Anyone old enough to remember the fashions of the 1960s and 70s is fully aware that those two decades were about as unique as they could have been. Well, fans of the bright colors and strange shapes of the flower power and disco eras will be pleased to know that eyewear designers are turning back the clock. The 60s and 70s are back.
If you are in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, you have choices to make. You might want to go with something casual and reserved; something that you can wear with just about anything and keep wearing after the current fads die off. Or you could choose to go trendy. Just be careful. That trendy pair of pink aviators may look great with half your wardrobe and absolutely terrible with the other.
Color Your World
The Art Deco era of the 1940s and 50s certainly was not color-free. But colors were more reserved. They were not intended to reach out and slap you in the face. The 1960s flower power movement changed that. Pale yellows and pinks became bright enough to blind if you weren’t careful. That is the trend we are now seeing in sunglasses.
At Olympic Eyewear, an online distributor of wholesale sunglasses, you can see just what we are talking about. They have bright blues, pinks, yellows, and some of the most amazing orange lenses we have ever seen. They have one pair of glasses with an orange so bright that it could double as a safety device for road workers!
Designers think now is the time to color your world with bright hues. They are not shy about it either. Moreover, bright colors are not confined just to lenses. Even the frames are dazzling. From a package including blue frames and lenses to another pair with yellow lenses and tiger-striped frames, coloring your world has never been easier.
If you are going for color, just make sure you don’t sacrifice UV protection. It does no good for your eyes to look pretty if you are allowing solar radiation to harm them. UV damaged eyes will not look so pretty 20 years from now.
Be a Shape Shifter
Where the 1960s were all about color, the 1970s brought oversized and distorted shapes to the fashion world. If you ever owned a pair of plaid disco pants, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Some of those shapes are now making their way to sunglasses.
Big this year are teardrop frames that only slightly resemble the teardrop shape. They are so on the edge that they actually look like something designed for a distant relative of ET. Another big thing this year is the tri-oval shape. What is the tri-oval? It is the love child of a triangle and an oval. It is not quite triangular; it’s not quite oval. It is a somewhat incongruous shape that resides in the space between.
One last trend making a big comeback are circular lenses. John Lennon made them famous in the 1960s and 70s, and eyewear designers are taking advantage of the image he created. Frames with circular lenses are all the rage among the arts and croissant crowd as well as beatniks and bohemians.
Sunglasses are as much a fashion statement as they are protective eyewear. Thank goodness that all not all sunglasses follow the same generic pattern. If we were all wearing the same sunglasses, where would be the fun in that? No, we can buy sunglasses in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Right now, it’s all about 1960s and 70s retro.