I’m sure you’ll agree: glasses are exceedingly stylish these days! Below you’ll find Exhibits Y and Z–just a couple out of many, many pieces of supporting evidence. The old ideas about “geeks in specs” are way outdated. Glasses are now an “it” accessory. After all, celebrities and hipsters have been wearing vanity frames for a while. I wore them for a month or two when Stella got her frames. They were big, bold and white, just $2.99 from Forever 21, and even they got rave reviews!
Perusing J.Crew’s kids’ section is always fun, because you so often see a kid in one of the stylish frames they offer, which can be used for prescription lenses, but the frames only come in one size, which is unfortunately limiting.
I hate to support gossip websites but I’m making an exception here. The blogosphere’s reaction to Violet Affleck’s new glasses was a collective sigh in admiration of her overwhelming cuteness. One blogger featured pictures under the heading “Violet Affleck: Pink Glasses Gorgeous!” and it showed up in fashion feeds. My reaction? “I need to find out who makes those frames!” She’s got at least two pairs and they’re undeniably chic. (For those who don’t have guilty habits like occasionally visiting gossip sites, Violet is the five-year-old daughter of megastars Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.) Here is People Magazine’s note about this news, which probably got more coverage than most ongoing conflicts in the Middle East: “Spotted: Violet Affleck and Her Fabulous Frames.”
Concluding thoughts ala Andy Rooney: As parents we still can’t help but worry a little bit about potential teasing, but if it’s not glasses, it’s something else, and the only way to protect them from all that is to instill an authentic sense of confidence in one’s self. I think that we parents in The Little Four Eyes community do such a great job of embracing glasses, and celebrating them. So if teasing ever does occur, our kids will be able to brush it off. My anxiety about perception is almost nil at this point, because Stella gets compliments on her glasses every day. She is only two and usually shy in public, she doesn’t reply–but at home I do hear her say that she likes her glasses, and she is pleased that they are purple. I hope she’s taking in those kind words from strangers and friends and building a very positive and confident view of her lovely lenses. I’m so glad that positive references to glasses are now everywhere. More and more differences are being celebrated as unique and attractive, and it’s wonderful to see.
I know Ann has done some great posts about reactions to glasses. But looking at the gushing headlines about little Miss Affleck made me want to ask everyone: What is the best or most heartwarming reaction your child has ever received? Or one that somehow really made your child feel good?