Safe to say, the year 2021 could not come any sooner. With all that happened in 2020, it’s high time for all of us to hit the restart button and look forward to better things this year, especially in the fashion world.
With the year still in its infancy, now is the perfect time to take a look at what the latest trends are in eyewear so you can find out which ones work and which you should steer clear of.
Eyewear is arguably the most personal accessory you have in your kit as these aren’t always a one-size-fits-all piece. And if by any chance, you have already discovered which shapes and styles match your face, you’re going to love what the year has in store for you as popular designers have given timeless eyewear shapes and silhouettes an update that will make you love them even more.
It’s a fantastic development, as we won’t be seeing a repetition of specific shapes but more like a reformation of beloved styles. There are futuristic designs that feature frames that have frames on the side or others that boast intricate cutouts in the lens itself. You can also expect heavy metal or gold frames to be featured heavily this year, which is good news if you have gold jewelry to pair it with.
If you’re more into eyewear or sunglasses that have more structure, there are rigid squares or rectangular-shaped frames as well as butterfly-shaped and oversized frames that you can choose from.
We have really taken the time to take a close look at runways, fashion magazines, and of course, the streets to find out what’s hot in the world of eyewear and these are what we have come up with:
The summer of 2020 saw sportswear go the fore, especially tennis-inspired ensembles. This trend is expected to continue in 2021 and you complement this by wearing a sportier frame that has a performance aesthetic. Wear this kind of eyewear with a timeless white t-shirt and a light wash denim to complete the look.
2) Retro Frames
The nostalgia surrounding retro frames is still going strong this year and you can take advantage of this by embellishing your sunglasses with unique design elements like crystals and different-colored lenses.
3) Rectangle Sunglasses
The rectangle shape has been really popular in 2020 and you can keep it going in 2021 by giving your rectangle-shaped sunglasses an upgrade. Fit these with a vibrant, acetate frame. You can give different colors a try from olive green to royal purple.
4) The Cat-Eye
The cat-eye sunglass style is as timeless a design as any when it comes to eyewear. In 2021, the cat-eye received a conventional update as the lenses got narrowed down a bit to produce a more dynamic aesthetic.
Oversized lenses are also making a statement this season just like it did way back in the 1970s. You can make this look more eye-catching by going with neutral tones such as browns and blacks to give off that elevated vibe.
6) Tinted Aviator
The aviator shape is an eyewear style that seemingly will go on until the end of time. However, if you are tired of the old silhouette and you’d like to try something new, we suggest going with lenses with a subtle shade.
7) Blue-Light Glasses
With people all over the world using laptops, computers, smartphones and other devices to keep up with the times, the use of blue-light glasses has become crucial. Made to safeguard the eyes from harmful blue light that is emitted by your devices, you can combine style with substance with a chic pair.
8) Gold Frames
Heavy metal is back and designers are going crazy with all sorts of designs. You can use yellow gold with a thin frame. This look pairs well with your favorite gold hoop earrings and chainlink necklaces.
9) Shield Sunglasses
The mono lens that was made famous by actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez is back in full effect. This year’s version, though, appears to have a more futuristic look that seems to lean towards maxi lenses. You can also go with minimal frames ala Matrix. Just go ahead and have fun finding a style that suits you best.
10) Lucite Frames
Sunglasses that are made out of acetate, as well as a transparent frame, give your ensemble a hint of playfulness. Pick the level of “see-throughness” and go with ombré or colorless styles.
11) Futuristic Frames
Designers are putting their creative stamp on eyewear with funky frames. Sunglasses that aren’t all about the lens and capture more of the overall style are unique and attractive and are ideal for standing out in a crowd.
12) Butterfly Sunglasses
A more recent eyewear trend is butterfly sunglasses, which has the potential to overtake cat-eye frames especially if you pick an eye-catching model that has unique details.