If you consider yourself to be a bit of a 1950s vintage vixen, you’ll know that designer eyewear was a key feature of the feminine fifties wardrobe. Cat eye frames and half rim glasses played a major role in 1950s fashion and to nail that flirty fifties look, you simply can’t be seen without a pair of retro prescription glasses. If you’re a fifties girl at heart looking for the ultimate vintage-look accessories, here are our top retro prescription glasses to try.
Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ 570
These 1950s inspired specs are designed with true classic style; the simple, fuss-free design encapsulates the look and feel of fifties retro glasses perfectly, yet they are still wonderfully modern for someone with a mixed or eclectic wardrobe. So if you’re looking for that all year round, all occasion pair of glasses that can be styled with just about every outfit, we definitely recommend trying the Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ 570 in classic black.
For the seductive and ever so slightly risqué fifties pinup girl, these Versace frames are the ultimate designer must-haves. The cat eye frame is one of the most popular eyewear styles of the 1950s and bright colours always helped to brighten up an outfit in this decade. These come in a daring pillar box red for extra sass and sultriness; and they most certainly haven’t been designed for wallflowers. So if you’re unashamedly bold with your 1950s dress sense, the Versace VE3215 retro glasses (also available in other colours) are ideal for your next fashion purchase.
Roberto Cavalli RC0930
Another huge trend in the 1950s and 60s was the half rim frame. Half rim glasses have a wholesome look which is reminiscent of retro secretary / librarian style and this has been seen on many Hollywood stars of the past. These striking specs by Roberto Cavalli combine three dazzling retro elements (thick half rim style frames, a slight cat eye style and some decadent diamante studs), making them a fantastic choice for vintage fashion fans. Available in shiny black, grey or white, the Roberto Cavalli RC0930 glasses are fabulous on all skin-tones.
Miu Miu MU 03LV
Cat eye glasses were everywhere in the 1950s and the huge popularity meant that manufacturers had to create lots of styles, designs and colourways to give women of that decade more choice and variety. So sporting a whole spectrum of cat eye colours is true to what a fifties fashionista would have done back in the day. It wasn’t unusual to own a pair of designer specs for every day of the week so we fully back the idea that you can never have too many pairs of retro prescription glasses! These Miu Miu MU 03LV specs are designed with a Lucite look which was also another popular fifties / sixties trend and they come with a touch of glitter / sparkle to make your outfit stand out.
William Morris WL6961
Some people see vintage fashion as a form of escapism, a portal into a whole different world. If you love to dress up in retro clothing to get that sense of escape or release, it’s important to have fun with your wardrobe. We think these playful William Morris WL6961 prescription glasses are full of energy and an exciting alternative to classic black cat eye frames.
With our extensive collection of cat eye frames it really was a hard one to pick just a few, shop our other Cat Eye frames in prescription glasses here, or sunglasses here. Tell us which are your favourites!