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Everyone’s obsessed with this surprise 2018 Oscars fashion statement

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Glasses, historically (and wrongfully), don’t have the best reputation – which is why it meant so much to so many people to see the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep and Rita Moreno wear their spectacles to the Oscars.

If you have ever seen a movie before, you’ll know that any character who dons a pair of glasses is unlikely to be rarely portrayed as confident or desirable. In fact, spectacles are typically reserved for the “geeky” sidekick – or, y’know, for the female characters who have yet to undergo their rom-com makeover.

Think about it: Anne Hathaway only wears her specs at the beginning of the Princess Diaries, Sandra Bullock during her “unattractive” stage of Miss Congeniality and Ally Sheedy before she gets “cute” in The Breakfast Club. For as long as we can remember, we’ve been told that we have to whip off our glasses to look good – and that we should always opt for contact lenses when attending a glitzy event (case in point: how many brides have you seen wear glasses on their big day?).

Thankfully, though, more and more people are starting to come around to the idea that glasses aren’t just functional (we need them to see), but they can also look amazing, too.

And, at the 2018 Oscars, Lupita Nyong’o, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep and Rita Moreno decided to smash fashion taboos by donning their specs for the glitziest event in Hollywood.

Check it out:

Meryl Streep

Rita Moreno 

Laura Dern

Whether they wore their glasses to read from those all-important nominee envelopes, or for the entirety of the awards show, there’s no denying that seeing these famous women in specs meant a lot to all those bespectacled viewers watching from home.

And it wasn’t long before Twitter was flooded with messages of praise, thanks and pure joy.

“The real winner of the night was people who love ladies in glasses and formal wear,” wrote one.

Another added: “Hi everyone who wears glasses, you should always wear glasses. I’m not going to say you’ll look like Lupita wearing glasses, but, seriously, just wear your sexy ass glasses all the damn time – you all look amazing.”

“Yes, everyone,” cheered one fan, “wear your glasses forever!”

“If there’s anything these Oscars are teaching me, it’s that women in glasses are having a moment and to that I say: it’s about F**KING time,” said one.

“I’m really digging all the women wearing glasses on the red carpet and on stage tonight. Yassss! No more contacts!” raved one more.

“More women presenting Oscars in glasses, please,” ordered one.

Others pointed out that the women of the 2018 Oscars had given them the confidence to go out and rock their frames. 

And another simply squealed the words “Yassssss to glasses and gowns” into cyberspace.

These women didn’t invent glasses, sure, but there’s no denying that choosing to don them for this awards show was a bold move.

Why? Because, whether you’ve worn glasses forever, or hidden your astigmatism from pals with contact lenses, Nyong’o and co have proven that the world is changing: no longer does donning a pair of specs render you a “geek” or a “pre-makeover gal” or a two-dimensional “sidekick”, oh no.

Instead, putting on a pair of glasses in 2018 makes us as much a superhero as Clark Kent does by taking them off. And if that ain’t specs appeal, we don’t know what is.

Images: Rex Features

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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