Tortoise Shell Glasses

Tortoise Shell Glasses FAQs

What Are Tortoise Shell Glasses?

Tortoise shell glasses, also known as horn-rimmed glasses, tortoise glasses are eyewear that resemble the mottled appearance of a turtle's shell. This style first came about in the 1920s and the original frames were made of actual tortoise shell, giving this timeless look its name.

What Are Tortoise Shell Glasses Made From?

The trade of tortoise shells was banned worldwide in the early 1970s as part of efforts to protect increasingly rare species of turtles from going extinct. Today, tortoise glasses frames are made from a variety of plastics to mimic the look of tortoiseshell, often combined with metal arms or accents.

Who Should Wear Tortoise Shell Glasses?

The classic tortoise frame is always in style for men and women. The brownish hues give them a warm tone, so they complement almost any complexion. Anyone can wear tortoise glasses by simply choosing the right fit and shape for their face.

What Goes with Tortoise Shell Frames?

A better question might be, what doesn't go with tortoise glasses? This classic style combines brown and black for an effortlessly versatile effect. Tortoise eyewear can be dressy or casual, or can be the focal point by pairing with a monochrome outfit. Make a bigger statement by adding a trench coat in a daring leopard print. To be sure you'll love the look, use our Virtual Try-On with a couple different outfits.

Why Are Tortoise Shell Glasses Popular?

When a fashion item looks good on everyone, is easy to pull off in formal and casual settings and lights up your eyes and complexion with warm tones, it tends to be popular. Tortoise glasses fit this profile, along with one-button suits and fit-and-flare dresses. Plus, you'll find loads of shapes and styles of tortoise eyeglasses at Eyeglasses Club, starting at only $5.95.

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