This may come off as vanity, but like many aspects of personal grooming, it's the small things that add a lot both in terms of reception and perception. And I've found that being perceived as smart or professional or hardworking is much more important than any of those things.

I don't need glasses, as far as I'm aware I have perfect eyes. But I'm considering purchasing some to appear more professional. I automatically assume that a person wearing glasses is smarter than a person without.

Will I look smarter or more professional in glasses?

And will it affect my chances of getting hired/promoted?

Edit: The type of glasses I'm thinking have anti-glare lens coating. They're not lens-less or useless, they just aren't required for seeing.

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    No. It will make you look like you are wearing glasses.
    – Jane S
    Mar 8 '17 at 1:09
  • If ever anybody finds out, you will become a legend.
    – TonyK
    Mar 8 '17 at 1:16
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    The sunglasses and headphones in your picture make you look intelligent. I would just stay with that look.
    – paparazzo
    Mar 8 '17 at 1:42
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    This sounds right up your alley...realmenrealstyle.com/glasses-perception-intelligence. Let me know what you think.
    – Prodnegel
    Mar 8 '17 at 1:44
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    You've somewhat answered your own question - yes you would look smarter or more professional to some people (who have the same preconceptions as you) but not to everyone. It's highly opinion-based. Mar 8 '17 at 2:17

Off-hand, I would say no. You wouldn't be wearing the glasses to "look smarter or more professional", you'd be wearing them to complete the costume/uniform of what you see as "professional".

However, if accessorizing in this manner gives the feeling that you now look the part for you're trying to play, and indirectly you behave more professionally by being more assured and less fidgety, go for it.

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    I don't see "completing the costume" as being a bad thing. In my office we have a dress code, which I exceed for the purpose of professionalism. I don't see the difference between wearing a dress shirt rather than a polo or glasses rather than nothing.
    – Coomie
    Mar 8 '17 at 3:43
  • @Coomie Not aware of any dress code which requires glasses. Normally, you use glasses to help you see. For example I need them to read something far away, but when I'm working at my desk it is usually more comfortable to take off.
    – Brandin
    Mar 8 '17 at 10:56

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