Whether it’s in regard to decorating or fashion, trends come and trends go, sometimes within a very short period of time. And while eyeglass frames also change with the seasons, choosing eyeglass shapes that are always in style is the goal of frugal folks who either don’t want to be constantly buying new eyewear because of changing styles or simply can’t afford to.
For eyewear shapes that are always in season, look to the timeless appeal of the classics. No matter what you’re wearing or where you are, these eyewear styles will always look good. You’ll never have to worry about not being in style when your prescription in one of these eyeglasses shapes.
Cat-eye frames were first popular in the 1950s and reappeared in the early 1990s. They feature an upsweep at the outer edges where the temples connect to the frame front. Cat-eye glasses are mostly seen on women, but there are some men’s styles, as well. These eyeglass frames are best suited to diamond and inverted triangular- shaped faces.
Circular eyeglass frames were the norm for eyeglasses before edging techniques got sophisticated enough to cut lenses into different shapes. This shape of eyeglass frame is the perfect way to soften the look of square and rectangular faces and can be worn by both sexes.
Once only seen on the faces of those lacking fashion sense or bookworms, Buddy Holly frames now represent geek chic. Ray-Ban calls them Wayfarers and they can be made in many different color combinations such as brown and crystal. These eyeglass frames are perfect for those with a round face shape.
Rimless frames are both fashionable and functional. They were original made to minimize the look of glasses on a face but now represent a timeless look that can go anywhere. Lenses can be customized in any shape and some designers dress up the temples to counterbalance the simpler frame front. Rimless and semi-rimless styles with lenses cut in oval shapes, can be worn by both men and women.
Aviator eyeglass frames just might be the most recognizable frame shape there is. They were first developed to protect pilots’ eyes during flight but are now very much a part of pop culture. Aviators are unisex and show up in most eyewear collections every season. If you can only have one pair of sunglasses, choose aviators. Ray-Ban has updated them with a more curved contour that gives them a slight wraparound shape for even more protection from the sun.
If you’re not the kind of person who needs a different pair of frames for different outfits, or you simply don’t want to spend money on the latest trends, you’ll never be out of style wearing one of these classic frames.