..particularly for someone who’s always on the lookout for some smart glasses..love the ones grace kelly is sporting in her first image..and the ones by chanel!! have a lovely day, heather..xx meenal

  8. Randy @ AJ Barnes June 17, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    What a great post…Enjoyed…
    & I like your new glasses….


  9. ArchitectDesign™ June 17, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    I thought you would have your picture at the very end in your new glasses!

  10. Casa Très Chic June 17, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    Fantastic post, great collection and your glasses look great.

  11. Catherine like Deneuve June 17, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    I just got new glasses, too. I love the geek chic style, but I have a small, thin nose, so plastic frames always sit too low (like Jenna Lyons and Joanna Hillman (who look cute anyway). I found some metal ones with plastic tortoise shell on the front. Very funky. The metal part is purple, but the tortoise shell covers enough of it that they don’t scream PURPLE. And they have the little nose clips that metal frames use, so I can adjust them to sit correctly on my face. Anne & Valentin’s Fairy frame. I’m also pleased because the makers are from Toulouse, which is not far from where I live.

  12. 'LUSH' June 17, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Yes. No. Maybe. Depends on who’s wearing them! LOL!

  13. Diane James Home June 17, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    I love your images – what a great way to start off a weekend! We were thrilled when the fabulous Nina Campbell walked into our booth at the New York Gift Show in January to place an order – we recognized her from her famous heart-shaped spectacles! You can see them on Vicente Wolf’s blog – http://www.vicentewolfblog.com/friends/nina-campbell/

  14. The enchanted home June 17, 2011 | 10:31 pm

    Fun seeing so many familiar faces in glasses…some look incredibly glamorous others not so much. So funny because up until around 17 I was dying to wear glasses and now that I actually ‘kind of” have to…not so keen on the idea. This post however redeems them in my eyes so maybe they aren’t so bad afterall!

  15. Grant K. Gibson June 18, 2011 | 12:56 am

    Love your new glasses! When I got my first pair a few years ago-it was like a whole new me!


  16. Anonymous June 18, 2011 | 6:21 am

    so so so h a w t

  17. Hannah June 18, 2011 | 7:43 am

    Oh I wish I had the guts to wear such bold spectacles!

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo Hannah
    Heaps of Dreams

  18. Tish Jett June 18, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    What a brilliant idea for a post!

    Of course, your entire blog is brilliant.

  19. Carla@DesignintheWoods June 18, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Everything old is new again. I’m not sure about the Beiber though, they sort of accentuate his youth and innocence. Like he’s wearing his Daddy’s glasses!

  20. Joanie Ballard June 18, 2011 | 5:41 pm

    What a fabulous post. It’s interesting to see celebs now wearing glasses for the fashion/smart fun of it. You look great in yours!

  21. Jane Kilpatrick Schott June 19, 2011 | 1:36 am

    I started wearing glasses with clear glasses to look older when I moved to NYC…I now wear Anglo American handmade frames and I could never NOT wear them now because folks know me with my frames as a signature.

    I LOVE wearing glasses.

  22. Hadleybaby June 20, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Two great ones need to be added… Le Corbusier and I.M. Pei.

  23. lintmag June 20, 2011 | 7:08 pm

    Love that Swifty Lazar! Also, Paul McC should go back to his nerdchic look.
    Rather surprised not to see Sylvia Weinstock in this group of spex-wearers!