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NBA Goes Geek Chic

told you before that it’s popular for defendants
to wear hipster glasses
in criminal court to appear innocent. Now
that fashion trend has found its way into another kind of court, the basketball

The way they fly around the basketball court, LeBron James and
Kevin Durant often resemble Superman. Then they return to the locker
room and come out looking like Clark Kent.

Mr. James, Mr. Durant and many other superstars in the NBA playoffs
have found a novel way to accessorize their bespoke suits: thick-rimmed,
chunky, ostentatious eyeglasses.

In the NBA, the new cool is geek chic. For most, the eyewear is
purely a fashion statement, never mind old stigmas about astigmatism.
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook admits that his lenses are nonprescription.
Like Mr. Westbrook, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has gone so far as
to wear glasses without glass in them (or even plastic) as fashion models
are sometimes known to do. And yet impeccable vision hasn’t stopped
Thunder and Heat players from flaunting the latest in designer eyewear
at the NBA Finals.

"Back in the day, you wore them because you had to,"
said James Spina, the editor of 20/20, an eyewear trade publication.
"These days, you wear them because you can’t wait to wear them."

Scott Cacciola and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal bravely explains
the spectacular spectacles phenomenon: Link
(Photo: LeBron James goes geek chic by Wilfredo Lee/AP)

This undoubtedly signals that the hipster glasses trend has crested,
so be prepared for the next big thing: monocles!


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