The Instagram style theme of the week is dark glasses. I trolled around Instagram to find nerds who wear a sash labeled "Four Eyes" with pride. Ok, there's no sash. But they make cranberries into cranberry juice by turning poor eyesight into fashion.
Today, we meet expert crafter Virginia Johnson of Cambridge. You can find her pictures at gather_here
Q. What do you think the dark frames say about you?
A. I joke that these tortoise shell frames are my homage to Edith Head. As a costume designer and small business owner, I like to channel fashionable, successful women. Every day is a hustle so all the mojo I can muster is good.
Q. When you see other people wearing dark frame glasses, do you feel a kinship with them? Is there a cult of nerd chic?
A. I bought these glasses because a literature professor with excellent style was rocking a pair of nerdy frames. I asked her where she shopped and made an appointment there six months later. I think I ask most of my customers where they get their glasses, it's a necessary accessory that I like to compliment folks on.
Q. Any regrets about the glasses?
A. NONE! I love them. I also picked up a killer pair of clear blue frames that are maybe a little over the top. I think the oddest part of wearing big, obvious eyeglasses is that some people ask if I need glasses. Just because they are big doesn't mean I don't need them. I'm blind without them and not at all ashamed of looking the nerd.
Q. What do you think your next pair of glasses will look like?
A. I have a pair of 80's Ray-Ban Wayfarer's that I think I may put prescription lenses in. I'm going through a strange 1980s nostalgia period and they are sitting on office desk calling my name.