The Most Fashionable Frames Through the Decades

most fashionable frames through the decades

The invention of eyeglasses was a total game-changer, as you can imagine. These accessories have undergone a huge transformation since their early days in the 13th century, when they were little more than leather and glass resting carefully on the tip of one’s nose. In this post, we’ll explore the most fashionable frames from every decade, beginning in the 1900’s.

1900-1920

The most popular style of frames during this twenty-year span was pince-nez. Hailing from France, the name translates to “pinch nose”. This style is actually really similar to the earliest frames created centuries before. They didn’t have any arms, but rather sat precariously on the bridge of the nose, just as the name suggests.

Of course, this style created some practical problems. For starts, these frames were known for falling off and breaking easily. Some wearers started using thin chains, which wrapped around the neck, to prevent this from happening. We’re guessing they still fell off, but at least they didn’t crash onto the floor and break. The solution was sound, at any rate, as chains are still used for reading glasses today!

1930

The pince-nez was still popular during the 1930’s, though they started to become less fashionable. The older crowd continued to wear them, but a wholly new and hip style rolled onto the scene: thin round frames. They were made from a delicate plastic, which meant they were still fragile. The style was popularized by Hollywood types and from there trickled down to the general population. Tortoise shell was especially popular.

It’s worth noting that this new style had arms, which we’re guessing was a huge relief ‒ and perhaps why they were so easily accepted by folks.

1940

While the ‘30s may have been all about small, tight, round frames, the ‘40s took some fun liberties with size. Fashionable frames became larger and more rectangular shaped, a fairly big departure from the previous decade’s roundness. As plastic manufacturing grew, frames also became available in just about any color.

One particular style that gained popularity during the ‘40s used plastic along the browline and glass on the bottom ‒ a style now popular again today.

Check out this quick video from the 1940’s describing how a woman can utilize her glasses to enhance her natural features. This content put the theory out there that glasses could, indeed, be fashionable:

 

1950

The most iconic frame of the 1950’s was, hands down, the cat eye. The ‘40s may have been all about adding color, but the ‘50s took it one step further and totally rewrote the shape. The cat eye’s sweeping corners were fashion darlings, worn by celebrities and school teachers alike.

1960-1970

The free-wheeling 1960’s had another take on eyewear, which can be divided into two main camps: oversized bug-eye frames and rimless, round wire ones. They may have been opposites, but they had one thing in common ‒ they certainly made a fashion statement.

Oversized bug-eye frames were super mod, and were all about bold, geometric shapes and styles. On the other hand, the rimless, round frames were a popular choice for the flower childs and hippies of that era. These tended to use fun, colorful lenses, like blue and yellow for sunglasses in particular.

1980

This decade took a throw-back stance, borrowing the most popular shapes and styles from the previous eras. One could get away with donning cat eye frames while his or her friend favored the boxy, geometric style of the ‘60s. The ‘80s were a catch-all for the best of what came out of each previous generation, although the pince-nez did not reemerge (which surprises exactly no one…).

1990

The ‘90s did something kinda fun when it came to eyewear: they borrowed the simple wire frames of the 1930’s and enlarged them. Glasses wearers also played around with shape in the ‘90s. While round was really popular, oval shaped frames shared the spotlight. That said, both styles erred on the thin side, whether metal or plastic.

2000-now

For the past 10+ years, it’s been hard to pinpoint the most fashionable frame. Eclectic tastes draw from every period; vintage reigns supreme, and tastes are not limited to a specific decade. While the ‘80s shared this hodgepodge, borrowing vibe, it wasn’t quite to the extent it is today. When shopping for frames, you’re likely to see a pair in nearly every shape/style listed above!

Are “Scary” Halloween Contacts Safe for Eyes?

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Besides the pumpkin spice-everything required for fall, there’s also HALLOWEEN, a favorite holiday for so many good reasons. Now, we never want to be a Debbie Downer, but we’ve got to bring it up: all those scary Halloween contacts—well, they give us the total creeps (and not in the spirited way). Keep reading to find out why!

Dressing up and scaring your pals is half the fun of Halloween, and we’ll agree with this point—changing your eyes to some freaky color or pattern is pretty nifty in theory. The problem with contacts that you can pick up in a beauty shop, Halloween store, etc (anywhere that’s not an eyeglasses/contact shop), is that they aren’t regulated. In fact, it’s actually illegal to sell contacts in the US without a prescription. That’s because it’s so important that contact lens are fitted for your individual eye. Otherwise, you’re putting your eye—and health, at some serious risk. Issues that can arise from improperly fitted or cared for contact lens include the following:

  • Infections
  • Scratches on the eyeball
  • Impaired vision, including blindness

Using a pair of ill-fitting contact lens can actually lead to all three of those issues at once—talk about spooky! Don’t believe us? Here’s how it works:

The contact doesn’t fit, (which you might not even be able to tell!), which results in scratching your cornea, leaving an open wound. This scratch can then get infected. And as we’ve covered before, eye infections can be pretty tricky to take care of, especially if they’re not caught early. If they get bad enough, they can lead to permanent vision loss, including blindness in your eye. That would be an extreme scenario, but it’s important to realize the can of worms you could be opening by popping in what seems a harmless pair of novelty contact lens.

How to Obtain Safe Halloween Contacts

Now, before you get totally bummed out and change your costume because you can’t get your eyes to match the color you need, remember, you can still get contacts! We’re just saying that you’ll need to do a few steps before making that happen. First stop: optometrist. Let them know you want to get a pair of contact lens so they can fit your eye. Then, simply order a pair from an office or shop you know and trust…like ReplaceMyContacts.com (where you’ll get the best prices and speedy delivery)! You’ll get a pair of top-quality lens fit for your eyeball, as well as all the proper care instructions you’ll need to keep them clean—and your eyeball healthy. Even though these lenses may be just for fun, you’ll still need to follow all instructions for cleaning and care just like if they were a prescription pair you wore every day. Because really, there’s nothing scarier then a puffy, red, infected eye due to contact neglect!

Colors to Wear to Enhance Blue Eyes

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Blue eyes are pretty dreamy on their own, au natural. They come in tons of different shades of blue, from Caribbean clear-blue water, to deep, rich midnight navy blue. It’s hard to think how blue eyes could get any more beautiful or stand out, but there are definitely certain colors you can wear to enhance them even more than they are. And before you green and brown-eyed folks give up on this piece, remember you can always try your hand as a blue-eyed beauty with the use of color contacts, like the new Air Optix Colors.

We all remember elementary school art class where we learned that blue is one of the primary colors, so it can be mixed with a ton of different colors without really going wrong. Good news, right?! That said, you can definitely up the ante with some specific shades that’ll really draw out blue eyes and make them the true focus of your face.

Black & White

If you prefer basics, black and white are both great choices against blue eyes. They each create an instant contrast with differing effects. Black against blue eyes will make your eyes appear even more intense; wearing white will make them look more shimmery and soft.

Blue

Colors often stand out by contrasting them against other colors, but when it comes to blue eyes, you can achieve a dazzling look by doubling up on blues. That’s right—wearing blues will actually intensify your eyes. Of course, there’s tons of different shades of blue, so keep this helpful tip in mind: darker, vibrant blues like cobalt will darken your blue eyes while lighter shades like aqua and robins egg will have a lightening effect.

Sunrise

Some other great colors choices are ones found in a sunrise – red and yellow. Red is a very strong contrast to rich blue, so prepare for your eyes to really pop! You can add red into your look with a top, or simply a swipe of lipstick. Either way you can’t go wrong. Yellow, perhaps the most vibrant color out there, will enhance blue eyes by having them appear more brilliant and bright, too.

Green

Light greens, like pear, will have a softening effect on blue eyes, which is totally flattering. Although you can always go mega with the use of a bold, emerald green, which will have the same effect as wearing yellow.

If you’re more interested in using make-up to enhance your eyes, we’ve got tons of tips for you in that department, too! We already mentioned the dazzling effect of bright red lips with blue eyes (one of our favs!).

Makeup Tips

Shimmery copper and taupe eyeshadows are another perfect choice.  On the cheeks opt for a fresh, rosy blush, which will add a lovely flush of color to your face as a perfect backdrop to your gorgeous eyes. Also, if you really wanna make your blue eyes shout, considering simply lining them with a bold blue eyeliner, like cobalt or turquoise. Since this is a loud statement, we’d advice against going full on with eyeshadow, instead sticking to the simplicity of a well drawn, semi-thick line. You can also do this with a black liner, but just be wary of drawing it on too heavy, which can make your eyes appear smaller.

Blue eyes are pretty fabulous on their own, but adding that little extra spark or vibrancy thanks to color choice is one of the simplest, but fun, ways to dress up your already-stunning natural (or color contacts) color!

Common Cosmetic Eye Surgeries

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In this day and age, it’s no surprise to know that just about any part of the body can be nipped and tucked—including the eyes. That’s right, if you’re not happy with your eyes a cosmetic surgeon just may be able to help you out and give you your “dreams eyes”. We want to clarify: these surgeries aren’t on the actual eyeball. If you want to change your eyeball color for cosmetic reasons, there are plenty of perfectly colored lenses for that! Instead, cosmetic eye surgery has to do with the skin and tissue surrounding the eyeballs. There are a few different types of common cosmetic eye surgeries, all which fall under the umbrella term blepharoplasty.

Why do people get cosmetic eye surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a general term that refers to a few different types of cosmetic eye surgeries. In fact, someone having this procedure is likely having one of these three common types of it: upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or double upper eyelid. Because these are cosmetic surgeries, they’re generally not medically necessary, meaning a person is electing to have it done for self-improvement. Keep in mind though it isn’t always a matter of vanity. For some people, these surgeries, particularly the upper eyelid version, can help improve vision due to a drooping eyelid. Keep reading to learn more about the three common types of cosmetic eye surgery, including what the procedure actually does and what it can improve for a person.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

This type of surgery essentially removes excess skin from the upper eyelid. Over time, the eyelid skin may gradually lose elasticity, creating droopy, extra skin. In some cases, it can actually impair vision due to the way the excess skin hangs down over the eye. For people who deal with this troubling vision loss, this surgery definitely feels less cosmetic and more necessary, especially if it’s bad enough to impede everyday things like reading and driving.

During an upper eyelid surgery the surgeon will cut out a middle area of the eyelid, snipping away excess skin. Yes, that’s a very simplified version but hey, you get the picture, right?

Lower Eyelid Surgery

This procedure is very similar to an upper eyelid surgery in that it removes excess skin and bags that naturally form under the eye over time. Unlike the upper eyelid surgery though, a lower eyelid surgery is generally more cosmetic, as it doesn’t really address any functional issues with the eye or vision. Many people get it simply because they don’t like the look of heavy bags under their eyes, which can get quite puffy and be difficult, if not impossible, to conceal with makeup.

And much like an upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon will carefully snip away the baggy, puffy skin.

Double Eyelid Surgery

This type of cosmetic eye surgery is sometimes referred to as an “Asian blepharoplasty,” as East and Southeast Asians favor it. During this cosmetic procedure, a surgeon creates a crease in the upper eyelid. This is for people that either naturally have no crease, or a very minimal one. In addition to creating a crease, it also makes the eye opening appear larger.

During a double eyelid surgery a surgeon removes minimal skin, tissue, and fat under the skin of the eyelid. This removal creates a crease. There are no scars from the surgery, as the newly created crease hides the incision.

Top Myths of Lasik Surgery

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Like any good game of whisper down the lane, plenty of myths have cropped up over the years about this simple surgery. Today, we’re going to set the record straight on a few of the biggest myths out there today about Lasik. After all, no one likes rumors!

To make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s go over what Lasik eye surgery actually means. It’s a term people throw around a lot, but do you know what it is? If not, don’t worry; we’re here to help! Lasik is a (very) short refractive surgery. It works by essentially reshaping the cornea to allow light to travel to the retina more effectively. Not everyone gets the exact same snips—your surgeon will reshape your cornea based on the type of vision loss you are experiencing. For example, if you are nearsighted, the goal will be to flatten the cornea. For farsightedness, the cornea is steepened (made more steep and cone-like); and for those with astigmatism, the irregularities in the cornea will be smoothed out, which brings us to our first myth…

MYTH: All lasik surgeries are the same.

Truth: While the procedure is very similar for everyone, your surgeon will “custom-cut” your cornea to correct your specific vision problem. With that in mind, the basics of the surgery are the same—a flap is cut into your cornea and it is reshaped. So while this myth isn’t 100% wrong, it’s not exactly accurate either.

MYTH: Lasik only works for  ______________ (insert nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other specific vision problems).

Truth: Lasik is a great option for people that suffer from any of these three vision issues: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. We know this is getting redundant, but again, the surgeon will cut and shape the cornea differently for each of these vision issues.

MYTH: Lasik surgery is painful!

Truth: We’re really happy to report this is definitely, absolutely false (pinkie promise)! Lasik is actually pain-free for most folks. To be fair, that’s mostly thanks to specially formulated numbing eye drops your surgeon will put into your eyes before beginning the procedure. You may feel a bit of pressure during the surgery, but it’s not something people report as painful. And if you’re wondering what happens once the numbing drops wear off (fair point), you can rest easy. Really (really) few people complain of any pain the next day, or even in the days following. If anything, you may have some discomfort.

MYTH: You can only have one eye done at a time.

Truth: You are often encouraged to have both eyes done at the same time. No need for multiple appointments, you can have it all taken care of in a single visit. Oh, and did we mention that on average it only takes fifteen minutes to do BOTH eyes?

MYTH: Anyone can benefit from Lasik.

Truth: It’d be great if anyone with a vision loss could simply get a quick Lasik surgery and restore their vision, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Not every person with vision loss is a candidate for this procedure. To find out if you are, talk to your doctor.

MYTH: If you get Lasik you never have to think about prescription lenses again.

Truth: While Lasik is a great option for many people, it is definitely not a cure for vision loss. This differs for every person, but generally speaking, even after Lasik, eyesight can continue to worsen, especially once you hit 40 years old (when vision loss due to age often begins setting in). While Lasik can certainly help tons of folks, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can kiss prescription lenses goodbye forever. The good news is you can always visit our best-sellers and return to your favorite lens!