I've seen it pop up here and there in nu-goth styles as an alternative to those round, glamorous sunglasses they like to wear. I feel reflective shades are creepier, and these would work for more sinister looks. As a whole, dark fashion has been more beautiful/sexy/feminine in recent decades, and these aesthetically are uncanny, soulless, and masculine.
Historically, these were mostly worn by men. If you were around in the 90s, maybe you remember all the goateed guys in these glasses, usually wearing leather coats or trench goats and combat boots. This was an archetypal character in a lot of books, movies, and games, and you were a badass if you dressed like that.
|Your Vampire roleplaying group, left to right: struggling actor, goth girl, 600 pound neckbeard, gamergater, normie who shows up for 1 session. Joking! Vampire players are awesome.|
For some reason, this look, the basic rivethead/cyberpunk look, (trench coat/combat boots/mirrorshade-wearing anarchist badass look) went out style in the late 90s. I wonder why??? I'd always assumed they'd taken my black trenchcoat because it was so awesome they wanted it for themselves. The final nail in the coffin was the legion of comic book dorks with no fashion sense who tried to ape the look with what they could get from K-mart or Walmart.
|Einstürzende Neubauten logo, of course|
Haha, getting super nostalgic. Can the fashion fairies please make this look cool again?