Time to Get Funky: Funk Era Eyewear and Its Musical Debut!

Funk music; an eclectic mix of jazz, R&B, electronic, and rock - originated in the late 1950's/early 1960's. This popular genre of music brought about funky rhythmic tunes and even funkier stage wardrobes for musical bands and stars like James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, The Gap Band and more! What was great about the introduction of funk music and fashion, was that freedom of expression was highly encouraged and even celebrated. Whether over-the-top or understated, funk fashion was all about individual expression and embracing your own uniqueness. Let's take a dive into the era of funk and its effect on eyewear fashion throughout the years!

What are "Funky" glasses?

Keeping it simple, funky eyeglasses are glasses that express one's distinctive personality and eccentricities. Funky glasses are usually unique in shape, size, and color and are unlikely to resemble other classic styles or styles you've seen before. Funky eyeglasses encourage the buyer to experiment with their style and even coordinate with pieces in their wardrobe. 

Funky Eyewear Shapes

If you really want to get funky, those popular classic eyewear styles just won't do! Exaggerated silhouettes are the best way to express yourself and get that quirky eclectic look. Let's explore a few different silhouettes below...
     Dramatic Cat-Eye
          Take for example the dramatic cat-eye, characterized by upswept corners, this style looks good on most face shapes and sizes. Women searching for that off-beat yet sultry look that will grab the attention (and compliments) of others should look no further. Checkout our styles Madame Fifi and Whambamboom for a little inspiration! 
Madame Fifi #69203

Madame Fifi #69203

     Experimental Aviators
          Another style that we've seen popularized over the years is the timeless aviator, however, when you funk it up a bit this style makes for the perfect outrageous accessory. These eye-catching sunnies can easily be recognized and associated with the funk icon James Brown. Brown, who was known to wear some pretty wild aviator styles both on and off stage, can be seen rocking the silhouette in his iconic video "I'm Real". Making aviators the go-to style for your funk era wardrobe. Take a look at our styles Digital Master and Skyward for funky aviator renditions.
     Square & Proud
          Most classic styles have a subtle rectangular shape, but this cool silhouette really frames the eyes. Sharp corners and equal straight edges make for a bold square design, unlike any other style you've seen before! Members of bands like Wild Cherry and Funkadelic sported these flashy styles on album covers, interviews, concerts, and more! Peep our popular reading glasses Herbe and Old Hickory for that funk-forward look.
Herbe #86031
Herbe #86031

Funky Eyewear Colors

When adopting your new funky style, don't just go bold with shapes but with colors as well! This will add an extra layer of uniqueness to your wardrobe. Bold, bright, duo-tones, printed, and patterned, you really can't go wrong with any of these choices. Just imagine if those retro cheetah pants you have refused to give up, perfectly coordinated with your new cheetah frames! Check  out our styles Heat and Oops for more animal-printed frames.
Heat #59267
Heat #59267

Where to buy Funky glasses?

Whether you're looking for over-the-counter readers, prescription-ready readers, or just some cool looking sunglasses, A.J. Morgan Eyewear has got you covered! We offer a variety of funky specs in an array of colorways for you to fully express yourself. Grab a few pairs to match different items in your wardrobe for an easy, budget-friendly, upgrade to your style!