Sunglasses styles across the years

We’re very happy to say the sun is finally starting to peek out above the clouds again – which means summer is on its way! So we thought it would be a great time to take a look back into the archives and revisit some iconic sunglasses styles of the past.

Fun fact – Even though sunglasses were available to the public in the 18th century, made by English designer and inventor James Ayscough, it wasn’t until the 1930s when sunglasses started to gain popularity. Since then there’s been a myriad of styles that have emerged from the world of fashion.

Step back into the archives with us and revisit the trends of generations past.


Simplistic, round frames became increasingly popular thanks to the famous faces on the big screen in major American blockbusters.

The style also made a comeback in the 1960s among popular musicians such as John Lennon and Ozzy Osbourne.


The 1950s saw the introduction of the cat-eye frame, made popular by fashion icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.  Their elegance and poise saw this style become extremely popular among women searching for some Hollywood glamour.


The style of the 70s was loved by celebrities worldwide, with large statement frames and slightly coloured tinted lenses. A trend that had made a strong comeback in recent years.


The movie ‘Top Gun’, released in 1986 saw Tom Cruise propel aviators in to a worldwide fashion staple. The style, widely associated with designer Ray-Ban, uses clean lines paired with dark lenses to create a strong fashion statement.

This trend has been carried through to future generations and is still one of the most popular styles today!


The trend of the 90s started like every other, with celebrities. Small, slim frames made their first appearance in the early 90s and are still extremely popular with the rich and famous of today.


The 2000s was an eclectic period for sunglasses fashion, merging together 70 years of trends to give us a variety of lens and frame options.

If you’ve been inspired by the greats of the past, M&S Opticians offers a wide variety of sunglasses, which can be made to your prescription. Simply pop into store and find a style to suit you.