Cats eye sunglasses have never really gone out of fashion. Inspired by the shapes of a cat’s eyes, they surface every few years and begin trending.
Major stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn made the style famous back in the 1960-70s; the former wore a pair in the movie, How to Marry a Millionaire. Anyone who has seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s would not have missed the iconic pair worn by Audrey Hepburn.
Closer to our time, stars like Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson have kept the flame going by wearing cat eye sunglasses when stepping out. Every now and then, a celebrity will be caught on camera sporting a pair of such glasses.
A mass favorite
Cats eyes glasses were very popular with the masses. It seemed as though every women had one in the 1960s. They were available in all sorts of colors and designs, including blue, polka dots, floral prints, tortoise shell, and more.
Cat eye sunglasses are still popular. They are a must-have for anyone who wishes to make a fashion statement. Here is the fact. Cat eye glasses were made for prescription glasses and not sunglasses when they first came out.
The first designs
The first designs had little resemblance to the chic frames that we see now. The stems were connected to the middle of the edge of the frame and the designers had little choice in material. The current design is a result of many influences such as an improvement in material and even hairstyles such as the beehive.
Several designs are now available in as many materials such as metal and plastic. The cat’s eye design may see a few changes in the future as people develop new expectations from their sunglasses, but the basic design will forever endure.