Summer is here, and sunglasses can help protect your eyes and keep you looking good whether you’re on the beach or out and about running errands. Vintage sunglasses have become a popular trend with their unique design, and many styles were mainstream fashions in decades in the past. Some of the most popular styles of vintage sunglasses that have been popularized lately include oversized, wayfarer, and aviators. The popularity of vintage sunglasses has come and gone in recent years, but in the past year or so they have seen an emergence in popularity in many areas of the world. Several vintage sunglass styles enjoyed popularity in the 40s, 50s, and 60s and for a long time they dropped from popularity before reemerging in recent years.
A history of styles for vintage sunglasses
Sunglasses became a popular fashion in the 1940s when pilots began wearing aviator sunglasses to reduce the glare of the sun while they were flying. The glasses were made of reflective material and they became popularized in more recent years in the movie “Top Gun” and similar movies. Cat eye sunglasses were worn in the 1950s and were glamorized by celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. They have been re-popularized in recent years by celebrities like Katy Perry. Browline sunglasses were popular for men in the 1950s and feature more of a hipster look that highlights the eyebrows. Browline sunglasses happen to be one of the styles that really didn’t fall much out of fashion and several recent celebrities can be seen wearing them.
Styles in the 60s and 70s
Some of the popular styles in the 60s included oversized sunglasses and retro square sunglasses. Oversized vintage sunglasses were popularized by Jackie Kennedy and featured large plastic frames which were dominant for women’s sunglass fashion. Retro square sunglasses were popularized in the 1960s by celebrities like Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, and in recent years celebrities like Rihanna and other singers have been seen wearing them. Tinted lenses were popularized in the 70s by John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix including blue, rose colored, and many other shades. In modern times there are still several musicians that wear these including Elton John and Bono, and they have more of an artistic vibe and match well with a wide range of casual and formal wear.
Styles in the 80s and 90s
In the 80s, aviator sunglasses were popularized by the movie Top Gun and enjoyed a reemergence after Tom Cruise and his cast members wore them. Aviators are still popular in modern times and worn by dozens of celebrities and other famous people and their popularity really never waned after their reemergence in the 80s. Shield sunglasses were worn by Michael Jackson in the 80s and in recent years they can be seen on celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and they are produced by some of the top fashion companies in the world including Dolce & Gabbana and several others. There are dozens of other vintage styles for sunglasses that remain popular, and if you have any questions ask your retailer about some of the styles and brands that are popular this season.