Cat-Eye Sunglasses Are Your Best Style Move in 2016
With summer just around the corner, your attention is all on sunglasses. You’re already looking on Instagram and Pinterest. Post after post, one sunglasses trend pops up everywhere. The timeless, vintage-inspired cat eye sunglasses!
WHAT ARE CAT EYE SUNGLASSES?
THE CLASSIC CAT EYE SHAPE
To recognize authentic cat eye frames, look for a distinct upswept frame shape. In the UK, these glasses are actually known as ..upswept glasses!
The raised temple edges give the appearance of feline eyes and also make the cat eye frames the quickest and easiest way to elevate your look to new heights.
They really add a lifting effect to your face thanks to their prominent flared outer edges. And we all need that extra “oomph” instant lift. Especially after a week of tight deadlines and way too little sleep.
A BIT OF CAT EYE SUNGLASSES HISTORY
Now that you’re clear on what they look like, you might want to read aaaall about cat eye trends and what’s the latest pair to try.
But wait a second! Do you know how they became one of the most popular frames? It’s quite a story, and it all starts with ending the war, and discovering how to make elongated lenses!
In the early 50’s, after the US war ended and technology started to advance in other parts of the production, people started to experiment with lens shape. Up until that time, glasses came in round shapes because the lenses were – you guessed it – round!
So, when elongated lenses started to be a thing, cat eye sunglasses took off like ..wildfire. Since lenses became more elongated, eyewear designers started to create an elegant elongated frame shape. Embellishments at the top were also designed to make it more obvious they were completely different from whatever eyewear everybody was wearing at the time.
HOW DID THE CAT EYE SUNGLASSES OF THE 50’S LOOK LIKE?
The original 50s Cat Eye sunglasses style was thinner and angular, with a big swoop look on the temple meant to accentuate the cheekbones. The frames were produced for optical glasses until 1961 when Audrey Hepburn wore a pair of cat’s eye sunglasses in the Breakfast at Tiffany. The sunglasses she wore were called the “Manhattan”.
CAT EYE SUNGLASSES FOR FACE SHAPES
Who can wear cat eye sunglasses? This is a trend that can look good on all face shapes. If you’re not sure the cat eye look is right for you, we’ve found some great shapes that fit every face shape!
Cat eye sunglasses look good on bottom-heavy face shapes such as round, square and triangular because the frame’s shape balances the features out. But they also come in many variations and styles, so they’re wearable for many other types of faces.
CAT EYE SUNGLASSES FOR ROUND FACES
The best type of cat eye sunglasses for a round, fuller face, is a pair with angular lines. Go for shades with sharper edges or for an oversized frame that curves upwards, or one with thicker frames. This kind of cat eye sunglasses suits and looks good on anybody that needs to draw attention way from a rounded cheek or a fuller jawline.
CAT EYE SUNGLASSES FOR SQUARE FACES
The best type of cat eye sunglasses for a square face is a narrow, subtle frame. If you want to take attention away from an angular facial feature, pick up a subtle cat eye frame with rounded-out edges. The right pair of sunglasses would make a square face look softer.
CAT EYE SUNGLASSES FOR HEART-SHAPED FACES
CAT EYE SUNGLASSES FOR TRIANGLE FACES