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If you think eyeglasses are just for librarians and nerds, think again. Just because your vision isn’t 20-20 doesn’t mean your style has to be out of focus.

With styles from the ‘50s and ‘80s (as well as everything in between), trends in glasses are hearkening back to the American days of yore. The trick is simply matching your style to the right set of rims.

Small, thin horizontal frames are a thing of the past. Instead of trying to hide the fact that you’re wearing glasses, flaunt it. Be bold and let your eyewear be a statement. Vertical is in, so look for lenses that are large and long. The same set of specs will look different on everyone, so take your time in deciding and don’t be afraid to go big.

Marilyn Monroe Cat Eye GlassesNothing is more sexy, flirty and vintage than a great set of cat-eye rims. They range from extreme to relaxed teardrop shapes. Look to the stars of AMC’s Mad Men or style icon Marylin Monroe for style inspiration to complete your own ‘50s retro look. More of a rebel? Try a pair of bold, dark-rimmed glasses that are squared at the top and rounded on the bottom.

Lady Gaga is known for her large ‘60s style round frames and you can be, too. Making a statement can be the difference between being looked over and looked up to. Gaga has been seen sporting rims from the ‘70s and ‘80s as well. Having an arsenal of stylish eye wear will keep you looking fabulous no matter the occasion.

In the movie Our Idiot Brother, actress Rashida Jones sports a jumbo set of uni-bomber style glasses that not only frames her face but highlight her stunning eyes.

When it comes to color, you can’t go wrong. Liz from MTV’s My Life As Liz was seen wearing a pair of large, red-rimmed, rounded glasses on her season finale live stream. For frames you can pair with everything, stick to black, white or tortoise.

EyeglassesHave perfect vision but still want to be in on the fun? Retail stores sell nonprescription glasses with retro frames that are perfect when you are feeling a tad more adventurous. A bad hair day can be remedied with a messy, high french bun and a pair of wide-rimmed glasses. Your long night of partying can look like a long night of hitting the books.

Recently, renowned eyewear designer Oliver Peoples collaborated with French label
Maison Kitsuné to create the Tokyo collection. The retro-inspired Tokyo is a juxtaposition of modern taste and vintage elements.The frames combine vintage, tortoise Oliver Peoples designs with exposed metal hinges, and a rugged, modern aesthetic. The perfect pair for the old-fashioned, cutting edge professional. Get your own pair for $550 at

Just like a great pair of sunglasses, your specs can complete your ensemble. The best part is: You don’t have to take them off when you go inside! Leave your contacts behind and show off those four-eyes!

To keep up to date on the latest eyewear fashion trends, check out / Issue 151 - September 2018
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