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Wearing sunglasses indoors: Whats all the fuss about?

Posted by James on 14th Aug 2014

A recent article by the BBC mocked some celebrities and VIP's for wearing sunglasses indoors. Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and the late Andy Warhol were all cited as exampled of people, who, according to some so-called cultural experts, should not have worn sunglasses indoors.

Sunglasses indoors is a personal choice

What the experts from the BBC article totally missed, is that shades are a part of a person's look. Whilst the article says that rock stars have earned the right to wear sunglasses indoors, they totally miss the fact that it's a personal choice thing, for those with the confidence to adopt the look.

When I wrote a recent post here about the beautiful Audrey Hepburn's Oliver James sunglasses, from Breakfast at Tiffany's, a reader made a wonderful point. She said that whilst those huge, Oliver James sunglasses looked amazing on Audrey Hepburn, that she (the reader) wouldn't be able to carry that look off. I believe she made a great point.

Not everyone can wear sunglasses indoors and look great. But, some people can. If someone wants to wear them indoors and they have the confidence to do it, good for them.

Those boring, predictable, cultural experts would understand that, if they were chic and stylish -- like the people they make a living from commentating on.

Sunglasses and Superheroes

Did you know that Spiderman, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and many more superheroes, owe their existence to someone, who wore sunglasses indoors? Well, it's true. Yes, seriously. Allow me to explain.

Stan Lee, the creator of more superheroes than anyone on the planet, had a problem when he was starting on his career. Despite being massively talented, he lacked confidence when he was working. At the time, it was popular for many writers to smoke a pipe. [It's worth mentioning that Stan Lee was born in 1922]. Writers often smoked a pipe because it was associated with being a writer. So, by smoking a pipe, they were able to feel like they were playing the role of a writer.

Stan Lee tried smoking a pipe, but thankfully for his health, it did not agree with him. So, he decided to "hide" behind a pair of sunglasses. Sitting at his typewriter with his sunglasses on, Stan Lee was able to get into the superhero mindset. He went on to create an amazing body of work. And today, at the age of 93, he's enjoying the benefits of opting for sunglasses, and NOT smoking a pipe.

Whoever you are, wherever you are: Wear your sunglasses the way you want to :)

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