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)