1700s Glasses

Have you ever wished for a style refresh? If so, it’s the perfect time to consider the classic 1700s trends.

As part of their new eyewear collections, designers have revolutionized vintage frames with different colors and patterns that create an exciting nod to styles of days gone by. Recent trends show that these 1700s-inspired frames are gaining widespread popularity as an eye-catching alternative to traditional glasses.

Eyewear has always been crucial in how people present themselves and their style. Fast-forward to the 1700s, when glasses developed from simple and functional to artistic, intricate details that made a bold statement.

In this blog post, we explore the eyewear trends of the 1700s and uncover how these spectacles shaped our current fashion culture!

1700s glasses
early to mid 1700s glasses

Glasses in the 1700s were an essential part of everyday life. People used them to help them see well and to make tasks such as reading and writing easier. The era also saw the development of glasses into a fashion accessory, with the invention of spectacles being attributed to Benjamin franklin in 1784- the bifocals.

During this time, glasses were made from various materials such as gold, silver, and even leather, and different styles, including metal frames and lenses made from glass or crystal. The specs were also decorated with jewels and other embellishments to make them fashionable.

As well as being used as a fashion element, glasses were used for medical purposes during this period, such as correcting vision problems. With rapid industrialization in the late 1700s, glasses became more affordable and accessible for people across all social classes.

Throughout the 1800s and 1900s glasses were used to improve vision. In the 1800s glasses were made of glass lenses held together with a metal frame. This type of eyewear was known as ‘pince-nez’ and was used by people who had difficulty seeing objects in the distance.

By the 1900s, more advanced types of glasses developed; These included monocles, round lenses held up with a handle, and bifocals, which had two lenses of different strengths for near-sightedness and far-sightedness. Glasses became increasingly popular, allowing people to see clearly without squinting or straining their eyes.