Not a cat person? Despite the fact you might find it hard to make friends with the furry creatures, there is no denying that our feline companions possess a gracefulness unmatched by any other species. Most cat lovers seem to be enchanted by their slanted eyes – shaped so perfectly that they inspired a whole trend of chic eyewear.
Favored by fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, the cat eye frame is characterized by high, pointy eyebrow arches and a rounded bottom that sweeps along the cheekbone. Read our short perspective on the shape of glasses that have defined whole decades!
PEERING BACK INTO THE PAST
The cat eye shape glasses came to the forefront of fashion during the 1950s and 60s – invented by the designer Altina Schinasi and popularized by timeless movie classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At the time, the people referred to the frame as “Manhattan”, inspired by the streets of New York, portrayed in the iconic movie. The new trend was quickly picked up by many Hollywood stars, like Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The rest is fashion history.
Despite their chic appeal, some people still seem to think that the cat eye shape is reserved for their grandmothers and bookish librarians. They couldn’t be any more wrong – the stylish contours of the cat eye specs are synonymous with style and will fit almost any face shape.
WHY CAT EYE
Who doesn’t like high cheekbones? Modern makeup is all about accentuating the high points of the face with nifty methods like contouring. But you don’t have to be a pro MUA to highlight the natural shape of your beautiful visage. The cat eye frame seamlessly flows along the cheekbone, giving the face additional structure and highlighting your features in the best way possible.
Despite its retro, old-fashion vibe, this timeless frame can transform your look from casual to super-chic in an instant. You might be just going to work or dashing around town running errands, but you’ll still look and feel like the epitome of style.
BACK TO THE POINT … HOW TO WEAR?
Oscar Wilde put it best when he wrote that “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months” – to rephrase, there’s no definite “what to wear” rule. Fashion Police does, in fact, not exist and won’t stop you for mismatching your eyewear and coat.
Still, it appears that some trends are easy to observe with outfits completed by the cat eye specs and can serve as a guideline in the moments when you find yourself standing in front of the wardrobe, thinking WHAT NOW?!
The shape is definitely a top choice for vintage, classy (think Holly Golightly), or 50s pin-up looks. However, everyday situations and lifestyles rarely call for this kind of styling. You’ll find it easier to create a quick urban look by pairing the upsweep frames with skinny jeans and a loose-fitting shirt, ready for your daily adventures. The feline-chic appeal also styles well with all kinds of layered outfits – think blazers, jackets, denim, and various cardigans, especially the longer, flowing ones.
PROWL THE STREETS WITH FELINE GRACE
Customers often stray from reaching for pieces with a high-fashion vibe, afraid that they just won’t be able to “wear them right”. We object! There should be no limit to style, and you should never fear wearing something you LOVE. People like to gossip and express opinions on what looks right – if you encounter such naysayers, simply tell them to stuff it 😉.
In the end, the only opinion that matters is yours. Make sure to wear what you love and makes you feel comfortable. Own your style, and you’ll own the streets with your look!