1967 shop display of Spec-Trim Sunglasses featuring Annette Funicello.

The 1960s was a time of post-war optimism, flower children, and a few fashion oddities.  There is no denying that round eyewear was all the rage, and in this case the odder the better.  These far out green shades feature an oh-so-sixties tie-died awning hanging above each of the pale green lenses.  These are the perfect sunglasses for those baby-boomer groovers!

Round awning sungalsses- lgr

Henry Holland’s Spring Summer 2011 eyewear collection displays a similar idea showcased in a more contemporary way.  These chromed out sunglasses feature a top shade, hazy purple lenses, and a touch of chic tortoise print at the ears.

Henry Holland Spring Summer 11
Henry Holland Spring Summer 11

Another pioneer in the hooded sunwear department would be Sylvia Vartan.  These classic round shades feature a dainty shade of orange to further complement those floral, paisley, and psychedelic prints that just about everyone was wearing.  The frame itself is actually quite thin allowing the round frames to be the main focal point.

Sylvia Vartan Hooded Sunwear
Sylvia Vartan Hooded Sunwear 1960

Although now obsolete in many ways, we can always reminisce on the intrigue each twirl of the rotary phone would bring.  Now often regarded as a collector’s item, the rotary phone is further commemorated with these red vintage telephone sunglasses and HiTek’s modern metal version for 2014.

Telephone Sunglasses
Telephone Sunglasses
HiTek Telephone Eyewear 2014
HiTek Telephone Eyewear 2014

Love the look of jewelery but afraid of needles? Who needs pierced ears anyways with these cheery pink earring sunglasses.  These vintage frames could start their own revolution.

Earring Sunglasses
Earring Sunglasses 1960

Contemporary Designer Jeremy Scott puts the concept of earring glasses back on the runway in 2012, and in this case he adds cutesy heart shaped lenses to this extraordinary eyewear creation.

Jeremy Scott Earring Glasses 2012
Jeremy Scott Earring Glasses 2012

1960’s fashion model Pattie Boyd could make anything look, and these over-the-head sunglasses are another example of just that!

Pattie Boyd, 1960s Top Model
Pattie Boyd, 1960s Top Model

In 2004 Oakley dabbled in the over-the-head eyewear trend as well, but this time they add a metallic tone to the frames and mirrored orange lenses for a futuristic appeal.

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Oakley: http://espn.go.com/ 2004

They say you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, but Paulette Guinet shows us how to fit round lenses in square frames, and we love it!

Paulette Guinet
Paulette Guinet circa 1960

These updated square frames by Mary Arantes circa 2012 don’t stray too far from their 1960’s predessor.  Ornate accessories and black lipstick are the perfect fixings for the runway look.

Mary Arantes of Mary Design 2012
Mary Arantes of Mary Design 2012

1960’s supermodel Lesley Lawson, otherwise known as “Twiggy” really knew how to work a pair of square frames.  We love her smug pout and chic haircut with these cheddar cheese colored sunnies.

Twiggy in 1060
Twiggy in 1960

Stella McCartney recreates the stylish round eyewear look in a modern nude tone with metallic arms in 2014.

Stella McCartney 2014
Stella McCartney 2014

Famed optician Pierre Marley created these cheeky white Bicyle eyeglasses in 1960.

Pierre Marley Bicycle Eyeglasses
Pierre Marley Bicycle Eyeglasses 1960

The creator of these bicycle glasses should be applauded for the added details of the spokes, rims, handlebars, and seat cushion in this quirky 2014 design.

bicycletteboutique.com 2014
bicycletteboutique.com 2014

Wearing eyewear from LeRoi Soleil was always a decadent choice. These luxurious frames feature an intricate gold leaf design all around the round the lenses.

LeRoi Soleil Sunglasses Circa 1960
LeRoi Soleil Sunglasses Circa 1960

This design from DSquared looks like it came straight out of the 1960s. The thick black frames and brown lenses have much retro appeal, but the oversized embellishments are the real show stopper in 2014.

Dsquared2 FW 2014
Dsquared2 FW 2014

In an era of radical civil rights movements and the push to eliminate inequality, we find these surprising asymmetric shaped shades by Spec Trim in 1967.

1967 shop display of Spec-Trim Sunglasses featuring Annette Funicello.
1967 shop display of Spec-Trim Sunglasses featuring Annette Funicello.

Nozomu Ishiguro’s 2012 eyewear collection bears a close resemblance to the funky asymmetric designs of the 1960s.  You have to love how fashion always tends to repeat itself.

Nozomi Ishiguro 2012
Nozomi Ishiguro 2012

 

 

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