Just by looking at them, Cat’s Eye Glasses immediately say chic, playful and dandy. These days, they are no longer just your grandmother’s glasses. In fact, they are making quite a comeback! Now that almost everyone is into vintage and nerdy, the Cat’s Eye Glasses design are looking into more attention from fashionistas and fashion conscious people.
When they were first introduced in the 1950s, there were not really considered as nerdy. They are bedazzled with rhinestones around the edges and have different colors for the frames and not just black. They were more of a women’s eyewear piece, which saw much exposure during the 1950s-60s. It was the best combination accessory if one had the beehive hairstyle. They were the ancestors to the large bug-eye glasses of the 70s, 80s and even 90s. The frames were produced for optical glasses until 1961 when Audrey Hepburn herself wore them in one of the most memorable movies in Hollywood, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Back then, the style was called Manhattan and was produced by Oliver Goldsmith. Later on, Grace Kelly was reported to be a fan of the style and brand. In the UK, these glasses are known as upswept glasses because of their upward point of the frames.
Recently, the style has made a revival thanks to lovers of vintage fashion like Nichole Richie, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo and Dita Von Teese.
When it comes to determining the face shape and skin tone that is best appropriate for cat’s eye glasses, you have to remember that the frame shape should contrast with your face shape and bring out its best features, and that the frame size should be in scale with your face size.
Even if cat’s eye glasses can go well with most face shapes, but the best face shape that they can go with are oval faces because they are longer than they are wide. Oval face shapes have a tendency to balance out features, and oval face shapes can get away with just about any frame style. With oval face shapes, the lenses cover much of the face’s center so that the longer length is minimized, and the face does not look drawn out. This is where the best frame can be the cat’s eye glasses.
As for skin tone, the parallelism has to be considered instead of just going with your favourite colour. If you have cool skin tones, you will look best in cool coloured glasses, and the same goes for warm skin undertones that will look great also in warm colours. However, neutral colours have a tendency to look great on everyone. Another example is the eye colour, again, if you have blue eyes, the best colour is a similar shade of blue to draw out the parallelism.
Fifty years ago, women liked to bedazzle the corners of their cat’s eye spectacles with rhinestones and flecks of similar designs. The shape of the eyewear alone renders similar vintage details which can play up the features of a woman’s face which is why they are rare to spot on men. But do not let this fact fool you. Even the eccentric and chic Johnny Depp can prove you wrong.
Then again, only a handful of men can get away wearing cat’s eyewear. But if you are up for a challenge, you can always try it out and refer to a few guidelines when picking out the right colour. There are vintage eyewear that are optometrist stocks and can be rare, even a specialty item because they have not been made in years, so chances are no one else has them.
Some icons and fashion forward people who are very fond of the cat’s eye style glasses include Marilyn Monroe, Lisa Loeb, Barbara Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Dinah Manoff, Audrey Hepburn, Mary Whitehouse, Amy Lane and Barry Humphries.On the other hand, Anne Hathaway likes hers in simple black frames, and Kate Moss rocks in a mottled cream and black combination.
The cat’s eye glasses are a timeless piece because it is already a classic.
The most popular models in the market include Vera Wang’s gorgeous frames. It usually comes in a midnight stardust colour that has a black frame with accents of silver specks in the corner which really captures the wonder years of the 1950s when women went for rhinestones to customize their specs. It is really popular among women who like the lovely frame that has excellent quality.
DG has its own version out when it comes to the cat’s eye shape, but this time it is for sunglasses. Dolce and Gabbana have a more modern approach when designing their cat’s eye sunglasses, and the more popular designs are the textured gunmetal frame that comes with acetate temple tips and the iconic metallic designer logo.
Stella McCartney also has an eco-friendly collection which features sustainable elements from raw, natural materials that are effortlessly glamorous. Even the stars in Hollywood are already racing towards them and are even spotted wearing them when shying away from the paparazzi.