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70s sunglasses: Vintage-style frames to wear this season

The 1970’s was a decade of disco, Top of the Pops, and political protest. Fashion featured flared trousers, tassels, leather, and floaty blouses. Hair was long and layered, often with oversized fringes, or for men, cut into bowl cuts and mullets.

Nowadays, the inherently cool 70s style is making its comeback via screens both big and small — from TikTok creators donning their roller skates and dancing  to Fleetwood Mac, to the release of BBC drama The Serpent. With disco and rock’n'roll silhouettes trickling back into mainstream fashion, it's no surprise that 70s sunglasses are back in style too. Introducing the 70’s style through your glasses is a subtle take on the trend and a surefire way to achieve the look without it being overkill. Check out our top picks below.

What sunglasses were popular in the 70s?

Sunglasses styles of the 70’s were catapulted from functional to fun. Bold, cat eye, supersized, and geometric style glasses frames came to the fore and can still be seen echoed in fashion today. Superstar celebrities such as Elton John, John Travlota, Sonny & Cher, and John Lennon were the style trendsetters of the 70s, becoming infamous for their iconic eyewear looks.

How to get the look: 70s sunglasses for men and women

Wearing frames with retro and bohemian styles, natural colours, and eye-catching flair is a surefire way to achieve the 70’s look. If you want to partake in the resurgence of 70’s style, read on to discover how.

Chunky, square frames

Nothing says ‘70’s style’ quite like a chunky pair of square-framed glasses. To execute the look, opt for thick, square-framed glasses such as these Viktor&Rolf statement sunglasses with a light tortoiseshell pattern, and oversized, chunky acetate plastic for maximum effect.

If you like the angular, geometric style but you don’t want a thick frame, the Dalia Sun RX frame is ideal. These hexagonal sunglasses with shiny silver rims and contrasting, exaggerated brow line in ruby red still make a show-stopping statement.

Bold, rainbow sunnies

Orange and yellow sunglasses and coloured lenses were all the rage in the 70’s — with iconic men and women rocking the style, including the infamous Elton John. If you want to draw attention to your eyes, try a pair of oversized, colourful glasses like these Converse frames.

If orange tones are more your style, these Specsavers Monkfish shades are a modern take on the square sunglasses that were so popular at the time. Made from translucent-effect acetate , and featuring contrasting detail on the tips, you’re sure to channel 70s vibes.

It’s also worth knowing that you can add a coloured lens tint to almost any of our prescription glasses frames to transform them into tinted sunglasses. Find out more about lens tints here.

Earth tones and tints

Nothing says 70s style like earthy warm tones of brown, green, beige and black. With so much time spent indoors recently, bring a natural element to your look with earth-toned frames, which are flooding the trends right now.

If you want to experiment with colour for this look, stand-out browns, oranges, blues and greens work best. These brown Merton shades with gold polarised clip-on lenses will bring some warmth to your face. Going green? Our oversized Coley cat-eye sunglasses will brighten your complexion, and add a subtle feminine feel.

Tortoiseshell glasses are also a great way to infuse your wardrobe with an array of warm tones — it’s no wonder the style has remained so popular over time. For fans of the feline silhouette, go for these Balmain cat eye sunglasses, with gold sides that amp up the glamour. Alternatively, these Red Mullet frames feature a strong tortoiseshell brown in their striking yet stylish browline.

Circular sunglasses

The influence of John Lennon’s trademark round-eye glasses carried on well into the 70’s. If you want to recreate the look, try these striking Viktor&Rolf sunnies. The stylish double bridge adds a modern element to the style, while the two-tone colouring is reminiscent of the colours popular in the 70’s.

Feeling inspired to experiment with the 70’s fashion trend? Our virtual try-on tool lets you try-out as many pairs of glasses before you buy — so you can find the perfect fit for your hair colour and face shape

Browse our full retro sunglasses collection here, or for more tips about popular glasses and trends, visit our #LoveGlasses blog.