While poking fun at an online buddy about trading in her glasses for a monocle, I found this New York Times article from a couple of years ago.
I’ll be honest, since a young age, I was always attracted to the idea of wearing a monocle. But it was more as a part of those fun filled and imaginative “pretend you’re a Baron or Duke” schoolyard games from childhood. Ah the memories.
There was always something stopping me from trying to wear a monocle for real, in public. Usually it was my parents, of course.
Now grown up, it seemed like a fashion trend best relegated to Bugs Bunny cartoons and 1960s TV shows about times way before the 1960s.
According to that New York Times article, however, it seems that the trend took hold, at least briefly, as part of hipster culture. As of yet , I have not yet seen the trend hit Hong Kong. But it has got me wondering if maybe it’s about time for me to go full monocle.
In the meantime, while I contemplate that look, let’s take a look back at some famous monocle wearers through time.
- Joseph Chamberlain, British politician and statesman
- The Penguin, “Gentleman of Crime”, supervillain and nemesis of Batman.
- Colonel Wilhelm Klink, Commandant of the POW camp from Hogan’s Heroes.
- Charlie McCarthy, part of famed Ventroliquist team Charlie and Bergen
- Veronica Sawyer from the movie Heathers… ah, I bet you forgot about that one. I must have scene that movie 200 times and I nearly forgot.
Did I miss any monocle wearers you remember? Are you a monocle wearer? Let me know in the comments section.