Eyeglasses and sunglasses can be made by creative designers in various styles. The selection in modern times is very wide. Eyewear users may get used to eyeglass products that come in modern designs. In fact, modern eyewear is considered to focus more on stylish statement by using different color elements. In addition to regular colors, peachy, chocolate, burgundy as well as other unusual colors are widely used to decorate eyewear frames and lenses. These approaches are partly because of the fact that it is hard for modern eyewear designers to develop innovative styles in eyeglass shape or structure. Fortunately, modern customers still have the access to classic eyeglasses that come in classic styles. Once being very popular for years and even decades, they are now sold as retro eyeglasses. This article gives three typical examples.
Popular in the United States in the 1910s and 1920s, horn-rimmed glasses are a classic retro style. They are made of horn, tortoise shell or plastic that simulates either of these two materials. The name of these classic eyeglasses refers to their frame material in original. For a long time, they were standard but they now have changed both appearance and meaning. These glasses do not have nose pads, which is different from most of the other eyewear styles. In the 21st century, the definition of horn-rimmed eyeglasses has become more flexible. But they were quite unique in the first several decades of 20th century.
A second example is cat-eye glasses, which reached its summit of popularity in 1950s and 1960s. In general, they refer to eyeglasses with thick frames and arms joining the lenses at the very top corners. This effect is quite similar to the shape of a cat eye, which explains the origin of its name. Designed mainly for women, cat-eye glasses were widely used by celebrities during the two decades in movies. Later in 1970s, 80s and 90s, another type of classic eyeglasses appeared and succeeded cat-eye glasses in the public. They were called bug-eye glasses and were firstly of a square shape, and then evolved into the rounder, larger and more similar bug-eye style in the 80s.