Looking for LARGE "Swifty Lazar" type glasses
August 1, 2013 5:04 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know where I can buy LARGE, fake black square type glasses that Swifty Lazar wore?

I am looking for a pair of these glasses as part of a costume. I don't wear glasses, so I don't need the frames to put my lens in, etc, I want them to be clear glass (so I can see out of them) and since they are for a costume, I am only looking for a cheap pair (not a designer, high end set of frames).

The style I am going for are the VERY large, black, square, boxy type glasses that Swifty Lazar wore. Also, more recently, Jerry Seinfeld's dad (Morty) wore them as did Larry David's father in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Does anyone know where I might be able to pick up a pair on the cheap? I would need to buy them online.


P.S. I know that a similar question was posted here back in 2004, but all of the links are dead and I am hoping that there are new options to buy these since that question was posted.
posted by dbirchum to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Though not a perfect match, Brad Majors glasses might do the job. I have a pair and they're enormous.
posted by tomboko at 5:07 AM on August 1, 2013

atticeyewear have some great examples, but cheap they are not.
posted by pipeski at 5:44 AM on August 1, 2013

Best answer: There are a couple on eBay for cheap...
posted by Falwless at 6:07 AM on August 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

I would just point out that while the glasses appear huge, Swifty was tiny. I think he was all of 5'2" at his peak, but by the time that photo was taken (I think in the late 80s) he was down to about 5 feet. My mother did a lot of deals with Swifty (in retrospect, I guess everyone did a lot of deals with Swifty), and by the time I was old enough to be dragged to parties as a tall 13 year old, he was shorter than I was. So basically, this is not just a question of large glasses, but correctly scaled glasses because these were large glasses on a small head.
posted by DarlingBri at 6:39 AM on August 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I have a pair that we bought for our much-loved Charles Nelson Reilly (and Brett Somers) costumes. If I knew where they were, I'd send 'em to you.

I can't find them at our local costume shop during non-Halloween season, but I think they're these '80s scratcher glasses. If you look for that term, you might be able to find them closer to you.
posted by Madamina at 9:01 AM on August 1, 2013

Best answer: Seconding Madamina. I bought a pair of those from our now defunct local costume shop for my costume as the old guy from Up. They were labelled "80s Rapper".
posted by w0mbat at 11:28 AM on August 1, 2013

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