From Lorgnettes to Cat-Eyes Eyewear Fashion From the Early 20th Century to Today
The options for glasses styles today are endless, as demand for individu- ality and throwbacks to past trends dominate optometry offices. Unfortu- nately for glasses wearers in the early 20th century, this wasn’t the case. Of the few options available, most were tiny, wiry, nose-pinching frames. It wasn’t considered proper for women to wear glasses in public, so they were often forced to squint or hold lorgnettes. These high-class specta- cles were held in front of the face with a gold or carved handle and could be easily tossed to the side lest a beau try to woo them. Thankfully, proper vision became socially acceptable, and women wore similar frames to men in the 1920s through the 1930s. Still, these de- cades weren’t revolutionary for sight fashion, as few styles strayed from the classic, round-shaped wire frames that were available for men and
women to choose from. Notably, Ray-Ban created its classic aviator style in 1937, after pilots began complaining of sickness and headaches from sun glare. A highbrow style was popularized in the ‘40s, and it’s plastic-wire combo is still popular in fashion today. Styles featured bulky plastic on the top half of glasses and wire on the bottom. This bold look was replicated into cat-eye glam of the 1950s, which was popularized by icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Jacqueline Kennedy also joined the ranks of femme eyewear icons, popularizing bug-eye frames for over an entire decade in the 1960s and 1970s. Glasses of this time also reflected the period of activism and con- flict. There were the bold, colorful, and high-fashion styles that modeled the sophistication of America’s first lady, while John Lennon’s simplistic, rainbow stylings brought wire back with a fury. Much like other decades, the 1980s were influenced by Hollywood, as Tom Cruise’s “Risky Business” prompted Ray-Ban’s sales to skyrocket. Big and bulky looks became a staple, as colorful patterns and geometric shapes dominated this decade. The ‘80s stand in stark contrast to the 1990s, which was full of sporty and colorful styles that embodied simplicity. This trend was flipped yet again in the early 2000s, when futuristic stylings jumped into frame. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Jackie O., a Marilyn, a Lennon, or somewhere in between; Stirling Eyecare has the glasses style you’re looking for. Schedule your appointment by calling (724) 285-2618. Holiday Roast Prime Rib Directions: 1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus. www.StirlingEyeCenter.com • 1 • 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • • • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 cups red wine 4 cups beef stock • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste • Ingredients:
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