Ask Belle/Faux Pas: Wearing Sunglasses Inside
Jun 6, 2013
Can you please do a post on people who wear sunglasses on their heads when they’re at the office?
Why yes, yes, I can. Just allow me to brush the dust off of my soapbox…
Sunglasses are meant to be worn outside. To shield your eyes from the sun. No sun = no sunglasses. So why do so many people wear them on their heads or around their necks from 9-to-5 when they have no plans to leave their office building?
Ladies, your sunglasses are not a headband. Gentlemen, your sunglasses are not a necklace. And don’t even get me started on the weirdos who wear them hanging off the back of their heads like some kind of Guy Fieri wannabe.
People wear them at their desks. Staffers wear them in committee hearings. I’ve seen folks wear them in church, in restaurants or at the movies. And there’s simply no rhyme or reason to it.
What message are you trying to convey? Are you trying to impress people with the fact that you own Oakleys, or Wayfarers, or Gucci shields? Do you think the Congressmen, your boss, your lunch guest or the priest is going to be impressed by your sweet taste in shades?
I’m especially perplexed as to why someone would wear their sunglasses while sitting at their desk. Would you want an applicant to walk into a job interview with her sunglasses on her head or his croakies dangling from his neck? I would wonder if the person was taking the interview seriously or just passing through, because the sunglasses make me think he/she has somewhere else to be.
Of course, I’m willing to make an exception for someone who quickly runs into a store or a coffee shop before heading back outside. Even I sometimes pull my sunglasses onto my head if I’m just running inside to grab something and coming right back out. But if you’re going to be indoors for more than 20-minutes or so, it’s time to take the sunglasses off. So why do so many people rock sunnies under fluorescent lights?
The most common reason why people wear sunglasses regardless of location is because they don’t want to take them off and lose them. Or so I’m told by the woman I approached in the gym yesterday while she was huffing and puffing on the elliptical, her Miu Miu shades bouncing around her scalp like a pogo stick with every motion. But you don’t need to have them surgically attached to your person at every second to keep them safe (in fact, hers would have been safer in the locker room).
Ladies, if the potential for losing them is a real problem, carry the case in your purse and get into the habit of putting them away when you step inside. I do this so often, it’s almost second nature. It also keeps them from getting scratched or damaged.
Men, buy a slim case and slip them inside your inner jacket pocket. Not wearing a jacket? I don’t mind seeing them tucked into the placket of your shirt as an alternative. But if you’re going to be at your desk, take them off and set them down near your cell phone so all your possessions are together.
Keeping your sunglasses at the ready is only required when moving quickly from the indoors to the outdoors, so stop wearing them all the damn time. It’s not chic. It’s not professional. It’s not a status symbol. It looks like you’re trying too hard or not trying hard enough, dealer’s choice.