What does a monocle symbolize?
It was a symbol of wealth from the start. The standard monocle is essentially a small magnifying glass without a handle (though early versions generally had one).
Can I wear a monocle instead of glasses?
Monocles are magnifiers for those of us with bad eyesight. They’re less of a commitment than eyeglasses, especially because you can wear them around your neck or attached to your outfit, rather than toting around a clunky pair of glasses. Easy peasy!
How did people wear a monocle?
Around the same time, a single lens on a little stick appeared, called a quizzing-glass. The monocle followed. It was fixed in the eye socket and held in place hands-free, wedged behind the loose skin around the eye thanks to the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that closes the eyelid.