Glasses get a bad rap sometimes. There’s a memorable scene in the ’90s chick flick She’s All That where high school jock Freddie Prinze Jr. (who, in true ’90s chick flick style has made a bet to transform a nerdy girl into a prom queen) sees Rachel Leigh Cook for the first time without her glasses. She walks down the stairs in slow motion, romantic music swells, Freddie’s jaw drops. Ugh.
I think that movie got it all wrong. Glasses are gorgeous. They are the windows to the windows of your soul, and the right frames can turn a normal look into an extraordinary one. Plus, glasses help those of us who are sort of blind, you know, see. Kind of important.
Here are some incredible celebrity looks that give me major glasses envy. It’s taking every inch of my will-power not to go out and purchase every single pair.
1. Emma Watson
These frames are both casual and fabulous on this UN Ambassador, Brown-educated feminist warrior. Wingardium fabulosa, Emma!
2. Shay Mitchell
Adorable specs and a puppy – Shay, are you trying to give me a heart attack? Too cute to handle! Seriously, those pretty little frames are effortlessly chic.
3. Cate Blanchett
This Cinderella star looks nothing like an evil stepmother. Her dark, oval frames are the perfect accessories to her amazing cheekbones. Great, no I have eyewear and cheekbone envy.
4. Selena Gomez
Is there a way I can copy and paste this entire look on to myself right now? Can some scientists get working on that, please?
5. Cara Delevingne
Leave it to Cara to be both stunning and hilarious at the same time. These frames are half catwalk, half cat-eye and look so good on the Paper Towns actress.
6. Tina Fey
Every time I think I can’t love Tina anymore than I already do, I find new evidence of what an awesome human she is. There are not many people who can wear round frames without looking like Harry Potter or John Lennon impersonators, but here’s Tina, totally working them.
7. Marilyn Monroe
The cat-eye strikes again! If you’re looking for a movie to fuel your glasses envy, check out How to Marry a Millionaire. Marilyn’s ‘50s frames would work for a sassy 2015 vintage style.
8. Demi Lovato
These specs are level-ten hipster-chic. Demi can pull off pretty much any look (remember that pink hair?), and it seems like these thick frames are no exception. Want. Need.
9. Anne Hathaway
Usually, when I wear a messy ponytail and glasses, I give off a distinct slob vibe, but Anne looks like, well, a movie star. These large rounded-square rims are super glamorous so I’m probably going to go buy twelve pairs now, bye.
10. Zooey Deschanel
Glasses are like her X-Men power – they always blow me away. I want to sneak onto the New Girl set and just borrow a pair … forever.