[klout gog-uh lz]
What does Clout Goggles mean?
Clout Goggles are a style of sunglasses with large, round, white frames and dark lenses, named by rapper Denzel Curry but iconically worn by rocker Kurt Cobain in the 1990s.
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- smiling face with sunglasses emoji
Where does Clout Goggles come from?
In June 2017, rapper Denzel Curry appeared in a YouTube video wearing the distinctive white, round sunglasses. “These ain’t glasses, baby,” he said in response to a woman who complimented them.”These Clout Goggles.”
Goggles has been an informal term for “eyeglasses,” dating back to the 1700s. Clout has referred to one’s social influence since the 1950s, a term which rose in prominence in the social-media age. By Clout Goggles, apparently, Curry meant that anyone who can pull off wearing the eyewear has swag and sway.
Why? The actual Clout Goggles—the Archive 1993 by designer Christian Roth—have long had a rockstar vibe. Rocker Kurt Cobain of Nirvana wore the white shades, notably in his last photoshoot before his untimely death. Modern and feminine, the glasses demand a confident but countercultural wearer, resurfacing as a popular fashion accessory among hip-hop artists in the early 2010s including Lil Yachty, Wiz Khalifa, Lil B, and Ian Connor.
Denzel Curry saw their potential, too, and his term for them, Clout Goggles stuck as a nickname and spread as a meme in summer 2017. Some people humorously photoshopped Clout Goggles onto celebrities. Others noted the trend to comment on fashion and image in popular culture.
Examples of Clout Goggles
Who uses Clout Goggles?
Christian Roth’s Archive 1993 come in several colors, but Clout Goggles specifically refer to the white frames with dark lenses. Some fans of Cobain and Curry, earnestly or ironically, like to sport Clout Goggles.
rest in peace to my clout goggles gone but never forgotten pic.twitter.com/Rxh1UAYFFD
— ned schneebly (@JackNavratil) June 14, 2018
Indeed, their association with Cobain and Curry is a tight one.
I lost my link to free cobain curry clout goggles and it was only for today I think its about time I kill myself
— boi👏👏👏🤷♂️🍌🤸♂️ (@GreasedLettuce) October 20, 2017
Social-media observers may riff on Curry’s nickname …
Who ever stole my clout goggles, fuck you. You have no clout.
— MGDILLA (@MGDillaa) June 12, 2018
… or compare Clout Goggles to other, similar-looking eyewear.
Me and the squad wearin clout goggles pic.twitter.com/N5nf60jqmO
— Rachael (@IneffableCookie) June 13, 2018
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