Shopping for Vintage Glasses

Last Updated on February 9, 2024 by Josh Wilkerson

Finding the right pair of glasses is super important and no matter what your style may be, there is a pair out there for you. Eyeglasses are your face’s unique pulling power that everyone will recognize you by and set you apart from the masses. Getting a pair of glasses to match your style is not hard at all, as the selections are huge!

One of the climbing trends of today is ”vintage.“ Vintage everything! From glasses to clothes to cars, everyone loves vintage. If you are looking for that perfect pair of vintage eyeglasses, have no worries. Here is a list of tips when it comes to shopping for the perfect pair of vintage specs!

Where should you shop?
There are a few options you have when it comes to finding the right pair of vintage eyeglasses. First off, you can look at specialty shops or online stores. Many places carry frames with the vintage look to please the trends and sometimes they are actually cheaper than modern frames.

Secondly, you could look at second-hand shops. You could find the perfect old-time frames, pop out the lenses and get some prescription lenses fitted for the frames. With second-hand stores being very cheap, there is a good chance you would save money on a new set of glasses having to just pay for the lenses and the fitting. This way, you get your prescription exact too.

What about your style?
Obviously if you are looking for some vintage eyeglasses, you have a unique and fun style. Know what sort of style you are going for when it comes to the glasses before you go out shopping. There are a ton of different styles of vintage frames from cat eyes to very round. Also, take a look at what styles will fit the shape of your face and what will work well.

Keep in mind too, how often will you be wearing the glasses? It’s fun to have random colors and funny designs, but if you are wearing them all day, everyday, they might not be so acceptable. Think about what will match your style and outfits, and what would be best for day-to-day use.

What is your prescription?
When buying any set of glasses, you need to know your prescription. A quick trip to the eye doctor could save you a big hassle when it comes to actually buying the glasses or lenses, especially online. After you’ve got your prescription, you can go and get the lenses cut at a local eyeglasses store or even a department store with a glasses section.

Sometimes, a store might reject your vintage frames. In this case, make sure you ask why and don’t make the same mistake again. They might reject them for a couple reasons, including they are too old, they are not easy to work with or they are not bought from the same store. If you can argue any of these, do it. You deserve to have the perfect pair!