Frameless glasses. You may think they’re not for everyone. I remember a time when I used to think they were hideous. Why weren’t they helping me look great? Weren’t glasses supposed to accessorise? That was before I grew into my features, gave my cheekbones a little time to pop and my jaw to lose a little more of their baby fats. See, frames help to accentuate your features – there are certain frame shapes for certain face shapes. Round frames for oval faces, cat eye for square, yada yada. But this isn’t about finding the right glasses for your face shape. This is about finding a one-size-fits-all, in a way.
The thing about framed glasses is that it involves harsh lines on your face, and especially with buying frames online, whether it is for sunglasses or normal prescription glasses, it is pretty easy to mess up and buy something that really doesn’t look complimentary at all. With frameless, or rimless, glasses, they epitomise minimalism – coupled with practicality. But more on their practical benefits later. Frameless glasses involve no hard lines, and they let all your features be in the spotlight, not overshadowed by thick black lines on your face.
Best Frameless Prescription Glasses
This pair exudes elegance, in an Arwen (from Lord of the Rings)-esque kind of way. The sides are light gold, and the lens is a rounded rectangular shape. Not to mention, it is apparently made out of copper and nickel bases, which is said to be “corrosion resistant, strong, and easily adjust[able]”.
I mean. Just look at the details. It features the Chopard logo and crystals on the side. This pair makes me so excited, they are absolutely lovely to stare at. It allows the wearer to be subtle but also make a statement. It comes in 3 different colours – the above, Gold-Brown, a Gold-Pastels and a Silver, shown below, which honestly looks like it might be unisex; style and class don’t discriminate.
These come in 5 different colours – the red shown above, as well as brown, light brown, a pink, and purple. These are super light, and titanium is supposed to be hypoallergenic and corrosion resistant as well. According to the website, these feature a nose bridge designed to prevent the lenses from sitting on the cheekbones. They also come in different sizes, according to how far apart your eyes are.
How cool is this?! From the rounded ear hooks to the half-hexagonal lens shape, this is unisex, and anyone could rock it. See, if this had a frame around the lenses, not as many people would be able to pull this off, let alone dare to buy them. It comes with gold supports and the nose pads are adjustable for extra comfort.
They are simple, and can be worn by anyone. This pair is screw-less, and lightweight, but also very strong. They are made from titanium, which again, is hypoallergenic. They come in 7 colours – black, shown above, blue, brown, a crème colour, grey, red and silver. Different sizes are also available to cater to the different face shapes.
This special pair comes hand-made from London, and features vintage looking wooden tips and a quaint nose bridge. Its manufacturer goes all the way back to the 1920s, and is made from 18kt gold and topped off in either 18kt gold or a rhodium plating. These are available in two colours, the gold shown above, and a silver.
These are very sleek, and comes in two colours – this brown, and a dark sand gunmetal colour. There are also two choices when it comes to sizing.
Enough about glasses, eh? There are also frameless sunglasses, which for some reason I didn’t think existed till I scrolled through the website. Rimless sunglasses tend to be less bold, what with the lack of frames, but I managed to find some that are fun (maybe on the verge of obnoxious) and still frameless.
Best Frameless Sunglasses
Just. Look. Look at the clear crystal stones! This pair features a single nose bridge, and is corrosion resistant and durable. The brown accents go well with the gold detailing, and the tinted brown lenses just tie it all together.
My favorite – I love their take on the frameless glasses trend, with a little border just running along inside the frame itself. These oversized sunnies will flatter anyone in my opinion, and is so daringly in-your-face (pun intended) that even if it doesn’t flatter you, no one would question it. I particularly love the tortoiseshell details on the sides, and the gold accents, from the little screws to the subtle branding at the sides.
This pair can come with prescription sunglass lenses, but they only come in one lens colour, shown above – bronze. You can pick between 3 frame colours, black, shown above, a pale gold, and a gunmetal colour. However, non-prescription sunglasses come in 9 different colours, shown below:
This pair of sleek aviator-style rimless sunglasses can flatter anyone, with its stripped-down design and black sides. They come in multiple colours, like pink, blue, gold, brown and orange. The double bridge detailing adds a touch of oomf to this pair, and can be worn anywhere.
Now to the manly sunglasses – which only really differs in the sizes they come in. of course, women have smaller and petite faces as compared to men, and the next two sunnies come in sizes slightly bigger than a woman usually wears.
I absolutely adore this pair – the dark colour with matching sides and a sleek bar in the middle, which reminds me of a car’s wheelbase, how apt! This pair of frameless sunglasses are made out of copper and nickel, making it resistant to corrosion, and is incredibly durable. This also features a specially designed bridge to prevent the lenses from sitting on the face.
I like these, but they seem a tad too safe after all the ones I’ve shortlisted here today. They are sleek and minimalistic, with round nose pads for extra comfort. These are made of titanium alloy, making it light but highly durable. Notice the roundedness of the sides – they are flexible! These lenses also hire a colour-infused technology which helps reduce glare.
Why Should You Buy Frameless Glasses?
Frameless eyewear can look great, but that is definitely not the only reason to get them. You should notice the common thread amongst all my examples given above, which is the lightweight and durable nature of frameless sunglasses. Because there are no frames, frameless glasses are almost always incredibly light. As such, they’re always comfortable to wear. Also, because of its stripped-down nature, frameless glasses are usually cheaper in comparison to framed glasses, since there needs to be less materials to be paid for. Not to mention, at the time of my writing this, most, if not all, of the glasses listed above are on massive sales. I’ve tried to include glasses with different price points, but they all are of premium quality and extremely long-wearing.
I was trying to think about disadvantages of rimless glasses, and really all I could come up with is that they might be more susceptible to breakage, which is not true. Frameless glasses need to be taken care of, but arguably not more than framed glasses would. Without a frame, frameless glasses can be said to be more flexible and some are made to bend more than others. Most of them are also made of titanium, and this compensates for how flimsy it looks. There really isn’t a reason why people shouldn’t get rimless glasses, and with framesdirect, it is just that much easier to.