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.

Steve Jobs glasses

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:

10.

caviar 4873 glasses

 

 

 

Caviar 4873 Austrian Crystal eyeglasses

9. 

ck536 calvin klein glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin Klein Collection CK536 eyeglasses

8.

bb 495t brooks brothers glasses

 

 

 

 

Brooks Brothers BB 495T eyeglasses

7.

jl309 john lennon glasses

 

 

 

 

John Lennon JL309 eyeglasses

6.

rx8724 ray-ban glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Ray-Ban RX8724 eyeglasses

5.

ti 8600 charmant titanium glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Charmant Titanium 8600 eyeglasses

4.

wingfold evs oakley glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Oakley Wingfold EVS eyeglasses

3.

art-bilt rimway eyeglasses

 

 

 

 

Art Craft Art-Bilt Rimway eyeglasses with Cable Temples

2.

steve jobs glasses

 

 

 

 

Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round (Steve Jobs) eyeglasses

1.

silhouette rimless glasses 7581

 

 

 

 

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.

Check out selections of  rimless sunglasses and rimless prescription sunglasses

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.

 

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