In years past, glasses were seen as an indicator that the character who wore them sees more clearly than other characters, and this pattern has become more visible in recent years( Inness, 2007). Glasses have always connoted brilliance, and brilliance has traditionally been, with few exceptions associated with masculinity(Inness, 2007). But a new day has arrived, “GEEK CHIC”.
“Geek chic” refers to the embracing of stereotypically “geek” characteristics including black-rimmed glasses, T-shirts with geek in-jokes, and more technically complex accessories.
There are multiple interpretations of the term “geek chic”, with heavy black-rimmed glasses being the sole defining trait as far as the press is concerned. Wearing them is sufficiently notable, to have celebrities like David Beckham and Justin Timberlake being reported as “trying geek chic”.
Many NBA players wear lensless glasses with thick plastic frames like horn-rimmed glasses during post-game interviews, geek chic that draws comparisons to Steve Urkel.
To geeks themselves, the term is used for “reclaiming the geek identity as something not only meaningful, but also stylish. In this usage, the term “geek chic” can even be used as a positive contrast to the somewhat more negative term “geeky”. So with so many celebrities and NBA players wearing these “geek” glasses, the term geek is seemed normal today versus being seen as an outcast like the characters in “Revenge of the Nerds”.
It was amazing to see how this new fashion trend has inspired so many people to get in touch with their inner geek. There’s websites that are designed to show you the proper way to look geek chic such as: http://www.wikihow.com/Wear-Geek-Chic-Style-%28for-Girls%29. Progress like this might mean that someday we might see a glasses wearing girl or boy on television who is actually cool from the start and not thought of as different or nerdy to their peers.
Inness, S(2007).Geek Chic, Smart Women in Popular Culture. New York: PalGrave MacMillan