Need New Eyewear? Three Styles Of Eyeglasses That Are Always Fashionable

8 February 2017
 Categories: Business, Articles


Choosing the right eyewear that fits your personal style can be a confusing processing when you are starting at rows and rows of frames when you get a new prescription and need a new pair of glasses. If you prefer wearing eyeglasses over contacts, you want to make sure that you select frames that are sturdy and that will stand the test of time and not look outdated after a year or two.

Super trendy frames make look great when you try them on in the after your eye exam, but when the trend dies, you will be stuck with unfashionable glasses that you only want to wear at home. You can avoid this issue by choosing timeless frame styles like those in the guide below.


Aviator-style eyeglasses instantly provide you with a stylish yet classic appearance. Shaped like teardrops with metal rims with a gold or silver finish, they have been a fashionable mainstay for nearly a century.

First developed in the early 1900s for pilots, aviator eyewear became popular in the 1930s. When General Douglas MacArthur was photographed in World War II wearing aviator eyewear, the frame style became iconic. Many celebrities also helped to keep aviator glasses fashionable, including Elvis, who wore frames that were embellished with gold designs, monograms, and gems.

Aviator glasses look great on all ages and genders and have become a mainstay of young athletes as well, including basketball star A'ja Wilson.

Tortoise-shell Eyeglasses

Another classic style of eyewear with a long history is tortoise shell. Originally constructed from actual shells of tortoises during the Victorian era, the style of frames now consists of heavy duty plastics that mimic the look of the land-dwelling reptile's shield.

Typically, tortoise-shell frames are brown or dark yellow with speckles of black, brown, and honey-colored spots. The mottled look is what makes the frames unique.

The great thing about tortoise-shell eyewear is that you can find them in a myriad of shapes and sizes. So, you can get the classic look along with a trendy frame shape to mix and match old and new styles. You can choose classic horn-rimmed tortoise-shell glasses or choose frames in funky, geometric shapes.

Another great thing about this style of eyewear is that you can wear them with any type of outfit. They complement casual wear as well as formal outfits.


Wayfarers will probably never go out of style. Since they were first manufactured in the 1950s, this style of eyeglasses has been revered in pop culture. If you grew up in the 1980s, you probably remember wayfarer glasses from the movie Risky Business starring Tom Cruise. The poster for the movie features Cruise looking seductively over the top of his wayfarers. The glasses were a staple accessory for the look created for the stars of the TV show Miami Vice.

Classic wayfarers have thick, black frames with a trapezoidal shape. While they may appear to be more suited to a masculine outfit, women also wear wayfarer-style eyeglasses. In fact, Madonna wore them in the movie Desperately Seeking Susan. You can find wayfarer frames for glasses and sunglasses in many different colors.  

No matter how much time passes by, wayfarers seem to make resurgence after resurgence as fashionable accessories. You can wear them as plain prescriptive eyewear and get a matching pair of prescription sunglasses.

Wayfarers can also be a practical choice in eyewear. Made of heavy plastic, the glasses can stand up to a lot of wear and tear and last a long time so you end up getting your money's worth when you invest in a pair.

In addition to choosing the right frame, you need to also make sure that the type of lenses your optometrist recommends or that you select will look good in the frames. Some frames may not look good with thick lenses. If possible, opt for high-index lenses that are thinner and lighter than traditional lenses.

For more options and styles, talk with a company that supplies eyeglasses, such as Heimer Eye Care Associates, P.C.