Types of Nerd Glasses

Have you ever wondered what style defines glasses as geeky? A limited choice of style you may think! Well, have I got a surprise for you…

There’s actually seven, YES, 7 types of nerd glasses so that’s a great choice of styles from which to choose from. Now let’s dive in and explore them all to find that perfect pair which suits you by considering your features and aiming to accentuate the shape of your face. It’s by knowing these different styles that will give you the power to determine which one suits you most.

Nerd Glasses Visual Comparison Guide

Amazon Wayfarer GlassesWayfarer Nerd Glasses

Nerd glasses cannot be discussed without Wayfarers. You may remember seeing film or news reels of the Rock 'n' Roll legend Buddy Holly wearing his beloved Wayfarers. They still are a stylish accessory worn by the fashionistas today. Wayfarers became popular in the 1950s and the best thing about them is that they look good on both men and women. Wayfarers seem to be the most popular style among glasses which has turned it into a foundation of trendy eyewear over the years. Some people even go to the extent of adding a small piece of tape around the frame right between the eyes to give an impression of being “hard at work”
Amazon Clark Kent GlassesClark Kent Glasses

Remember the iconic Clark Kent and how he popularized glasses? Even if this particular style of choice is less trendy, these glasses are not that unusual because of their pop culture connotations. They border a bit closer to the true nerd legacy and have no associations whatsoever to hipsters and bad boys. They are more close to home with reporters and the nerdy crowd, sometimes suggesting unique hidden powers
Amazon Browline GlassesBrowline Glasses

If you’re still unsure about Wayfarers, there’s also a semi-rimless frame type that can accentuate your style and flatter the shape your face. This type is suitable for both men and women, however, they lean more towards the men's side. Malcolm X used to own several pairs, each in different colors
Amazon Cat Eye GlassesCat Eye Nerd Glasses

Who isn't familiar with cat eye glasses? These have a distinct shape and are considered to be very suitable for women. They have a timeless iconic style that has withstood the test of time in the sense of fashion. In fact, they originate all the way back to the 1940s. Their name comes from a unique shape, wherein the frame curves into pointed bold edges on the outer tips, highlighting a feline look. Women from all around the world wanted to replicate the look of Audrey Hepburn after she wore a pair of cat eye glasses in the famous film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Amazon Gazelle GlassesGazelle Glasses

Even younger people are picking up on this particular shape nowadays. This style is identified by the larger lenses compared to regular glasses. They have been in and out of fashion since the 1980s, and have a bigger appeal towards the elderly, hence the bigger lenses. The square frame gives the wearer a comical appearance and the trend took over when the Run DMC crew wore them as part of a uniform. Even if they look good on women, they are typically worn by men
Amazon Rectangle GlassesRectangle Glasses

You cannot go wrong by choosing rectangle glasses for daily wear. They are stylish and can bring out the librarian-sexy-secretary vibe that is undeniably alluring. These specs are designed to portray a more modern and minimalist look that is more symmetric
Amazon Round GlassesRound Nerd Glasses

Blame it on Harry Potter and John Lennon, but these glasses are considered to provide a nerdy look also, and have increased in popularity within the past decade. They are thought to boost your intelligence and allure when you want to present yourself as smart and responsible. Since designers seem to ignore this shape, you might have to spend more time looking for them, especially if you require prescription lenses to go along with them

We suggest you to explore each individual type along with its history and recent trend movements. You can even try them all to see which nerd glasses frames create that unique look you were waiting for!