Kings of Vintage: Girls will make passes at guys with vintage glasses Today it seems that people are more likely to choose laser eye surgery over spending some time finding the perfect pair of glasses. Admittedly the prospect of donning a piece of plastic and glass on the front of your face may scare some – there’s no denying that glasses do change the way a person looks. But there in lies the rub dear Kings of Vintage! Glasses can give a trademark style, a dash of vintage character and a look of timeless sophistication. Here George Walker looks at some inspiring vintage gents who would be that little less wonderful if their corneas had been corrected. So, there I was in a Brighton vintage shop, face to face with an assortment of wonderful vintage specs. Although I have been a staunch critic of clear glasses for 20:20 vision-istas (for me there is something a little wrong about faking a physical impairment in the name of fashion), I just couldn’t help myself try on a few pairs. I’ve always admired a well spectacled gent because of the way every individual must find that perfect style to suit their personality and face shape. Vintage styles ranging from thick-rimmed wayfarers, slick brow-lines and hippy Windsor glasses all hark back to styles past, injecting a good dose of vintage glamour into even the most basic of outfits. Take Michael Caine for example, pictured above in a photo taken by David Bailey: The thick-rimmed glasses say British mod style, manliness and Saville Row heritage. Glasses can make a look altogether more gentlemanly and refined by creating a dramatic style statement that becomes a characteristic of your personal style. For those of you who can’t see the right pair of vintage specs at your local vintage shop, a great place to start online is the Vintage Sunglasses Shop which stocks an ever-changing range of authentic vintage eyewear. After a browse I found this pair (pictured below) which are a very rare pare of Persol shades, the same style that Steve McQueen wore in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). As I sit here, booking myself an eye examination, hoping that over the past two years my eyes have decided they need a little vintage adornment, let me share with you some more fantastic bespectacled vintage gents who I admire not just for their human rights activism, their multi-million selling albums or artistic genius- but for their glasses! 2 Responses Adele March 30th, 2010 Love those glasses. Will be pestering my husband to go vintage for his next pair! Annette Jarvis March 30th, 2010 SO love guys in sexy nerd glasses! Just bought two pairs for the man on an eBay shop Jeepers Peepers Retro…fabulous find at around £16 pair I think…he loves them & looks SO gorgeous in them!