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Horn Rimmed Sunglasses: A Combination Of The Classy 40s And The Modern Alternative

September 22nd, 2011

Horn rimmed sunglasses have been around for more than a century. During that time, they have had their ups and downs. For instance, during the 40s, due to celebrities like Harold Lloyd and Buddy Holly’s wearing them in and out of public and fictional characters like the blues brothers, these glasses became extremely popular, enjoying their peak time, while when the history marches into the 80s, with the rising of aviators, horn rimmed glasses were pushed out of the market and the public’s eyesight. Although, at different times, people’s reaction toward this particular type of glasses have varied, what keeps surprising us is that they keep on coming back, proving relentlessly their longevity. Even today, in the 21st century when everything needs to be sleek and futuristic, these traditionally considered nerdy frames are still the best fashion statement makers you can ever hope to own.

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First invented in Europe in the 19th century, these horn rimmed glasses were originally made from, as their name indicates, horn and tortoise shell. Back then, a pair of such glasses would’ve cost a fortune, so it often embodies the wealth and social status of the owner. Along with the ships that crossed the Atlantic, these glasses later were brought to America, where manufacturers began to use plastic and special dyeing techniques to simulate horn and tortoise shell. Nowadays, most of the glasses we see which go by the name of horn-rimmed glasses are made of plastic. The switching of horn and shell frames to plastic ones made this types of glasses easily affordable to people from almost all walks of life. Their unique color and lacking of nose pads provide a different look than traditional shades. In the late 80s and early 90s, horn-rimmed glasses were rediscovered by entrepreneurs and “yuppies” and because they often project a “nerdy’ impression, horn-rimmed shades also became popular in emo, punk, indie, hipster, goth and generally counter-culture fashion. People love the alternative look that differs from the mainstream look and in an age when individualism is more than ever emphasized, what else speaks more about yourself than a pair of horn-rimmed sunglasses?

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With a long history behind them, horn-rimmed sunglasses immediately bring back a retro vintage classy look. Yet, with their more and more appearance in the alternative and counter-culture movements, such as alternative music and new wave cinema, these glasses are fresh with a new glow. They go perfectly well both with your workday suits, upper class casual clothing and your guitar and indie type of garments. With one pair of shades that projects the two hottest feel at the present, what else would you ask for?

Horn-rimmed Sunglasses: A Classic In the Making

August 24th, 2011

Nowadays, sunglasses are no longer worn solely for the purpose of eye protection. Fashion value has driven over functionality and become the most looked at and worried about characteristics of a pair of sunglasses. Speaking of fashion, an interesting and somewhat weird fact about it is that it repeats itself. As our friends in the fashion business like to say, everything old could be new again. This year, one of the old things that are new again are horn-rimmed sunglasses. You can see them worn by people practically everywhere from the Hollywood red-carpets to the world’s most famous beaches to average households. Like many other classic vintage styles that have a long history behind them and somehow managed to stand the test of time and stay in vogue, horn-rimmed sunglasses are showing a surprisingly strong potential for longevity that will undoubtedly make them the next candidate for that classic hall of fame list.
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With their origins tracing back to the 19th century Europe, horn-rimmed sunglasses got extremely popular in the United States in the 20th century. Famous actors like Harold Lloyd and music icon Buddy Holly wore them at the time, creating a trend and contributing much to its height. After the peek horn-rimmed sunglasses’ popularity waned for a period of time, but before long they found their spokesman in the new century. Hollywood megastar Johnyy Depp’s devotion to this type of glasses has literally rejuvenated the almost distinct style and put it high up there among the most fashionable accessories of our time.

As can be implied by the name, horn-rimmed sunglasses are those shades with frames made of animal horns and tortoise shell. Initially, these frames were made from real horns and tortoise shell. However, as the result of relentless efforts by the environmentalists and rise of environmental awareness among the general public, manufacturers started to resort to plastic frames and dye them in colors so as to simulate or replicate the look of real horns and shell. As the time goes by, people don’t refer the phrase “horn-rimmed sunglasses” to real horn and tortoise shell made sunglasses anymore, but rather any bold black heavy and “in your face” type of frames that’s out there.

As a much loved style that’s been around for almost two centuries, horn-rimmed sunglasses always give out a look that resembles that of the old times. In this age that value vintage look and retro edge so much, nothing comes before a pair of horn-rimmed sunglasses. Plus, these classic shades have made many adjustments to appeal to the new generation of wearers. Take color for example, these shades come in a huge variety of colors. For the male consumers, black, amber and brown fit the bill, while for the female demography, redwood tortoise and semi blond are the ways to go.

The legend of horn-rimmed sunglasses

July 27th, 2010

When you hear somebody saying sunglasses made of buffalo horn, never get surprised. Currently, eyeglass and sunglass frames are allowed to be made of a couple of strange materials, like wood, bone, horn, leather, semi-precious or precious stones. Most of these materials have applications to different degrees. In particular, horn is a material that is worth particular mentioning in the eyewear history. The reason is that there is a typical product called horn-rimmed sunglasses that have been around for many decades. Some long-term eyewear users may have heard of this classic item. It is officially defined as a type of eyewear with frames made of horn or tortoise shell. Until now, this definition has been extended and plastic frames that simulate these two materials are also included. The originally used horn or shell gave this name. And modern eyewear manufacturers are definitely able to utilize these natural materials again.

The legend of horn-rimmed sunglasses lies in that this product has exactly set a standard in the long eyewear history. Since its first time of being popular in the 1910s, this classic design has been around for approximately one century. And the miraculous point is that horn-rimmed glasses have never fell back out of fashion completely. Dating back particularly to the pre-World War II era, the horn-rimmed design was one of the most popular choices made by customers, partially because of the lack of eyeglass styles. After that, eyeglasses and sunglasses with a horn-rimmed design have experienced several crests and troughs from one decade to another. The most critical fact is that these glasses are still widely available in the modern market. This rugged experience differentiates this design from most of the others.

It is hard to find some celebrities who wear regularly wood glasses, gold glasses or stone glasses. But in its long history, the fame of horn-rimmed sunglasses has been contributed by lots of celebrities. The most influential example is Harold Lloyd, who wore a pair of horn-rimmed eyewear in all of his movies from 1910s to 1940s. Horn-rimmed glasses were worn by George Reeves’ character Clark Kent in the original TV series Adventures of Superman in the 1950s. Following that, renowned users include Senator Barry Goldwater, Elvis Costello, Bill Gates and Adam Savage.