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Top 6 Eyewear Trends for Fall 2016

We all remember Marilyn Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire. Her character refused to wear eyeglasses due to the stigma attached, with comedic results. Today, there is no shame in having an eyeglass prescription. It shouldn’t keep you from looking stylish. Each year fashion trends extend to accessories, including eyewear. Eyeglasses extend far beyond function. What was once attached with a stigma of shame now complements your outfit. Within the past fifteen years or so, eyeglasses have inspired, “fashion glasses”; non-prescription eyeglasses sold as accessories. Who would have thought?

The trend isn’t stopping. The Fall 2016 fashion season is right around the corner. A look at eyeglasses available reveals trends coming soon.

1. Tortoise Shell Frames

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Tortoise shells are multi-colored frames usually mixed with browns, blacks, and tans, like a tortoise shell. Part of the reason these frames are so popular is due to the neutral colors; they go with any outfit. If you’re looking for a little more pop of color, the frames are also available in non-traditional colors such as purples and blues. Tortoise shells are available in thick plastic styles in fun shapes or semi-rimless. Of course, simple styles are always available as well.

2. “Nerdy” Glasses

Black Glasses

What sets these frames apart? Also known as “geek” glasses, these refer to the bold, plastic frames in round, square, or even cat-eye shapes. Often, they are black or dark brown. Now, the frames come many different colors including clear. Semi-rimless frames, also known as brow bars, are also in this category. Celebrities such as Kanye West and Victoria Beckham have brought more attention to this trend. These glasses will complement anything, especially casual outfits. As this looks best with less makeup, these glasses spice up any jeans and t-shirt look.

3. Double Bar Frames

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Celebrities have been seen sporting the double bar frame recently, where the bridge of the frame has a nose piece with a second bar going from one eye to the other. The double bar bridge creates a unique and trendy look. Whether they're sunglasses or regular eyeglasses, the double bar frame might be the trend for you.

4. 70’s Inspired Aviator Frames

Aviator Glasses

These frames were popular throughout the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. They are coming back to life in recent years. Aviator glasses first popped up on fighter pilots in World War II. They entered the mainstream for men first. Popularity rose for both men and women starting in the 1970s. For women, these frames had a touch of more color. Some frames had stone details and lens colors in soft pastels such as pinks. The shapes of the frames and lenses are large with a shape described as tear-drop. These frames appeared on a high fashion runway in spring 2016. The trend will continue throughout the rest of the year. Heart-shaped faces benefit most from Aviator and other rimless frames because they keep the face from looking top-heavy.

5. Funky Geometric Shaped Rims

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Eyeglass wearers are no longer limited to boring squares and round shapes. In sunglasses, these frames become more extreme with shapes such as bear ears, hearts, flowers, and octagons. In everyday wear, a woman can have fun with these shapes and look professional at the same time. If you’re looking for a bold look, frames in shapes such as rectangular, oval, and more give you a variety of choices. Not only are the shapes creative, but the colors as well. The mod trend of the sixties comes back in frames like these. They are perfect for anyone looking to stand out. Some of these frames benefit round faces as they help elongate the face.

6. Coloured and Mirrored Sunglasses

coloured sunglasses

Some people just love colour and standing out. Many designers have created coloured and mirrored sunglasses adding personality to any style. These lenses will separate the wearer from the rest of the pack without being too overpowering. Not only do they provide UV protection but also a subtle enhancement to any look, casual or dressy.

Whatever style you are looking for, casual, fun, or professional, there is a look suited for you. Stop by Vision By Design and let us find the right fit and style for you.