Yet, the New York Times is convinced that the single circular lens is the next big thing. Famous fans include Mr. Peanut, the Count from Sesame Street, and the Monopoly man, though we are yet to see anyone a) real and b) under the age of 85 wearing one. The Times has a history of writing about “trends” that are either completely obvious (like people eating chopped salads for lunch or teens hugging) or non-existent. But this one is really quite brilliant.
The only person we can actually imagine rocking a monocle would be Scott “The Lord” Disick, and that is only because it would match his cane. While the Times admits, “monocles are hardly everywhere,” they have been seen in Berlin cafes, Manhattan restaurants (which ones exactly?), and in gin ads.
According to the newspaper some sellers have seen monocle sales double and triple, so there is that. Also, Alan Cummings donned one for a magazine cover, visually impaired chefs are wearing them to read recipes, and aspiring Miami rapper Jose Vega models one on his SoundCloud page:
“I got it just to have my own style, bring something new to the table,” Vega told the newspaper. “Also, I’m nearsighted.”
The monocle is the perfect example of fashion meeting function. If you still aren’t convinced, consider the fact that the Times managed to find a style soothsayer who confirmed their suspicions:
Martin Raymond, a British trend forecaster, credits the rise to what he calls “the new gents,” a hipster subspecies who have been adding monocles to their bespoke tweed and distressed-boot outfits. On a recent trip to Cape Town, Mr. Raymond said, he saw such a group carrying monocles along with tiny brass telescopes kept in satchels.
We think the world would be a better place if everyone started accessorizing like they were first class passengers on the Titanic, but probably no amount of wishful thinking is going to make that happen.