The emergence of the “Geek Chic” fad has put a new spin on glasses in recent years. While everyone remembers the old “Four eyes” taunt on the playground, people think quite differently as adults. For men, glasses can add a touch of a distinguished look, and they are often seen on the red carpet as a staple to a celebrity’s regular style. Johnny Depp is known for his blue tinted and rounded frames and even Brad Pitt has started to regularly don glasses while out and about.
However, it’s not just the male celebrities that have started wearing glasses on the red carpet. From aging stars that need it to help their vision to stars using it to create a specific look, some have proven that glasses can be quite appealing on our favorite celebs. Glasses can be used to create a character on screen, but also used to create an identity for a celebrity. A great example of this is the singer/songwriter, Lisa Loeb. When she was first introduced to audiences in the '90s, her song “Stay (I Missed You)” was catchy enough. But it was her signature look with the dark framed glasses that people most remember, and without them, she would probably go unrecognized.
Whether it’s a fashion choice or a necessity, it can either create or maintain an identity for a celebrity. While not everyone is going for the sexy teacher look, there are some celebrities that really look great with glasses on, and we love them for it.
15 Tina Fey
SNL has famously launched the careers of some of the funniest leading men in Hollywood. While audiences are aware of stars like Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, and Adam Sandler originating from SNL, sometimes the women can get a bit overlooked. However, no one is overlooking Tina Fey. As the first female head writer for SNL, she definitely proved herself as a talented and hilarious writer, creator, and actor. Moving on to 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and huge successes in film, she is often seen wearing glasses both on and off the screen. From her hilarious Sarah Palin parody to her regular off-screen look, Tina Fey has shown glasses on a woman creates more than just the sexy librarian look.
14 Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen has acted in a number of television series and films, but she is probably best known for the character she plays on Modern Family. Proving she can be both funny and beautiful, Julie Bowen isn’t the typical blonde Hollywood actress. Often playing down her looks, she isn’t the type of celebrity that goes all out for the glamourous look. Instead, she is often seen on the red carpet donning the Mom-next-door look, complete with glasses. While she may not be the typical blonde bombshell, she definitely shows that wearing glasses and the blonde look go quite well together.
13 Leighton Meester
There are a number of Hollywood actresses that are known for looking alike. From Megan Fox being compared to a younger Angelina Jolie to Amy Adams being compared to Isla Fisher, it seems everyone in Hollywood has a celebrity twin. Leighton Meester is no exception, and is often compared to Minka Kelly. While they both have a similar look with the brunette hair and similar style, Leighton seems like she has a quirkier persona. Starring in films like The Judge and Country Strong, she has proven that she has versatility in more than just her acting skills. Off-screen she is often photographed looking like a regular girl, and the glasses help to achieve that look. Although she can be as glamorous as all the other starlets, we love the fact that she can rock some reading glasses on a regular day.
12 Janeane Garofalo
Janeane Garofalo is a comedian and actress in her own right, but oftentimes it’s her guest starring roles that have made the most impact with fans. From playing the perfect female version of Jerry on Seinfeld to a version of herself on Sopranos, she is unique in her ability to draw in an audience on the small screen. Her off-screen look is often played down, to reveal a spunkier side that fans can relate to. While she doesn’t always don a pair of reading glasses, the times she does are well-liked. From standard dark frames to a sexier cat eye, Janeane Garofalo knows how to change up her look.
11 Bonnie Wright
It’s often difficult for child actors to transition into the adult world of acting, especially when they have grown up before our eyes on screen. When Bonnie Wright was first introduced to audiences through the Harry Potter film series, she started off as just the little sister in the Weasley clan. However, once she became the love interest to Harry Potter, fans started to see her as more than just another red-haired kid from the series. Nowadays, she isn’t exactly thought of as an adult star yet, but she is showing her adolescent phase is coming along quite nicely. Looking like the typical young starlet, she even makes the glasses look stylish.
10 Megan Mullally
Starting off in theater, Megan Mullally had huge success in popular shows like Chicago and Grease. However, it was her breakout role in television that created a true name for herself. Playing one of the favorite characters from the hit show, Will & Grace, Megan Mullally showed that comedy comes in many different forms. While she’s appeared with and without glasses onscreen, it’s the sexy librarian dark-framed look that the public loves the best. Showing she can be a showstopper on stage and on screen, Megan Mullally is one of our favorite stars with the stereotypical four eyes.
9 Allison Janney
Emmy award winning actress Allison Janney has starred in a number of successful television shows including The West Wing and Showtime’s Masters of Sex. While she is currently starring on the CBS sitcom, Mom, it’s her roles on the big screen that have made the most impact. Playing the Southern socialite in The Help and the stepmother with a heart of gold in Juno, Janney seems like the mother everyone would be happy to have. As an aging starlet, she doesn’t seem to have the same hardships finding work in Hollywood like other celebrities that have reached a certain age. While the reading glasses may have come from necessity, they offer a Geek Chic look that is super becoming on a woman of a particular age.
8 Rachael Harris
Rachael Harris has been in a number of hugely popular television shows, and has an extremely recognizable look even if you might not know her name. Short in stature, blonde and perky, and with the signature dark framed glasses; Rachael Harris has the perfect look to play specific characters. A great example is her latest role on the hit series, Lucifer. Playing the therapist to the devil, she has a sexy look that only intensifies with the fact that she accepts sex as payment. Lucifer doesn’t seem to dabble in anything as trivial as cash or an insurance card, so it definitely works out for both parties and fans love to see the dirt go down.
7 Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana is known for her chic look on the red carpet, but her off-screen look is much less glamorous. Often photographed running errands or out with friends, she typically wears glasses. While she has starred in a number of films that allow her true beauty to shine, many of her most famous films require an abundance of makeup. From Avatar to Guardians of the Galaxy, she didn’t exactly look like the girl-next-door. Outside of her film work, she often just looks like a down-to-Earth girl that has radiant beauty. In this particular photo, she is performing charity work at Los Angeles Mission helping out for Thanksgiving 2011, and nothing is more beautiful than a woman with a charitable heart.
6 Anne Hathaway
While Anne Hathaway started climbing the celebrity ladder in hopes of becoming the next “America’s Sweetheart,” she hit a few snags along the way. Not only did she become super over-exposed, but the public seemed to turn on her for not being as relatable as other stars, like Jennifer Lawrence. Stepping away from the public eye for a moment didn’t seem to be the only step she took in order to change public perception. With a different hairstyle and a new pair of glasses, this might have been an effort to try and create a new public persona. Whatever the case, they definitely look good on her, and we appreciate the effort.
5 Melanie Chisholm
While the Spice Girls were a huge pop sensation during their heyday, they aren’t exactly looked at as the epitome of fame and excellence nowadays. Instead, it has become almost an embarrassing comment to say you’re a Spice Girls fan, even though many of the former members have gone on to success in their own right. However, it’s not just Victoria Beckham and Mel B that have branched out from their Spice Girls origin. Melanie Chisholm, known as Mel C., went on to have a solo career and became a platinum-selling artist. While many people remember her as the “Sporty Spice” persona, she has shed that character and embraced her feminine looks. From the beautifully-tanned skin to the flowing auburn locks, the glasses just help to complete the sexy teacher look.
4 Angie Harmon
It should come as no surprise that Angie Harmon started off her career as a fashion model. The ebony hair and striking good looks were a great start to a budding career in television acting. While she had a successful run on Baywatch Nights, it was her starring role in Law & Order that really solidified her as an actress. While she plays a hardcore character on TV, it’s her off-screen look that really shows how naturally beautiful she is. From the girlish dimples to the glasses, Angie Harmon is an actress that can pull off any look with ease.
3 Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu has made a career out of exploiting her exotic looks. From the various characters she’s played in the Charlie’s Angels film series to the new role on Elementary, Lucy Liu has been able to stray from the stereotypical roles offered Asian actors. Elementary has made headlines for the unique storyline, but it’s Liu’s performance as a female Watson that has created the most interest. While she’s worn glasses off-screen in her personal life, it was the scene in Charlie’s Angels that featured the leathery dominatrix character that has people craving some more sexy teacher looks from this Kill Bill actress.
2 Ola Jordan
Reality shows like Dancing With the Stars have been hugely popular in recent years, and not just because fans get to see their favorite celebrities learning how to fox trot. From the glittery revealing costumes to the professional dancers, this is a theme that offers a winning combination to gain the highest number of viewers. The British version of the show, Strictly Come Dancing, is one of the most popular shows across the pond and partly because of Ola Jordan. A Polish professional ballroom dancer, Ola Jordan is known for her incredible dancing skills and amazing good looks. However, it’s her off-screen look that creates the biggest appeal. With the epitome of “the sexy librarian” look, Ola knows how to rock a pair of glasses in the sexiest way possible.
1 Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes started off her career in television, and then made a good run as an actress on the big screen. However, it was the details in her personal life that created the biggest headlines. Marrying Tom Cruise and becoming the mother of Suri, she became more of a paparazzi target than a film star. Even after her divorce, she seems to continue to riddle tabloids with speculations on her alleged romance with actor Jamie Foxx.
While she’s always been known as an attractive actress, it’s the sneaking suspicion about her secret sex life that really has people talking. So, although she may be seen off the red carpet wearing a styled-down haircut and a pair of frumpy glasses, she seems to exude sex appeal with the thought of what might be happening between the sheets.