Iris Apfel’s Trademark Glasses: How to Get the Look

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Iris Apfel is one of the most fashionable, eccentric and well-dressed women in the world. Famous for boldly saying “More is more and less is a bore” about dressing, Iris is no stranger to standing out in the crowd.

She has always insisted that she doesn’t dress to get stared at, she dresses for herself. She considers fashion, just like her work in interior design, to be an art form. Her look is truly unforgettable, making her a serious style icon even at the golden age of 95!

In her early career, Iris worked for Women’s Wear Daily and later as an assistant to interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also worked under illustrator Robert Goodman so her working life has always been dedicated to the creative industry – which explains her great eye for fashion.

After marrying, she started her own business in textiles and has been a renowned interior queen and style icon ever since. As a leading lady in fashion, she’s usually easily recognised by her bright red lipstick, her super cool purple hair and of course, those signature specs.

The iconic Iris Apfel glasses are seriously oversized, ultra-round and thick rimmed. Geek chic meets retro granny meets supersized hipster. If you love her crazy, colourful and eccentric sense of style, steal her look with a huge pair of glasses and don’t forget to team with a slick of red lip colour.

Here are 4 awesome looks that will give you some spectacle style inspiration.

1. Classic Black Frames

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Large, oversized round glasses with big, chunky accessories is Iris’ signature style and we love how this outfit brings together contemporary textures with classic shapes in such a sophisticated way.

Worn with all black, these frames look on trend but timeless at the same time. Steal Iris Apfel’s spectacle style with the Miu Miu MU 06NV frames in Opal Black. iris apfel style glasses black

2. Big, Bold, Red

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This look is as bold as it gets. Her signature red lipstick has been complemented with the bold red glasses. It seems that Iris loves her oversized round glasses so much that she has a pair in every colour!

Clashing colours make this outfit come alive and we can’t enough of the contrasting hues. Get the Iris Apfel look with these MaxMara Occhiali MM 1256 glasses, featuring a sizeable 54 lens for oversized style. iris apfel inspired glasses red

3. Timeless Tortoise

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Taking it back to the classics, Iris goes for tortoiseshell in this look. The mottled print of her specs adds a softness to her look, which blends in seamlessly with her choice of beige and oatmeal hues.

A chic, casual look for one of her more relaxed days. Get the look with these affordable Hallmark E9823 glasses from our budget collection… iris apfel inspired glasses havana

4. Tinted Lenses

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For stepping outdoors, Iris has a pair of tinted sunglasses to keep her eyes protected from the sun. Like any worthy fashionista, she’s well-equipped for any event or occasion.

If you love the iconic Iris Apfel glasses look but don’t wear prescription specs, these Prada PR 16QS shades are the perfect buy to add a funky fashion designer edge to your wardrobe.

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 Love the bold looks fashion designers are masters of? Take a look at Famous Fashion Designers Who Rock in Glasses for more edgy inspiration!

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