Teashade Sunglasses are thin, wire-rimmed sunglasses that typically have small circular lenses. Teashades are frequently associated with artists or members of counterculture. In the 1960’s, these sunglasses were made famous by John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Ozbourne, and many other musicians and artists of the 60’s and 70’s. While teashades do feature shaded lenses, they’re largely cosmetic, as the lenses are often too small to shade out large volumes of sunlight. Amongst those within the counterculture of the 60’s and 70’s, teashades were frequently used to mask the use of drugs while in public.
While teashade sunglasses were popular in the 60’s and 70’s, unlike wayfarers introduced at the same time, they’re no longer currently popular, and very few designers make small circular sunglasses these days. The lack of popularity can most likely be attributed to their lack of functionality, and the overt association with counterculture that they developed over the years. Some teashade glasses are still seen these days by eccentric artists, although they’re hard to find in any type of frequency.