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Horn rimmed frames have been a staple element of fashion for decades. In the past, they were actually made from animal horns, ivory, or tortoiseshell. Nowadays, they are usually made from plastic (acetate) or metal materials.
Horn rimmed glasses get their name partly from their original material. However, they have kept the name due to their definitive “horned” look. Their distinctive look is characterized by extended endpieces and accented hinges.
One of the most popular adaptations of horn-rimmed glasses is the classic clubmaster style (popularized by Ray-Ban). Horn rimmed glasses have been worn by celebrities, intellectuals, and fashion icons for decades. From Malcolm X to Buddy Holly, from Jay-Z to the cast of Mad Men, horn rimmed eyewear are known for their “stylish intellectual” appearance.
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Horn rimmed frames are a versatile style of eyeglasses. However, they are designed to stand out. The frames are often thicker and larger (oversized) than other styles. They can be plastic, metal, or mixed-material frames.
Their extended browline can have a few visual effects on your face. The extended end pieces can widen your forehead. This provides balance for certain face shapes. The bottom of the frames are rounded, which can help soften linear, or “sharp,” facial features.
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Horn rimmed eyewear tends to look best on these face shapes:
However, these guidelines are not set in stone. Horn rimmed glasses are a great choice for anyone who is looking for a bold look and thick frames. If you’re curious about how you’d look in horn-rimmed eyeglasses, you can download the Warby Parker App and use their Virtual Try-On feature. (Only available on iPhone X or above).
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