Retro Eyeglass Style

Glasses have been a stylish accessory for as long as we can remember. Just as fashion changes with time, so do statements in eyewear. Take a trip down memory lane and follow along with our interactive timeline to track the trends through the decades!

Eyewear Timeline
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1950s

Feminine Flair

Feminine Flair

Feminine Flair

Eyewear became even more glamorous in the 1950s, with the emergence of cat eye frame shapes worn frequently by actress Marilyn Monroe. This feminine style was popular in both sunglasses and clear lens glasses.

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Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll

For men, the legendary wayfarer style shape dominated eyewear trends in the ‘50s. When you think about glasses during this decade, it’s likely you picture Buddy Holly wearing his iconic black wayfarer styles, pioneering the frontier of American Rock and Roll.

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1970s

Hippie Chic

Hippie Chic

Hippie Chic

The late ‘60s and early ‘70s was the age of the flower child. Shifts in politics and radical movements in arts and culture gave way to psychedelic fashion and groovy eyewear trends.

Psychedelic Vibes

Psychedelic Vibes

Psychedelic Vibes

Popular eyewear mimicked the cool style of artists like John Lennon, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, who often wore round-shaped frames in tinted colors. To that we say peace, love, and happy eyes, baby.

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1990s

Minimalism

Minimalism

Minimalism

After all the color and vibrance of the ‘80s, the 1990s made way for simple, minimalist fashion. In eyewear, smaller oval frames became the popular style, especially within the ‘90s grunge crowd.

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Sporty

Sporty

Sporty

In the ‘90s, sports sunglasses gained popularity as sports like NASCAR pushed them into the limelight. Late ‘90s movies like Men in Black and The Matrix also helped sports sunglasses gain popularity.

1940s

Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood Glamour

The 1940s conjure images of old Hollywood glamour, when starlets like Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, and Ava Gardner ruled the silver screens. During this decade, the way people wore glasses changed. Instead of just a tool for improving vision, eyewear became a wearable fashion accessory.

Smart & Sleek

Smart & Sleek

Smart & Sleek

Browline frame styles, sometimes referred to as half rims, became a popular look for both men and women. This design was considered unique for combining both plastic and metal materials.

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1960s

Oversized Elegance

Oversized Elegance

Oversized Elegance

It’s impossible to think about fashion in the late ‘60s without mentioning the iconic Jackie O, who was rarely seen without her oversized black sunglasses. This clean, classic style was popular in the past and remains a timeless fixture in fashion today.

Go Mod

Go Mod

Go Mod

Rock and roll in the 1950s shifted into the mod scene in the 1960s. In fashion and eyewear, strong geometric shapes and bold colors became the norm.

1980s

Maverick

Maverick

Maverick

Aviator frames gained attention during this decade, after Tom Cruise donned them in the wildly popular blockbuster, Top Gun.

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Bold & Bright

Bold & Bright

Bold & Bright

The ‘80s are proof that fashion is a cyclical phenomenon. This decade witnessed a resurgence of wayfarer style sunglasses, which originally gained popularity in the 1950s. ‘80s brights gave a fresh take to basic wayfarer styles, with many styles sold in neon colors and bold prints.

2000s - Today

Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present

Today’s fashion is a combination of new and old. Current trends in eyewear borrow styles of the past to create modern, updated looks that everyone can wear.

Individuality

Individuality

Individuality

In the age of technology, customizable options in eyewear like transitional lenses and flexible frames give wearers more versatility than ever before.

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