The Perfect Summer Accessory: Sunglasses!

There’s a lot of talk of how vintage fashion has transcended trends throughout time. What’s incredible interesting is the way accessories have changed through time, emulating social and cultural norms of the era. Nothing says this more than sunglasses. Sunglasses are the only accessories that have the ability to transform what someone looks like with the way it rests on the bridge of the nose and structures the face. Though vintage sunglasses usually represent styles that were popular in the past, so many of these styles have reemerged or have stayed popular through the years. Some of these trends include cat eye, wayfarers, and round glasses. Some of these styles have come in and out of current trends and some have stayed popular since their origination many decades ago. Either way, here are some of the most popular sunglass trends of some of the best decades.

The Round Lenses: Introduced in the early 1900s, the round glass reached its apex in popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. These specs were originally made from flammable celluloid but are now made from other materials. They even featured gold plating and gold filling in the 20s and 30s. 1920s sunglasses were simple round circle frames made of metal or tortoise shell with color tints ranging from dark grey to deep green. The round eyeglass is most flattering for men with a square face that features more angular lines with equally wide cheekbones, forehead, and jaw.

The Browline: These were extremely fashionable and popular in the 1940s and 50s, especially after many celebrities started wearing them. After WWII, browlines were so popular, they accounted for over 50% of eyeglass sales. They were available in a range of frames and colors that could allow the buyer to have a pair that perfectly suited them. These glasses are best suited for round, triangle, and oval faces with wider cheekbones.

The Cat Eye: The Cat Eye, similar to that of the Browline, also featured many different frames and shades, but were a little more dramatic with its chic shape. Marilyn Monroe was one of the first celebrities that sported the look and who eventually lead the style to become immensely popular. Geared more towards women, these glasses are still incredibly popular today. They are the perfect shape to add drama to any look and are a great statement for women who want to emulate 50s glamour. Cat eyes are best suited for women with a heart-shaped face, which is widest at the forehead and gradually narrows through to the jaw.

The Wayfarer: Introduced in the early 1950s, the wayfarer eyeglass came into style thanks to RayBan. James Dean as the most popular celebrity endorsement, giving the style a very masculine feel to it. In the early 1950s, RayBan introduced the wayfarer eyeglass style. These glasses originally were styled with black rimmed and were popular amongst the art and literary crowd. They reflected more of a film noir style, which, at the time, was super influential and trendy. Today, you can easily find wayfarers across America and the world. These sunglasses are perfect for those with round or oval faces.

Retro Square Sunglasses: Retro square sunglasses were the epitome of cool. Popular with the creative crowd, this style has made a major comeback in current trends. Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol are amongst the most popular square sunglass supporters. In the age of disco, square sunnies were everywhere and give off a Saturday Night Fever vibe. These sunglasses are perfect for those with round or oval faces.

Oversized Sunglasses: Jackie O. We can’t think of oversized sunglasses without thinking about Jackie O who made this trend incredibly popular. With big, plastic frames made in either black or white, these sunglasses were everywhere in 1960s fashion. Today, oversized sunglasses come in a variety of shapes and style that are great for anyone trying a making a statement.

Tinted: Tinted lenses were the trend of the 70s, and we can thank those hippie rockers of the decade. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and John Lennon who often wore these sunglasses, making them a must-have item for the youth of the time. These sunglasses would come in a rainbow of color options and definitely represent the peace and love culture of the 70s. Musicians like Bono still sport these specs today.

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