Vintage glasses are at once a timeless classic, as well as a cultural resistance to mainstream fashion. But whether you’re looking for effortless elegance or trend-smashing individualism, the good news is that the shapes and shades of the past can be easily worked into any wardrobe. We aren’t advocating that you literally steal your grandparents’ glasses– that would be wrong — but the styles they rocked in their heyday are making a monumental comeback for people of all ages, and are available from some of the world’s top brands.
Inspired by Grandpa
These Derek Cardigan Billie glasses blend old-world charm with a contemporary matte metal finish that is at once sophisticated and versatile.
The everlasting round specs have always offered a timeless silhouette, and these Derek Cardigan Vincent frames serve up a modern twist, boasting a sharp stainless steel finish.
The first aviators were sunglasses developed for US Air Force pilots in the 30s, but became a major style inspiration for everyone on the ground. These Joseph Marc 4099 frames feature the classic look in a polished metal finish that looks great with clear lenses, or as prescription sunglasses.
Inspired by Grandma
The distinctive Cat Eye was the flirty and fun look of the 50s. These Derek Cardigan 7005 eyeglasses add a pop of color for an updated take on the original.
“Browline” glasses were the most popular 50s and 60s look. The Love L768 adds a modern translucent peach hue to the beloved silhouette.
The 60s brought in a love of oversized, over-the-top fashion, along with the iconic impact of a rounded lens. The tortoise pattern of the Love 769 puts a menswear-inspired spinon the style for a succinct accent to any outfit.
Ready to find your own vintage-inspired style?
by Danielle Hao, Contributor