The #1 Accessory Trend That Never Seems to Be Out of Fashion

Geek-chic glasses were everywhere a few years ago. From Kendall Jenner to Emily Ratajkowski, no A-lister was okay with being left out—prescription or not. Usually, we'd expect such a divisive trend to peter out once it hits mass adoption, but 2020 continues to look strong on the nana-inspired-frames front. The outfit-changing accessory is even picking up some new arbiters of taste along the way (Alexa Chung, for starters) as well as surprising high-street supporters (Zara is 100% in).


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This is proof that the idea of geek chic never really goes away. It just constantly reinvents itself. These frames take inspiration from the likes of '70s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. However, some girls are taking the idea a step further with thick acetate glasses in different pastel colours, from the likes of Chloé and Cutler and Gross. There's even a move away from the classic aviator frames to more rounded shapes, the kind Deirdre Barlow would be proud of. If you're wondering how to style them, look no further than these A-listers and influencers who casually fling a pair on with any ensemble. Keep scrolling for the fashion take on one of the biggest trends this year—geek-chic glasses—and shop our favourite pairs.


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Style Notes: One of our current style and beauty favourites, Lesley Buckle—who writes the blog Fresh Lengths—proves that all you need is minimal makeup, a vintage-style Adidas tee and a pair of specs.


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Style Notes: Model Frederikke Sofie is known for always wearing these '80s frames, and she'll pair them with any outfit going.


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Style Notes: Alexa Chung demonstrates that she's not immune to this trend either.


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Style Notes: Geek-chic glasses can be worn with earrings and you won't feel OTT—just keep everything else simple.

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Style Notes: Anum Bashir of Desert Mannequin offsets her frames with a simple white shirt and choker necklace.


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Style Notes: Pixie Geldof takes the vintage look to an adventurous level with her mullet and fringed jacket. Are you feeling brave enough?


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Style Notes: Want to really see how to wear this look day to day? Take inspo from street style photographer and blogger Sara of Collage Vintage, and pair yours with a Breton. 


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Style Notes: Chiara Ferragni shows us how to style geek-chic glasses for a night out. Fancy top. Jeans. Tousled hair. Done.


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Style Notes: Now THIS is how to wear your glasses to this office. Plus, it will make you look brainier. Bonus.


Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits.

Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.