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Posted at 1:30 pm • 29 November 2022 • Lorea from Kraywoods


Finding timeless picture-perfect sunglasses to complement your style is essential for fashionistas. And funky, bold 1970s sunglasses are on the trend. Infuse your wardrobe with different sunglasses styles to stand out from the crowd.

Beyond the fashion accessory role, sunglasses have health benefits. They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and help you see better in bright light. They also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The 1970s must-have sunglasses were tinted, bold, and oversized. Aviators were famous, as were round, oversized square sunglasses. Dark lenses were all the rage, and many opted for sunglasses with colorful frames and lenses.

Big and bold vintage sunglasses of the 1970s deviated from demure translucent eyewear. The character-lacking horn rims eyewear helped see better and had no sense of fashion. Thick frames and glass lenses characterized sunglasses.

So, the disco decade introduced flair in eyewear in fashion-forward shapes, designs, and tinted lenses.

Ahead, we discuss all the types of sunglasses of the decade, including aviator style, tinted lenses, all black, and thick-frame sunglasses. We also delve into double-bridged and bold tortoiseshell sunglasses. In each, we explain their traits and why you should add them to your wardrobe.

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Aviator-style sunglasses

When you think of Aviator-style sunglasses, you recall Gloria Steinem rocking these. She was a renowned feminist who championed female rights in the 70s.

Aviator-style sunglasses appeared first in the 1930s. Bausch and Lomb manufactured them for RayBan to help World War Two pilots navigate the airspace, protecting their eyes.

Military-style apparel and tinted aviator sunglasses, inspired by WWII, defined 1970s eyewear. There's something about aviator-style sunglasses that oozes effortless cool. These sunglasses will undoubtedly increase your cool factor.

Global TV advanced the fashion accessory, showing what people wore in different parts of the world.

Take fashion cues from Hollywood's A-listers or channel your inner pilot. You'll find them in tortoiseshell, metal, acetate, gold, black, or crystal clear frames.

What makes aviator sunglasses so special is the teardrop-shaped lenses or the metal frames that give them a retro feel.

Or it could be that they look good on just about everyone. Regardless of the reason, aviator sunglasses have become a timeless classic.

Aviator sunglasses are a great option if you want a new pair of everyday sunglasses.

They are also suitable if you search for the perfect shades to complete your Halloween costume. And with so many different styles to choose from, you're sure to find a pair that's perfect for you.

We can make your search easier with the Runner Sunglasses, aviator sunglasses with dark green lenses for that effortlessly cool style.

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Colored lenses sunglasses

Tinted lenses sunglasses were all the rage in the disco decade. They still are a massive hit, more so in square frames, and an excellent accessory for any season, especially summer. Today they are a staple retro accessory loved by all age groups.

This type of glasses were worn by young trendsetters like Billie Eilish, seasoned actors like Johnny Depp, and musicians like Bono.

Dark green lenses were once commonplace in sunglasses. However, this gradually expanded to include extra colors. These are pink, brilliant orange, and purple. There were even multicolored eyewear lenses (disco lenses) available.

These were stiff competition to the Ray-Ban Ambermatic lenses of 1974. These change color from amber to dark green depending on light conditions. Because they emphasized facial characteristics, the polarized glasses were great for winter sports.

Additionally, graduated lenses grew in popularity. The lenses, dipped into dye tanks, resulted in a gradient of color intensity throughout the lens. The lenses often start darker at the top and gradually lighten as they move down the frame.

Iconic celebrities John Lennon and David Bowie stirred the trend toward golden and amber hues, which gave off a distinct hippy vibe.

Wild hues in oversized frames are perfect for pulling out the 70s groovy look.

Achieve this look with the Elton Sunglasses equipped with pink tinted lenses and channel your 70s fashionista.

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All-black sunglasses

The 1970s were a time of significant political and social change. The Vietnam War ended, and the country began healing from the Watergate scandal.

People moved from flat, ubiquitous all-black rims to hippie black sunglasses in geometric shapes. Some featured warmer harvest gold or silver-toned rims.

Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Jackie Kennedy helped popularize vintage sunglasses. Jackie Kennedy was a trendsetter in all-black oversized vintage sunglasses.

Actress Brigitte Bardot wearing all black Round 70s Sunglasses

Round-framed, square, or rectangular, all-black sunglasses are simple, stylish, and timeless. Secret-service men in black can often be seen wearing them, and some have spy cameras. They can give your outfit a classic, sophisticated, and off-duty look.

These will achieve a badass look in the wayfarer or aviator frame. They are a show of rebellion or a stern look.

Pair them with leather pants, over-the-knee boots, or bell-bottom pants for a rock-n-roll look. Round frames are best for a diamond or square-shaped face.

Be keen on the all-black vintage sunglasses you pick. That is because not all shapes will stress your facial features. The shape of your face is thus crucial.

Oval-shaped faces go with any shape of eyewear. If you have a round face, you'll want to avoid round frames and oversized rectangular or square sunglasses.

Opt for geometric shapes so your sunglasses don't hit the cheekbones, sliding up and down when you smile. Cat eyes of the 60s and flat-bottomed sunglasses are also excellent choices.

Rounded lenses are great for square-shaped faces, and thick oval frames are best for heart-shaped faces.

Get that all black sunglasses look in 70s fashion with the aviator Leo Sunglasses. This classic pair suits every face shape.

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Thick-frame sunglasses

Thick-frame sunglasses have a thicker frame than other sunglasses. That makes them more durable and resistant to damage. They are perfect for those who are active outdoors.

Thick black frames vintage sunglasses were over-the-top unattractive in the 60s. They then evolved into the trendy, geometric 70s sunglasses.

Previous years' vintage sunglasses were ugly, heavy, and uncomfortable because of the glass lenses. With technological advancement, thick-frame eyeglasses started using plastic materials for sunglasses frames.

Lenses, too, shifted from glass to plastic, making them safe and less heavy. They also went to being dramatically oversized since they were lighter.

Manufacturers today still use optical because it is lightweight. It is also hypoallergenic and has a long lifespan. It's one of the reasons why vintage sunglasses are still in pristine condition despite their age.

Today, they are a great style for summer, and you can pair them with any outfit to make a statement. Choose a tortoiseshell frame or have them in classic black like the Shade sunglasses. You've probably seen Kanye (Ye') rock them before.

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Double-bridge sunglasses

Double-bridge sunglasses are a popular style of unisex, vintage, and come in metal or acetate frames. A bridge connects the two sunglasses lenses, hence their name.

This style of sunglasses is best for recreational purposes, such as going to the beach or riding a bike. They are also famous for protection from the sun.

Butterfly's double-bridged style for women has that extra touch of elegance. They are stylish, beyond ordinary, and resemble a butterfly's wings.

They are perfect for people who want sunglasses that look good with any outfit and suit all face shapes.

The double bridge sunglasses can help you achieve the 70s style if you pair them with any outfit; just like with the Aspen Gold Sunglasses.

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Bold, tortoiseshell sunglasses

The tortoiseshell sunglasses style in eccentric prints is bold and timeless. Perfect for those who want to stand out from the crowd in character classic vintage sunglasses. High-contrast patterns will help you make a fashion statement.

Bold double-bridged tortoiseshell sunglasses give retro vibes when paired with a neutral dress. Reach out to the rich amber brown frames when spotting a minimalist-designed t-shirt and a pair of jeans.

These vintage sunglasses have long-lasting material for frames. They provide excellent protection from the sun.

Manufacturers ceased using real tortoiseshells in the mid-70s to protect endangered species.

Tortoiseshell sunglasses are also stylish and add a touch of class to your appearance. The Meteor Sunglasses will definetly make people's heads turn.

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Takeaway: Sunglasses in the 70s were bold and chic

People in the 70s wore chic, bold sunglasses. They range from aviator-style sunglasses to colored-lens sunglasses.

Thick oversized funky frames were a fashion staple, and the double-bridged sunglasses were a favorite, along with the tortoiseshell square sunglasses in shades of brown.

Shop these and more at Kraywood's all-inclusive vintage sunglasses line for both men and women.

By Rayhan El-Asmar