The past few weeks I have been scouring thousands of sites (well, no not literally) to attempt to find the perfect vintage-inspired frame. After losing my first pair of designer glasses, sitting on my “spare” pair, and buying my third pair while traveling in India and having the lens literally crumble in my hands, I have found myself, pretty much without a decent pair of eyeglasses. I now know that I am careless, forgetful, and also cheap, which leads me to search for the perfect pair of frames within my boundaries. And I came down to the fact that if I want vintage-inspired, perhaps I should refer to or purchase a pair that were actually made in the past.
Read on to see some great frame options, and inspiring looks for that perfect pair of vintage frames…
For a moment I considered finding my grandmother’s old frames buried somewhere in the piles of stuff on her Iowan farm, but realized the look she wore in the 60s might be a little too extreme for my taste. In hindsight though, it may have been a great way to commemorate her life and who she was. Perhaps, I may still seek out this option in the future.
[Classic Unisex styles from Optometrists Attic]
The good news is that all of these vintage frames are great if you are on a limited budget, and if you are looking for a unique look that will make you stand out in a crowd. Most of the frames that I found online were priced between $35-150, and since not every frame looks good on every face, most sites would let you return them! I happened to call up one of the sites to talk to a “customer service representative” who answered the phone in this way: “Hello, this is Bob, what can I do for ‘ya?” He proceeded to tell me he needed to “fire up” the computer to see the glasses I liked. Let me tell you–Bob was an adorable elderly man who told me all about horn-rimmed, brow-line, cat-eye, rhinestone, and aluminum frames and how they were all the rage back in the day. Very nice, and unexpected!
[Image above: Glasses are from Urban Spectacles]
If you are into higher end, vintage-inspired frames, take a look at this artist who carves his frames out of mixed wood, plastic, and recycled aluminum. He will even customize a pair to your specifications. Wow!
So after all my searching, I have narrowed it down to these two vintage inspired frames below. Which do you like better? Lastly, if you are interested in having the look of vintage frames, but are blessed with good vision…you are in luck! We currently carry some really cute frames and sunglasses that will help you pull off that look to perfection! And if you have an awesome pair of vintage specs yourself…feel free to post the picture here in the comments! I’d love to see! Thanks!