In Vintage Inspiration

Help me pick my new glasses (and get 20% off a pair for yourself!)

Today I’m super excited to share another Victory Optical review with you! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Victory Optical, they’re a newly resurrected eyewear company whose roots go back to 1941 when the company was originally founded. When I say resurrected, I don’t mean in the sense like Madewell, I mean the third (and fourth!) generation of the original owner have picked up where their grandfather left off, reproducing the same amazing styles that were so popular throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.


You see, in late 2013 I did something rather bold and I approached Victory Optical with a potential partnership. Why? Because I wear prescription glasses, and they make amazing frames! There are plenty of eyewear companies out there making vintage inspired frames now, but Victory Optical really stands out to me because of their company’s history (you can read more about their story on the Victory Optical History Page). Long story short, Victory Optical has brought me on as their first official brand ambassador! That means more frames for me to review (read my first review, here) and a 20% off discount code for you to use when you buy from Victory Optical!

Victory Optical has graciously let me try on six frames, three of which I get to keep. I’d very much appreciate your help in trying to narrow it down!

First up: Fino in Caribbean Blue


I like the Fino frames because they’re similar to my beloved El Rias (which I reviewed a while back) but with a slightly boxier shape. The one thing I did notice is how the color on the website looks opaque, when in real life they’re translucent with stripes of color going through. A really neat effect! Fino is also available in two browns and a purple colorway.

Second in line is the Honey in Red:


I believe this frame was Victory’s best selling frame last year and I can see why! The Honey is a really unique shape, but don’t make quite as big of a statement like the cat eye on Tang (which I’ll show in a second!). They come in a slew of colors and are based on Victory’s original late 1940s design by the same name. You can see some of the original Honey ads on the history page!

I have a pretty petite face and Victory frames fit me comfortably, but if you need a slightly wider pair, many of the frames come in multiple sizes, Honey included. If you love the contrast of a dark frame, but are bored of basic black, how about this lovely green shade (shown below in the wider size)!



Next up: Slim Oval in Tortoise


Okay I adore these frames! Slim Oval is a 1960s throw back to the 20s and 30s and I think I’m in love. Shown above in the tortoise colorway, the colors in this pair include deep purple mixed in with the brown. I was pleasantly surprised with that since I assumed from the website that they were black and brown! Victory also JUST released a similar style called Eye Play which I might have to beg for in lieu of these. The original Eye Play design actually does date back to the 1930s from what I’ve been told, and comes in soooo many amazing colors!

Another frame I’m in love with: Miss Exec in Pink Pearl!


I love the shape of Miss Exec! They’re a subtle cat eye with the adorable signature “V” for Victory in each corner. Shown above is the Miss Exec in pink pearl, but they also come in two shades of brown, black, and even a few matte finishes. If you’ve always wanted to try a cat eye frame, but feel you can’t pull off the really pointy shapes, I bet the Miss Exec will be perfect for you!

Last but not least, the Tang frames in Red!


If you’re a big fan of that classic 50s/60s cat eye, you’ve got to check out Tang! How cool are these?! The earliest original advertisement I see on Victory’s history page for the Tang is 1953. That means they were on the forefront of bringing this style to the mainstream, and I’m sure glad they did because cat eye frames happen to be my favorite! I think this frame comes in the most variety of colors yet (ten colors!) including black horn, pink, white pearl, a few browns, and even blue! I think the red is pretty fantastic if I do say so myself.


I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to narrow it down to just three frames when I love all of them so much! I know you’ve all been waiting for the discount code though so I should just get right to it…

Save 20% on all frames when you buy through Victory Optical’s website using the code LUCKY20!

This coupon code is valid for one whole year so you have some time to shop around and pick your favorite. Victory currently only sells the frames, not the prescription lenses, but you can buy the frames and take them to your local optometrist to have your prescription lenses put in (which is what I did for my El Ria frames).

Victory offers free shipping in the US, as well as free returns. If you’re an international customer, you can request a shipping quote or check out Victory’s many retail locations across the US, Canada, and Australia.

For updates on sales and new releases, follow Victory Optical on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

I hope you love the frames as much as I do! Don’t forget to use that 20% off 😉


UPDATE 3/18 – See which frames I picked, here!

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(photos by william waldon ME thanks to my new camera remote!)