Hipster Frames

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Hipster eyewear – you’ve perhaps heard a bit about this lately. Not least as hipster as a fashion statement, indeed complete lifestyle, has saturated pop culture over the past couple of years. Perhaps not? Well, read on! Or don’t read on and instead we’ll just take some pictures of a peg with our vintage 80s Konica Minolta and pretend like we don’t care.* 

What and Who are Hipsters?

Here at Sneaking Duck we were wearing scuffed vintage oxfords and tucked-in plaid before you even left school . . . oh, that was your school uniform too?

Hipsters were into that underground indie band before you were. They are the best Instagramers, ‘cos they’re so alternative. They are usually creative, indie, arty or musical souls – but we’re not here to stereotype. Anyone can be a hipster!

Hipster-isms are huge in satirical pop-culture. If you’re up with memes, you would know of ‘Hipster Kitty’ or the less-popular ‘Hipster Ariel’ – characters wearing hipster frames, like Rayban wayfarers, with statements like “I don’t have a band… only side projects”.

Hipsters could once be distinguished by eclectic op-shop fashion sense, but now can wear chain-store threads. True hipsters are a little bit vintage, a smidge of underground class, and a touch thrown together. Hipster glasses are the icing on this too-cool-for-a-mirror cake.

What makes hipster glasses frames ‘hipster’?

Boy and girl hipsters enjoy unisex choice in glasses. Oversized is perfection: deliberately mismatching that pink floaty dress with a bold pair of black acetate specs, or adding some horn-rim to your horn-bag bum-bag.

This eyewear trend can be as original as the wearer intends. Think of it as anti-fashion: clashing colours and shapes, daily statement-making, androgyny. Highlighting the frame, not the face behind it.

Often, it’s not even about vision. The hipster trend has seen a rise in ‘plano’ or no-prescription glasses – wearing glasses for fashion not vision. We love this as we know glasses are an invaluable fashion accessory!

Some Sneaking Duck glasses that ooze hipster:

Our brand new vintage range is a great place to start, but also:

  • Frames with metal accents on the eyewire temple, reminiscent of the wayfarers that started this whole trend – we have heaps, like  The Due Dilligence
  • Wooden frames are for the earthy-hipster
  • Another hipster-frame shape can be round like The Woolspinner or The Chuck; or horn-rim like The Olivetti
  • Also, hipsters can make a statement with over-sized frames (think Alice from Masterchef) like The Watt

Featured frames

*Note, no hipsters were harmed in the writing of this blog.

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