Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night


I have been thinking about sunglasses lately, and how much the styles have changed over the years, and then again, how they haven't. Yes, there seems to be an endless supply of new sunglasses at every season, but in reality, how many of the styles are actually innovative? I believe we ran out of our new-sunglass-style quota right around 1980.

For example, on many style blogs and websites, they are bursting at the seams with articles on how "wayfarer" sunglasses are so very in.

I would like to take this moment to throw up the challenge and say they were officially never "out".

These styles have been popular since the 80's, and made iconic by John Hughes films. Yes, there are many cheap copies of these, mainly seen as party favors at bar mitzvahs or proms, but nonetheless, they are universally flattering, and give an instant air of coolness, historically only attainable by Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. 

One style that is having another revival from a little further back is the half-frame. If you aren't currently residing under a large rock, you may be aware of the pop culture phenomenon (brilliance) that is Mad Men. If you are familiar with this 1960's drama, then it should be plain to see where this revival stemmed from.



These, although not as popular as the wayfarer style, are gaining popularity slowly but surely.
Just for good measure, here is a nice little picture to hang on your metaphorical wall of the ever dapper, ever charming, Donald Draper.


Finally, we come to the cat-eye sunglasses. Many may say these were made popular by a Ms. Kourtney Kardashian, as seen in these images:

but I would beg to differ.
As seen below, this is yet another revival, this from the 1950s era, and in the prime of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.


These revivals are beneficial to the world of "sunnies" and will hopefully inspire some to bring in the old with the new season approaching. Bye!!


  1. What about Aviators?
    Love your blog!

    1. I totally meant to include aviators! How silly of me to even mention Don Draper and not aviators! and thanks!!