Top 12 Hipster Eyewear Choices

The term “hipster” was first coined in the Jazz era of the 1940s, but it has come to mean something a bit different in the twenty-tens. Hipsters are on the cutting-edge of modern trends, yet tend to favor fashion that is influenced by vintage designs.  This paradoxical take on culture makes it hard to pin down hipster style. But when you mix a funky, retro sensibility with unmistakably bold design, you get statement-making glasses that seem progressive – even when they’ve already been around the block a few times.

Top 6 Hipster Sunglasses

The Original Wayfarer: Ray-Ban RB2140

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The Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been around since the 1950’s when they were the ultimate in rebellious cool. Although Wayfarers are now a fashion staple, they can still add a little edginess to your look. Ray-Ban Wayfarers are the no-brainers of hipster style, you will see them in every variation at your favorite music festival. But don’t go for the cheap knock-offs with the fluorescent temples; show your hipster cred with the genuine article.

Randolf Engineering P-3 Submariner

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Round shaped lenses are a must for any dedicated follower of fashion. Whether you go full flower-child or prefer a more geek-chic take on the trend, you cannot go wrong with this Randolph Engineering pair. Randolph sunglasses are made in the USA from high quality materials. A timeless look that is currently having its moment in the sun.

Carrera Hot/S Sunglasses

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If you’re on the sportier end of the hipster spectrum, you may fall in love with these big 70’s inspired aviators. A bold, acetate shield-style front and metal temples create unique contrast. And you can personalize your look with many color choices for both frame and lens. This Palladium Green lens is eye-catching, but if you’re really wild try the white frames with grey gradient lens for a head-turning look.

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These Persol sunglasses feature a prominent acetate browline finished off with metal at the bottom edge. This is a classier look than the Wayfarer, but equally timeless. For the hipster that takes a little more time with his appearance, these Clubmaster-inspired shades will elevate your look (so you’re not just another bearded guy on a bike.)

Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses oakley sunglasses

Let’s say you love the Wayfarer, but you don’t want to look like every other hipster on the block. This 80’s style from Oakley is perfect for the next generation who love fluorescent colors and mirrored lenses. Oakley Holbrook are a little more unexpected and off-the-cuff, adding a casual vibe to any outfit. They are also incredibly lightweight and comfortable – perfect for long brunch lines.

Miu Miu MU54RS Sunglasses miu miu glasses

Miu Miu is like the trendy younger sister of Prada and they have their finger on the pulse of what young people will be wearing next. These heart-shaped shades may seem juvenile, but a tongue-in-cheek love of kitsch of one of the tenets of hipsterdom. Whether you want to go full Valentine’s Day with a red pair, or more understated in these black ones, there’s no doubt you’ll feel the love while looking like a heart-eyes emoji.

Top 6 Hipster Eyeglasses

The Ray-Ban Clubmaster RX5154

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Pretty much a necessary part of the hipster uniform, a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmaster eyeglasses will show the world that you’re a deep thinker and a difference maker. These flattering frames will perfectly off-set any style from rockabilly to rock climber. Full of character, Clubmasters have that “nerdy” quality that will add some dimension to your look.

Polo PH2083 Eyeglasses

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Well hello Professor! These Polo eyeglasses are perfect for the more preppy-leaning hipster. With a classic keyhole bridge and round lenses, they will complete your throwback look. Pair them with some tartan trousers and a waxed mustache and be the envy of your homebrew co-op. Also, these small frames will work well with higher prescriptions.

Kate Spade Analena Eyeglasses

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Cat-eye shaped eyeglasses are the quintessential fun and flirty way to express your individuality. Many hipsters are fond of the “sexy librarian” look and these Kate Spade Analena glasses are the perfect choice to pair with your vintage cardigan and chunky Mary-Janes. Go for classic black or really embrace your inner grandma with a flowery pair.

Shuron Ronstrong Eyeglassesshuron glasses

John Lennon? Harry Potter? Round wire-rimmed eyeglasses are back in style and being seen more and more on young celebrities and taste makers. Shuron is a great brand for timeless shapes and high quality materials. The choice of metal finish is up to you, but whether you prefer silver, gold, or black you’ll be serving American Gothic realness with these Made in America Shuron frames.

Cazal 7053 Eyeglasses cazal

Cazal glasses have been popular for decades in the Hip Hop community for their impeccable quality and flashy styling. The double bridge is definitely back in for eyeglasses, so this pair is on point trend-wise. But you need confidence in your personal style to make these work if you’re not a founding member of Run D.M.C. However, risks come with rewards so you may just end up being the coolest guy in the room.

Caviar Goliath II Eyeglasses caviar glasses

Last but not least are these statement making Goliath II eyeglasses from Caviar. These remind me of an old school Hollywood agent or an eccentric art collector. The unique shaped lenses and oversized scale will be sure to get you attention. These super unique glasses are for the hipster that really does want to stray from the mainstream.

 

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Essilor See Change

The latest updates from Essilor See Change, FramesDirect.com’s parent company’s initiative to bring good vision to everyone, everywhere.

  • Close to 500 million people over the age of 5 have an uncorrected visual defect in China, among whom 450 million have myopia. By 2020, nearly 700 million Chinese people will be myopic if we don’t act now. Essilor Vision Foundation is helping to tackle this national health crisis through its flagship programs run in partnership with several strong, local NGO partners.
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  • India’s continual and unpredictable traffic causes 10% of the annual global road accidents and approximately 400 deaths each day. It is also one of the countries in the world which lacks the appropriate visual acuity tests that should be required to obtain a driving license. The Vision Impact Institute and Essilor Vision Foundation are working hard to change this and to make India’s roads safer. Learn more.
  • Essilor launched its open innovation See Change Challenge in 2016 to help improve access to vision care in underserved populations drawing on the collective intelligence of solution providers from diverse backgrounds. From a range of  impressive proposals, we’ve selected three finalists who have been invited to produce a prototype of their innovative refractive solution. Learn more.
  • In its February blog, the Vision Impact Institute took a close look at global standards and proposed actions that will elevate the priority placed on visual health behind the wheel. Learn more.

Twelve Style Experts Who Love Sunglasses As Much As We Do

by Sarah Hall Weaver

We want to share the love with a little shout out to some of our favorite Instagrammers, vloggers, and lifestyle experts. Each of these style gurus has their own unique sense of fashion and found their own clever way of rocking our favorite accessories – sunglasses, of course! Check out these trending looks as we enjoy the last hurrah with our winter wear and start to gear up for spring.

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Kathleen Post from Lemon Blonde aces her brunch game with a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses…in fact, it looks like the whole squad got the memo! Kathleen is wearing the RB3447’s, a metal sunglasses design that’s at the top of the trends right now. The round shape is everything and the thin, sleek metal frame allows a minimalist look that goes with just about anything (yes, even an early afternoon of bottomless mimosas).

 

Kelechi Kalu is a singer, actor and man about town…and considering his expert-level fashion sense, it’s safe to say he does it all. We love this cool, collected, street-style look he finished off with a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. He’s wearing the RB3517 which are actually folding sunglasses that fit easily into your shirt pocket, perfect if you’re a jet-setter on the go like Kelechi.

 

Steph Weber, aka Trendy In Indy, is a fashion blogger that works as a buyer and brand manager by day. Steph gave this cute, casual look an edgy upgrade by topping it off with a pair of timeless Ray-Ban aviators. She’s wearing the RB3025 sunglasses, the most classic pair of metal aviators around. This unisex style has a long-standing history of being a simple solution for any ensemble in need of something definitively cool.

 

Dylan Benjamin, the blogger behind Life By Dylan, is an entrepreneur, health nut and proud papa of one cute little dude. He’s also a recent transplant to our hometown of Austin! He rocks a pair of Oakley Tailpin sunglasses and we just love this style on Dylan. It has a slim, sophisticated frame and unique temple line that looks totally fresh with casual wear like you see here, but balances nicely when it’s time to suit up too.

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Lauren Wells is a travel and lifestyle writer that brought along her sunnies to the best place you can go—the beach! A fly pair of sunglasses, super soft sand and warm emerald waters…what else could you need? Lauren is wearing classic Ray-Ban aviators, a versatile look that can be as bold or as fun-loving as you need it to be.

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Dr. Andrew G. Carr, aka inn8chiro on Instagram, is a practicing chiropractor and men’s style buff. He has a cool, eclectic air to his look and is a top notch expert in the elusive art of layering. We love the way he uses different texturesdenims, wools, flannels, leathers, etc. Here Dr. Carr wears a sleek pair of Oakley Twoface sunglasses for another element of contrast. The sharp lines along the temples and ultra-smooth finish give these shades a nice pop against his knits.

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Our friends at Hungry Hipsters have a knack for putting a rumble in our tummies and making us completely second guess the level of fun we incorporate into our day-to-day ensembles. This style super-team particularly reigns supreme when it comes to accessorizing. From funky cell phone cases to the wildest of handbags, expect lots of color and quirky, playful shapes in each of their looks. Here they pulled some perfectly pink sunnies for a sugar-sweet Valentine’s post. These RB4253 Ray-Ban sunglasses feature a trending design in a shiny fuxia frame that will have you seeing hearts…even if Feb. 14 is long out of sight.

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Breann Bowman is an indisputable master of all things neutral. This ultra-chic, lifestyle bloggin’ mama claims to “never wear color” and she more than pulls it off. Here she sports a pair of RB4253F Ray-Ban sunglasses in shiny opal beigesomething to stray away from grayscale but a sophisticated, striking neutral nonetheless. We especially love the sense of depth and texture she gets from the translucent frames.

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Alex Young is the lifestyle blogger behind Eat Style Dallas. We love Alex’s clean-cut, well-kempt yet totally chill sense of style. Ok, ok, we love drooling over all the delicious noms he posts too! His simple, uncluttered approach to fashion is a great way to let the quality of a wardrobe piece shine a little more brightly. Here he’s rocking a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses with wood frames. The handsome walnut finish gives this accessory a special, sophisticated pop, as evident even when clipped along his T-shirt collar as an indoor style statement.

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Josh McBride, lifestyle expert extraordinaire, visited CBS LA to share some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your special guy. He brought along a pair of Oakley sunglasses and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to show off. Josh describes these popular brands as “trendy” and “in”, and we think he was right on the nose. We love the idea of designer sunglasses as gifts for your SO because they are perfectly practical and universally liked, making them an easy win for even the most difficult-to-shop-for guy.

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Amy and Nathan of Two Drifters are travel-minded lovebirds with an adventurous sense of style. As they travel the world arm-in-arm, they keep it cool and classic with little pops of smart, trendy detail. Being the experienced travelers that they are, they know to keep a pair of sunnies on hand at all times—even while enjoying beautiful Vermont in the heart of winter (all that snow catches a mean glare!). Here Amy’s rocking the CATS 1000, super chic, oversized Ray-Ban sunglasses. Paired with a satin bomber jacket, she has a hip look that’s well-suited to exploring the neat streets of Manchester Center.

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Last but not least, Riann Star, a fashion and lifestyle vlogger, includes one of the most in-demand designs in her current trend reportRay-Ban’s Gatsby sunglasses. We love her fun, flirty sense of style, but especially her ongoing focus on minimalism. She has a talent for picking sharp, key pieces rather than over cluttering a look with too many elements and competing details. Riann groups these sleek, double bridge sunglasses opposite faux furs and velvet accessories. Altogether, she a locked in a great selection of textures that will really work well with each other when paired into full ensembles.

2017 Pantone Color Report: Shop Sunglasses in Spring Hues

source: https://www.pantone.com/fashion-color-report-spring-2017

The Pantone Color Institute provides inspiration each season by choosing a range of colors that speak to the moment we’re in, reflecting the zeitgeist of fashion and design. The 2017 spring colors are a palette of vibrant yet cooling colors, full of optimism and hearkening back to the natural world.

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A wonderful way to incorporate this seasonal collection of colors into your wardrobe is a new pair of sunglasses. We’ve searched through our collection for shades that echo the spring Pantone palette to help you embrace the Spring in style.

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The first four sunglasses are for women and the last three are men’s. Versace VE4317 sunglasses kick off our list with a gorgeous take on Pale Dogwood, a gentle blushing pink that is both innocent and warm.

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The transparent stripes and classic Medusa head logo on the temple are toned down by the sweet coloring. The next lovely shade we’re featuring is the confident and bold Lapis Blue. This is not the cooling gentle blue of baby showers – its a striking blue that works equally well for the unisex Ray-ban Wayfarers  and the uber-feminine Coach HC8169 sunglasses  with the side cut-outs. michael kors sunglasses

Another tone that works equally well for women and men’s shades is the easy, neutral Hazelnut. Hazelnut looks gorgeous on this Michael Kors pair (MK1012) as well as on the super sporty Bolle Tempest. Both of these pairs, although completely different styles, take the beige Hazelnut color to the next level by adding impressive sparkle and sheen.
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Swinging now wildly from that versatile neutral to Pink Yarrow, a tropical and stimulating shade that will not be ignored. If the hot pink/fuchsia family is your thing, then these Juicy Couture Juicy 572/S sunglasses are just the ticket.
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Finally we have the green color that is the perfect, natural, earthy background for these brighter hues. It’s named after a vegetable that has become a buzzword for health: kale! Although it is less vibrant, Kale is rich and calm – perfect for a relaxing spring day. These Polo PH4110 sunglasses are an understated way to bring color to your spring wardrobe.

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Latest from Carrera, Hilfiger, and McQueen + NEW Brand: Carlos Santana

At FramesDirect.com we’re constantly updating our site with the latest eyewear styles to keep the selection fresh and exciting. And it’s not all about Ray-Ban and Oakley. Check out a few new frames from some slightly more under-the-radar designers. Carrera has a cult following and McQueen is known for goth inspired luxury. And if you’re not curious about the most recent Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses, maybe you would like the newest brand on our site, Carlos Santata. Oye como va!

Carrera sunglasses

These teardrop shaped Carrera shades are aviator-inspired, but with a twist. Known for their super sporty 70s influenced designs, Carrera brings us promptly up to 2017 with this fashion-forward look. Gold detailing keeps things classy and adjustable nose pads will guarantee an no-slip fit. Try them in tortoise for a softer look.

alexander mcQueen glasses

Alexander McQueen eyeglasses are known for being on the cutting edge of trends. With this pair, you get not only a bold and modern look, but well thought-out construction that will ensure the frames sit comfortably. With an eye size of 50 these are perfect for smaller faces and people with strong prescriptions

ommy Hilfiger sunglasses

Round lenses are everywhere these days, and so are throwback double bridges. This pair of Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses brings two trends together with major impact. Reflective lenses will keep your identity under wraps. All anyone will know is how cool that mystery man (or woman) is behind the shades. Check out the lovely rose gold version as well.

Carlos Santana eyeglasses

This pair of creamy, turquoise frames are sure to garner many compliments. From the new brand on the block, Carlos Santana, who brings the same style savvy he’s known for with his shoe line to eyewear. The square shape is modern yet flattering and the silver detailing at the temple will bring some light to your face.

Smith sunglasses

And finally, Smith Optics carries out their tradition of crafting durable, stylish eyewear for active lifestyles with this amazing pair of shield sunglasses – in sparkling gold. Yes these are great for the slopes, but we think you could make these work as a fashion statement on the pavement as well.

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Golden Globes 2017 Eyewear Edition: Glasses of the Stars

The stars came out in droves for the 2017 Golden Globes awards ceremony last night. All eyes were on the red carpet, checking which celebrities brought their A-game. While La La Land was the clear winner, the film Moonlight and the television show Atlanta were on everyone’s lips as they collected the accolades. The audience was also filled with excitement when Brad Pitt took the stage to present.

But the big moment of the night went to Meryl Streep, the recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Streep is regarded as one of the finest actresses in the film industry. She used her platform of recognition last night to address political concerns and issue a call-to-action for artists and journalists. Always the epitome of class, Streep looked regal in a black gown with bejeweled applique and, of course, a pair of glasses.

Lulu Guinness L750 Eyeglasses

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If you’re in the market for a coppery, semi-rimless, cat-eye frame like Meryl’s we’ve come up with a few options that fit the bill. The Lulu Guinness L750 eyeglasses are comparable. And this Vera Wang pair (Caitlin) are also similar. But you can take this look to the next level, with Lafont Indigo frames, a true style statement.

Billy Bob Thorton accepted the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for his performance in the Amazon Original Series Goliath wearing sunglasses that look a lot like the Ray-Ban Clubround.

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And Steve Carell, along with Kristen Wiig, introduced the films nominated for best animated feature film. While handing out the award to Zootopia, Carell wore some interesting two-tone acetate frames that gave his look a retro twist. You too can be quirky-cool like Steve in these Shuron Sidewinder eyeglasses. Choose the “Black Fade” option or the popular “Crystal” clear version to take part in this throwback trend.

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Brave the Elements in Rugged Sunglasses for Winter

Winter is here and she can be a cruel mistress. Frost bitten fingers, icicle earlobes – but we know that won’t stop you from exploring the outdoors. This list of winter-ready sunglasses for winter is for all you adventurers out there – who ski, hike, and frolic regardless of the temp.

  1. Maui Jim Lighthouse 423 Sunglasses

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Many outdoor enthusiasts are already fans of the incredible clarity that Maui Jim sunglasses provide. This pair is perfect for protecting your eyes no matter what the season, but if you decide to take them out on the slopes you will truly appreciate the non-slip rubber nose pads. This unisex frame is so lightweight you’ll forget you’re wearing it, and the modified rectangle shape will hug your head and complement your facial features.

2. Wiley X WX Valor Sunglasses

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Next up are the Wiley X Valor sunglasses. Wiley X were originally designed for military use, so you know they will withstand the elements, even when the temps drop. Ballistics-quality shatterproof lenses mean you can count on these sunglasses to protect your eyes no matter how extreme your hobbies are. The wrapped sporty shape will keep your face warm while making you look cool.

3. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses

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If you appreciate high definition optics and rugged design, these Oakley Flak 2.0 XL sunglasses may be right up your alley. The enhanced coverage from the lenses will ensure no sun, wind, or snow is coming near your eyes. One of the best attributes of this pair comes from Oakley’s patented material, Unobtanium®, on the ear stems and nosepads. This grippy material will keep your sunglasses on your face and actually increases grip when you sweat.

Ray-Ban RB2027 Predator 2 Wrap Sunglasses

Ray-Ban RB2027 - Predator 2 Wrap Sunglasses

These Ray-Ban Predator 2 sunglasses are a little bit unexpected. Normally Ray-Ban is known more for fashion-driven styles and less for full protection from the elements. But, if you like that edge-y look but still need performance from your sunglasses, this pair might be the perfect compromise. They’ll look as good with your snowboarding gear as they do with a suit.

Costa Reefton Sunglasses

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Do you suffer from “big-head”?  It’s OK, its not just you! Named for a place of extraordinary natural beauty in New Zealand, these Reefton sunglasses from Costa are our pick for larger heads. You cannot beat the durability of Costa frames, and the polarized lenses will render the world in gorgeous crisp colors.

Related: Costa sunglasses, Costa C-Mates Bifocal Readers Sunglasses, Costa Eyeglasses, Costa Omni Fit Sunglasses and Costa Prescription Sunglasses

Prada, Michael Kors, Persol, and Tory Burch Caught on Film

Here at FramesDirect.com we sell the highest quality designer glasses from the most fashionably aspirational brands.  Four of our favorite brands got the Hollywood treatment when we created some imaginative video vignettes. These original narratives speak to the unique brand stories of Tory Burch, Persol, Michael Kors, and Prada eyeglasses and sunglasses.

First up, a ton of Tory Burch sunglasses go on vacation to the Hamptons. We find our Tory Burch fanatic trying to pack her suitcase for the weekend (wearing a gorgeous Tory Burch shift dress), but there’s not quite enough room for every style that she wants to squeeze in. Do you think she will sacrifice her books and bottle of wine for a wardrobe of sunnies? Watch the video to find out!

If you’re not already familiar with the Persol brand of eyewear, this is a beautiful introduction. These hand crafted, Italian frames are perfect for the man who is passionate, creative, and discerning – just like the artist in the video. Watch as he gets inspired to create a colorful mural while wearing 3 different sophisticated spectacles.

Michael Kors is a beloved American sportswear brand whose designer has also become a famous personality due to guest appearances on Project Runway. Much like the contestants on that show, in our video a fashion designer is experiencing a creative block. That is, until some Michael Kors sunglasses become the pièce de résistance of her design.

Finally, we have Prada – the final word in chic eyewear. A brainy yet fashion-forward pair of scientists are working in the lab when the equations on the wipe board create a surprising pattern. Can a love of fashion lead to chemistry? Anything is possible.

We had a great time on set creating these videos. Thanks to the team at Sparksight, here in Austin, TX, who turn fashion dreams into reality.