Your parents’ style is cool again | Metal frames in focus

From rounded wire-thin metal frames, to the bleached-out peach hues of the 70s, eyewear style has moved decisively and decidedly on from the thick plastic wingtips that dominated faces for so long. These new looks are subtler, though no less retro-cool. In short, your parents’ style is back — but before you throw on a pullover sweater, grab some denim shorts, and toss on a fanny pack, you might want to start from the top down with fresh new vintage-inspired frames:


The effortlessly cool Denny Balmaceda and Liana Haaland Wright-Mark model two perfect examples of the throwback going forward:

Joseph Marc’s Hypothesis sunglasses feature a flat iridescent lens that shifts and shimmers in the light, lined by a thin reflective metal. The teardrop shape suits Denny’s tapered jaw, while adjustable nose pads sit comfortably on just about all nose shapes and sizes.


Liana’s glasses are a rounded menswear style from Joseph Marc that suits her angular features perfectly. The warm, washed-out hue enhances her fair coloring without dominating her look.

Our picks for top mom & pop style


Joseph Marc Fisher


This brushed metal frame comes with warm tortoise ear pieces to make for a retro style with some modern updates. Comfort-fit features like adjustable nose pads and spring hinges keep things comfortable, durable, and timelessly cool.

Joseph Marc 4128



This is a classic 90s style, with its thin metal construction and etched nose piece. Ideal for angular features and square jaws, but as a throwback look it works on just about everyone.

Michelle Lane 813



This sweet 70s butterfly style is complemented beautifully by a washed out peachy-pink hue that brings both fair and deep skin tones beautifully to life. The deep D-shaped base suits a range of faces.

Joseph Marc Hypothesis



And finally, the futuristic flat lenses couple with a classic teardrop frame to make for the coolest sunnies your parents wish they’d had. The iridescent lenses add extra sun style.

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