Nerd glasses are here to stay! Love em or hate em, the thick-framed specs the hipsters adore

Nerd glasses are here to stay! Love 'em or hate em, the thick-framed specs beloved by Alexa Chung, the Beckhams and their A-list pals are back in vogue

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10:18 GMT, 9 October 2012

For far too long, wearing glasses has been more about function than fashion – an essential accessory without much flair.

But now, thanks to the fashion pack, glasses have gained all-new hipster status – with the thick-framed nerd specs topping the list of must-have styles.

Catwalk shows this September showcased myriad models wearing nerd glasses, from Ashish's geek chic-themed spring/summer 13 show to Marc Jacobs' defiantly nerdish big specs on the runway in New York.

Who has been giving who fashion tips Victoria and David Beckham know how to work the latest trend and Victoria even designed her own range of specs

Who has been giving who fashion tips Victoria and David Beckham know how to work the latest trend and Victoria even designed her own range of specs

Who has been giving who fashion tips Victoria and David Beckham know how to work the latest trend and Victoria even designed her own range of specs

David Beckham has been spotted in a
pair of the heavy-framed eye-wear, while Victoria included a pair of
nerd glasses in a collection of frames she designed recently.

The result The four-eyed fashion statement has become a style staple.

There has never been a better time to
suffer poor vision (although 20-20 vision hasn't stopped those who
don't need specs joining in the trend).

The thick-rimmed specs are perfect for a workout or a red-carpet event as proven by Kim Kardashian

The thick-rimmed specs are perfect for a workout or a red-carpet event as proven by Kim Kardashian and Christina Hendricks

The thick-rimmed specs are perfect for a workout or a red-carpet event as proven by Kim Kardashian and Christina Hendricks

Dakota Fanning and Hilary Duff use the specs to add an element of glam to their daytime casual look

Dakota Fanning and Hilary Duff use the specs to add an element of glam to their daytime casual look

Dakota Fanning and Hilary Duff use the specs to add an element of glam to their daytime casual look

Johnny Depp proves that men can pull off the look too whilst fashion muse Alexa Chung is a veteran for the style

Johnny Depp proves that men can pull off the look too whilst fashion muse Alexa Chung is a veteran for the style

Johnny Depp proves that men can pull off the look too whilst fashion muse Alexa Chung is a veteran of the style

It all started on the Ashish and J Crew catwalks this season where models could be spotted donning the thick-rimmed specs

It all started on the Ashish and J Crew catwalks this season where models could be spotted donning the thick-rimmed specs

The trend continued on the Ashish and J Crew catwalks this season where models were styled with thick-rimmed specs

HOW TO PULL OFF THE NERD SPEC LOOK
When it comes to eye make-up to wear with nerd specs, remember that less is moreThe only time dramatic eye make-up works is with rimless glassesThick eyebrows complement the look and even adding some pencil to add fullness will helpCropped hairstyles work best. If you have long hair pull it off your face to fully embrace the geek chic lookIf you feel like being more adventurous, the cat-eye frame with a brightly coloured rim is very high fashion

Emily O'Brien, editor at fashion site Styloko.com said: 'Thick-rimmed glasses work because they play into that whole geek chic look, but there's still something quite sexy about a pair of frames – it's that quiet-librarian-cum-sexy-secretary thing that's so alluring.

'The trick to wearing them well is getting that balance right. DSquared2 did it best in their spring/summer collection a while back, where they teamed casual school girl attire with thick round frames and gave the whole lot a glamorous spin with snakeskin, silk, and glamazon tans.

'But don't take that little girl reference too literally – in grown-up terms it means simple, slouchy basics with a luxe finish.'

GET THE LOOK FOR LESS

ASOS Clear Lens Wayfarer Glasses, 12, asos.com

ASOS Clear Lens Wayfarer Glasses, 12, asos.com

Gemma Geek Chic Glasses, 8, boohoo.com

Gemma Geek Chic Glasses, 8, boohoo.com

Studio 123, 50, visionexpress.com

Studio 123, 50, visionexpress.com