Designers at Purdy started the wraparound sunglasses fad by fitting First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy with a pair.
Before the early 1960s, sunglasses were not fashionable among American youth but Mrs. Kennedy changed that when she was seen wearing wraparound sunglasses. She seemed to epitomize perfect fashion sense in America, so whatever Jackie wore, every woman in America wanted.
Wraparound sunglasses had practical sense as well as fashion sense. These sunglasses kept dirt particles and sunlight out of the eye because the lenses reached from the bridge of the nose past the temple.
Although wraparound sunglasses began to slide out of fashion around 1962, renditions of this fashion trend are still part of the fashion today.