Thick Rimmed glasses: Find your perfect pair

Do you love the look of thick-rimmed glasses, but don't know where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect pair for you? Don't worry, we're here to help! In this article, we will discuss the different styles of thick-rimmed glasses and how to choose the right pair for your face shape. So, whether you're in the market for a new pair of glasses or just curious about what's out there, keep reading!

Black Thick Rimmed Glasses Frame

What Are Thick Frame Glasses? Should I be wearing them?

For anyone who's ever been teased for their " Coke-bottle lenses" or “Milk bottle lenses” there's now a more stylish way to hide them. Thick frame glasses are having a moment, with everyone from trendsetters to Hollywood A-listers sporting the style. They are a fantastic way to hide stronger prescription lenses, even if you don’t have thick lenses they’re stylish trend that’s here to stay. 

 Man wearing thick frame glasses

But what exactly are thick frame glasses? As the name suggests, they're glasses with thick frames, usually made of acetate. The bold frames make a statement, and they're also surprisingly versatile - they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Top Ten thick rimmed glasses wearers - Who’s wearing them?

Thicker styles have become iconic within the world of popular culture. Associated with many a famous face. We’ll take a look at some of our most famous thick rimmed glasses wearers and help you achieve the same look. 


Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly wearing Thick rimmed black plastic glasses

The O.G of this style has to go to Buddy Holly, these frames were all the rage in the 50s and 60s and are still going strong today. This classic subtly cat-eyed style is still seen most commonly in the Rayban Wayfarer, worn by Hipsters and young folk-alike. 


Black wayfarer glasses frame by Rayban

If you’d like to get the look Rayban wayfarers are definitely the way to go. But if you’re looking for something a little different check out our collection of thick rimmed frames.


Michael Caine

Another early adopter to the thick rimmed glasses frame trend has to be mentioned - Michael Caine. His frames became almost as famous as the actor himself. 

Michael Caine Wearing Thick Rimmed Black Glasses

This is a bold look with 1960s vibes. The frame is super thick both in terms of the rim and material thickness of the frame itself. For the more confident among us this would definitely be a style to try. 

Chris Evans

Chris Evans wearing black thick rimmed glasses

British TV and Radio host Chris Evans is so synonymous with black rimmed glasses that once he had corrective laser eye surgery the producers of his Virgin Radio show asked him to put glasses back on so he looked “like Chris Evans”. He has always been seen in a thick rimmed, classic black square frame. Much like our A-BLK frame see below:

Kate Winslet

But it’s not just the men who are rocking the thick framed glasses these days. Some of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies are sporting this bold look. Kate Winslet famously donned a pair of thick rimmed glasses during the 2016 Oscars ceremony. Causing quite the stir on social media. We think its was a great look, showcasing that women can wear a bolder, boxier frame to even the most prestigious of events.

Kate Winslet at Oscars Wearing Glasses

It’s a style Kate has continued to wear to many a glamorous event, if it aint broke don’t fix it is our view! It’s definitely a look to go for if you are a more mature woman, definitely shaves a few years off. 

Kate Winslet Wearing Thick Black eyeglasses

Scarlett Johansson

 Scarlett Johansson wearing Thick Rimmed Black Glasses

Kate isn’t the only A-list female actor wearing this style. Scarlett Johansson is also regularly seen wearing a similar thick, boxy style. This is more of a traditional wayfarer by Rayban, more geek-chic vibes. Not too dissimilar from Buddy Holly seen earlier.

A brand synonymous with thick rimmed frames would have to be Tom Ford’s eyewear collection. Worn by many a famous face - Brad Pitt for example. 

Colin Firth

Colin Firth Wearing Thick Rimmed Glasses

Colin Firth shown above is also in on the action. Looking great in the ever popular Tom Ford TF5178 frame. This is a classic rectangle eyeglasses frame but it’s extra thick rim makes it stand out compared to other lower budget brands.

Ryan Reynolds

This is exact frame is also commonly seen on Ryan Reynolds. It’s a favourite of Reynolds as he’s seen wearing it both on and off screen. It’s timeless style will suit almost any face shape, so if you’re looking to get on the thick frame bandwagon this may be the one for you. 

Ryan Reynolds wearing Tom Ford TF5178 001

Hugh Grant

Another British acting icon of the silver screen is Hugh Grant. He is more and more frequently seen wearing thick rimmed glasses during interviews and TV appearances.

Hugh Grant Wearing Thick Rimmed Glasses

Common with people of advancing years Grant may be becoming more and more reliant on his spectacles. Some may look at this as a negative however, not us. We think frames can work wonders on shaving a few years off your look. 

Cutler and Gross 0692 Thick Rimmed Frame worn by Hugh Grant

 Hugh Grant is commonly seen wearing Cutler and Gross, who famously produce bold, thick rim frames. This is the 0692 seen several times on Hugh, and the brand themselves state the frame is: “reminiscent of the bold styles popularised in '60s following Michael Caine's seminal 1965 film The Ipcress File”.

So if you are looking for a real retro feel to your new frame this may be the one to for. 

Jeff Goldblum

Back across the pond to one of the most famous spectacle wearers of the moment. Jeff Goldblum. He is a style icon amongst us mere mortals. He never shies away from a bold frame, and it seems to be the case the bigger the better. 

Jeff Goldblum wearing thick framed glasses

He has been seen wearing Tom Ford during the peak of the brands optical hay-day (circa 2013-16). Where they just dominated the famous face. However, a newer brand Jacque Marie Mage has captured Goldblum’s attention. Shown above is Jeff sporting the icon that is the Dealan frame, inspired by Bob Dylans sunglasses this is another play on the classic wayfarer. It’s 50’s inspired look with slightly flared wings give it that retro feel without looking too ‘costume’.

Stanley Tucci

Close Up View of Stanley Tucci Glasses with three Pin Rivet detail

Stanley Tucci is our final famous face we’ll cover in this exploration of thick rimmed frame inspiration. Stanley has been wearing thick rimmed frames for a while now. Most recently in his CNN documentary ‘Searching for Italy’ where by his own admission he doesn’t know who makes the frame. However, after some digging we sourced it back to American brand Julius Tart/ Tart Optical, now owned by a Japanese manufacturer. 

This definitely has 50/60s vibes to its style. But is characterized by its flat paddle temples with subtle drop making it a very comfortable style to wear. Especially if you are looking for on/off readers. 

Our F-DRK-GRY is a very similar style, matching the vintage shape and winged end pieces. 

Consider Your Face Shape When Choosing Glasses

Your face shape is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a pair of thick-rimmed glasses. Round faces look great with angular frames, while square faces should stick to softer shapes. oval faces can choose either, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Man wearing bold thick glasses

The key is to balance the proportions of your face, so that the glasses don't overwhelm it. If in doubt, ask a professional - they'll be able to help you find a pair of glasses that compliment your face shape and personal style.

What Are Thick Glasses For?

Thick frames don’t have a specific use as such. But they can good for hiding high index, thick lenses. As the thicker rim will make the lens appear thinner but also actually hide the lens within the rim. Thick frame glasses can also make you look younger. As traditionally when you get older frames seem to get thinner or even worse… rimless. Aging you way beyond your years. So if you want to look younger we can’t express it enough. Go thicker, go bolder, be more confident with your frame choice! It’s shave years off you, we promise. 

Guy Wearing super thick frames
Does The Thickness of Glasses Matter?

Thicker frames tend to be more durable and less likely to break. They also provide more coverage for your eyes, which can be beneficial if you suffer from allergies or other environmental irritants. However, thicker frames can also be heavy and uncomfortable to wear. Thin glasses, on the other hand, are often lighter and more comfortable. They also tend to be less expensive than their thicker counterparts.

In the end, the decision of whether to choose thick or thin glasses is a personal one. Consider your needs and preferences before making a decision.

Man wearing thick rimmed black eyeglasses

Should Glasses Be Wider Than Your Face?

Wider glasses definitely have their perks. They provide more coverage from the sun, which is great for outdoor activities and people with sensitive eyes. They also tend to be more stylish, giving you a look that is both chic and unique. The wider your glasses the smaller your face will appear. So if you have a larger face this may be a good option to slim your face down. But if you already have a narrow face you might be best search for a smaller frame. 


What Are Horn-Rimmed Glasses? And why are they so thick?

Horn Rimmed glasses

Horn-rimmed glasses are a type of eyewear that has been around for centuries. Mainly due to the properties of the material allows for a degree of flex. The name comes from the fact that the frames are made from horns of animals. Horn-rimmed glasses were once the preferred type of eyewear for aristocrats and other wealthy people.

Today, they are still produced in small numbers but generally by niche artisan makers such as bespoke spectacle atelier Masion Bonnet. Generally horn rim frames have to be thicker due to the nature of the material. Although very flexible when heated in water it is far more brittle than it’s acetate alternative. So to cater for that the frames are generally a lot thicker in style. 

What Are Tortoise-Shell Glasses?

Tortoise-shell is a type of material that is made from the shells of turtles. The material is then heated and molded into the desired shape. Thick-rimmed Tortoise-shell glasses are known for their distinctive mottled pattern, which is created by the varying thickness of the shell. This unique pattern ensures that no two pairs of tortoise-shell glasses are ever exactly alike.

Tortoiseshell is now illegal for the production of any goods. There is still old stock available which can be used as it was generated prior to it be illegal. However, very few people have access to that. If you’re wanting that look we suggest going for an acetate alternative. But more robust as a material and far better for the environment. 

What Are Thick-Rimmed Pantos Glasses?

Panto thick-rimmed glasses are a classic eyewear shape that has been around for centuries. The term "panto" comes from the Greek word "pan", meaning "all". This refers to the fact that pantos glasses have a wide field of vision, thanks to their large base and high hinge. Pantos glasses were originally designed for use in the theatre, where they allowed actors to see all of the action on stage. 

What Are D Frame Glasses?

D-frame glasses are a bold and stylish choice for those who want to make a statement with their eyewear. The retro-inspired wingtips and tall, wide lenses give these glasses a unique look that is sure to turn heads. The inward curve of the lens base adds an additional element of style, and the overall form of the lens resembles the letter "D" when turned on its side.

Some Other Popular Thick-Rimmed Glasses


They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that's the case, then thick rimmed square glasses are like fortresses, guarding your innermost thoughts and feelings from the world. With their bold lines and geometric shapes, they convey strength and determination. But they also have a softer side, with a warm and inviting aesthetic that invites others in.


Round glasses have been popular for centuries, and they've been favored by some of the most iconic figures of modern art, culture and design. From Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Corbusier have all sported iconic thick round frames over the years. Some may be scared to go for a thick round frame as it may look too ‘goggle-like’ but we say embrace it. Its a bold look for bold characters, go for it. 


In a world of ever-changing fashion trends, one thing remains constant: the appeal of thick rimmed cat eye glasses in UK. These retro-inspired frames add instant drama to any outfit, whether you're dressing up for a night out or keeping it casual for a day in.


Oversized, thick-rimmed oval glasses are having a moment. First, they make a statement. With their bold design, they help you to stand out from the crowd. Second, they are incredibly versatile. You can dress them up or down, depending on the occasion. And third, they are extremely flattering.

So should you go for thick rimmed glasses?

In our opinion yes, we love bold frames. We thinking the thicker the better. But we know its not for everyone, but if you want to make a statement with your frames go big or go home. They're a god send to those who have thicker lenses, they can hide a multitude of sins behind those rims. Will you take the plunge and go chunky?


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