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Though invented primarily to protect from bright sunlight, sunglasses have grown to become a must-have fashion accessory across genders, through era-defining movie stars and fashion imagery which have contributed to sunglasses’ position as the epitome of cool. Several vintage sunglasses designs have reached iconic status - below we have untangled the most significant styles over the decades to help you in your search for the perfect vintage sunglasses. 


Aviator sunglasses have rocketed in popularity over the years, originally launched for US military aviators but made popular through people like Douglas MacArthur, sporting the style at a theatre in the 1940s, through to the hippies of the 1960s, iconic musicians like John Lennon in the 1970s and product placements in films like Top Gun in the 1980s. 


A traditional design based on 1950s eyeglasses, browlines were adapted into sunglasses in the 1980s and their retro appeal has made them a recurring favourite amongst fashionistas and festival-goers. Ray Ban’s Clubmaster (a version of the Wayfarer) is probably the most style-defining pair.


Famously worn by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960s, oversized sunglasses are often round or oval in shape, and enjoyed a revive in the early 2000s when contemporary celebrities started to use them to hide from paparazzis. 


Sometimes referred to as “John Lennon glasses”, have gained their sartorial status mainly through prominent rock stars like named Lennon, Mick Jagger, Liam Gallagher and Ozzy Osbourne. 


Ray Ban’s Wayfarer’s are arguably one of the most iconic sunglasses styles there is. Introduced in 1952, the style has been sported by icons like James Dean, Roy Orbison and Bob Marley, and tweaked a couple of times to mirror the times.

OfV says: On the ski slopes, in the city or at the beach, reference A-listers of the past and present with a pair of oversized designer sunglasses; unisex icons Clubmasters, Aviators or Wayfarers; or classic vintage cat’s eyes sunglasses for a retro spin. Browse Open for Vintage’s decade-spanning edit of vintage sunglasses including Medusa-embellished vintage Versace sunglasses; Chanel’s celeb favourite statement logo shades; or Yves Saint Laurent’s unconventionally shaped 1970s sunnies channelling Yves own iconic personal style. Also – a pair of unique vintage sunglasses is the ultimate conversation starter at the Summer party.

At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.

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Vintage Chanel Oversized Monogram Cut Out Black Sunglasses

Vintage Chanel oversized sunglasses in black with a silver tone metal monogram detailing.

Chanel Brown Vintage Sunglasses

Authentic Chanel brown Sunglasses with dark lenses

Jimmy Choo Metal Wrap Marisia silver vintage sunglasses

Jimmy Choo Silver Metal Wrap Sunglasses Mod. Marisia

Christian Lacroix 1980s brown vintage Sunglasses

Christian Lacroix Vintage 1980S Sunglasses 7415 10 61Mm

Yves Saint Laurent Dark Brown vintage Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Dark Brown Sunglasses 8732 P098

Christian Dior 1980s Yellow Optyl vintage Sunglasses

Christian Dior Vintage Yellow Optyl 1980S Sunglasses 2214 57Mm

Christian Dior 1980 brown vintage Sunglasses

Christian Dior Vintage 1980S Sunglasses 2556 55/15

Chanel Leather and Gold Tone Chain Arm Black Vintage Sunglasses

Chanel oversized sunglasses with arms adorned with classic Chanel style leather gold tone chain design

Celine Kim Faux Tortoiseshell Vintage Sunglasses

Céline Kim style brown faux tortoiseshell sunglasses

Persol Ratti 1980s P37 Black Vintage Sunglasses

Persol Ratti Vintage Black Sunglasses P37 W/ Case Currency : GBP
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Gucci Mask Shield GG4265/S Brown Vintage Sunglasses

Gucci Mask Shield sunglasses with straight top metallic brown and gold frames with brown gradient lenses

Christian Dior 1980s 2713 Enamelled Frame Red Vintage

Christian Dior Vintage 1980's 2713 sunglasses with rectangular lenses and enamelled frames

Christian Dior 1980s 2020 Speckled Brown Vintage Sunglasses

Christian Dior vintage 1980's 2020 sunglasses with brown gradient lenses

Ted Lapidus Rare TL1206 Angular Black and White Vintage Sunglasses

Ted Lapidus rare vintage sunglasses with angular shaped lenses and rounded arms with gold tone sections.

Gucci Oversized PG 20 White and Red Vintage Sunglasses

Gucci oversized sunglasses with white and red frames with green and red temples and graduated brown lenses

Yves Saint Laurent Faux Tortoiseshell SL 77 Brown Vintage Sunglasses Sunglasses

Saint Laurent Paris faux tortoiseshell SL 77 56mm sunglasses with green lenses

Yves Saint Laurent SL 77 Black Vintage Sunglasses

Saint Laurent back SL 77 56mm sunglasses with dark smoke blue lenses an silver tone accents

Vintage 1960s Rhinestone Embellished Cats Eyes Metallic Sunglasses

Vintage 1960s cats eyes shaped metallic sunglasses with rhinestone embellishments.

Jimmy Choo JC107 Rhinestone Temple Purple Vintage Sunglasses

Jimmy Choo pink and brown sunglasses with rhinestone temples

Christian Dior 1980s Oversized Optyl 2031-61 Green Vintage Sunglasses

Christian Dior Vintage Oversized Green Optyl Sunglasses Mod. 2031-61 52mm

Gianni Versace 1980s Rare Medusa 422 Col 682 Black Vintage Sunglasses

Gianni Versace Rare Vintage Medusa Sunglasses Mod 422 Col 682 52mm with black frames and blue lenses

Chanel Most Wanted Round Paris Logo White Vintage Sunglasses

Chanel 'Most Wanted' round vintage sunglasses with black logos and half tint lenses

Chanel 2017 Pearl Monogram Tassel Black Vintage Sunglasses

Chanel 2017 sunglasses in black with a subtle cats eyes shape and gold tone metal chain tassels with monograms and pearls.

Chanel Most Wanted Round Paris Logo Vintage Black Sunglasses

Chanel Most Wanted Round Paris Logo Vintage Black Sunglasses

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