Retro frames back in vogue


Retro-style fashion has surged in popularity in recent times, with the looks of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s returning to the fashion scene.  With lots of different styles coming back into vogue, the material combination glasses have become particularly sought after when re-creating the vintage look by adding a fresh dimension.

The current market offers a large variety of combination offers, ranging from wood and bone, even to buffalo horn!  However, for many people the metal-plastic combination is often their first choice due to its durability and practicality.  Designers are keen to use material combinations when re-styling these older frames, as it allows them to really play around with shape and form.  For example, both the oversized frame trend of the 70’s and 80’s and the cat-eye look of the 50’s, are easily achieved by adjusting the shape and thickness of the top plastic frame.

These new styles of frame provide wearers with the opportunity to add a splash of colour or use a patterned design including the ever-popular leopard print, but they also cater to those looking for a simpler, two-toned approach.  Similarly, those who love the vintage look will relish in the bolder combination frames more aligned to the ‘geeky’ look of the 60’ and 70’s.

Bold fashion statements and detailing have also recently trended with wearers often customising their look.  The material combination frames are great for small detail, such as Swarovski crystals or metal accents, particularly in the cat-eye shaped frames.  The 60’s favourite was known for its fun detailing and is the perfect shape for including a bit of bling.

While the retro two-toned look is particularly favoured by the younger working generation, as the frames are especially suitable for a business environment on both men and women, the more mature wearer must not be overlooked.  In fact, older wearers are keen to express themselves with new and exciting styles, often favouring the bolder looks and designs and taking on the role of boundary pushers in the eyewear world.

Will the vintage look continue to stay on trend in the coming months and years?  It is hard to tell, but the trend has extended itself far beyond eyewear fashion into the homes, kitchens and wardrobes of the country, suggesting that it is here to stay.

We pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of frames which are designed to cater to individual fashion tastes as well as providing our customers with premium eyewear at a fantastic price. Our collection of fashion frames is available through our trusted independent opticians.  For more information please contact the Wolf sales team at [email protected] .