Jewish Young Adults across the planet have wide tastes in clothing and style, and there are very few unifying themes across their dress code. But beyond simple pants and shirts, there are some definitive items, specifically in the accessories department. Besides Tiffany’s jewelry, JYAs of today have renewed their interest in eyeware and have boldly taken to the streets in the latest fashion for glasses.
It is a well known fact that glasses have typically been associated with dorkdom, nerdiness, and it is a well known fact that Jews have also typically been associated with the same qualities. In response to this blatant stereotyping, JYAs of today have decided to flip the equation and embrace their geeky labels as a way of overcoming the bias. By wearing their fashionable glasses with deliberate pride JYAs have shown the world, yes, we are dorky, but we are also cool enough to admit it.
From LA to London to Tel Aviv, JYAs of today are single-handedly responsible for the high-end eyeware industry. LA native “Jessica” even went so far as to buy frames with uncorrected lenses to wear for her internship interviews. “I know that hot people get more job offers”, she explained, “but I want them to give me a job cause I’m smart too, you know?”
Whether the reason is aesthetic or corrective, glasses are the accoutrement du jour for JYA’s as today. As they say, clothes make the man, but glasses make the Jew.