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Recent Evolution of Eyewear

Eyewear trends have evolved over the last few decades just as everything has. Keeping up with the trends can be hard but that's what Eyewear Junkie is here for! Eyewear style has a way of coming back in vogue and then disappearing again to make way for something new. Eyewear fashion can be influenced by celebrities, pop culture, and trends in the fashion industry. For example, designer frames are always popular when there are new styles and shapes to choose from. Cat-eye frames like Aelita and TwentyFirst which were popular in the 1950s resurfaced a few years ago and enjoyed considerable popularity among young women who were excited about vintage eyewear styles. We take a look at some of the eyewear trends that have come and gone over the past ten years so that you can see how eyewear fashion has changed over time.

Thick Frames

In the last few years, thick frames like Becca have made a comeback among men and women. We've seen a lot of different options hit the shelves, and though they were popular in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, it's safe to say that today's selection of bold frames is bigger than ever. And what better way to make a statement than with big glasses? You can dress them up or down; you can add even more color to your look by choosing an option with a unique frame color like red or green, or you can opt for clear frames like Humor a clear tortoise if you're looking for something subtle but still showstopping.

Oversized Round Glasses

While round glasses have remained consistently popular, they've also been on a rollercoaster ride of fashionability. Round glasses were popular in the 1960s and early 1970s when hippie culture was still going strong. Thanks to the Beatles and their groupies, wearing oversized round spectacles became a common symbol of counterculture. Round glasses all but disappeared from everyday life following the end of that movement. After a long period of dormancy, however, oversized round eyewear has resurfaced in popular culture and is now something you can see on people from all walks of life. The style is currently at its peak of popularity and has been for several years running. They are now considered a classic frame shape—and one that's suitable for nearly every face shape! If you’re looking for the perfect simple round frame to challenge the crowd take a look at Joey!

Browline Glasses

While you might have thought the 50s and 60s belonged to Wayfarers, they were actually dominated by another style of sunglasses: browline glasses. This thick-framed style was popular with everyone from Malcolm X to JFK. Although they took a dip in popularity for a few decades, today's new styles are even bolder than their predecessors and are often made with plastic frames (instead of the original metal). Browline glasses aren't just back; they're unisex eyewear that's as relevant today as it ever was. If you’re looking for a simple metal browline frame, take a look at Nicholas, but if you opt for the bolder options try out Ender.


Then came the aviators. This style of sunglasses has been around for ages, but it was this decade that saw a resurgence in their popularity. Launched in 1937 as protective eyewear for pilots, the Aviators have a distinctive design and come in many different colors. They have a curved frame and a distinctive bridge that frames the face with balance and symmetry. Aviator sunglasses are now available in a range of colors to suit different tastes and preferences, whether you want to look glamorous or just go incognito. And Aviator Eyeglasses have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. If you want to get on the aviator train try our style Larkspur.

Eyewear trends have continued to evolve as the years go on

The style of eyewear has changed over the decades. From the 1990's thick-rimmed, square frames to the more rounded, lighter weight styles of today, each decade had its own trend.  To the thin round frames of the hippies in the 1960s and 1970s eyewear trends are ever-evolving just like everything in fashion. You should always choose the styles that you love the most. At Eyewear Junkie we have just about every style you can think of and if you need some help you can always consult one of our Eyewear Addiction Specialists about what frames will suit you best! 

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