Cat Eye Glasses: Buy, Learn, Explore

No vintage women’s glasses are more iconic than cat eye frames. First invented in the 1930s and never completely out of style since, cat eye glasses offer style and elegance with their dramatic curves and sharp angles.

Sparkling metals, colorful frames, and endless combinations of designs and embellishments make it possible to find a frame to match every outfit and personality. Wearing vintage cat eye glasses today has a range of appeal. Far from having gone out of style, the retro look of cats eye glasses adds sophistication to a contemporary outfit. They are also a perfect addition to a 1950s costume or an opportunity to set the scene on stage or in film and television.

In our inventory of vintage cat eyeglasses at Eyeglasses Warehouse, you will find original art-deco frames from the 1930s, transitional frames from the 1940s, nostalgic designs of 1950s cat eye glasses, and more modern frames from the 1960s, 70s, and beyond.

Our collection of cat eye glasses can be transformed into any type of eyewear you need when you have your optician swap out the lenses with your preferred lens style. You can choose a unique pair of prescription glasses, vintage sunglasses, reading glasses, or simply an accessory without magnification power that will turn heads and start conversations wherever you go.

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What We Will Cover in Our Guide to Vintage Cat Eye Glasses

We have already mentioned our extensive selection of cat eyeglasses for sale online where we offer dozens of different pairs of glasses. With some glasses styles that are almost a century old, and hundreds of shapes, materials, colors, and embellishment options, even our team finds it difficult to narrow down our favorites.

This guide offers valuable information when you are planning to buy a pair of authentic cat eye glasses, whether this is your first pair or your hundredth. While you can choose glasses purely because you like the look of the frame – which is a great way to choose from the many fun designs as long as you check measurements first – this guide is ideal for those who want more insight into cat eyeglasses.

We will review some of the many glasses in our inventory to give you a better idea of the full range that this style encompasses, and help you to decide which looks you like best. From there, we will go into the history of cat eye glasses looking at the evolution of the style, the brands that designed them, and both the celebrities and everyday women who made them iconic. We will provide an overview of the various materials and shapes, as well as how to determine which pair will fit your face before you purchase.

Defining the Cat Eye Frames

While cat eye glasses have always been about style, this glasses frame also has one of the longest and most interesting histories and there are many different glasses that fall under this style. Today, for instance, many of the glasses sold as cats eye glasses differ significantly from vintage women’s cat eye frames with their narrow lenses and rhinestones.

The original cat eye glasses, initially called harlequin glasses, were patterned after the harlequin masks that people wear to events like Mardi Gras. The design was based on the curved edges and pointed corners of the mask’s shape. Because this lens shape also resembles the eye of a cat, the glasses quickly took on the name “cat eye glasses.”

The style changed somewhat over the decades, with the majority of cat eye glasses starting to have wider lenses. Throughout this time, and today, brands use the cat eye glasses description to refer to most frames that are round at the bottom and come to a point on the outer corner, and are designed for women.

Vintage Cat Eye Glasses Frames at Eyeglasses Warehouse

Our inventory of authentic cat eye glasses for sale online comes from a wide range of sources. We have vintage glasses that were originally worn by women throughout history. Other vintage frames are new old stock that we reclaimed from opticians’ offices and which have never been worn.

This extensive range of glasses, and our ability to locate and reclaim fantastic examples of vintage frames, enables us to collect glasses that represent many different styles and eras. To give you an overview of cat eye glasses from history, these are some of the classics and more innovative styles available in our inventory:

Gold Rim Cat Eye Glasses

Gold tones had been dominant in eyewear throughout the 18th century and early 19th centuries There are many options for gold eyewear, so it makes sense that gold was also a widely available option for cat eye frames, particularly in their early years, like this frame example from the 1940s.

Tura cat eye glasses from the 1950s with rose embellishments.

But because cat eye frames tended to be much thicker than antique wire rim frames, an entire gold filled frame would have been too expensive for most buyers. Instead, manufacturers generally crafted cat eyeglasses from aluminum and used gold plating or paint to get the color right (which is why you often see wear or scratches on original frames).

Tura, the manufacturer of these glasses, offered gold as one of several different color choices that included turquoise, coral, pearl, and others. The gold roses in the top corners were just one of the many different types of ornamentation available on cat eye glasses at that time.

ArtCraft Rimway Cat Eye Glasses

Rimway style glasses in silver with rhinestones and vines.

These gray cat eye glasses framescombine the cat eye frame with the Rimway style. Initially, Rimway glasses were a type of rimless frame because the lenses are not set into the frames themselves, but attached only at the bridge and temples. The top aluminum frame is there for extra stability. In cat eye glasses, the frame also provides extra space for decoration, such as this pair that is engraved with flowers and rhinestones at the rivets. The brand ArtCraft first pioneered the Rimway frame, but others quickly imitated the look which offers a more delicate look.

1950s Silver Cat Eye Glasses

Silver semi-rimless cat eye glasses from the 1950s.

Here is another example of how semi-rimless cat eye glasses could offer a more dramatic style. Although not technically Rimway glasses (you can see the lenses are bolted into the frames), these glasses have much the same look with their scrolling edges that separate slightly from the lenses and are decorated with simple engraving.

Brown B&L Cat Eye Glasses

Bausch & Lomb cat eye glasses from the 1950s or 60s with gold frames and brown temples.

The Rimway style also allowed for more dramatic looks. By using standard shaped lenses, such as the ovoid lenses in this pair of vintage Bausch and Lomb cat eye glasses, with a separate brow to provide the cat eye shape. Instead of aluminum, these frames are 12k gold filled for a more luxurious piece of eyewear.

Black Cat Eye Glasses

Plastic black cat eye glasses made from cellulose acetate.

Although metal cat eyeglasses remained popular through the 1950s, vintage plastic cat eye frames increasingly replaced them. Several innovations in plastics in the 40s and 50s made cellulose acetate a leading material for many styles of glasses, primarily because cellulose acetate was cheap, increasingly durable, and lightweight. The weight was a benefit for the thicker cat eye frames.

Tortoiseshell Cat Eye Glasses

Brown tortoiseshell cat eye glasses from the 1950s or 60s.

Arguably, the best part of acetate in making cat eye frames was the new color options, such as these tortoiseshell frames from either the 1950s or 60s. Tortoiseshell was popular for a refined look, but you will find a range of opaque and translucent colorful cat eye glasses in our collection.

Colorful Acetate Cat Eye Glasses

Green and black clear glasses from the 1950s.

White, blue, green, yellow, and pink were just some of the colors to choose from for cat eye glasses. With acetate, it was also possible to mix colors like these sassy green and black striped cat eye glasses.

Aluminum and Acetate Combination Cat Eye Glasses

Combination plastic and aluminum cat eye glasses.

On many acetate cat eyeglasses, it was still common to use aluminum accents. These translucent jade green cat eye frames have silver toned brow pieces that wrap around onto the temples.

Browline Cat Eye Glasses

Browline style cat eye classes with silver vine detail.

While cat eye glasses were the predominant style for women during the 1950s, browline glasses were the leading men’s glasses style. These frames consisted of a narrow wire rim on the bottom and sides and a thick aluminum or plastic brow piece. Designers replicated this style with cat eye glasses, often also accenting it with a few feminine embellishments such as the silver leaves and vines that wrap around the brow piece and the temple on this authentic pair of vintage cat eye glasses.

Rimless Cat Eye Frames

Bold cat eye glasses with acetate frames and black browlines.

This pair of UK-made cat eye glasses combines cat eye, browline, and rimway frames all into one. The browline has a delicate twist to complement the geometric shape of the lenses for an extremely unique pair of cats eye glasses.

American Optical Flamette Cat Eye Glasses

AO Flamette cat eye glasses that offered interchangable brow pieces.

Rather than a pair of glasses to match every outfit, AO made it possible to customize a single pair of glasses. Their vintage Flamette glasses came with 3 different brow color options so a woman could swap out the colors whenever she needed a quick change.

Rhinestone Cat Eye Glasses

Tortoiseshell cat eye glasses with rhinestones.

Although far from the only embellishment available when women could also choose from gold filigree cold dot, hand carving, flowers, vines, stars, and more, glittery rhinestones have always been a top choice for cat eye glasses. Designers used rhinestones to accent flowers or make cat’s eye glasses glitzy like this tortoiseshell pair with rhinestone corners and temples from the 1960s. High end pairs of vintage glasses would sometimes use diamonds and other jewels in place of plastic rhinestones.

Pointy Cat Eye Glasses

Blue cat eye glasses from the 1960s with a dramatic upsweep.

During the 1940s and 1950s, vintage cat eyeglasses came to a dramatic point, which was particularly easy to accomplish with plastic frames such as these baby blue cat eye glasses.

Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses

Vintage cat eye sunglasses with yellow frames and lenses.

With cat eye glasses so popular in the 1950s, they were also the preferred look for vintage sunglasses. Many of these fashion glasses were less durable than optical quality glasses, but still vibrant like this sparkly yellow pair with yellow lenses.

Cat Eye Reading Glasses

Cat eye reading glasses with half frames.

The cat eye shape is perfect for vintage reading glasses like this blue pair with the half lenses.

Children’s Cat Eye Glasses

Cat eye glasses for kids in gray plastic.

For a more dramatic pointy corner, these vintage kid’s cat’s eye glasses from the 1950s or 60s had a double point.

1970s Cat Eye Glasses

Glittery gold cat eye glasses from the 1970s.

Frame shapes softened in the 1960s and later. Lenses became taller and often had a less dramatic upsweep, such as these rounded glasses from the 70s or 80s. Of course, the changing frame shapes out changing frame shape did not mean that glasses had to be any less decorative as with these sparkly gold cat eye glasses.

Colorful 1980s Cat Eye Glasses

1980s cat eye glasses with colorful frames.

We mentioned that cat eye glasses never went out of style completely and rainbow cat eye glasses from the later decades of the 1900s are a great example of colorful and fun options that were available.

Brief History of Cateye Glasses

Now that you have seen all of the fashions that vintage cateye glasses evolved through, here is a brief history on how these glasses first came to be.

Cat eye glasses were the innovation of Altina Schinasi, an artist and window dresser who felt that women should have more options than just the boring wire rim frames that had not changed “since the time of Benjamin Franklin.” She used the harlequin mask as her inspiration to create the first pair of glasses with a unique shape and embellishments for decoration.

She sold her own glasses for a few years, during which time other optical companies quickly started to offer their own line of cat eye glasses, making this frame style an extremely popular option by the end of the 1930s. From there, they only continued to grow in popularity in the 40s before reaching their height in the 1950s.

This abundance of popularity was likely due to women wanting more than the uninspiring styles provided to them at the time, just as Altina Schinasi had said. With the rise in movies and photo magazines at the same time, American women were also now seeing photos of celebrities and models wearing vintage cat eye glasses and sunglasses.

But these glasses were also uniquely suited to the new materials of the time, namely aluminum and plastic. These materials allowed new options for colors, shapes, embellishments, and customizations that embodied the more carefree styles that many people sought after the end of World War II.

Vintage eyeglasses for women had not often been seen as a fashionable accessory in previous decades. Women had generally tried to wear their glasses as little as possible and select frames that were more subtle. Cat eye glasses took the opposite approach. Where antique frames had opted for subtlety, cat eye designs were bold and vibrant. They could still be feminine, but they were now a way to express personality, just as clothing and jewelry were.

Glasses companies even began partnering with clothing design labels, such as Dior and Oscar de la Renta, to design glasses that were worthy of both runway fashions and stylish American women.

Notable Vintage Cat Eye Prescription Glasses Brands

Because of the popularity of cat eye glasses, almost every optical company in America and Europe

produced at least a few different styles of pointy cat eye glasses. Many of these brands contributed entirely new styles to the range of vintage cat eye glasses. Others were known for their high quality and bold designs. Some of the leading brands whose cat eye spectacles are still sought after today and that you will find at Eyeglasses Warehouse include:

  • Art-Craft – One of the leading American eyewear designers of vintage glasses for men and women, Art-Craft had several different cat eye styles over the years. As the creator of the Rimway style, most of the vintage glasses available from ArtCraft have thick brow pieces, rimless frames, and 1/10 12k gold filled wires.
  • American Optical – Already well known as a leader in all styles of vintage glasses, American Optical produced thousands of cat eyeglasses in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and later. You can choose from several styles of AO
  • Bausch & Lomb – B&L has defined many eyewear styles, including cat eye prescription glasses. Bausch & Lomb cat eye glasses frames offer bold shapes in both metal and plastic frames that will last through many more decades of wear.
  • Universal Optical – Although best known for their horn rimmed glasses, Universal Optical also made some attractive women’s glasses. Their cat eye glasses tended to have lots of ornamentation.
  • Liberty Optical – Liberty cat eye glasses were some of the more popular frames in the 1960s. Many of their glasses were acetate with options for black, tortoiseshell, and bright coloring with a variety of embellishments.
  • Tura – Tura created fashion forward eyewear for men and women and intended their cat-eye glasses to be the equivalent of fine jewelry in terms of how a woman might accessorize with them. Tura focused on glasses with extensive embellishments and colors with ever changing designs. They were the first eyewear company to partner with a designer in the 1960s when they signed a contract with Christian Dior to design haute couture cat eye glasses with matching jewelry.
  • Viennaline – Viennaline was an Austrian based company founded in the 1950s. They had several avant garde cat eye sunglass designs that were very popular until the company fell out of favor in the 60s and 70s after their lead designer Udo Proksch was indicted for murder and insurance fraud.
  • Shuron Optical – Shuron released the Nulady cat eye glasses, their line of glasses for women. They made Nulady glasses with acetate, making these a great option when you want bright colors or translucent frames.
  • Swank – A French optical company, Swang cat eye glasses took the style further with narrower frames, thick zyl frames, and mother of pearl embellishments that often provided a more dramatic look than the cat eye glasses made by American brands.

If you already have a pair of cat eye glasses in your collection, or come across frames, these brands almost universally imprinted their name or logo on the temple. You will often find other information on the temple, such as material composition and the number of carats for gold glasses, that will indicate the quality.

There were also many unbranded cat eye sunglasses that flooded the market in the 1950s and later. Often these glasses were made overseas, and like many of today’s cheaper plastic glasses, were not meant to last for multiple seasons. This was not helped by the fact that early plastics were known for cracking or warping after a few years of use.

Instead, these glasses, often with brightly colored frames and decor like rhinestones, were a top choice for sunglasses or glasses for teenage styles.

Not many of these inexpensive early cat eye sunglasses are still in existence today simply because they did not last. This means there is a small chance you will mistakenly purchase a pair when searching for vintage cat eye sunglasses. Cellulose acetate cat eyeglasses that are in existence today may show some signs of wear, but are often of high enough quality to last for many more years.

Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses, Reading Glasses, and More

Eyeglasses are not the only option for vintage cat eye frames. Vintage cat eye sunglasses, whether originally sold with tinted lenses or optical frames that you add colored lenses to, are a recommended way to add vintage eyewear to your wardrobe.

Many cellulose acetate glasses with bright colors and rhinestones would make exceptional sunglasses today. Or you can transform a pair of vintage metal cat eye glasses into sunglasses with sleek dark lenses. The variety you will find in cat eye glasses makes for so many options when it comes to customizing with colored lenses if you want to choose matching or contrasting colors and create a completely individual look.

You can also use cat eye glasses as reading glasses. While there are half glasses in our inventory, replacing any pair with magnifying lenses that are non-prescription will work as a basic but beautiful pair of reading glasses.

The Cat Eye Glass Shape through the Decades

The most defining aspect of cat eye glass is probably their shape. Ironically, this may also be the feature that has undergone the most extensive change since the origination of the style. Starting a search for cat eye glasses in the right decade will help you find a particular shape.

The first cat eyeglasses of the late 1930s and 1940s still retained the approximate ovoid lens shape that was concurrently popular in antique wire rimmed glasses from that era, while also incorporating the sharp point in the corners and some small embellishments.

1950s cateye glasses designers fully embraced the glasses as a completely new style, moving more closely towards the shape that closely mimicked a cat’s eye. Authentic 1950s cat eye glasses are very narrow and wide, and have sharply angled upswept sides. The typical frames do not cover the entire eye socket and stop well below the natural brow line.

Cat eye frames in the 1960s continued the option for narrow frames, but also introduced wider and more square lenses like Audrey Hepburn’s cat-eye glasses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with sleek black and unadorned frames. Many people felt these provided a more modern look.

But you will also find many pairs of 1960s cat eye glasses with a similar shape and over the top embellishments to the 1950s. Companies like Tura were still designing very intricate glasses throughout most of the 1960s, although admittedly what they depicted in their advertising was more geared towards high fashion than it was everyday prescription eyewear.

During the 1970s, the popularity of cat eye glasses declined, replaced by large lenses that covered the entire eye, such as butterfly glasses and other similar styles. Some of these larger glasses still maintained the cat eye shape with a point at the corners.

A more modern cat eye frame that merges the corners and curves of 1950s glasses with the larger lenses of later decades, creating a softer look has since come into style, but these glasses are very unlike authentic vintage cat eye frames.

Cat eye glasses, particularly the narrow frames from the 1950s are particularly nostalgic and unique for those who are explicitly looking for a vintage aesthetic. The innovative designs and shapes may not be as popular as they once were, but the frame style will always offer personalized eyewear that will be entirely your own.

Materials, Embellishment, and Color Options for Vintage Cat Eye Glasses

While the shape of glasses will play a large part in flattering your face shape and your comfort when wearing them, choosing your favorite embellishments is often the most exciting part in picking out a new vintage of glasses. Whether you want glam, chic, professional, or feminine, there is a pair of cat eye prescription glasses for you.

The most popular materials for cat eye glasses, and those that you can choose from today, include:

  • Metal Frames – Aluminum is a lightweight and durable material that often stands up to time for glasses that look close to new. In addition to its natural silver tone, aluminum cat eye glasses can come in a full range of colors that are often more subtle than plastics.
  • Gold Filled Cat Eye Glasses – Gold is high quality and extremely durable. Gold filled glasses are made by wrapping several thin sheets of gold around each other to create a wire rim of the desired gauge. Like aluminum, gold is often more durable than some of the early plastic cat eyeglasses, meaning you will find more vintage metal frames available from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
  • Cellulose Acetate – This type of plastic has been the primary plastic material for glasses frames since its introduction. Acetate shapes easily, takes color well, and while wearing, is lightweight and relatively durable, especially as advances in plastic led to frames that were more resistant to cracking. Plastic frames are the best choice for those who want brightly colored glasses.

After the material, you can choose from all the available embellishments. This is where shopping for vintage cat eye glasses is often most exciting simply because there are so many options. Rhinestone cat eye glasses will compliment your beehive hairdo for a 1960s costume and are a standard on cat eye glasses frames. You will find many frames with rhinestones in our inventory if you want the classic look. But these are also far from the only option when you can also choose from:

  • Mother of Pearl Inlay – A pearl inlay was used to complement a variety of designs and adds a more subtle and refined sparkle than gems.
  • Carved Flowers and Vines – Floral elements twining over the brows and temples look feminine and delicate.
  • Gold or Silver Filigree – A delicate ornamental design on metal or acetate cat eye glasses offers a beautiful look for the office or a night out.
  • Gold Dot or Gold Brow – These golden inlays along the browline add a bit of glamor to a pair of cat eye glasses.
  • Engraving – One of the most popular embellishment options on cat eyeglasses, engraving incorporates a unique design into metal cat eye frames of cat eyeglasses.
  • Switchable Colored Brows – American Optical sold cat eye glasses that included interchangeable brow pieces to quickly switch the color of your glasses.
  • Attached Hairpieces – One of the more unique decorations specifically from Tura, these glasses had a decorative metal tiara-like piece that curved upward from the temple to wind through the har.
  • Glitter – Plastic frames also made it possible to make cat eye glasses with colored glitter. These glitzy cat’s eye frames are a standout choice for daily wear or the perfect way to evoke the 1950s, 60s, and 70s in a costume.

The thousands of combinations of shapes, color, and embellishments that were popular over years make each of surviving vintage glasses available for sale online at Eyeglasses Warehouse almost one of a kind, which is often part of the appeal of these glasses.

Cat Eye Glasses in Film and Fashion

Part of the reason that cat eye glasses became so popular was that they coincided with the rise of the movie industry. During the 1940s when vintage cat eye glasses were coming into style, movies were a major source of entertainment, as were the lives of the actors who started them.

Sunglasses had already become a popular accessory with celebrities in the 1930s when the actors wore them on Hollywood sets to help protect their eyes from the bright California sun that shown almost every day of the year. Photographs in magazines of actors on set turned glasses from an item for comfort to a fashion accessory that regular Americans quickly copied. On screen, female characters began to wear glasses as well to keep up with contemporary trends.

This all coincided in the late 1940s and 1950s when cat eye glasses were the preferred style for women, both in eyeglasses and vintage sunglasses. At the same time, the movie industry was exceptionally influential as something many Americans enjoyed and a prominent way to spread fashion ideas with the visual aspect.

Because of this, many of the most iconic cat eye frames are those in movies or that were a signature piece in a movie star’s look. Wearing vintage cat eye glasses today is a great way to imitate these era-defining stars.

Bridgitte Bardo wearing cat eye glasses.

For instance, Marilyn Monroe contributed to making cat eye glasses exceedingly popular with the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, in which she wore a pair of cat eyeglasses with gold tops and clear plastic bottom rim. Offscreen, Marilyn Monroe was also well known for wearing cat eye glasses as part of her glamorous appeal, and women looking to imitate her beauty readily adopted a similar style.

Lucille Ball wore cat eye glasses several times on her 1950s television show I Love Lucy, the most watched television show in the US for multiple seasons.

Actress Janet Leigh began to wear cat eye glass in the 1940s and throughout her career in the 50s and 60s. Bridgitte Bardot, another actress in the 1950s and 60s known for her sex appeal on and off screen, often appeared in photographs wearing cat eye glasses.

Audry Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s wearing gray cat eye sunglasses.

In the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly wore a statement pair of cat eye sunglasses with large tortoiseshell frames and dark lenses made by British eyewear company Oliver Goldsmith. Sleeker than glasses from the 1950s, this became an iconic style in the 1960s and is still easily recognizable as Hepburn’s classy style today.

Off screen, actresses like Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, each associated with elegance and fashion in the 1950s and 60s, often wore both cat eye glasses and cat eye sunglasses.

In later years, incorporating cat eye glasses – preferably in pink with plenty of rhinestones – became a staple for setting the scene of any film based in the 1950s. In the 1970 movie version of the musical Grease, the character Frenchy wore a memorable pair of white cat eye glasses with double pointed tips and rhinestones with her Pink Ladies jacket. Another character, Marty, asks if her new sparkly cat eye glasses make her look smarter.

In the television show Mad Men, set in the 1960s, several female characters wore contemporary cat eye glasses, most notably Joan Harris. In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, stylish Midge often dons cat eye sunglasses when she is on the water or in the mountains.

Yet these are only a few of the places you can catch vintage cat eye glasses on screen and you may have several other characters or celebrities whose eyewear you want to emulate. Essentially, cat eye glasses have become so definitive of the 1950s and 60s due to their appearance in everything from advertising to art to news to regular wear, that they are now a staple when representing that time period.

Can You Wear Cat Eye Frames with Your Face Shape?

By combining soft curves with sharp corners, the cat eye frame is one of the most versatile frames available. When you also consider the many different sizes and styles of cat eye glasses throughout history, it is possible for everyone to find a vintage cat eye frame that works well with their face shape.

The best way to pick out eyeglasses is simply to choose the pair that best matches your preferred style and personality.  If you like the look, you will feel confident – and look great – wearing them.

But you can also narrow down your decision by knowing what frame shapes tend to fit each face shape best. If you want to choose crosses based on your face shape, options include:

  • Oval Faces – Your face is well proportioned so you have room to play with shape. Because your face tends to be a little longer, the rounder cat eye glasses of the 1960s and later can help balance out that length.
  • Round Faces – Sharp and geometric lines on cat eye glasses will contrast well with the softer lines of your face. You can experiment with the more angular frames of 1950s glasses with an upsweep that will highlight your eyes. Rounder frames will also bring a softer look.
  • Square Faces – If your face is square, narrow cat eyeglasses, like those that were popular in the 1950 can help lengthen your face. At the same time, the sharp corners will balance your jawline while the rounded bottoms will soften angles.
  • Heart Shaped Faces – For a heart shaped face, extra wide lenses of the 1950s cat eye glasses are a perfect touch. They bring attention to your defined cheekbones and complement both the softer and more angular elements of your face.

With any face shape, it is important to make sure the glasses will fit. Each of our glasses is a genuine vintage pair with only one size available. It is possible for opticians to make some adjustments to the fit depending on the glasses, but not to the frame size, so you will want to be sure to take your measurements and compare them carefully if you intend to wear the glasses.

The measurements you will need to take are:

  • Frame Front – This is the measurement from hinge to hinge on a pair of glasses. Usually it is the widest part of the glasses, but on cat eye frames with an exaggerated flare, the hinge may connect closer to the bridge.
  • Nose Bridge – This measurement will help you make sure that the glasses will fit comfortably over your nose. Glasses without nose pads will have almost no room for adjustment. The bridge should be wide enough to fit over your nose without slipping down.
  • Temple Length – Checking the length of the temple will make sure that the glasses will fit securely behind your ears.

With these measurements, you can be sure of getting a pair of cat eye glasses that will also be effective as sunglasses or prescription glasses once you change the lenses.

How to Wear Cat Eye Glasses

Cat eye glasses are all about vibrancy. Far from the more demure wire rim glasses from the previous century, your cat eye glasses should make you stand out. As long as you can wear them with pride, you will be wearing them right.

Cat eye glasses with 1950s style accessories.

There are, however, a few additional steps you can take if you really want to tie your look together with a pair of cat-eye glasses. The first step is to put some thought into your frames, which you are likely already doing already if you are considering vintage glasses.

Other ideas for making cat eye glasses part of your wardrobe include:

  • Choose the Right Hairstyle – A vintage hair style naturally looks good with vintage glasses. Opt for a beehive, a curly bob, sleek long hair with a defined curl at the bottom, a bouffant, a deep side part, or a chignon. Brushing your hair away from your temples will also make your glasses stand out.
  • Plan Your Makeup – If you wear makeup, applying plenty of mascara, blush, and bright lipsticks will heighten the glamor of your glasses and help your best features stand out. Bold makeup will look good alongside colorful frames or contrast nicely with dark frames.
  • Add Accessories – The 1950s and 60s had many hair accessories. Headbands, hats, and hair clips can tie the look together. When you add in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, match the metal on the jewelry to the metal color of your glasses.

Start to think of your glasses, whether cat eye or any style, as jewelry. Jewelry is something you want people to notice and an accessory that enhances your overall look. Most people also own multiple items of jewelry for different occasions. Once you get started with vintage cat eye glasses, the multitude of options may quickly inspire you to have a pair for every occasion.

Buy Your Own Pair of Vintage Cat Eye Glasses

Whether you need a single pair of cat eyeglasses to match an outfit you already have or you are looking to grow a collection of vintage frames, Eyeglasses Warehouses is the best place to buy your vintage cat eye frames online with an extensive selection of vintage women’s glasses for every taste and style.

Each pair of authentic cat eye glass is at least 3 decades old and the majority are much older, offering a unique appearance and quality that is unmatched by modern glasses.

You can search through our entire inventory of cat eye glasses here on our website, but we also encourage you to browse our site for a complete range of retro glasses styles and bookmark us as our selection of vintage cat eye glasses is frequently changing.