Cat eye glasses: A short style guide

picture shows a selection of St Cyr cat eyes sunglasses laid out on pink cloth.

One of St Cyr’s biggest sellers are our fabulous vintage cat eye sunglasses and glasses. The winged design – first designed by socialite and designer Altina Schinasi – became popular in the 1950s, but remain firm favourites nearly 70 years on.

Image shows Altina Schinasi's glasses being sold in Lugene Opticians
Altina Schinasi’s cat eye glasses first sold in Lugene Opticians, USA
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Their feline inspired style causes much appeal, which in the 1950s was a huge contrast to previously fashionable frames. And marking a new era of chic were the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Parker, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.

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Cat eye glasses were initially intended to be worn with optical lenses, but Audrey Hepburn’s unforgettable starring role in Breakfast at Tiffanys soon changed that. Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, wears a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses ‘the Manhattans’ by Oliver Goldsmith

Image shows cat eye sunglasses like those featured in Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn

Cat eye glasses and sunglasses are still popular today, which typically see larger and more rounded design styles favoured. These contemporary cat eye sunglasses are really flattering on all face shapes, and can be styled with almost any outfit!

Vintage Glasses at St Cyr Vintage Camden White and Pink
Some of our vintage-inspired sunglasses you’ll find in store

We have a fabulous selection of vintage-inspired glasses and sunglasses in store. Why don’t you pop in and let us help you find your perfect pair? Also check out our online vintage jewellery collection to complete the look!

Words by Emily B

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