The term "hipster" was first coined in the Jazz era of the 1940s, but it has come to mean something a bit different in the twenty-tens. Hipsters are on the cutting-edge of modern trends, yet tend to favor fashion that is influenced by vintage designs. This paradoxical take on culture makes it hard to pin down hipster style. But when you mix a funky, retro sensibility with unmistakably bold design, you get statement-making glasses that seem progressive - even when they've already been around the block a few times.
The Original Wayfarer: Ray-Ban RB2140
The Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been around since the 1950's when they were the ultimate in rebellious cool. Although Wayfarers are now a fashion staple, they can still add a little edginess to your look. Ray-Ban Wayfarers are the no-brainers of hipster style, you will see them in every variation at your favorite music festival. But don't go for the cheap knock-offs with the fluorescent temples; show your hipster cred with the genuine article.
Randolf Engineering P-3 Submariner
Round shaped lenses are a must for any dedicated follower of fashion. Whether you go full flower-child or prefer a more geek-chic take on the trend, you cannot go wrong with this Randolph Engineering pair. Randolph sunglasses are made in the USA from high quality materials. A timeless look that is currently having its moment in the sun.
Carrera Hot/S Sunglasses
If you're on the sportier end of the hipster spectrum, you may fall in love with these big 70's inspired aviators. A bold, acetate shield-style front and metal temples create unique contrast. And you can personalize your look with many color choices for both frame and lens. This Palladium Green lens is eye-catching, but if you're really wild try the white frames with grey gradient lens for a head-turning look.
Persol PO3105S Sunglasses
These Persol sunglasses feature a prominent acetate browline finished off with metal at the bottom edge. This is a classier look than the Wayfarer, but equally timeless. For the hipster that takes a little more time with his appearance, these Clubmaster-inspired shades will elevate your look (so you're not just another bearded guy on a bike.)
Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses
Let's say you love the Wayfarer, but you don't want to look like every other hipster on the block. This 80's style from Oakley is perfect for the next generation who love fluorescent colors and mirrored lenses. Oakley Holbrook are a little more unexpected and off-the-cuff, adding a casual vibe to any outfit. They are also incredibly lightweight and comfortable - perfect for long brunch lines.
Miu Miu MU54RS Sunglasses
Miu Miu is like the trendy younger sister of Prada and they have their finger on the pulse of what young people will be wearing next. These heart-shaped shades may seem juvenile, but a tongue-in-cheek love of kitsch of one of the tenets of hipsterdom. Whether you want to go full Valentine's Day with a red pair, or more understated in these black ones, there's no doubt you'll feel the love while looking like a heart-eyes emoji.
The Ray-Ban Clubmaster RX5154
Pretty much a necessary part of the hipster uniform, a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmaster eyeglasses will show the world that you're a deep thinker and a difference maker. These flattering frames will perfectly off-set any style from rockabilly to rock climber. Full of character, Clubmasters have that "nerdy" quality that will add some dimension to your look.
Polo PH2083 Eyeglasses
Well hello Professor! These Polo eyeglasses are perfect for the more preppy-leaning hipster. With a classic keyhole bridge and round lenses, they will complete your throwback look. Pair them with some tartan trousers and a waxed mustache and be the envy of your homebrew co-op. Also, these small frames will work well with higher prescriptions.
Kate Spade Analena Eyeglasses
Cat-eye shaped eyeglasses are the quintessential fun and flirty way to express your individuality. Many hipsters are fond of the "sexy librarian" look and these Kate Spade Analena glasses are the perfect choice to pair with your vintage cardigan and chunky Mary-Janes. Go for classic black or really embrace your inner grandma with a flowery pair.
Shuron Ronstrong Eyeglasses
John Lennon? Harry Potter? Round wire-rimmed eyeglasses are back in style and being seen more and more on young celebrities and taste makers. Shuron is a great brand for timeless shapes and high quality materials. The choice of metal finish is up to you, but whether you prefer silver, gold, or black you'll be serving American Gothic realness with these Made in America Shuron frames.
Cazal 7053 Eyeglasses
Cazal glasses have been popular for decades in the Hip Hop community for their impeccable quality and flashy styling. The double bridge is definitely back in for eyeglasses, so this pair is on point trend-wise. But you need confidence in your personal style to make these work if you're not a founding member of Run D.M.C. However, risks come with rewards so you may just end up being the coolest guy in the room.
Caviar Goliath II Eyeglasses
Last but not least are these statement making Goliath II eyeglasses from Caviar. These remind me of an old school Hollywood agent or an eccentric art collector. The unique shaped lenses and oversized scale will be sure to get you attention. These super unique glasses are for the hipster that really does want to stray from the mainstream.