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Cat-eye sunglasses are one of the most glamorous styles of shades that have become an iconic fashion statement amongst women and men alike. They encapsulate a retro-influenced frame style with more than enough modern-day appeal to add an edgy twist to your overall look and catch the eye of anyone passing you by.
American filmmaker and designer Altina Miranda felt as though the sunglasses frames that were available at the time were uninspiring and had a focus on unisex and men’s styles as opposed to something that would appeal more to females around the world. Venetian Harlequin masks influenced the design thanks to their striking shapes and voilà - harlequin sunglasses, later becoming known as cat-eye sunglasses, made their way into the market.
With pointed upwards edges, bolder than all, or at least most, other frame shapes, cat-eye sunglasses give you that extra pop by enhancing and accentuating the natural bone structure of your cheeks. The cat-eye frame style was invented in the 1930s but only skyrocketed to fame in the 1960s thanks to a bit of celebrity endorsement. One of the aspects of cat-eye sunglasses that has allowed them to rise to such prominence is the attention garnered from on-screen legends opting for the style in the public eye. It was the first definitively female-orientated eyewear trend in history and women everywhere wanted to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe who would be seen donning the soon to be awe-inspiring accessory on movie sets and in interviews.
Where can I buy cat-eye sunglasses?
Cat-eye sunglasses have become a staple in the eyewear world and you can therefore find them fairly frequently on your eyewear explorations. They are a sought after model, and that is why you will find an extensive collection of them on our website at SmartBuyGlasses. Within our available options online, you will also notice that we stock designer cat-eye sunglasses from multiple different high-quality brands such as Celine, Tom Ford, and LMNT.
You can try on any of the brands listed above, as well as all of our cat-eye sunglasses range, and other frame shapes too, from the comfort of your own home! Use our super convenient virtual try-on tool to see any of our pairs of shades on your actual face as you browse through our site. It even allows you to see the specs from side angles so you will know exactly how you will look to someone catching you from the side as well as head-on.
Why is it a good idea to buy your cat-eye sunglasses with us? Well, we provide a host of benefits to make sure that we make it worth your time and reward your choice to become a customer of ours. First of all, you can make the most of our 100 day returns policy. All of our prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and designer sunglasses are eligible for a free return within the 100-day window starting from your receipt of the item(s). If you want them replaced, or simply want a refund, we will get it sorted for you.
Keep a watchful eye out for the items on our website listed with the “Best Price Guarantee” mark next to them, and if you find a lower price for any of them, anywhere online, we will match it. All we need from your end is to let us know about it within 14 days of your purchase and we will send the difference back to your account right away. Reach out to our customer service team and they will be happy to assist.
What face shape suits cat-eye sunglasses?
Of the most difficult elements of choosing a new pair of sunglasses is knowing if the style you like the appearance of, will still look as good on your face as it does on the models face or in the photoshoot that you can see on websites. You want to make sure that cat-eye sunglasses are not overwhelming your face, or bringing attention to the wrong parts of your face. Luckily, we have an informative face shape guide on hand that will provide you with all the tips. You need to, firstly, discover what face shape you have, and secondly, outline which frame shape will compliment you the most. Cat-eye sunglasses are known to help in defining rounded jawlines and sharpening your softer facial features.
To give an example, oval face shapes will suit retro cat-eye frames but not big and bulky ones, so you would want to avoid oversized cat-eye sunglasses and select a more sleek pair.
How to wear cat-eye sunglasses?
As mentioned above, one of the first steps you should take is setting aside some time to understand your face shape and what features of frames will work for you. Second, try to align your accessories with your outfit. Cat-eye sunglasses have a noticeably retro feel to them, so you can experiment with vintage dresses and shirts to match. You can also consider changing your makeup routine to include more heavy eye makeup and striking coloured lipstick to rival the bold shapes your shades will bring.
Yes, men can wear cat-eye sunglasses too! The gender rules of fashion are consistently being redefined, and the days of this fun style being exclusively for women are no more. Add a splash of eccentricity to your look and consider men's cat-eye sunglasses from esteemed designer brands like Gucci and Prada.