In the late 1880s rimless glasses were invented in an effort to make eyeglasses more inconspicuous. They weren’t meant to be a fashion statement at the time, but Theodore Roosevelt popularized the style (during his presidency, from 1901 – 1909.) Since then, rimless glasses have been the choice for politicians, scientists, professors, and anyone else looking for functional yet elegant eyewear. Some people think rimless frames make them appear more mature, trustworthy, and intelligent. Steve Jobs was another iconic figure who preferred a pair of round, rimless glasses. You can capture his look, if not his genius, with the Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round eyeglasses.
There are benefits to wearing rimless frames beyond their appearance. Rimless glasses are lighter than full rim frames, so therefore more comfortable. And since the rims aren’t obstructing your view, your peripheral vision becomes wider and clearer. Rimless frames suit all types of faces, and can pretty much be considered Unisex, flattering both men and women.
Recent years have seen new technologies evolve for mounting lenses to rimless frames. An important thing to consider when selecting rimless eyeglasses is the appropriate lens material, since it will have to withstand being drilled through. Choose a polycarbonate or a Hi-Index lens material; these are strong enough to work with rimless frames. Plastic lenses crack and break more easily, which is why they are not a good choice.
FramesDirect.com offer over 150 different styles of rimless glasses, from all the highest quality manufacturers, but here’s a countdown of our top ten most popular pairs:
Caviar 4873 Austrian Crystal eyeglasses
Calvin Klein Collection CK536 eyeglasses
Brooks Brothers BB 495T eyeglasses
John Lennon JL309 eyeglasses
Ray-Ban RX8724 eyeglasses
Charmant Titanium 8600 eyeglasses
Oakley Wingfold EVS eyeglasses
Art Craft Art-Bilt Rimway eyeglasses with Cable Temples
Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round (Steve Jobs) eyeglasses
Silhouette Rimless 7581 Titan Minimal Art the Icon eyeglasses
Since rimless eyeglasses have increased in popularity, rimless frames have gained more of a fashion element, taking advantage of color, texture and embellishments. And rimless isn’t only for eyeglasses.
Rimless glasses never go out of fashion, because of their understated utility – and the fact they put the focus on the person and not the glasses.