Unisex Frames:A Style Still Very Much Around

July 25th, 2011 by Charles Garrana Leave a reply »

A few decades back, when a philosophy of androgyny took over the fashion world, unisex eyewear became popular. As the time passes, fashion designers’ taste changes. A little into the new century, that philosophy is found almost completely absent. Replacing it is a much more distinguished gap between masculine and feminine, with frames like aviator displaying manliness and women’s glasses celebrating femininity. Following such a path is not only sunglasses which are considered more of a fashion accessory, but also prescription eyeglasses, which for most people are a functional aid to help them see better. It seems there is no room left for unisex glasses. However, if you look hard enough, plenty of unisex eyeglass options are still available. In fact, some optical shops even devote sections of their store to unisex frames.

Designed to specifically appeal to both women and men, unisex glasses have some common features. Among many popular designs for unisex glasses are oval frames, elongated rectangular frames etc. Here we list the top five unisex eyeglasses stylish trends for you so the next time you are shopping for glasses, you have more options to choose from.

1 Rimless and semi-rimless styles with lenses cut in oval shapes.

2 Unique plastic frames in oval and elongated rectangular shapes.

3 Clean and simple thin metal frame styles in titanium and stainless steel.

4 Retro, small, John Lennon style frames, sometimes accented with tinted lenses.

5 New, progressive shapes such as the modified (elongated) rectangle, and the bowtie or butterfly (a rectangle with the ends “tilted” upward).

Compared to its heyday, unisex eyewear certainly isn’t doing all that well now. However, there is one area of eyeglasses frames that is particularly filled with unisex styles. And that is the specailty eyewear realm. These specialty eyewear covers everything from computer use, driving, sports to crafts and hobbies and so on. If you participate in some of these activities, you probably want the kind of eyewear that not only enhance your performance but also increase your enjoyment of them at the same time. If you ask your optician for recommendations of such eyewear, oftentimes what you get as an answer is unisex glasses. These designs specially fit the impact-resistant lenses that are required in special glasses for sports or driving, making them the perfect choice for glasses especially for these tasks.


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