The Evolution of Shades

Sunglasses Throughout the Years

We all use sunglasses on a daily basis.  Whether it’s for protecting our eyes from harmful UV rays or to spice up an outfit.  The earlier years have most definitely paved a way for the sunglasses we still wear today. 

Early 1900’s

Thanks to Hollywood, this was the time that sunglasses really began to take off.  Famous actors made use of sunglasses to hide themselves from fans and paparazzi, and because of the bright lights that were used during the making of films, actors often developed red eyes.  

1920’s – 1930’s

The round sunglass shape was very popular during this time. Sunglasses were seen as a fashion accessory made famous by the celebs in California.  For me, I associate this shape with John Lennon.  He was rarely seen without these iconic shapes of shades.  

1940’s – 1950’s

The cat’s eye trend started taking off.  It was the most popular style of the decade, and it came in a variety of colours.  Marilyn Monroe (one of my favourite icons of all time) were often seen wearing the cat’s eye, both in her films and in real life.

1960 – 1970’s

Oversized sunglasses started to make its mark.  This trend was dubbed the bug eye.  High-Fashion became synonymous with bug eye sunglasses.  Notable wearers of this sunglass shape were Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy.

1980’s – 1990’s

The Aviator shape became very popular in the 80’s thanks to Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Colourful and plastic frames were also huge during this time.  Molly Ringwald pulled it off quite nicely in Pretty in Pink!

In the 90’s fashion was more minimal and serious.  This included sunglasses.  Small wired frames came into play and this was made popular by TV series Friends and Britney Spears.

Sunglass shapes from earlier years are still very popular today if not more so.  Sunglasses have become part of our everyday lives.  It serves a dual purpose; that of protecting our eyes and that of a fashion accessory.  Sunglasses will continue to have a bright future in upcoming years.  I suspect that we can look out for more radical shapes and colours.  You just have to be bold enough to put them on your face!

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *