Cat-eye glasses are a playful eyewear style that features rounded frames and chic upswept corners near the temples. The silhouette was popularized in the 1950s and ’60s, with modern versions inspired by the vintage original ranging from subtle to adventurous. Cat-eye frames look great on the wearer with a square- or diamond-shaped face.
Cat-eye eyeglasses and sunglasses were popular feminine eyewear styles of the mid-20th century—when eyewear became a fashion accessory rather than simply a medical necessity. With glasses becoming more mainstream, wearers threw themselves wholeheartedly into the purchase of eyewear that enhanced their appearance. Cat-eye glasses impart a sophisticated, elegant, outgoing look.
The classic cat-eye style is synonymous with the familiar butterfly shape and features rounded lenses with upswept corners. The brow ends are sometimes embellished with exotic or glittery details. Rhinestone, metal, or colored plastic enhancements are opulent extras, while sculptural effects—raised designs, prominent browlines, scalloped edges, and fancy bridges—are unique accents.