History of the Cat-Eye Style

Cat-eye: a style of glasses characterised by a frame with an upsweep on the outer edge

Throughout the 50’s cat-eyes became popular as a frame for prescription lenses. They were considered to be feminine and sophisticated – glasses were becoming equally about fashion as they were about visual aid.

The phenomenon for sunglasses began when Audrey Hepburn famously wore tortoiseshell cat-eyes as her character Holly Golightly in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. The style became popular and, much like Hepburn, timeless. The movie was released in 1961, and immediately the development and sales of cat-eye glasses sky-rocked.

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The style was also worn by iconic figures such as Marilyn Monroe, HRH Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and multiple characters in the movie ‘Grease’. In Australia, Dame Edna Everage showcased her “face furniture” – bedazzled cat-eyes with outwards curls – an accessory the character is rarely seen without. Hers are the perfect example of how ‘crazy’ or ‘different’ a cat-eye can be, while still being classified as a cat-eye! There’s something for everyone, no matter your personal tastes.


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Another great thing about the cat-eye style is its versatility and longevity – you can buy a pair of sunglasses without worrying that they are a disappearing trend OR that they won’t match an outfit. You only need to flip through the pages of a magazine or scroll through Instagram to see the cat-eye being styled a million different ways by a million unique, beautiful women.

Here are Skye & Lach we LOVE cat-eye shaped glasses, so much so that we were inspired to create our own. The VALENTINE range puts a modern, over-sized twist on a classic style and is available in three colours.

Perfect for a gift (because who doesn’t want a hot pair of sunnies) or for yourself (because you DEFINITELY want a hot pair of sunnies).


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