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15 Unique Vintage Sunglasses

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15 Unique Vintage Sunglasses

Last week, in celebration of mid-summer, I shared fifteen of my favorite handmade sunglasses. Many of the options were upcycled shades from vintage pairs and in my quest to find the best, I came across many awesome intact vintage pairs. So this week, I wanted to roundup the best of the best vintage sunglasses! If you dig the list but want to buy local, try scooping out your local thrift shop for options or Googling your town name + “vintage sunglasses” to see if you happen to have a shop that sells some!

Vintage 1950s pearly plastic cat eye sunglasses. Arms of glasses have cutouts, so they look like wings. Face of the glasses is printed with black lace pattern, covered with a thin layer of silver glitter. Dark (non prescription) plastic lenses, with a slightly olive tint. (Lucky Dry Goods, $95)

Amazingly unique and eccentric geometric octagon sunglasses, in super thick bright turquoise horn rim, and amazing shape! They are from the 1960s, possibly new old stock. (Thayer Eyewear, $79)

A beautiful pair of vintage cat eye sunglasses, never used and in mint condition. Authentic vintage with new, quality lenses put in them. Measures 4 3/4 inches between arms, the lens size is 46mm, the bridge is 20mm and the arms are 5 1/4 inches long. (Pince Nez Shop, $130)

I love pink, so I went nuts for these vintage 1950s pale pink, new old stock sunglasses. Super cute and am told they’re really comfortable on with a sturdy feel. (Coral Vintage, $42)

Gorgeous deadstock tortoise shell sunglasses in mint condition. (ANTI Apparel, $19)

Not so common to find this style in an ivory plastic frame. Original 1930′s celluloid sunnies with aqua glass non prescription lenses. A fun and rare find, in very wearable condition. (Back Thennish Vintage, $58)

These authentic 1950s cat eye sunglasses are thickly molded in layered crystal clear zyl, with wide tear drop lenses and double wing notched cat eye corners, with a light catching sparkly layer of blue animal print-like spots within all surfaces of the eyewear, all the way down the 1/2 wide skull temples. (Thayer Eyewear, $129)

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.

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9:56PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Love the cateyes glasses but I wouldn't buy the overpriced sunglasses

5:43PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

ty

10:40AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

when I was a kid - about 6 or 7, the sunglasses with the hanging discs were all the rage. In fact I had a pair in dayglo pink with hanging 'diamonds'!

2:15AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing

8:39PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

SURE WOULD LIKE TO FIND A PAIR OF BLACK BARBIE SUNGLASSES.

I HAD A PAIR ABOUT 7 YEARS AGO, NICE DARK LENSES.

SO HARD TO FIND DARK LENSES ANYMORE

5:46PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:57AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

great shades! Thanks!

10:27AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Would love to see some of these styles translated to over-glasses frames. Please, manufacturers! In the meantime, I'll be the 20-something in oversized granny shades, since I can't afford prescription sunnies.

9:23AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Ty

1:33PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

Not my type..

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