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90s glasses: Throwback frames for men and women

2021 called and it wants the 90s back. 

From wide-leg jeans to velour tracksuits, 90s fashion has come back with full force and is dominating wardrobes. With the new era of cultural responsibility and extra time on their hands, over the past year, many people took to their own (and their parents’) wardrobes and dug out formerly retired outfits, retro garms and vintage pieces to recreate styles we used to see on the catwalks and streets in the 90s.  

What’s more 90s than oval-shaped sunglasses or gold metallic pilot-style specs? Taking inspiration from  of infamous 90s American sitcoms and reminders of iconic red carpet looks, we’ve put together a collection of 90s style glasses and sunglasses so you can inject the era into your wardrobe and be a 1990s vision! 

Black tinted oval sunglasses

The renowned sophisticated style of wearing black head to toe will not be successful without a staple and trustworthy pair of black sunglasses, and these oval sunnies will do just the trick. Their oval shape is formed from slick dark metal, with black acetate tips that just ooze a sense of mystery and coolness. Pair with a black leather trench coat or biker jacket with a statement gold chain to give a resurgence to the ultimate 90s look. 

Alternatively, for the summer months ahead, opt for a bronze colourway of these oval sunglasses. The light hues will complement any hair colour and are soft around the eyes. You can level these 90s sunglasses up with a matching suit and trouser combo, stylish for after-work drinks or a dinner date.   

Pilot style glasses

The 90s influence on the fashion climate is not likely to move along soon, especially when pilot-style glasses are back on the scene. These thin gold metallic frames are a contemporary twist on the classic silhouette, and the simple design will complement any outfit, at any time of day. Whether you’re wanting a pop of glamour for your daily dog walk, or you want to add an essence of vintage to your summer BBQ look, these pilot-style glasses will be flattering against any wardrobe choice.

90s tortoiseshell frames

Gone are the days when circular specs were the nerdy choice! Round frames are the fashion accessory that elevates any look it is paired with. These Viktor&Rolf frames are in a tortoiseshell pattern and made from acetate plastic – paying homage to the retro round simple frame but infusing a modern kick.

The yellow and brown colour palette will look best against a classic pair of blue denim jeans and an effortless white t-shirt. These 90s glasses are a surefire way to create an understated, chic aesthetic.

Oversized round sunglasses

Grabbing attention is a necessity when you’re walking down the red carpet, and these Marc Jacobs sunglasses would have definitely been spotted on your favourite celebrity back in the 90s. The tortoiseshell acetate frames are bold and glossy and will compliment any face shape. Perfect for adding an air of allure before your next gym session or enhancing your laid back streetwear, these 90s sunglasses will ensure you get the reaction you’re after.

Rectangle glasses

Rectangle glasses are the epitome of 90s fashion and you’ve probably seen them in your favourite sitcom. The pale-gold metal design of these glasses are uncomplicated but pack a huge impact, and can be coupled with any colour. Why not try an oversized sweatshirt and cycling shorts for an off-duty model vibe? Or, a sweater vest to turn your grandad’s favourite look into a 90s sensation.

Discover more styles of the iconic, rectangle glasses

Rectangular sunglasses are top of the trends this summer, so why not transform these frames into prescription glasses with the UV and sun tint treatment? Pair these with a linen shirt or trousers, for that “just walked off the beach” look – a style that’s flooding the parks at the moment. Find out how to turn any glasses frames into prescription sunglasses here.

The 1990s were a year of fashion firsts and memorable moments, so it would be silly not to get involved by wardrobe and adding a pair of 90s glasses or sunglasses to it. Browse the whole 90s glasses collection here.

Not sure which frames will suit you? Use our virtual try-on tool to see what celebrated 90s style looks great on you. Or use our buyer’s guide to help you choose the glasses that compliment your hair colour best.

Take a trip back to the 90s to find your perfect pair of specs whilst staying on top of the trends. For more style inspiration, check out our #LoveGlasses blog.