Just because you can’t Rx a frame, doesn’t mean that eyecare professionals shouldn’t sell it or offer it to their customers. Case in point: The Onesie Lens.
Most people think of a onesie as a one piece infant garment. Onesies are also adult jumpsuits which became popular in the late 2000’s to 2010’s. Re-introduced by the band Jumping Jammerz and seen on TV shows such a Pajama Party, MadTV, CSI Las Vegas. Onesies have appeared in the Oscars and the Emmy’s and worn by celebrities as Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus.
Onesie’s go back years but were known by other names: Long Johns ( the Union Suit), the 1940’s look called the Siren Suit, Jumpsuits in 1970’s. Catsuits 1980’s.. you get the picture.
Fashionable Onesie Lenses go back to back to the 1940’s. and were called by a variety of names: Masks, Shields and Face Flatterers. Taking a cue from the skiing goggle, Face Flattering ads showed active people wearing a one lens mask. The Face Flatterers continued throughout the 1950’s.
In the 1940’s Vogue as claimed sunglasses as the new cosmetic.. One of the first onesie lens was in a 1959 Vogue Fashion layout with Anne St. Marie. The birth of the large square and orange sunglass.
The 1960’s brought about Mod and Space Age Fashion. The Onesie Lens was perfect for a space age or futuristic look. One of the hot trend looks was the plexi-glass or an acrylic lens one piece sunglass. Colorful blues, greens, reds yellows, oranges and clear lenses made vibrant fashion statements. You can see the Look in the 1960’s Riviera Sunglass ads.
You can still find vintage Riviera sunglasses on vintage sites, ebay and Etsy,
Vogue and other fashion magazines start to showcase more sunglasses as an important fashion accessory.
Tura, one of the first fashion eyewear companies launched a Onesie lens in collaboration with Peter Max in the 1970’s. (See Tura and Peter Max) This is important in eyewear history for two reasons, the first known collaboration with an artist and the first known Onesie with artistic detailing.
Previously Onesies were round or square shaped. The Met Museum has several vibrant shields in triangular wraps and unusual temples.
The 1980’s designers were learning the power ($$) in licensing and brand building. Sunglasses didn’t need to be Rx’d and the Onesie look continued to thrive.
1991 as seen on the Runway. Punk Onesie, all with studs.
2002 Jean Paul Gaultier
2009: Linda Farrow with House of Holland’s plexiglass sunglass collection came in Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange and Brown for Spring Summer 2010.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada 2011, huge mask in blue.
Armani Fall 2011 came in two shapes, both round and aviator and a myriad of colors.
Fendi’s remake of the Vogue 1969 ‘large sunglass’
2012 La Costa Sunglass Mask
Spring Summer 2013 Milly Oversized and clear lenses
2013: Moncler Eyewear by Pharrell Williams updates the 1960’s look, adding in a color liner and rivets.
2014: Elle Magazine debuted a one-lens faceted look.
2015 Jimmy Choo Onesie with sparkles.
2015: Retro Super Future launches their Tuttolente one lens collection. Six shapes and fantastic reflective colors. The shapes are futuristic and again the vibrant colors with mirrored lenses.
2015: Illesteva Leonard mask Sunglasses are available in pink, sky blue and metal temples. Flash coated and mirrored lenses.
2016: Saraghina Eyewear Space Collection comes in 12 colors and 3 shapes. Frames is made with nylon.
2016 Japan’s Irresistor one lens comes in two shapes.
2016 Papp Up, Paper eyewear from Germany
2016:If you are looking for a more economical check out Esqape which has clear, pink and purple.
2016 If looking for shape shifters, check out made in America, summer shades from I Still Love You New York, handmade in Brooklyn, NY,
Onesie Lenses were showing on the Runway for Spring Summer 2016. The Aviator
Chanel vibrant aviator onesie featured flash mirror lenses with a grid etching.
The Onesie in a sporty wrap.
The Onesie continues through Fall Winter 2016- 2017
Karen Walker Fall Winter 16-17.
Then we have Gareth Pugh for Fall Winter 2016, always unique!
These Onesie’s called Cyclos from Rogue Eyewear made with Bamboo and polarized mirrors sold out.
In May of 2016 Rihanna’s Dior Pop Sunshades
There are other ‘mask’ type of eyeglasses and sunglasses over the years. While you can’t put a prescription in these fun sunglasses, you can achieve the tint and the mirrored coating in any sunglasses. Visit your local eyecare professional to find out more.