Trend setting movie stars and New York fashion leaders wore dark heavy frame plastic glasses in the 60s. They were thought to make men and woman look younger and since it was the time of the youthquake movement, youth was in fashion. Color was also in fashion, both 1960 sunglasses frames and lenses came in a range of pastels and primary colors. The idea was to wear sunglasses that matched an outfit or eyeshadow makeup. 60s sunglasses frames also took on new space age shapes such as half moon, wrap around, horn rim, oval, octagon, and Harlequin. They also revived older styles such as thin retro round glasses, made extra popular British musicians. Granny glasses, old school frames with new colored lenses or single handle folding reading glasses were worn by all ages. Even mirror lenses made a brief appearance. Fashionable 60s sunglasses were meant to be seen not necessarily to see well in.
The average person wasn’t too keen on the big frame glasses and sunglasses, instead, they turned to rimless glasses with plastic or colored metal temples and gold eyepieces. Wood or tortoise frame round glasses were also considered “normal” glasses.
Today the trend for retro sunglasses, especially those inspired by 60s/70s sunglasses are making a big comeback. Thick frames, off shapes, retro round lenses, and mirror lenses can be found everywhere. 70s glasses and sunglasses are oversized frames with brown to yellow tints and wire frames.
Here are some of our affordable 60s and 70s sunglasses sold online:
60s – 70s Sunglasses
Pictures of Vintage 60s and 70s Glasses and Sunglasses