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Cat Eye Glasses

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Timeless cat eye glasses

Cat eye glasses are beloved for their feline retro-chic silhouette that adds glamor to any look. The cut is an elongated “cat eye” shape with upward curves near the temple that flatters most face types and makes a bold statement.

The stylish history of cat eye glasses

There’s a reason why cat eye glasses look so classic! Adored by old-Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn, and popularized in the 1950s-60s, these glasses are a timeless favorite that can be worn to any occasion. Today’s cat eye glasses come in a wide range of styles and colors.

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All About Cat Eye Glasses

How to identify cat eye glasses

The shape of cat eye glasses (also known as ‘horn-rimmed glasses’) is what sets them apart. The “cat eye” refers to the upper portion of the frame, which is angled upwards in an elegant swoop.
Cat eye glasses are primarily intended to be an accessory that can be worn in place of prescription eyewear or sunglasses and can be found in a range of styles and colors – ranging from fierce and adventurous, to elegant and minimalist.

Who do cat eye glasses look best on?

The wonderful thing about cat eye glasses is that they flatter so many different face shapes!
They’re the perfect accessory to bring elegance to your look and look beautiful on women of all ages, hair colors and skin tones. Classic lovers of cat eye glasses include Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
Cat eye glasses look especially striking on people with soft oval or round faces, as well as square and diamond faces. To learn how to match your eyewear to your face shape, check out our guide.
Their original creator, Altina Schinasi, was actually inspired by the shape of the Harlequin masks of Venice, Italy. The curvature of cat eye glasses gives them an striking shape that really makes eyes stand out, so they’re perfect for people who want to draw attention to their gaze.

What frames are similar to cat eye glasses?

There are a number of glasses that are similar to cat eye glasses and can bring a touch of retro glamor to your look. Oversized glasses, aviators and wayfarer style glasses offer a less angular version of cat eye glasses. You can also check out heart-shaped frames.

Frequently asked questions

Cat eye glasses are so flattering because they can be worn with almost any face shape. They’re the perfect accessory for anyone who wants to add a little boost of style to their outfit.

While cat eye glasses may have vintage origins, they carry a timeless style that’s still very popular today. Look and you’ll find them anywhere – from the runways and vintage shops to high-end eyeglasses stores and top fashion insesas. Fashion mainstays like Dior, Chanel and Gucci have put their own spin on cat eye glasses.

Whilst invented in the 1930s as a response to the dull options of women’s eyewear that were available, cat eye glasses were popularized during the 1950s-60s. Audrey Hepburn’s iconic tortoiseshell cat eye glasses in the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s shot the style into popularity. The style endured over the years, with each decade seeing a new distinct variation of the cat eye.

Cat eye glasses look great on square faces, and can help soften the angles and lines of your face and bring more balance to your facial features.

Cat eye glasses get their name from the way the upper part of the frame curves upwards to look like a cat’s eye.

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