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
Glasses Shop Terre
A classic rectangle-lens, the Terre is light yet sturdy. It’s impressively economical for what you get, and sits comfortably across your nose bridge and temples. The pair is available in gold (pictured), silver, gunmetal, and blue.
EyeBuyDirect Palo Alto Silver Rimless
This perfectly round lens frame is highly rated and very popular for good reason – it looks good on anyone from young to old, male to female, and every shade of skin tone. If silver isn’t your thing, the temple arms also come in gold, black, and bronze, too.
Invincilites Sigma A
This ultra-lightweight frame has rounded rectangular lenses that are both chic and functional. The best part are the flexible temple arms – they fit so comfortably that you’ll barely know you’re even wearing glasses.
Lacoste L2236 035
If you like designer style but not the designer price tag, this rimless Lacoste pair fits the bill perfectly. With clean lines and the signature crocodile logo on both temples, it’s got everything going for it, all for under $100.
Best Frameless Glasses Under $200
Max Mara MM 1370 000
This Max Mara pair is pretty spectacular with its rounded subtle cat eye lens. The gold bridge and temple arms are delicate but sturdy. Your features will be enhanced by this elegant frame so all anyone can see will be stylishness and sophistication.
Boss by Hugo Boss 0710
So many designers…so little time. Here’s another sub-$200 pair with rectangular lenses, slim all-black arms and bridge. Each lens measures 55mm across for full line of vision coverage, and comes with UV-protection coating.
Roberto Cavalli RC 5096 032
Italian-luxury brand Roberto Cavalli doesn’t disappoint with this pair. The pentagonal lens shape creates a few interesting angles and plenty of peripheral vision coverage, while maintaining the clean minimalist look that all frameless glasses offer. There’s also a 24-month warranty that comes with any Roberto Cavalli frame.
Best of the Rest
The quintessential Ray-Ban is very sleek and made of ultra lightweight and strong titanium. It’s got a delicate double bridge detail and comfortably curved arms that don’t put pressure behind your ears.
Silhouette Dynamics Colorwave 5500 BG 6560
If you love aviators, then this frame deserves consideration. While most aviators are already thin metal frames, this one takes it up a notch with just the bare lenses connected to the arms and nose bridge in a classic style.
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. Style yourself cool with this pair all year-round.
Montblanc MB 0030O
If you’re feeling pretty chi-chi, perhaps the gold Montblanc is what you need. Made of the finest materials in Italy, it’s exquisite craftsmanship is immediately seen and felt from the tortoiseshell tips to the fine detailing in the arms, bridge, and nosepads. It’s also available in gray and black.
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
The Lunettos Alan combines two of my favorite glasses features – aviators and gradient lenses. With no frame to encumber you, the entire thing is super lightweight, and blocks 100% UVA/UVB rays. It’s a great pair for driving around town in a convertible (with the top down, natch) on hot summer days. It also comes in brown if that’s more your shade.
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.
Ray-Ban RB4255 Chromance
No sunglasses list would be complete without a pair of Ray-Bans, and this rectangular lens is great on nearly all faces. The lenses curve around to provide your peepers with all-around protection from the sun’s UV rays, and it’s light and comfortable to wear.
Prada PR68TS Polarized 7OE5Z1
If the devil wears Prada…why not you? All kidding aside, this pair of polarized sunnies from Prada is rather devilish indeed. It has a unique angular cat eye shape in a gray lens. The gold arms and bridge have elegant lines for a classy and dare I say, somewhat haughty look. Someone’s gotta pull that off, right?
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 always true. Rimless glasses need to be taken care of, but not necessarily more so than a full frame pair. Rimless glasses can even be more flexible and some are made to be bendable.
Many are made from titanium, a lightweight, anti-corrosive, and strong material. These tend to be a bit pricier, but are well worth the additional cost for the extra durability.