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 accessorize? 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 its baby fat.
See, frames help to accentuate your features – different frame shapes look better on specific face shapes. Round frames for square faces, cat eye for square, etc. 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. When buying frames online, whether they be sunglasses or normal prescription glasses, it is pretty easy to mess up and buy something that doesn’t look very complimentary at all.
With frameless, or rimless, glasses, the design epitomizes 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 your glasses.
Here are our recommendations, based on budget:
Best Frameless Glasses Under $100
Zenni Silver Rimless Stainless Steel
If you’re on a super-tight budget, check out this stainless steel pair from Zenni. While the quality can’t compare with titanium, many people are pleased with the frame for the unbeatable price. It’s received a 4-star rating from multiple reviewers, and gets compliments for how light-weight it feels.
EBB Silver Titanium Rimless
This rectangular pair exudes timeless sophistication with it’s classic lines and silvery temples and bridge. Made from titanium, the construction is durable yet lightweight. For a good quality pair under $100, you can’t go wrong with these.
This affordable pair by Drivewear is specially designed for blocking glare and works well in all sorts of light conditions. The simple and clean design makes it versatile and wearable by just about anybody.
Bendable Titanium Rimless 6
From 39dollarglasses.com, this incredible black titanium frame is highly durable and best of all, bendable. While it’s not $39, it has received 5-stars from satisfied customers, and has also been reordered multiple times by the same person. For less than a Benjamin, you can have a complete pair of single-lens prescription frameless glasses.
Best Frameless Glasses Under $200
These come in 5 different colors – red, brown, light brown, pink, and purple. They are made out of titanium, which is both hypoallergenic and corrosion resistant, in addition to being very light-weight. This pair features a nose bridge designed to prevent the lenses from sitting on the cheekbones and also comes in different sizes.
Totally Rimless TR 260 Amante
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. Additionally, it is made from titanium, which is lightweight, durable, and hypoallergenic.
Best of the Rest
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 colors – 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.
Oakley Gauge 3.1
The leader in sunglasses, Oakley doesn’t disappoint with their rimless Gauge 3.1. The rectangular lenses have adjustable nosepads and sit comfortably on your face with their signature straight temple arms, with a red “O” right next to the hinges. Style yourself cool with this pair all year-round.
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.
Aside from regular glasses, there are also frameless sunglasses, which for some reason I didn’t think existed. Rimless sunglasses tend to be less bold, what with the lack of frames, but I managed to find some that are fun (and occasionally edgy).
Best Frameless Sunglasses
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 funky octagonal pair can come with prescription sunglass lenses in five different colors. It takes a bold personality to wear these frames with “PRIDE”. You’ll stand out in a crowd and of course, be unforgettable.
For the ultimate in style and comfort, this wraparound Versace stunner fits the bill perfectly. Sporty yet fashion-forward, these frames come with adjustable nosepads and of course that famous brand name on the temples.
I absolutely adore this pair – the dark color 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 is made out of copper and nickel, making it resistant to corrosion. It is also incredibly durable. This pair 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. A common thread amongst all the above choices is the lightweight and durable nature of rimless glasses. Because the lenses are connected directly to the side arms, they are almost always incredibly light.
As such, they’re comfortable to wear and allow more of your natural features to shine. Additionally, frameless glasses are usually cheaper in comparison to framed pairs since they use less material.
Regarding any disadvantages of rimless glasses – a common misconception is that they are more susceptible to breakage, which is not true. Frameless glasses need to be taken care of, but not necessarily more than you would take care of framed glasses. Without a frame, rimless glasses can be more flexible and some are even made to be bendable.
Most are also made from titanium, which compensates for the spare nature of these glasses. There really isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t get rimless glasses, in our opinion.