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Cat Eye Crush

While round eyewear is enjoying a particularly flush renaissance this season, we couldn’t help but note the 1950s-era cat eye glasses that have been steadily making their way back to the forefront of cool. And if the F/W 11 runways are any indication, the more fantastical and over the top, the better, as oversize cat-eye shapes will only get bigger (pardon the pun) come September. That said, our heart lies with embellished frames, which exude a certain timeless, perennial geek-chic cool.

Below, some Paris and Milan street shots by Stylesight’s global correspondents alongside vintage fun and folly.


Marilyn Monroe circa late 50s; Paris F/W 11 Fashion Week streets


Paris F/W 11 Fashion Week Streets; Esquire July 1953; 1950s editorial


Paris F/W 11 Fashion Week streets; 1950s “swan frame” style glasses; Milan F/W 11 Fashion Week Streets


Embellished 1950s frames


1940s frames


1950s tortoise shell frames


1950s Embellished frames 3 out of 4 of these beauties [top pair sold! sad face] are available at Vintage 50s Eyewear and AtticEyewear.

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