What's next? Pocket protectors and high-waisted plaid pants?
Nerd glasses, the big, black rim glasses made popular by, well, nerds have become the hottest trend around.
From high-profile nerd glass wearers like singer Justin Timberlake to Demi Moore (and a million fashionistas in between), the black rim nerd glasses have taken the world by storm.
Even people who don't need glasses are buying up the frames (at places like Hot Topic where they sell for less than $10.)
I won't bore you with the origins of the trend (OK, it was a combination of the street and runway) or what I think about it (it's actually kinda cute.)
I'm just questioning whether nerd glass wearing 60-something Susan Sarandon, 50-something Madonna and 40-something Demi Moore should be indulging in this particular trend, which is definitely aimed at youngsters.
Or is it?
On the one hand, it makes perfect sense that these three women would be wearing nerd glasses. They all three thumb their nose at society's idea of what it is to age: they date younger men, wear miniskirts and tattoos, run vital businesses.
On the other hand, nerd glasses are a somewhat silly, ironic take on fashion. And – like legwarmers, fingerless gloves, multiple face piercings and pink eyeshadow – seem to just be a better fit for kids under 30.
I love Susan, Madonna and Demi for their trailblazing, age-defying roles. If it weren't for Susan Sarandon, I might think I was too old to finally get that tattoo I wanted. Without Madonna, I might consider over 50 time to hang up my rock and roll looks. Demi made me rethink plastic surgery because she looks so great.
Nerd glasses just look sort of ridiculous on older women.
I'm not suggesting the famous trio ditch all semblance of updatedness and wear trifocals and fanny packs. It's just that I sometimes think middle age and beyond deserves some level of dignity.
Maybe it's just that we need our own trends, instead of trying to adopt those of 20-year-olds.
What do you think about nerd glasses or other fads on women and men our age?