Alec Baldwin's huge 'Prelude to a Kiss' glasses: Are they making a comeback?

Prelude-to-a-kiss_lI knew big round glasses were back, but man, they are eh-heverywhere. I see them on the street (though I'm asking for it, I guess; I live in Brooklyn), I see them on fashion blogs, but now I finally know the strangest place of all: On Alec Baldwin's face in the movie Prelude to a Kiss. (Which was one of the "new movies" that cycled through on Hulu the other day, which is how I wound up watching. It's awful — stay away.)

What in the world? I don't remember 1992 being that strange at all. Alec Baldwin as neurotic doof was a tough enough pill to swallow, but with these massive specs, it's a whole other level of head-scratching.

But the lovely Baldwin visage is hardly the first face to support such epic frames. The other two that spring to mind….

Ira-glass-maddy-ferguson_lThe aptly named Ira Glass, and Sheryl Lee as Maddy Ferguson on Twin Peaks.

Okay, PopWatchers, am I the only one who's seeing the similarities here? Are you ready for the big-glasses revival that's apparently underway, or should this look stay where it is, in relics from the early '90s?


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  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    sweet fancy moses. great, now everyone is gonna look like my dad circa 87′

  • aps

    he wore the same glasses in beetlejuice.
    and I hate these glasses. especially people wearing them that don’t need glasses.

  • Mavis

    I remember Dave Letterman once had a segment called “What’s the deal with old people and big glasses?” It was a series of old celebrities who wear oversized glasses. I guess pretty soon he will change it to “What’s the deal with youngerish people and big glasses?”

  • MrsBug

    Circa the early 90s? Oh honey, these have been around since the early 80s. I submit for your examination, my 6th grade picture. Flippy short Farrah-hair, a pink turtleneck and a macrame necklace. And I was rockin’ the big pink frames. Of course, my sister and our neighbor started calling me “Simon” (as in Simon from Alvin and the Chipmunks), but….

  • Snarf

    I used to have a pair of those back in my college days amd I can’t tell you how many Clark Kent comments I got. Of course this was before Dean Cain or Tom Welling, so I was less then pleased by the comparison.

  • Will

    I love huge dorky eyeglasses. I wear them on my fashion-y blog all the time.
    http://www.atreasuryof.com

  • Robyn

    angela bower had some pretty huge glasses on ‘who’s the boss’ in the 80s!!!

  • Clueless again

    Are they really back? For real? If so, I’m running out and getting a pair. I looked smashing back in ’90. If I do say so myself.

  • ben hutchison

    Taylor Swift wears them in her You Belong with Me video (which, by the way, still fails to make her look nerdy).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGWE3hwJ21U

  • ben hutchison

    of course, Dan Deacon was rockin’ the huge glasses way back in this 2007 video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFlBJ1xZK10&NR=1

  • Sara

    Is it wrong that I find Ira Glass attractive in an indie-chic kind of way?

  • andrea

    Andrea Zuckerman and Sally Jessy Raphael come to my mind…

  • Michelle

    Alec still wears these glasses in 2009. He’s had them for the last like 30 years.

  • j-

    I think of those as Sally Jessye Raphael glasses, circa 1983.

  • Brooke

    No! No no no! Those glasses are a hideous, tragic travesty!

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