Vintage frames were created during another time period and usually have a distinct style that was fashionable in that era. Many vintage frames sold today are from the popular styles of the 1950s-1980s such as cat eye, horn rimmed, and aviator glasses. However, older vintage frames can still be found, some of which may be considered antique.
Why vintage frames are used
Some individuals want vintage frames to help spice up a costume or other vintage attire. In such cases, these frames may be worn by those who don't require prescription lenses for the sole purpose of creating a particular persona. However, other individuals who require glasses for vision correction collect vintage frames and prefer them for everyday use due to their unique style and craftsmanship.
Benefits of vintage frames
Many frames that are now considered vintage can still be purchased in their original colors, shapes, and styles. In addition to the unique look you can attain with vintage frames, some environmentally conscious individuals may choose vintage frames in an effort to reuse existing eyewear rather than purchase new ones. Also, with today's advanced lens technology, you can combine the unique vintage look with lenses that are thinner and lighter than those used when the frames were first popular.
Problems with vintage frames
Vintage frames vary in price, but some can be quite expensive. While many of the vintage frames sold today have been carefully preserved over the years, this is not always the case. Even those that have been safely stored may still be fragile because the material has begun to disintegrate or simply because they are old. It is not uncommon for vintage frames to have loose screws or discolored nose pieces. While these things are easy to fix or replace, it is important to be aware of what you are getting before you make a purchase and understand that repairs may be necessary.
Typically, vintage frames are purchased separately from prescription lenses. In order to insert lenses into the frame, the frame will need to be able to withstand being heated, stretched and cooled. If the frames are too fragile, there is a chance they may break during this process. An experienced optician can often advise you of the risks beforehand.