Classic Eyewear Styles: Rimless Glasses

"Three-part" rimless glasses, with two full temples and bridge, were first introduced as an alternative to pince-nez frames in the 1880s. These frameless glasses were desired by the well-to-do who wanted to minimize the effect of wearing frames on their facial features, and who also wanted eyeglasses that would more securely stay in place. In fact, the original versions had coiled wrap-around temples that held the frames in place while horsing riding, and rimless glasses quickly became associated with wealth and success.

Tuxedo Cables rimless frames have wrap-around temples similar to original rimless styles.

After a decline in popularity during the 1950s-60s, rimless frames came back strong during the 80s. Steve Jobs was well known for his round rimless frames, which quickly were adopted by other entrepreneurs, CEOs and Wall Street investors. In the 21st century, lightweight titanium metal frames and polycarbonate lenses made rimless frames nearly weightless and extremely durable, and their popularity soared. Nowadays, rimless glasses account for about 15% of eyeglasses frames sold in the USA every year. 

Rimless frames tend to be favored by men and women who are looking for subtle, lightweight frames, and who also favor their elegant, refined aesthetics. They work well as fashion accents in both the corporate environment and upscale social occasions or formal events. And they don’t obscure our facial features. For some, wearing full frame glasses is undesirable and creates an aesthetic problem, especially if you wear makeup.

Focusers' rimless glasses come in a variety of lens shapes and sizes, with round, octagon and oval being the most popular. This makes it easy to personalize your frames to compliment your face shape.

 


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