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Vintage Wire Rim Sunglasses

For a fresh summer look, wire rim sunglasses are currently on trend, and it is easy to see why. The subtle wire frames, often in silver or gold, are a great way to offset a pair of neutral color tinted lenses for a classic look or give a metallic compliment to brightly colored lenses for a pair of sunglasses that are more fun.

Although you can find trendy wire rimmed sunglasses almost everywhere, vintage wire rim sunglasses have a fantastic, unique look that you cannot get with newer frames.

Antique Wire Rimmed Frames for Sunglasses 

Wire rimmed glasses were one of the first frame styles and their adaptability and classic appeal mean that wire frames are always in style. A pair of vintage sunglasses with wire frames have multiple benefits as well, such as being relatively more durable when compared to plastic and coming in a range of different shapes and styles that let you pick the wire sunglass look that you like best:

  • Antique 19th Century Wire Rim Glasses – Metal glasses from the 1800s, usually in gold or steel, are one of the most distinguishable vintage looks. The lenses, which are often oval or rectangular, are generally small, which is extremely distinguishable and stylish for a great vintage look. These wire frames sunglasses are best with blue and blue or amber lenses. 
  • Windsor Glasses – The circular lenses and saddle bridge of Windsor glasses are a notable look that transcends many decades of style. You can get the vintage appeal or the look of John Lennon sunglasses with a pair of retro round glasses.
  • Ful-Vue Glasses – These are the glasses that dominated the first half of the 1900s in eyewear. Although slightly more modern than the previous century with features like nose pads that make them more comfortable to wear, Marshwood glasses still exude vintage charm and are a perfect way to have your own unique take wire rimmed sunglasses.

You can find genuine vintage wire rimmed glasses in all of these styles available in our inventory at Eyeglasses Warehouse, and each pair of glasses is ready to have existing lenses changed out by your optician to become a pair of custom sunglasses. See all of our vintage styles available and come back frequently as the options change.

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Pince Nez Sunglasses – The Ultimate Vintage Eyewear Trend 

You have dozens of different vintage sunglass types you can choose from. From standard horn rimmed glasses to timeless aviators to vintage cat eye sunglasses, there are a number of looks you can choose from for sunglasses that exude vintage charm.

But no pair of vintage sunglasses is as unique as pince nez sunglasses. Pince nez were a type of spectacle that was the height of style in the 1890s and early 1900s, particularly among women and the upper class, so it made sense for this style to also become a style for antique sunglasses that surprisingly has remained highly relevant today. 

Wearing Pince Nez Sunglasses with Modern Wardrobes 

The pince nez style of eyewear forgoes temples and instead holds the glasses in place by pinching the nose. Pince nez name comes from the French for “pinch nose.”

Historically, the spectacles were often kept on a chain around the neck or attached to the clothes and the wearer could slip them on quickly by using the bridge spring to create tension that would hold the sunglasses on the note bridge of the nose whenever they stepped out to the sun.

Pince nez glasses developed a reputation for not being extremely stable. But what they lack in function, they make up for in terms of style. Because they were only popular for about a 20 to 30 year period around the turn of the century, pince nez sunglasses have a decidedly vintage look that you cannot get with other sunglass frames.

They also bring an air of luxury to your eyewear, reflecting the style of 1890s academics and theater goers. Wearers also had to hold themselves with a certain poise in order to keep pince nez sunglasses from slipping off, which contributes to their refinement.

Although the popularity of pince nez sunglasses was relatively short, they are a look that has not faded from the world of fashion. There are many pop culture references and reasons to have a pair of vintage pince nez sunglasses for modern wear. Some of the ways that these vintage glasses have stood out in more recent years include:

  • Film – In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus wears a pair of dark black pince nez sunglasses that brought this look back to the public in the 1990s.
  • Steampunk – Pince nez sunglasses are a fun option for steampunk costumes because of their retro style.
  • Modern Designer Eyewear – A few contemporary designers have started offering retro pince nez sunglasses. These are new pieces, but with the same retro look as original pince nez sunglasses that are bringing this style back in as an innovative sunglass look.
  • Ease of Wear – Putting on a pair of pince nez sunglasses is fast and offers a quick way to don sunglasses when lights get bright.

Although there are many replica pince nez sunglasses available today, nothing matches the sophistication of original antique eyewear. Eyeglasses Warehouse sells says a wide variety of pince nez frames that make a beautiful pair of sunglasses. Some of our grames have original tinted lenses in them or you can have your optician change out the lenses for you in the tint of your choice.

Pince nez sunglasses make for a beautiful, one of a kind pair of antique sunglasses. See all of the frames that we have available or check out other vintage sunglasses at Eyeglasses Warehouse.

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Embracing 2022 Sunglass Trends with Vintage Frames 

There is an idea in the fashion world that everything comes back in style eventually and sunglasses are no exception. Based on design predictions from style experts, it seems that the rest 2022 will be the year that a lot of favorite vintage looks are back in. 

For many of the other sunglass trends this season, a pair of vintage glasses provide the perfect answer with a look that is still in style while letting you bring your own unique touch to fashion.

What Vintage Sunglasses to Wear This Summer

Many people say sunglasses are a more timeless fashion accessory with most looks never truly going out of style. Vintage sunglasses provide a range of classic books to choose from and enough room to always experiment with bold looks.

But if you want to focus on adding a few more trendy glasses to your vintage sunglass collection, look for vintage frames in these styles:

  • Bright and Colorful – Glasses this year should be vibrant with jewel tones and pastels most in, but any color will work as long as it is bright. Some great options for colorful glasses include acetate cat eye glasses from the 1950s. The 70s and 80s also offer colorful cat eye glasses with a less defined shape. Vintage horn rimmed glasses with colored frames is another good look since they since their extra thick frames are great for showing off all that color. 
  • Vintage 1970s Glasses – The 70s are here again in the fashion world and oversized frames are going to be in this summer. There is no better way to stay on trend than with authentic sunglass frames from the 1970s. Search our women’s cat eyeglasses from the 1970s to get this look.
  • Early 2000s Sunglasses – The Y2K years are also back with a sleek and futuristic look. You can get this look with a pair of vintage rimless glasses by adding in your own large square lenses, preferably in a light tone or gradient.
  • Angular Shapes – Embrace the bold looks of 2022 with fun shapes that have sharp corners or sweeping curves. Fortunately, vintage eyeglasses have a range of shapes to choose from. Favorites for this summer include cat eyeglasses (the pointy-er the better) and hexagonal wire rimmed glasses for a truly unique look.

Any bold pair of vintage glasses will always be in style, as are classic frames from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Eyeglasses Warehouse is the best place to look for vintage sunglasses frames with a wide selection of frames. You can customize your frames with your preferred sunglass lenses to create a pair of glasses no one else will have or get a classic look by wearing the original pairs that defined fashion like horn rimmed glasses in black or tortoiseshell, sleek vintage women’s glasses, rimless glasses, and more.

In addition to the original glasses from throughout the decades available in our inventory at Eyeglasses Warehouse, you will also find retro glasses modeled after classic styles but with modern wearers in mind. Browse all that we have to offer and start planning out your sunglass look for summer 2022.

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How to Care for Your Vintage Sunglasses

For many people, sunglasses are an adventure accessory that goes along for everything from car trips and farmers’ markets to vacations and days on the lake. This can bring your sunglasses in contact with some potentially risky conditions, especially when you are sporting vintage sunglasses. These tend to be more fragile due to age and construction, as well as harder to replace.

The right care techniques can keep your vintage sunglasses in good condition, and all that is necessary is some changes to the way you wear and store your sunglasses to avoid damage to vintage frames and keep them looking and working well for decades.

Vintage Sunglasses Care

Where you wear your vintage sunglasses is up to you, but given the more delicate nature of frames, especially antique ones, many people will forgo wearing them in high activity situations where a modern day pair of sport sunglasses might work better. 

Instead, vintage sunglasses really stand out as fashionable sunglasses that can help keep the sun out of your eyes while driving, commuting, walking, beach going, and other day to day activities as long as you follow the following care steps:

  • Don’t Use Your Shirt to Clean the Lenses – This goes for any other items you have on hand that are not explicitly for cleaning glasses, such as towels, napkins, and scarves. These items can have rough fibers and when you drag them across the lens’ surface, you will get permanent scratches. Reserve cleaning until you can clean your glasses with lens cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  • Don’t Set Your Glasses Lens-Side Down – When you set your glasses down on the lenses, they are at risk of scratching against whatever debris may be on the surface. The stems of your sunglasses are much harder to scratch from simply sitting down on a surface. 
  • Don’t Hook Your Glasses Over Your Shirt – Hooking your glasses over the neck of your shirt makes sense at the moment, but when you bend over and they fall out, the impact can cause older cellulose acetate sunglasses to crack.
  • Don’t Put Glasses on the Top of Your Head – Your head is wider than your temples and will stretch your glasses out, stressing the joints. You are also at risk of your glasses slipping off or falling.
  • Store Your Glasses in a Case – Before you put your vintage sunglasses in a bag or purse, put them in their case first. Jostling around with other items in your bag can scratch the lenses and the rims or put too much pressure on the frames.
  • Avoid Hot Cars – When you park your car outside in the summer, the temperature can easily reach well over 100. Cellulose acetate in vintage glasses is relatively durable, but it is a good idea to bring your glasses with you to avoid any unnecessary temperature stress on the plastic. 

An important part of vintage glasses care is to always keep a case with you wherever you go for sunglass storage. Since many vintage glasses no longer have their original cases, consider investing in a new case for each pair of glasses. This also gives you the option to buy one that fits your glasses and will keep them secure wherever you usually store them.

Eyeglasses Warehouse has a range of vintage sunglasses, offering all of the most popular frame styles from the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and more. Each pair is in good wearable condition and ready to have new tinted lenses added so you can wear them over the following years, giving you a pair of glasses that will last for decades when you care for them correctly. See all the glasses we have available today.

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Vintage Cat Eye Sunglass Styles to Try

Sunglasses are a fun way to experiment with eyewear accessories. They can be easily mixed and matched with different outfits and more avant-garde looks are often encouraged. When you want a more unique vintage style, cat eye sunglasses are often the best choice with their fun shapes, bright colors, and exciting embellishments.

Vintage cat eye glasses are often the perfect accessory to add some flair to your sun protection, but with the wide range of options available, it can be helpful to start with some style inspiration.

Cat Eye Glasses Frames that are Great for Sunglasses

Nearly a century old, the cat eye frame style offers a lot of different options to choose from. The quintessential 1950s cat eye sunglasses are always an iconic look while 1980s cat eye sunglasses are going to be a little closer to modern glasses, but with the perfect amount of charm. You can also create a pair of cat eye sunglasses that are uniquely you by choosing an authentic pair of metal cat eye frames and adding in your favorite color sunglass lenses.

For inspiration, some unique ideas for vintage cat eye sunglasses include:

  • Silver Cat Eye Sunglasses – In the 1940s and early 50s, many women’s cat eye glasses were made from silver-toned metal. These thick metal frames will be unique on sunglasses but look great when catching the sunlight.
  • Rhinestone Cat Eye Sunglasses – Rhinestones are to cat eye glasses as sunglasses are to days at the beach. A pair of cat eye sunglasses with rhinestones in the corner is not only perfect for that vintage look, but those rhinestones will look great when they sparkle outdoors.
  • Tortoise Shell Cat Eye Sunglasses – A pair of tortoiseshell cat eye frames with dark lenses is a classic look reminiscent of some of the most glamorous stars of the 1950s and 60s.
  • 1980s Cat Eye Sunglasses – As the decades went on, cat eye frames got larger. Cat eye glasses from these decades stand out, and the larger lenses can offer a little more sun protection as well. 
  • Acetate Cat Eye Sunglasses – Colorful cat eye sunglasses make it possible to bring some personality to your eyewear and acetate glasses from the 1950s often came in a range of bright colors, making it possible to find the sunglasses that best match your style.

This list is only to get you started in searching for the right pair of cat eye sunglasses. Another good place to look for inspiration for the best style of vintage women’s sunglasses for you is in our selection of cat eye glasses at Eyeglasses Warehouse. We have several original cat eye sunglasses from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and later as well as an extensive collection of optical quality cat eye frames that you can turn into your own pair of cat eye sunglasses. Check out all the classes we have available here to find your perfect pair.

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Model Your Sunglass After John Lennon with Vintage Round Sunglasses 

Few glasses throughout history are as iconic as John Lennon’s round Windsor glasses from the 1960s and 70s. Almost as recognizable as the music of The Beatles, just seeing a pair of round wire rim glasses can bring to mind John Lennon, 1970s hippie culture, and vintage nostalgia.

Because of the importance of these glasses, this is a sunglasses look that has never gone out of style and whether you have a specific costume in mind or simply want to bring some 70s rock and roll to your daily look, a pair of John Lennon sunglasses is the best way to get this style.

How to Wear Sunglasses Like John Lennon 

Reportedly severely myopic, John Lennon experimented with a few different glasses looks in the early days of The Beatles before settling on Windsor glasses in the 1960s. This frame style was originally popular in the late 1800s and the first few years of the 1900s. By the time John Lennon was wearing Windsor glasses, they were already on a dated look.

These glasses have perfectly circular frames and a saddle bridge, usually without nose pads. The lenses tend to be smaller than modern day sunglasses and they are centered over the eyes.

Windsor glasses became John Lennon’s everyday eyeglasses, as well as his go-to sunglasses which he often wore with amber, pink, green, or blue lenses. Some Beatles historians suggest these tints helped to soften the glare of spotlights while Lenon was performing on stage.

When looking for John Lennon glasses to wear today, you have two options:

  • Vintage Wire Rim Windsor Glasses – These are original to the early 1900s and closely mimic John Lennon’s style. You can most often find these in gold filled or silver tone steel frames. To turn them into sunglasses, have your optician replace the lenses with tinted ones in similar shades to what John Lennon might have worn.
  • Retro John Lennon Sunglasses – Retro glasses are new glasses made with modern materials and manufacturing techniques, but closely replicate the styles of glasses that Lenon initially wore. As with authentic Windsor glasses, you can change out the lenses to your desired color for sunglasses. Retro glasses offer some additional flexibility if you need a certain size or want a brand new pair of glasses without signs of wear.

At Eyeglasses Warehouse, we offer both authentic and retro John Lennon sunglasses. Each pair of our antique round glasses has been sourced and checked for wearable quality, and many are 100 years old or more. Our line of retro John Lennon glasses are made to a high standard and have optical quality frames

compatible with any lens type.

Browse through the different options we have for vintage round sunglasses to find your preferred look and style, and get started achieving John Lennon’s legendary look with your own pair of wire round wire rimmed sunglasses.

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6 Historic Sunglasses to Rock this Summer

With summer now in full swing and the sun out almost everywhere, summer wardrobes have already made their appearance. One of the most defining parts of a summer wardrobe is the sunglasses. 

Just like the sunglasses you wear this summer can be a defining part of your style (as well as keeping the sun out of your eyes), many of the best known looks throughout history and in film also depended on an eye catching pair of sunglasses. These are some of our favorite vintage sunglasses that would be great a great addition to your modern style this year.

Most Memorable Celebrity Sunglasses

There are some celebrities and fictional characters from movies that defined style for decades. Even today, many sunglasses are most recognized for the celebrities that wore them.

Although it has been many years, in some cases decades, since these glasses first debuted, wearing these can still be as fresh a look this summer as they originally were:

  • James Dean and Horn Rimmed Sunglasses – Dark horn rimmed sunglasses with black frames defined the 1950s after James Dean wore them in Rebel Without a Cause in 1952, but these vintage Wayfarer style sunglasses are a look that works in any decade. Stick with the black frames to look like James Dean, or go for tortoiseshell or a brighter color pair of vintage horn rimmed glasses for a slightly different look.
  • Malcolm X and Browline Glasses – The civil rights activist Malcolm X made browline glasses part of his look, including when wearing sunglasses. These vintage sunglass frames have an aluminum or plastic piece at the brow. Malcolm X often had his browline glasses in multiple colors and wore them with dark lenses.
  • Audrey Hepburn and Cat Eye Glasses – For a more feminine take on the dark sunglasses style, Audrey Hepburn wore the iconic tortoiseshell sunglasses with gray lenses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1962. These were a later style of cat eyeglasses with a more subtle shape and oversized frames. Audrey Hepburn sunglasses make the perfect statement pair of frames.
  • Steve McQueen and Horn Rimmed Glasses – Further showing that vintage horn rimmed sunglasses are the epitome of cool, actor Steve McQueen wore horn rimmed glasses with blue tinted lenses in The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968. Like James Dean’s iconic shades, these vintage sunglasses are a look that never goes out of style for men and women.
  • John Lennon and Windsor Glasses – Later in his career, John Lennon was almost never seen without the vintage round glasses he became known for. Even in the 70s when he wore them, wire round glasses were already a vintage style, but one that became so synonymous with Lennon that they are often known as John Lennon glasses today.
  • Jackie O’s and Oversized Sunglasses – In the 60s and 70s, Jackie Kennedy frequently wore sophisticated, oversized sunglasses in a range of different styles and colors that became a signature part of her look. A large pair of vintage sunglasses lets you bring that same refined style to your own wardrobe.

If your look this summer needs to include your own pair of vintage sunglasses whether you are imitating a favorite celebrity or defining your own style, Eyeglasses Warehouse has all of the vintage frames you are looking for. We offer genuine vintage glasses from the 1900s to the 1970s, as well as retro glasses

In popular styles like John Lennon glasses, rimmed glasses, and others that are brand new but with a vintage look. 

All of our glasses are of optical quality, making it possible to add in the lenses of your choice, including on prescription sunglass lenses. Start your search and find your perfect style of vintage sunglasses at Eyeglasses Warehouse today.

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Embracing 2022 Sunglass Trends with Vintage Frames 

There is an idea in the fashion world that everything comes back in style eventually and sunglasses are no exception. Based on design predictions from style experts, it seems that 2022 will be the year that a lot of favorite vintage looks are back in. 

For many of the other sunglass trends this season, a pair of vintage glasses provides the perfect answer with a look that is still in style while letting you bring your own unique touch to fashion.

What Vintage Sunglasses to Wear This Summer

Many people say sunglasses are a more timeless fashion accessory with most looks never truly going out of style. Vintage sunglasses provide a range of classic books to choose from and enough room to always experiment with bold looks.

But if you want to focus on adding a few more on trend pairs to your vintage sunglass collection, look for vintage frames in these styles:

  • Bright and Colorful – Glasses this year should be vibrant with jewel tones and pastels most in, but any color will work as long as it is bright. Some great options for colorful glasses include acetate cat eye glasses from the 1950s. The 70s and 80s also offer colorful cat eye glasses with a less defined shape. Vintage horn rimmed glasses with colored frames are another good look since they since their extra thick frames are great for showing off all that color. 
  • Vintage 1970s Glasses – The 70s are here again in the fashion world and oversized frames are going to be in this summer. There is no better way to stay on trend than with authentic sunglass frames from the 1970s. Search our women’s cat eyeglasses from the 1970s to get this look.
  • Early 2000s Sunglasses – The Y2K years are also back with a sleek and futuristic look. You can get this look with a pair of vintage rimless glasses by adding in your own large square lenses, preferably in a light tone or gradient.
  • Angular Shapes – Embrace the bold looks of 2022 with fun shapes that have sharp corners or sweeping curves. Fortunately, vintage eyeglasses have a range of shapes to choose from. Favorites for this summer include cat eyeglasses (the pointy-er the better) and hexagonal wire rimmed glasses for a truly unique look.

Any bold pair of vintage glasses will always be in style, as are classic frames from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Eyeglasses Warehouse is the best place to look for vintage sunglasses frames with a wide selection of frames. You can customize your frames with your preferred sunglass lenses to create a pair of glasses no one else will have or get a classic look by wearing the original pairs that defined fashion like horn rimmed glasses in black or tortoise shell, sleek vintage women’s glasses, rimless glasses, and more.

In addition to the original glasses from throughout the decades available in our inventory at Eyeglasses Warehouse, you will also find retro pairs modeled after classic styles but with the modern wearers in mind. Browse all that we have to offer and start planning out your sunglass look for summer 2022.

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10 Fun Facts About Sunglasses in Honor of National Sunglasses Day

June 27 is National Sunglass Day. This day is all about promoting sun and vision safety to protect your eyes in bright conditions, but this holiday is also a great time to appreciate the exciting and stylish history of sunglasses, as well as some of the exciting facts that have made sunglasses such an integral accessory in modern style, both on National Sunglasses Day and all year long. 

Vintage Sunglass Facts and History

For most people, sunglasses are something we slip on in the car when the sun’s out or pick up as we leave the house right. A pair of sunglasses is often a must have item for comfortable and a few additional pairs enable you to have a pair of frames for every outfit.

While your sunglasses may be a standard a part of your daily look, these are some of the most exciting facts about sunglasses:

  1. The First Sun Protection Eyewear is 2000 Years Old – Crafted by the Inuit people, this eyewear protected hunters’ eyes and cut down on the intense glare from the snow during Arctic summers. The Inuit made their sunglasses by carving a narrow slot into a piece of whalebone or driftwood that allowed just enough space to look through without too much light getting in.
  2. Doctors Prescribed Certain Lens Colors – Early opticians prescribed certain lens colors for different vision, medical, and health benefits. Blue was thought to fix some vision problems, amber was a color for weak eyes, and other colors could supposedly boost health.
  3. Hollywood Made Sunglasses Popular – Although sunglasses had already existed for more than 100 years, they were largely for medicinal purposes. But as moving picture actors and actresses started to spend greater amounts of time on the outdoor movie sets in Hollywood in the 1930s, they needed eyewear to protect from California’s frequent sun. When celebrities made their sunglasses look stylish in behind-the-scenes photoshoots, the public hastened to follow the trend.
  4. Polarized Lenses Were Invented in 1936 – Prior to 1936, the tinted glass of sunglasses had some effect in reducing glare from sunlight. Polarized lenses, which use a chemical layer to filter light, are far more effective at cutting down on the sun’s glare for a more comfortable pair of vintage sunglasses.
  5. Wayfarers May Be the Most Popular Style – Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses with their black horned frames and dark lenses are probably the most popular style of sunglasses throughout history. Vintage hornrimmed sunglasses in this style have been an iconic accessory in movies like Rebel Without a Cause, The Thomas Crown Affair, Risky Business, and several others, particularly because of the product placement advertising Ray-Ban undertook in the 80s and 90s.
  6. Aviators were Originally Made for Pilots – Maybe you guessed from the name, but Ray-Ban designed the first vintage aviator sunglasses in the 1930s for airplane pilots in the military. The idea was to create a more streamlined pair of sunglasses glasses that would fit snugly to the head and reduce haze and glare, replacing the bulky pilots’ goggles in the open airplane cockpits.
  7. Elton John Has Over 1000 Sunglasses – From the 70s onward, the legendary musician Elton John began to incorporate crazy pairs of sunglasses into his on and off-stage looks. His collection of sunglasses now reportedly contains over 1000 pairs, enough to wear a different pair of sunglasses every day for over three years. 
  8. Sunglasses Break Frequently – A common estimate claims that one pair of sunglasses breaks in America – usually from being sat on or dropped – or gets lost once every 14 minutes on average.
  9. The Most Expensive Sunglasses are $400,000 – The jewelry house Choppard in Switzerland debuted these glasses in 2012. They have 51 diamonds and are covered with 24K gold, giving them an estimated value of $400,000.
  10. Sunglasses Continue to Become More Popular – The sale of sunglasses increases by more than 5% as more people start to wear glasses and own multiple pairs so you can always be sure of being in style when sporting your sunglasses.

Throughout history, sunglasses have evolved from being an implement for sun protection to a fashionable and essential accessory. National Sunglasses Day is the perfect day to celebrate all of the interesting details about them. 

It is also a great time to be sure that you have sunglasses that match your style with a pair of vintage shades from Eyeglasses Warehouse. We sell genuine vintage frames in a range of styles from classic 1950s women’s cat eye sunglasses to unique antique wire rimmed glasses to the always fashionable horn rimmed sunglasses.

Glasses in our inventory are optical quality and can be fitted with colored lenses, polarized sunglass lenses, prescription sunglass lenses, or any other lens you need to make the perfect custom pair of vintage sunglasses for this year’s National Sunglasses Day.

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Model Your Sunglass After John Lennon with Vintage Round Sunglasses 

Few glasses throughout history are as iconic as John Lennon’s round Windsor glasses from the 1960s and 70s. Almost as recognizable as the music of The Beatles, just seeing a pair of round wire rim glasses can bring to mind John Lennon, 1970s hippie culture, and vintage nostalgia.

Because of the importance of these glasses, this is a sunglasses look that has never gone out of style and whether you have a specific costume in mind or simply want to bring some 70s rock and roll to your daily look, a pair of John Lennon sunglasses is the best way to get this style.

How to Wear Sunglasses Like John Lennon 

Reportedly severely myopic, John Lennon experimented with a few different glasses looks in the early days of The Beatles before settling on Windsor glasses in the 1960s. This frame style was originally popular in the late 1800s and the first few years of the 1900s. By the time John Lennon was wearing Windsor glasses, they were already on a dated look.

These glasses have perfectly circular frames and a saddle bridge, usually without nose pads. The lenses tend to be smaller than modern day sunglasses and they are centered over the eyes.

Windsor glasses became John Lennon’s everyday eyeglasses, as well as his go-to sunglasses which he often wore with amber, pink, green, or blue lenses. Some Beatles historians suggest these tints helped to soften the glare of spotlights while Lenon was performing on stage.

When looking for John Lennon glasses to wear today, you have two options:

  • Vintage Wire Rim Windsor Glasses – These are original to the early 1900s and closely mimic John Lennon’s style. You can most often find these in gold filled or silver tone steel frames. To turn them into sunglasses, have your optician replace the lenses with tinted ones in similar shades to what John Lennon might have worn.
  • Retro John Lennon Sunglasses – Retro glasses are new glasses made with modern materials and manufacturing techniques, but closely replicate the styles of glasses that Lenon initially wore. As with authentic Windsor glasses, you can change out the lenses to your desired color for sunglasses. Retro glasses offer some additional flexibility if you need a certain size or want a brand new pair of glasses without signs of wear.

At Eyeglasses Warehouse, we offer both authentic and retro John Lennon sunglasses. Each pair of our antique round glasses has been sourced and checked for wearable quality, and many are 100 years old or more. Our line of retro John Lennon glasses are made to a high standard and have optical quality frames compatible with any lens type.

Browse through the different options we have for vintage round sunglasses to find your preferred look and style, and get started achieving John Lennon’s legendary look with your own pair of wire round wire rimmed sunglasses.