Styles of Sunglasses

Sunglasses come in many different varieties, typically styled either for fashion, or functionality. While there are seemingly infinite varieties of sunglasses, most sunglasses are modeled or inspired from a few “classic” styles of sunglasses. Read our list below to learn about the most popular frame styles seen these days.

Aviator Sunglasses – Aviators were the first infamous archetype of sunglasses. Aviators were invented in 1937, and have been popular among consumers ever since the 1940’s. Aviators feature wide tear-drop lenses, and typically have thin wire frames.

Wayfarer Sunglasses – Wayfarers became popular in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s after plastic molding technology was invented. Wayfarers typically have a rounded-square style lens, thick black frames, and black tinted lenses. Wayfarers have inspired many similar styles, and many plastic glasses get referred to as wayfarers by default.

Wraparound Sunglasses – Wraparound sunglasses became popular around the early 1990’s, and are widely defined by a lens that extends beyond the front of the eye, so that sun can’t reach the eye even from a side angle. Wraparound sunglasses mimic goggles to a lesser degree, and are often used for athletics and sporting events.

Teashade Sunglasses – Teashade sunglasses are similar to aviators with thin wire frames, but typically have small circular lenses instead of the large teardrop lenses that aviators had. teashade glasses have been popularized by artists and intellectuals, and were made famous by artists such as John Lennon, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Sport Sunglasses – Sport sunglasses typically are a specific variety of wraparound sunglasses made exclusively for athletic purposes. Sport sunglasses typically have a wide, light weight, over-sized front lens (typically a single piece lens) and are made to be durable and secure on one’s head while running, jumping, and throwing.

Clip On sunglasses – Clip on sunglasses are lenses without ear pieces, designed to clip on to one’s standard optical eyeglasses. Clip on shades were popular from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, but have become less popular as prescription sunglasses have become more common.

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