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History of Cat Eye glasses

Cat Eye glasses are one of our bestselling shapes at Fashion Eyewear. But, where did the style originate from? The Cat Eye first became fashionable in the 1950s. These were a fresh new style which was completely different from the original 50’s classic frames and was part of a whole new fashion era for women. The Cat Eye was first introduced as an optical frame but then Audrey Hepburn made the Cat Eye sunglasses an iconic look in her hit film Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961. The supermodels and icons of the 50’s and ’60s were then repeatedly spotted in this iconic frame making it a must-have style as seen on Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. During the ’60s and ’70s came the Cat Eye became more and more exaggerated with small tinted lenses which turned up towards the outside of the face. 

Like every fashion trend, Cat Eyes dip in and out of popularity but variations of the Cat Eye have remained popular similar to the round frame, the aviator and the wayfarer as staple fashionable glasses styles. The Cat Eye can be adapted and modified to be a quirky frame expressing style as seen on Frenchie in the 1978 Grease Frenchie. Or it can be famous as the ultra-stylish, sophisticated and glamorous frame as spotted on fashion icons such as Marilyn Monroe. Today the Cat Eye is popular in a larger, rounder frame which is flattering for most face shapes Today’s stars are often spotted in these frames. Nicole Richie, Katy Perry and Jessica Alba are just a few of the stars we have seen sporting a pair. At Fashion Eyewear we stock all the latest Cat Eye styles straight from the runway. You can shop our latest collection here:

Dior Cat Style Dior 1 

For that rounded, yet edgy Cat Eye vibe the Dior Cat Style 1 is a frame you must shop. It is available in a range of colourways: Pink, black, blue, green and white, so there is definitely a colour which will match your personality. 

Dior Cat Style Dior 2 

If the Dior Cat Style 1 isn’t selling it for you, we can guarantee you’ll love this sleek, sophisticated frame. This is edgier than the Dior Cat Style 1 – literally. The rounded edges have disappeared and are replaced with a  rectangular frame for a complete statement vibe. Also available in pink, black, blue, green and white. 

Dior Cat Style Dior 1S

Do you love the Cat Style Dior 1 but something’s missing? Need a more glamorous vibe? We have the limited edition Cat Style Dior 1s which is completely encrusted with crystals. You really can’t get more glamorous than a diamond Cat Eye frame to make a stylish entrance with. You certainly didn’t see these in the ’50s. 

Prada Catwalk SPR22V

Steering away from Dior we have the oversized Prada Cat Eye style. This is a flattering fit all women will love, with a derailed gold bridge to finish off the sophisticated yet subtly glamorous edge. This frame is available in a range of neutral colours, tortoiseshell, havana and brown shades as well as white and black to keep the classy Prada style. 

CHANEL CAT EYE SUNGLASSES 

Chanel has a range of Cat Eye sunglasses from pink-tinted metal-framed retro to oversized acetate fits. They are styles every woman would love to pull off.  Of course, these shades are completed with CHANEL branding with the iconic logo on the arms and are available to buy in a selection of colourways. 

CHANEL CAT EYE EYEGLASSES

They also have an optical range of Cat Eye eyeglasses which are a must if you want an everyday stylish pair of prescription glasses, or even for an everyday fashion accessory. 

For more retro frames you can shop our retro collection all in one place here

Remember!

You can add your prescription to any of our designers frames no matter what style, shape or brand you decide to go for. Choose from Varifocal/Progressive or Single Vision lenses, then choose your lens option from the most advanced optical brands: Nikon, Essilor, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim and our own Fashion Eyewear Packages! We have our PD tool available so you can add your prescription in the comfort of your own home. Then simply sit back and wait for your favourite sunnies or glasses to arrive!

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I am Gabrielle Riley a Fashion Graduate from the University of Leeds now creating fashion content at Fashion Eyewear so you are always up to date with the current eyewear trends and facts!

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