Round Eyeglasses: Retro Style with a Modern Twist

Styles come and go – and come back again! Round vintage-inspired glasses are the latest eyewear trend to make a resurgence into eyewear fashion. Here’s why round frames have become the hottest eyewear trend. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Every season, certain fashions make a glorious comeback, and this year it’s vintage-inspired round eyeglass frames.

This eyewear style was originally popularized in the 1920s – they were the standard frame shape for men’s and women’s glasses. Over the decades, these frames have come back into vogue while simultaneously becoming iconic for every decade they’ve made an appearance; in the 1950s they were famously worn by the fashion icon Edith Head (who may have been inspired by the 1920’s Japanese artist Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita). In the 1960s, they were widely worn by hippies and counterculture icons, as well as some of the world’s most famous tastemakers thanks in large part to the influence of John Lennon. In the 1970s, round frames had gotten larger, and were widely worn by women as oversized fashion sunglasses. By the later 20th century, round glasses were falling out of fashion, and didn’t make a resurgence until the 1990s rediscovery of hippie couture.

Today, round frames are in large part a callback to the 1920s – possibly because it’s been 100 years since they first became popular, possibly due to the influence of historically influenced TV and film, like the popular Peaky Blinders and Downton Abbey. Whatever the reason, they’re back in a big way!

Round Eyeglasses Styles

Round eyeglasses are curved in equal or nearly equal proportion all the way around. Metal frames tend to recall the fashions of the 1920s, while acetate frames are more inspired by the 1950s-and-beyond. Some of the designer brands producing the most stunning round eyeglasses are Ray-Ban, Joseph Marc, and Derek Cardigan.

Which Face Shapes do Round Glasses Flatter?

Round eyeglasses tend to suit faces that are more on the angular and sharp side. (Full, round faces tend to look fuller and rounder in round glasses.) If you have a triangular, square, or oval face, you will likely be flattered by round glasses.

However, a bold design can make a statement regardless of face shape. Even if you have a round face, brightly colored and brash frames can look fantastic if you have the confidence to carry it off!

If you want to find your perfect pair of glasses, regardless of whether they’re round, square, browline, cat’s eye, or whichever shape you want, OptiExpress offers a gallery of designer frame styles guaranteed to meet your expectations.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.