Made famous by Hollywood icons including Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, cat-eye frames make a marvelous statement like no other.
Distinguished by their unique, sophisticated shape, cat-eye glasses fall among our most popular styles and are considered nothing short of timeless.
Want cat-eye sunglasses? We’ve got a great selection you’re sure to love!
What’s the history of cat-eye frames?
The style was originally created by Altina Schinasi Miranda, an American filmmaker and designer of the early 20th century who invented the famous frame in the late 1920s.
Her inspiration? Venetian harlequin masks, which led to the cat-eye’s original name, “the Harlequin.”
In the 1930s, Schinasi partnered with department stores to get her frames in the hands of countless women. By the end of the decade, her design turned fashion on its head, proving glasses could be more than just a means for correcting vision.
Why are they called cat-eye glasses? A beloved boutique fashion accessory, cat-eye glasses are named for their distinct frame shape, which resembles the eyes of a cat.
What lenses and materials are available for cat-eye glasses?
Intriguing, attractive, and dynamic, cat-eye frames come in a variety of materials. The most popular materials used in cat-eye frames include acetate, TR90, and metals such as titanium and aluminum.
Naturally, you’ll need lenses for your new glasses. Fortunately, cat-eye frames can be fitted with any lens you desire, prescription or otherwise.
Whether you need anti-scratch coatings to keep your lenses pristine or blue light blocking lenses to protect your eyes from smartphones and computer screens, the choice is yours at Yesglasses.
Are cat-eye glasses popular?
When are they not? The cat-eye shape has been in style since the early 1900s, popularized again and again over the last century, most notably in the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1990s.
They’re highly popular today, too!
Perhaps it goes without saying, but a style like the cat-eye never goes out of fashion. Its iconic shape and social prevalence routinely draw it back into the limelight, ensuring the style is always in vogue.
What face shape do cat-eye glasses look good on?
Cat-eye glasses are most flattering on square, rectangle, heart, triangle, and diamond face shapes. This makes it a versatile style that looks good on most people.
If you don’t know your face shape, try our Face Shape App & Quiz to quickly learn which frames will suit you best.
Why buy cat-eye glasses and frames from Yesglasses?
With free shipping, free returns, and our 100% Fit Guarantee, we make it easier than ever to buy cat-eye glasses online.
All you need to do is select your favorite frames, customize to your liking, and submit your order with your prescription. We’ll take care of the rest and get your purchase to you quickly with fast, reliable delivery.
Of course, if you’re not sure where to start or need help with your order, contact us via phone, email, or LIVE Chat! We’re eager to get you connected with the perfect eyeglasses for you.
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