Taylor Swift’s Love Affair With Glasses: Get The Look

Last Updated on April 12, 2023 by amy

Taylor Swift is a style icon throughout every album era. 

From her bold red lips to her iconic high-waisted shorts, the pop star makes a statement with her personal style, of which glasses feature heavily.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at Taylor Swift’s glasses and how she’s made them a part of her distinctive style.

Who Is Taylor Swift?

Taylor Swift is a name that nearly everyone recognizes.

One of the biggest pop stars today, she grew up on a Christmas tree farm and performed in local musical theater productions as a child. In 2003, she modeled for the American lifestyle retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. She had an original song on the show’s compilation CD, which opened the door for her to attend meetings with major record labels.

At 14, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music, eventually signing with Big Machine Records. She released her self-titled debut album in 2006, which went on to become a commercial success. The singer-songwriter has since released several critically acclaimed albums, including “Fearless,” “Red,” and “Midnights.” 

As a songwriter, Swift is known for her diaristic style, which often focuses on her personal life and relationships, as well as her philanthropic efforts, activism, and advocacy for artists’ rights. To date, she has won 12 Grammy Awards from 46 nominations and is the second youngest person to win the coveted Album of the Year award.

Currently, Swift is traveling across the U.S. for her much-awaited “Eras” tour, which kicked off in March. The impressive three-hour set features a variety of custom-made ensembles. According to one of Swift’s designers, the singer conceived and built the tour as a journey through the different musical eras defining her career, as the title suggests.

What Glasses Does Taylor Swift Wear?

Taylor Swift’s music and influence are hard to miss, so it’s no surprise that whatever she wears sparks a trend. Her glasses are no exception.

Here are six styles we absolutely love on her.

1. Darcey – Tidal

One of Taylor Swift’s most iconic glasses is a pair she wore in the music video for “You Belong With Me,” taken from her second studio album “Fearless” (2008).

Inspired by a phone call she overheard between a male friend and his girlfriend, Swift wrote the song from the shoes of an insecure protagonist pining for an out-of-reach interest. The song’s radio-friendly appeal and refreshing country pop sound launched it to the top of music charts worldwide, cementing it as a Swift classic.

In the accompanying music video, Swift wore thin oversized black glasses with a messy half-up bun to give her persona a sweet yet geeky look.

Get a similar look with our Darcey eyeglasses in Tidal. This universally flattering square frame will suit any face shape, including heart faces like Swift’s. It is available in other colorways, including Brandy Tortoise, Marble Streak, and Travertine.

2. Ashland – Brandy Tortoise

While most Swifties are familiar with the singer’s heart-shaped sunnies from the “22” music video, Swift has made sunglasses a part of her everyday look during her “1989” (2014) era.

One style we love in particular is the tortoiseshell. Swift has been spotted many times sporting a pair of tortoiseshell sunnies when out and about, whether around her Nashville properties or along the streets of New York, where she used to keep a townhouse (which she gave a shout-out to on her 2019 album “Lover”).

The paparazzi photo below shows Swift favoring an angular frame once again. On a heart-shaped face like hers, angles balance out soft, round features without overpowering the whole face.

You can never go wrong with a good pair of tortoiseshell sunnies, and our Ashland frame might just be what you need to elevate your everyday look!

Ashland is available in other colorways, including Carbon Black Streak, Havana Tortoise, and Sienna. It also comes with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings.

3. Sutton – Black Crystal

Taylor Swift has a love affair with square frames. 

In a commercial she recorded for Target during her “Speak Now” (2010) era, Swift put on an artsy air with a pair of thick black glasses. She completed the look with a black beret, a brown bob, and a black turtleneck. The resulting ensemble was equal parts dorky and elegant with a touch of vintage.

If you’re after something a little more vintage, try our Sutton frame in Black Crystal. This square frame suits round, heart, and oval face types, and the colorway goes with any skin tone and outfit.

Sutton is also available in Smoulder, Havana Tortoise, Brandy Tortoise, and Olive Streak. Get it in classic or light-transitioning lenses.

4. Edie – Brandy Tortoise

It’s no secret that Taylor Swift is a huge fan of cats. 

From references in her songs to cameos in her music videos, the singer has made her love of cats apparent. Though initially not a fan of the “cat lady” title, she proudly embraces it, even going so far as to star as one of the cuddly felines in the 2019 musical fantasy film “Cats.”

So is it any wonder that cat-eye glasses have a place in Swift’s wardrobe?

The cat eye is a descendant of Altina Schinasi’s vintage Harlequin eyeglass frame. Fast forward almost a century, the frame has surpassed eyewear trends and is now a staple, adorning some of the most recognizable artists and movie stars worldwide.

Step out in a pair of our Edie sunnies in Brandy Tortoise for an understatedly chic look. 

The soft angles of this pair will suit any face shape, while the classic tortoiseshell pattern will complement any skin tone and hair color. If you want to lean into the cat lady aesthetic like Swift, pair these shades with cat-patterned clothes for a bit of whimsy!

5. Hoffman – Matte Black

In her more serious eras, Taylor Swift keeps it simple with black rectangle glasses. A pair like this means business, whether about her songwriting (look at her discography!) or her collaborations with major brands.

Get things done with chic specs like our Hoffman in Matte Black. A universally flattering rectangle frame, Hoffman is designed to fit round, oval, and square faces.

Hoffman is available in two other colorways: Forest Fade and Havana Tortoise. It is also available with classic and light-transitioning lenses, and it comes with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings.

6. Lowerre – Soft Brushed Gold

Taylor Swift’s style is both ever-changing and classic, and what better way to go classic than with a pair of aviators like our Lowerre sunnies in Soft Brushed Gold?

Aviators don’t necessarily look good on everyone, but they will work on most face shapes. They are especially ideal for those with oval, square, and heart faces. 

Versatile and stylish, Lowerre sunnies will easily dress up or down any outfit. They’re pretty much the quintessential little black dress of the eyewear world. They also play off of other accessories exceptionally well. Just don’t go overboard, as aviators are already bold.

If Soft Brushed Gold isn’t your cup of tea, try Lowerre in Brushed Dark Gun. This frame comes with clementine polarized lenses and offers 99.9% UVA and UVB protection.

Where Can I Get Taylor Swift’s Glasses?

Start a style era of your own with any of the glasses featured in this post!

We carry all these frames and more at Classic Specs. Our frames are made of premium acetate sourced from Italy and feature high-end construction and branded engraving.

All our glasses come with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings and a 1-year scratch-free warranty. Our non-prescription sunglasses also offer 99.9% UVA and UVB protection.

Combined, these features make Classic Specs frames an investment worth buying!

Does Taylor Swift Need Glasses?

Taylor Swift doesn’t wear eyeglasses in public appearances, but that wasn’t always the case.

For years, Swift had astigmatism — a type of refractive error that causes blurry vision at any distance. She was also nearsighted. Both conditions are typically corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses.

In an exclusive 2008 interview with Just Jared, Swift said she wore “the ugliest pair of glasses you’ll ever see in your life” because of her vision problems.

She eventually got LASIK eye surgery in 2019, so she no longer had to wear glasses.

What Is Taylor Swift’s Aesthetic?

There is no one way to answer this question, as Taylor Swift has had many musical eras, each accompanied by its own distinct aesthetic.

Throughout her decade-and-a-half-long career thus far, Swift has gone from sweet country girl to global pop star, trying different musical genres and fashion styles.

Here’s a quick rundown of her eras:

  • Taylor Swift (2006) – In the beginning, Swift was a country girl through and through. Those early years saw her wearing prom-like gowns, boho-lite sundresses, cowboy boots, and blonde unchecked curls framing her face.
  • Fearless (2008) – The release of her sophomore album saw Swift lean into the sweetheart aesthetic. She dressed in princess gowns and frilly skirts and swapped her cowboy boots for heels.
  • Speak Now (2010) – Though Swift retained much of her fairytale sweetness going into her third studio album, the album underscored her talent as a lyricist. “Speak Now” was also the first album she wrote on her own.
  • Red (2012) – Swift inched closer to pop with “Red,” one of her most beloved albums. “Red” ushered in an era of knit scarves, high-waisted shorts, and striped shirts — pieces that remain staples in Swift’s wardrobe today.
  • 1989 (2014) – “1989” is Swift’s first-ever true pop album, which ushered in one of her most memorable eras. This era saw her swap her look from schoolgirl to uptown girl, favoring chic coordinating pieces over sundresses and frills.
  • Reputation (2017) – This moody era proved polarizing even for Swifties. During this time, Swift ditched the good girl image altogether, as evidenced by her darker makeup looks and edgy fashion choices.
  • Lover (2019) – Swift embraced color once more in 2019 with the release of her seventh studio album. This era saw her filling her wardrobe with everything pastel, from denim jackets to loafers.
  • folklore (2020) – Swift tried out something more toned down and indie-adjacent with “folklore,” which she conjured up amid the pandemic. Swift returned to her autumn girl roots with this era, dressing in plaid, knitwear, and chunky boots.
  • evermore (2020) – Swift released her ninth studio album “evermore” just a few months after her eighth, retaining the cottage-core aesthetic she picked up during the latter’s production.
  • Midnights (2022) – With “Midnights” came Swift’s return to pop, albeit with hints of the new sound she cultivated with “folklore” and “evermore.” Swift keeps it laid-back yet chic with textured pieces, cashmere numbers, and stripes.

Why Choose Classic Specs?

High-end glasses typically demand higher prices. Many designer brands sell their frames well beyond the $1,000 price point when lenses and add-ons are included. Superior materials and construction account for some of this price premium, including Italian acetate and features like premium barrel hinges and branded engraving.

Classic Specs boasts timeless designs that many high-profile personalities prefer. Our frames are made of premium Italian acetate sourced from a family-owned northern Italian factory, featuring high-end construction and branded engraving. These aspects rival other brands. The main difference is the price: Classic Specs frames and lenses can often be purchased for less than $500. We offer virtual try-on and an online vision test, so the process is hassle-free (factors that celebs tend to prefer).

About Classic Specs

Classic Specs is known for its contemporary eyewear inspired by its designers’ favorite retro silhouettes. Born in Brooklyn, New York, the brand seeks to revive classic designs from every decade to create unique and iconic pieces for discerning consumers. Their frames feature high-quality craftsmanship with reinforced, stainless-steel hinges. Sourced from the famous six-generation Mazzucchelli family factory in northern Italy, Classic Specs frames are made of premium hypoallergenic cellulose acetate in unique, eye-catching chromotypes. Many lens options are available for reading glasses, distance, progressive, sunglasses, or fashion frames.

Usher in your glasses era with style with Classic Specs frames! 

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