The Retro Frame Guide
You will soon be noticing preloved frame styles you wore 10 years ago creeping back in and wondering why you ever chucked them out in the first place. Just like fashion, eyewear trends are constantly recycled and the current trend for 2020 is the retro frame.
We have over 45 brands for you to shop including Chanel, Cartier, Dior and Gucci. Each brand has numbers of frames in a variety of sizes, shapes and colourways so it’s hard to know where to start when looking for a retro style.
THE CAT EYE
Shop our retro cat-eye for a feminine feline shape. This style comes in sleek petite, glamorous, luxurious and minimal frame styles. Here are some of our current favourites to save you browsing.
THE GLAMOROUS CAT EYE - THE DIOR CAT STYLE 1S
Make the ultimate statement in Dior, these retro cat-eye frames scream glamour. Encrusted in diamonds you will never be missed. These frames have been spotted on the most famous and fashionable, featured at the highest fashion events and fashion week itself. Not only down the catwalk but noticed on many of the VIPs at exclusive events.
THE BLACK AND GOLD CAT EYE - VERSACE VE2195B
If you love a ‘bling’ frame then Versace is the brand for you. Versace is one of our luxury brands, their gold metal frame is in tribute gold, a hue which you wear to get noticed; complemented by iconic Versace detailing and Versace logo print. To contrast with the gold, a black tint lens also creates a statement frame.
THE MINIMALIST CAT EYE - SAINT LAURENT SL 244 VICTOIRE
The Victoire is a minimal contrast frame in Black and White. Saint Laurent has minimal branding with a subtle logo on the arm. We have the Victoire available in two shades Ivory/Grey and Black. If you are looking for a statement cat eye which can go with any look in your wardrobe then these colourways are the go-to for you. The bold acetate frame around the black tint lenses makes a statement on its own without glitter, glam or branding.
THE PETITE CAT EYE - ANDY WOLF ELIZA
The most retro of the cat eyes. Transporting us back to the 1990s is the Andy Wolf Eliza. The thin metal frames create a petite elegant structure, however, the contrasting colour palette creates a grungey style frame. If you want to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe however, this frame is also available in yellow, 12and red.
THE 70’S OVERSIZED SQUARE
If you haven’t already noticed that 2020 fashions are transporting us all back to the ’70s then you certainly will now!
70’S RAYBANS - RAY-BAN SQUARE RB1971
Ray-Ban loves taking us back in time, however, the ’70s is an era they don’t usually revisit. Known for their 1930’s Ray-Ban Aviators the oversized square is a trend-led frame. The RB1971 is available in seven colourways so you will definitely fall in love with at least one!
A VOGUE MUST - DIOR SO STELLAIRE 1
If there was a frame taking over the oversized square trend Dior would win. Featured in every major fashion publication worldwide from Vogue to GQ, the Dior So Stellaire is a frame which has turned heads as a leading brand and one to watch. If you prefer the Oversized Square Stellaire without the acetate frame then the Dior Stellaire is available with more subtle metal detail.
COLOURFUL SQUARE GUCCI GG0178S
Gucci is always a leading fashion retailer with its accessories becoming must-haves for the fashion follower. The GG0178S is available in a number of colourways to create the ultimate bold finish to any innovative styling. We particularly love the multicoloured green and red chunky acetate frame completed with green gradient lenses. This frame is a must for summer 2020.
The Butterfly frame is flattering for all face shapes and for all occasions. An all year round must for you to shop at Fashion Eyewear.
AFFORDABLE BUTTERFLY THE VOGUE VO2843S
One of our most trend-led yet affordable brands is Vogue Eyewear. It would be strange if they didn’t have a retro frame in their latest collection. Collaborating with biggest supermodel of the year, Gigi Hadid, Vogue Eyewear is a brand which you must shop when looking for the latest sunglasses trends. Their VO2843S butterfly frame is a flattering fit available in two neutral colourways, black and tortoiseshell.
BLACK AND WHITE COOL CONTRAST - BALENCIAGA BB0004S
Another popular frame for 2019, the Balenciaga BB0004S. You are bound to have seen the Black and White Balenciaga Butterfly shades in fashion magazines and Instagram accounts. This sleek frame has the Balenciaga logo in a contrast colourway on the front of the frame. The arms have a constructed feel with the Balenciaga logo again placed at the tip creating a cool, contrasting frame.
TORTOISESHELL BUTTERFLY - TOM FORD GIANNA 02
Tom Ford has the most luxurious frames. Their butterfly style is shaped in a butterfly silhouette which captures the Tom Ford retro-infused glamour, particularly allowing the metal T tone bar at the sides to stand out in true Tom Ford Fashion.
Fashion Eyewear is an online optician, therefore you can add your prescription to any of our eyewear whether they are a pair of sunglasses or optical. Simply shop our prescription sunglasses selection or glasses on our website. Choose your favourite frames and click ‘add prescription’. Our simple step by step check out will help guide you through our lens packages, brands and choices. We have every lens type available to fit your needs, whether you need single vision, varifocal, distance or for driving. We also have the best lens brands for you to choose from Essilor, Nikon, Maui Jim, Ray-Ban, Oakley and our own Fashion Eyewear standard packages. After choosing your coatings, add your prescription and use our Fashion Eyewear Pupillary Distance Metre to measure your PD.