1950s, 1960s, 1970s Vintage Glasses from Selecta

Selecta glasses come in many popular styles, such as cat eye glasses, horn rimmed glasses, and aviators. Based in France, their vintage glasses bring an avant-garde influence to these classic glasses styles from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

Vintage Selecta glasses from Eyeglasses Warehouse make attractive eyeglasses or sunglasses when you have your optician add in your preferred lenses. See all our available Selecta frames below.

About Selecta Eyewear

Selecta was a French eyewear company, although their glasses were manufactured in Italy. Many eyewear companies and haute couture designers used a similar set up for their manufacturing, likely due to the prevalence of cellulose acetate in Italy. This type of plastic was the preferred material for vintage mid-century eyeglasses.

At Selecta, the acetate made it possible to create vibrant colors. Black, brown, and tortoiseshell was popular in the 1950s, but Selecta moved towards fashionable greens, yellows, blues, pinks, and metallics in later decades. Many of their acetate glasses used clear plastic.

Popular vintage glasses styles from Selecta include:

  • Horn Rimmed Glasses – Originally made from animal horn or shell, Selecta and other contemporary companies were making these glasses from plastic by the 1950s. They have thick frames with lenses that could range from narrow and rectangular to large and round.
  • Cat Eye Glasses – The defining vintage glasses for women, women wore cat eye eyeglasses and sunglasses during the 1950s and 60s. Selecta’s cat eye glasses came in bright colors with fashionable detailing in the top corners.
  • Aviator Glasses – Initially designed for pilots in WWII, aviators became a popular style for men and women in the 1970s. Selecta produced their from acetate rather than wire and used a variety of colors to make this style work for men and women.

Another more unique style to the brand was octagonal lenses with a temple that attached to the eyewire at the midpoint of the lens. Selecta introduced this style in the 1970s, referencing vintage looks from the 20s but with the distinct colors and giant lenses of the 1970s.

The wide variety of styles from Selecta and other brands in the 50s, 60s, and 70s make it possible to find a look for your costume, television or stage production, or just to wear every day. Check out our available frames and don’t forget to bookmark our site and check back as we add new glasses.