Browline retro eyeglasses are the classic frames from the 50’s and 60’s made famous by the likes of Malcolm X and James Dean to name a few; both of which were men that pushed the boundaries of their time and left behind a lasting impression.
While some refer to them as horn-rimmed retro frames…the modern name is more browline eye frames; still, there is the name created by the legendary RayBan… “Clubmaster” which is now a registered trademark of the giant eyewear monopoly Luxottica that bought RayBan in the 80’s.
These distinctive frames consist of a broad, sometimes shaped upper frame: made of plastic and some metal then down to a thin metal beneath the lenses. They can be referred to as half frames, half-rims or full rims depending on the width of the thin metal on the bottom.
The black with the silver/ gold is one of my favourite standards.
“Malcolm-x” by Marion S. Trikosko – U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01274. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsc.01274.
Celebrites and the general population a like wear these half rim frames as sunglasses as well as regular prescription glasses
“Pilot Glasses“, “Cop Glasses”, “Aviators” are some of the names that are attached to the tear-shaped one-of-a-kind shape that has been an icon in the eyewear industries since forever. And when you want to look hot, badass or just plain trendy these are the perfect frames.
With the sun (or snow for that matter) in your eyes, wearing one of the hippest styles of the last two seasons ( and still going strong on the designer runways for Spring 2018) is a must and easily done. These frames are now pretty much a staple in the wardrobe of the elite fashionista.
Whether you wear them clear ala the 70’s – as clear (or prescription) glasses or with a bit more modern styling rather than retro – in light blue, yellow or rose or get them mirrored.
“Pilot Glasses” are definitely a must-have with any 70’s or 80’s type dressage, and what with these-cheap glasses (but great quality) available you can’t go wrong.
You can rock YOUR style the way YOU like it. Since all the frames at Eyewear Insight can be made into sunglasses, it’s easy to pick and customize your glasses!
Some of the the modern styles are so much fun, mixed materials like this one with acetate and stainless steel, these not only give interest in the coloring and contrast but functionally take advantage of the best that each material has to offer. Like the light weightedness of acetate and the vivid coloring with the tenacity and resilience of metals. Others are studded with Rhinestones (think Louis Vutton yet way cheaper) added for flair and styling that is definetly not understated – but more like like “stepping out with something to say” are just some of the examples of what is avalible in these styles.
Take a chance if you haven’t already update your look with any or pick from these cheap glasses – prescription sunglasses and check out the many ways to have fun with your style.
So yeah, basically, though we all might think that RayBan was the originator of aviator glasses; they actually were developed by Baucsh& Lomb in the 1930’s. They were one of the first glasses made with either reflective lenses or as polarized sunglasses for pilots to use as protection from light and reflection while flying. Therefore the name aviators.
As airplanes started flying higher and exposing the pilots to all types of weather dangers, pilots had to wear goggles (lined with protective fur) to protect their eyes from the elements. But these goggles were not dark enough nor did they help when the weather created fog situations which made it hard to see at all. In fact, there is a story that one of the pilots worked with Bausch and Lomb to create the exact design. The shape and the light frame along with the polarization or the mirror coating became a standard for pilots; As well as within the public for fisherman to golfers and other outdoors sports. “The model’s signature feature was its so-called ‘cigarette-holder’ middle circle, designed to free the hands of the shooter.”
During the 1940’s they were worn by the likes of General Macarthur and most in the military. Ray Ban started to refine the styling and create offshoots to enhance their marketing as sunglasses started to become a statement of fashion instead of just for safety.
One of the most well-known historical figures to wear them as his signature style was Douglas Macarthur (General)
The 70’s built on this trend of style versus function. Celebrities were seen all over town sporting aviators.
Travis in ‘Taxi’ continued the trend of wearing polarized sunglasses for style as well as function with his gold aviators. Similar pop culture visibility helped to continue to propel the momentum of increased popularity of these glasses. Soon quite a few several “design houses” took this as a generic style and added their flare to it.
There was Michael Jackson’s appearance during the Grammy’s where he received 8 (wow, the most ever in one night) awards. Up to this point, aviators were largely seen on
men but soon that too will change.
As the 80’s rolled in a version for the ladies was created, with rhinestones and in “feminine” colors! And female celebrities were seen wearing the cool glasses!
Soon the frames where to be seen on the runways, with bling, and in interesting versions.
Today this iconic frame continues to be reinvented by design houses. Are you looking to setup up your style or wanting to relive you younger years?
Either way, you can add your faviourite style of aviators to your eyeglasses arsenal.
Clear as prescription eyelgasses or fashion glasses….or tinted in fun whimsical colors…maybe you like them mirror or polarized so that you can keep your cool!
Eyeglass trends for women for 2017 is still a refresher of the past few cycles, with a few exception. Borrowed for the past and moving into the future we all know that fashion is a sequence of patterns that repeat throughout the times.
Big Huge Oversized Eyeglass Frames
The coolest trend that keeps on movin’ on. Some with the still strong 60’s and 70’s influence, others more futuristic, but always very feminine and a big statement. With a flash a woman goes from just being to being glamours! From Dolce e Gabbana, to Fendi and Gucci for Spring go Rock the Oversized Sunglasses!
The beauty at Eyewear Insight is that you can tint and customize your prescription sunglasses and upgrade your style within a very affordable budget.
Add some color have fun…From Dries van Norten, Miu Miu, Ferragamo to name a few round glasses are showen in many different looks be it modern, clean and slick, or very retro and vintage-y.
Sometimes the styles are mixed with the use of double wires or cateyes with the round frames. But definetly we see round frames sometimes with subtle differences other times more drastic. Small changes in the bridge can affect the look and the emphasis on the face.
Our Eyewear Insight variations will allow you to create your style at a great price. Follow the trends and see how you can update your style with class 🙂
3. Catty Cat Eye Glasses
Cat eyes just keep coming and I get it…it’s a very flattering look for a very wide variety of face shapes and is a very, very feminine and sexy look. Not too big but seen in all types of combinations, half frames, round shapes, and on and on. Cat eye glasses appear as on of the top trends from all around the runways.
4. Clear, Clearest, Very Clear Sunglasses
Clarity, yes it’s a beautiful thing and as someone who wears glasses all the time knows. There is nothing better than not having any clear defined borders around my frames. It also creates a look of lightness. Whatever the material, clear eyeglasses frames in plastic mostly or just the lenses without frames around them can be tinted in a fun or somber coloring will give this look.
5. Aviator Sunglasses with Flair
Aviator frames have now become the staple and like a good leather jacket you need at least one and to step it up a notch you can add a little flair…which could be fun tinting or just one with a little umpffff to it.
We have repeatedly seen the trend of tinting and it’s getting funner and crazier…from wacky unusual colors to basic but fun tints. We have see the celebrities as well on the runways stylin’ there glasses with color.
If a more traditional style is what you need then pep it up with a little color.
At Eyewearinsight.com there are many colors of tints to pick from. There are solid tints and gradient tints that are available in 7 colors – Grey, Brown, Green, Yellow, Blue, Violet and Red all in a light (0%-20%), medium (50%) and dark (80%) allowing for complete customization.
Matching your mood with your outfit is the best way to feel great.So take your fun shapes have some fun.
Clear sunglasses! Well it’s really another way of saying fashion glasses or clear glasses. This is such a great way for everyone to create a different look from what they normally look, as well it’s a great accessory to add some more depth to your outfit.
It is a misnomer in a way as sunglasses are by nature dark lenses that are polarized.
At Eyewearinsight.com clear sunglasses will still have the protection that you need for your eyes. You don’t have to sacrifice your eye health in the name of fashion!
All our glasses come with free UV coating so you will be safe ordering fashion glasses!
Pick any of the sunglasses and order them as fashion glasses (with a note to let us know you do NOT want the polarization)
There is nothing more hip right now than the cat prescription eyeglasses, even the regular sunglasses.
Everywhere you look. On celebrities, on the runways or out and about on the streets these are really make another wave..another come back.
Cat eye glasses started becoming very popular in the 1950’s; not only did women wear them but men did to. Some say cat eye glasses were usually associated with the beehive hairstyle, others say it was the inspiration of Cat Woman on the Bat Man series starting in the 1940’s. Looking at the costume one could feel that this was the beginning of the conception of Cat eyeglasses; add to that the classic name for women as “cats” and as having cat fights…it’s all very possible.
No matter where they originated they have enjoyed a very long life in the center stage of fashion starting from the ’50 till about the ’70s. During that period they saw a remarkable transformation from extreme bejeweling to a clean simplicity that was ever so enduring.
As we come rushing to the present …I would say …for the last 4 years cat prescription eyeglasses have seen a gradual resurgence.
Fashion trends usually start on the streets and sometimes thrift store buys can build the mystic of any style.
There is a sexy allure to a woman wearing cat eyeglasses, be they prescription glasses or sunglasses…they create a mystery and sophistication that we do indeed maybe attribute to the cat family. Looking at the eyes of the lady in the picture from the ’50’s she certainly has a playfulness and sexiness that is clear.
Today these cat eyeglasses are seen with a thicker frame that make the wearer appear younger and fresh, yet showing style and sophistication that can move through the day into the night for an evening dancing under the stars. Here are a few styles that are easy and affordable. Customize them as you like and create your own look. These are the ‘sign of the times’!
The perfect accessory is light durable and has style. Plastic frames for men are just that…these frames come in nice, fun colors and can be molded in all kinds of great shapes. Rectangular shapes, updated in a clean professional look; then we have the wayfarer shapes including the nerdy look that is so the “thing” still….as well the round shapes or even the more retro round shapes from the 40’s. The best part of this is that these are about the most affordable glasses you can buy, which means you can also have loads of fun with your style. Pick different shapes for different moods or colors to compliment your style everyday.
For the fall and spring the tortoise coloring be it in the more trendy styles…round glasses, or wayfarer or even rectangular glasses or just bright colors as well as color blocked …white and black glasses?
Heading into the Spring we see the designers on the runway are showing many types of shapes and styles but mostly in the easy to fashion and mold plastic materials. You will find styles that are out there and very avant garde as much as you will find more basic everyday styles.
Picking the right size is easy…just look at the measurements of your favorite glasses and pick the same size. Plastic frames for men are also not too hard to adjust if the need arises. Take them over to your optician or if the temples are too loose or too tight in the back use hot water to carefully adjust the curve of the temples.
Plastic frames for men have been a staple in the eyeglasses world.
There are many types and qualities of plastic in the eyeglass market today. From extreme durability and flexibility like TR-90 to just cheap plastic, offering a creative outlet for great design and wonderful explosive colors that can be made much brighter and richer than in any other material.
Plastic frames are a great choice for men being both a cost effective choice or even a more one that offers more fun and style.
The inability to see color under normal conditions or even to pick out the subtleties that are seen as differences between colors …is referred to as color blindness. The word blind is a little misleading as there is no actual blindness.There is a huge percentage of our population that is affected by color blindness.
An inventor of lenses invented to aid surgeons found that they could also help the colorblind, leading him to start a company that sells glasses.
Sunglasses see a huge embellishment trend for the coming 2016 Spring season with designers showing off all the bling, flowers or just anything fun to through onto the frames to make them special. Though all in all the frame shapes remain very much the same as we have been seeing in the past seasons..with some updating…some major others not so much.
And on to the Milan Fashion Week:
Dolce and Gabbanna shows a collection that is typically fun and playful with lots of eyewear that has super ornamentation (“baroque eyewear”). The shapes seen are round and cateyes shapes.
White frames, cateye frames and bright colors adorn the lovelies for Moschino….more fun more colors!!
Then off to the austerity of Prada, style reserved yet daring at the same time Prada shows off these great big square glasses with detailing on the sides as well as the over-sized browline line or brow bar sunglasses. Graduated tints add cool to the browlines while the square sunglasses get a all over tint that is dark but shows the eyes! Very sexy!
Marni has an innovative type shape but I wonder of it’s functionality as I’m not sure how my peripheral vision will fare in these shades. But Pucci shows a cool all clear style with the color of the frames extending to the lenses with a tint to match! Love the fun and play with tints!
Gucci shows fun innovation too with the big 60’s square frames updated with the clear shading on the edges…plus a little bling. And with these golden over-sized aviators with a light golden tint on the lenses that makes them ever so springy!!
Find out what your favorite celebrity looks like with round glasses. This trend has been around for awhile and is great for people who have an angular face shape…or when one wears their hair up in a high-ish bun.
If there is one thing you could do to lighten or punctuate your look and style is to add the perfect glasses to compliment your style. The more fun and radical your eyeglasses are the more you create a look that is creative and open.
Round glasses made there big debut in the 60’s…clearly it was a very big statement.
This look dates back to Twiggy in the 60’s who made this look very famous with her tiny face and huge round glasses.
Though in the 50’s and earlier people like Ghandi and others in the lime light wore round glasses it was more a matter of fact and not a matter of fashion.
Since then in the last few years this look has made a comeback in a pretty big way!
Johnny Depp on the men’s side and Kate Hudson on the women’s have made this look a very familiar style and shown us how to wear it in fun.
Johnny Depp wears his round glasses tinted in unusual colors like light blue to give it a tinge of fun and color. As prescription glasses they can be tinted or polarized to be made into sunglasses.
Just because fall is coming it doesn’t mean you have to stick to boring old clear specs, you can have fun with color, brighten up your day and protect your eyes from the glaring snow…or sun if you are in a place like LA!!
Jazz it all up and chase away the winter blues..have fun with your look with a little bit of effort. Without a doubt one of the biggest trends these past few seasons are glasses, and that’s not sunglasses but optics…actual prescription glasses…geek chic, baby!
There are several different version of round glasses…those made famous by RayBan are the round wire glasses as well as the more retro type that have a tear drop look to them.
Either way enjoy your freedom and have fun with your glasses because now you can!