Wearing Vintage-Style Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses have become a really awesome accessory within the last five to 10 years. As trends go, the Geek Chic trend does not seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Trends usually have a life-span of about seven years but vintage-style eyeglasses, also known as the retro look, have surpassed that time frame, already. Still, even with the new vintage-style looks, there are quite a few people out there who make this hip and modern fashion stance look a bit out dated. Since vintage looking frames tend to remind us of the eyeglasses our grandparents and parents wore, some people take it a bit too far and start crafting wardrobe pieces that would make any grandmother envious. Here are just a few ways to make the look of vintage-style eyeglasses work for you without out-dating your look!

First of all, you can always pair vintage-style eyeglasses with the traditional jeans and t-shirt look! It’s classic and never goes out of style. A simple pair of jeans when put together with penny loafers and a white t-shirt invokes the feeling of James Dean and the super-cool look from the 1950s. Wayfarer frames round out this fashionable look for men. What about women? Aim for a smaller-fitted frame, you don’t want to overpower a petite face with large frames, it’ll make you look cartoon-ish. A simple black cowl-neck sweater with skinny jeans and knee-high boots will keep this look modern and sexy! You can even sear your hair in a high ponytail for an effortless look.

Cat-eye frames are making a huge comeback but this is another frame where simple outfits make the frames stand out more. If you try to compete with a strong frame by wearing strong clothing, you’re only going to make yourself stand out in a negative way. Instead, try a little black dress with cat-eye frames. Not a fan of dresses? Opt for black skinny pants – you want to feel like you’re in the 1960s, so dress appropriately.

With large, over-sized frames still proving popular, women will want to keep their shirts fitted and their pants in a boot cut or bell bottomed style. Think hour-glass figure – this will help offset the large frame by keeping your waist looking small. Over-sized frames are still best used as sunglasses but make sure it’s only the lenses that are large – not the frame itself. Large frames that fit too widely will fall off and likely break.

Here are a few things to avoid: do not raid your grandmother’s closet unless you’re looking for cool jewelry. Key pieces maybe utilized from her closet but keep the stuff she currently wears in her closet. You don’t want to emulate her current style. The same goes for your mother’s closet, as well. Look for cool vests and vintage pants but avoid looking like your Mom at all costs. For the gentleman, feel free to take grandpa’s hat, but leave the blazer and matching pants. Today’s clothes are tailored to fit you better, so it’s better to stick with modern jeans. When buying vintage-style prescription glasses, remember to think of yester-year but with a modern touch. If you choose glasses frames that look like they belong on your grandma, put them down and look for something else.