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Glasses are one of the most important accessories that people tend to overlook. But, in reality, they can make or break your outfit. If you’ve been using glasses for prescription purposes, you can think outside the box and make them fashionable.
All the important fashion icons encouraged people to have at least one pair of statement glasses, but why limit the collection to just one? When you have a variety of eccentric yet chic eyewear to choose from, none of your outfits can ever be boring.
If you’re wondering about which glasses to add to your collection this year, you’re at the right place. Keep reading to find out the top 10 glasses trends of the year.
Here are the top 10 glasses trends of the year. These were seen on our favorite A-listers, runway shows, and editorials.
Cat-eye glasses are one of the most timeless options for eyewear. The best part about these glasses is that they will suit your face, whether it’s round, square, diamond, or oval.
From Oprah Winfrey to Elle Fanning, every celebrity tried the trend at one point or another. The triangular tips of these frames accentuate your cheekbones, bringing attention to defined jawlines and highlighting your brow arch.
It’s important to pay attention to the width of the frame while buying cat-eye glasses. They should be the same width as your face or just a couple of centimeters beyond.
Wireframe glasses are the best way to achieve the trendy, dark-academia look with their delicate and sophisticated design. We’ve seen the likes of Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Jennifer Garner sporting this trend for a minimal finish.
Metal frames are having a big moment this year, mainly due to the minimalist contribution to the effortless, model-off-duty look we’re all trying to achieve. But, if you wear prescription glasses, we wouldn’t recommend wireframe glasses since they can’t support thicker lenses.
Whether vintage or modern, you can never go wrong with a classy pair of aviators. Most celebrities this year have been opting for 70s-style aviators to pair with their voluminous hair and bell-bottomed jeans.
While looking for vintage aviators, go for an oversized option. They are fashionable and refreshing for your eyes since nothing obscures your view. The brow bar and bridge bar perfectly complement your nose and brows.
If you’re willing to be bold, colored frames are a suitable trend to try out this year. Whether it was the Hadid sisters or Chantel Jeffries, bold colored glasses became a favorite amongst all supermodels.
The best part about these glasses is that they contributed to the comeback of 90s fashion this year. So, put your hair in a claw clip, throw on your favorite low-waisted jeans, top it off with a pair of colored shades, and you’re as good as a 90s fashion icon.
While picking out colored sunglasses, make sure to go for a shape you’re already acquainted with. In addition, remember to pick a color that compliments your eyes. For example, blue shades complement brown eyes, while pink frames are better suited for blue eyes.
Tortoiseshell is one of the biggest trends of the year, whether on bags, shoes, or glasses. Of course, this print has always been a popular option for eyewear, but it’s recently gained even more fame this year.
Plus, it’s another ode to the recent obsession with the 90s and early 00s fashion, which has found its way into every aspect of our favorite A-listers’ outfits.
Geek chic also found its way back into style in thick-rimmed glasses in dark shades. Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, and Gwyneth Paltrow were all rocking this bookish trend. The boldness of this design is a great way to bring attention to the upper part of your face and accentuate your features efficiently.
If thick-rimmed black glasses seem too daunting of an option, it may be better to start with navy, maroon, or lighter shades. Even clear thick-rimmed glasses may suit you better depending on your face shape.
Dainty eyewear is another popular trend this year. There’s nothing better than pastel-colored or clear acetate frames when it comes to dainty eyewear. Designers like Prada, Emporio Armani, and Tiffany & Co dressed their models up in this graceful trend in oversized shapes.
Other than that, most eyewear designers also talk about opting for a lavender, sky blue, and peach color palette when it comes to their acetate frames. However, we’d also recommend going for shades like baby pink, ice blue, and honey to expand your palette.
The best thing about round glasses is that they’re a classic staple that suits anyone and everyone. You can swap out your smaller round glasses for oversized ones if you prefer being bold over sophisticated.
Round glasses especially help accentuate your nose and cheekbone area. However, if you want a 1920s-inspired look, opt for round wireframes. Tinted lenses would work better for those searching for a modern take on the Lennon look. Lastly, you can achieve a modish appearance by going for round acetate frames in pastel shades.
If there’s one thing we learned from the glasses trends of this year, you can never go wrong with oversized glasses.
Oversized glasses benefit from providing an unobstructed field of view while also sitting comfortably on your face. As long as you don’t have a problem with your glasses occasionally resting on your cheeks, oversized frames will work.
Since these glasses demand attention, keep the rest of the makeup or accessories minimal to neutralize the outfit. There’s no doubt you’ll be turning heads with the maximum coverage eyewear trend.
Last but not least, this year, wooden frames are another notable trend in the eyewear industry. This trend is mostly motivated by the growing ethical fashion movement, which caused everyone to want to go organic. Plus, they just look cool no matter how you wear them.
This trend showed in all wooden shades and textures, like black, walnut, mahogany, and even tortoiseshell. The trick to rocking wooden glasses is by styling them with an outfit that doesn’t have too many modern accents. More importantly, these glasses work exceptionally well with trench coats.
Buying the right pair of glasses per your preference and taste can be pretty challenging. You need to check several boxes to find glasses that suit your brow shape and face cut.
Here are a few factors to consider when buying a pair of glasses for yourself this year:
Of course, you must consider your eyebrow placement while picking out your glasses. Experts recommend opting for a frame that doesn’t match your natural brow line too accurately, as it’s less flatting that way. On the other hand, it can bring too much attention to your brows and even make them look like a unibrow.
Instead, go for a frame just below your brows, contrasting them with its angled tips. More importantly, you definitely shouldn’t be able to see your brows inside the lens. A little contrast goes a long way in flattering your face.
As we mentioned, you can never go wrong with oversized glasses. But, picking out oversized glasses is also an art that you must master. Firstly, you need to ensure that your eyes are centered horizontally as much as possible.
This is an ideal tip to keep in mind if you’re buying prescription glasses, as it ensures your vision is enhanced everywhere you see. Plus, it can look silly when you have inches of uneven free spaces beside your eyes within the frame lens.
Also, make sure the bridge bar is comfortable on your nose and doesn’t cause indentations. Oversized glasses should sit comfortably on your cheeks unless you push them off.
When picking the right color, always remember that opposites attract. Therefore, the color of your glasses should complement the color of your eyes perfectly. For example, red frames for blue eyes, blue frames for brown eyes, pink frames for green eyes, etc. If you can’t decide on a color, black or clear frames are still pretty trendy.
You can also apply the “opposites attract” ideology to shapes as well. If you have a round face, an angled cat-eye frame will accentuate your features better. On the other hand, a well-defined face would benefit from round glasses. Just remember to balance things out by opting for complementary shapes.
Lastly, there’s nothing more important than finding the right fit for your eyewear, especially if it’s a prescription. The depth of the lens shouldn’t be overwhelming, while larger frames should sit comfortably on your cheeks. In addition, the sides of the frame should snugly fit on your ears without any soreness or falling off.
Other than that, opt for glasses with nose pads, or you’ll find indentations on your nose after a few hours of wear.
Picking the right glasses doesn’t just help you see better, but it also refines your appearance by highlighting high points on your face. While the shape accentuates your features, the right color will compliment your skin, hair, and eyes.
Most importantly, you must ensure that your glasses are a comfortable fit. After all, beauty doesn’t have to be painful. If you’re not sure how to pick the right glasses for your face, keep our styling tips in mind to choose your dream frame.
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