There isn’t a better accessory that updates your style as fast as a pair of brand new frames. A must-have part of any fashion lover’s wardrobe, it’s no wonder spectacle trends are so popular. Whether you wear them with prescription lenses or plain, as a fashion statement while strolling the city, modern eye-catching glasses can seriously give your look a refresh.
2019 brings a lot of stylish specs looks and favors the bold – but don’t worry if bigger or colorful aren’t your thing — there are lots of revamped classic shapes that are in style just as much!
Get your new season shopping inspiration with this breakdown of the most current eyewear trends of the beginning of 2019. We rounded up all the upcoming frames of 2019, so you know what’s hot and.. what’s out and help you pick the perfect pair(s) of frames.
Eyewear Color Trends For 2019
Geometrical, slim and oversized, cat-eye, and distinctive details are all the rave this upcoming season for both men and women. Pick them with transparent frames for a more subtle look or with bold colored rims or embellishments for a trend-setter outfit. Be dramatic with red shades or professional with thin and lightweight gold frames.
This season sees the comeback of several popular trends. In terms of colors, dark tones give way to interesting color combinations and prints, or go the opposite way, in clear or translucent pastels. The top trendy glasses are painted in funky full-rim and half-rim tortoiseshell. Black, brown, clear and red frames are also very popular.
Here’s how the eyewear color trends are broken down:
1. Understated Clear Transparent Framed Glasses
Clear frame glasses are one of the most popular eyewear trends of the year. Clear plastic has captured the imagination of fashion designers everywhere and is being transposed in an array of clothing and accessory designs.
Subtle and fashion forward at the same time, it looks like transparent glasses frames are here to stay, whether in their colorless clear versions or the bolder, colorful counterparts.
Here are some of the best clear, trendy frames from Vint & York:
White and clear plastic have captured the attention of designers who use them in different fashion staples — beaded bags, white shoes, transparent trench coats. Eyewear follows this direction, white and transparent frames being one of the top trends of this upcoming season for both men and women.
Whether you’re looking to achieve a subtle look or want to dress to impress, white or transparent eyeglasses will ace the job. To keep the focus on your glasses, make sure you pick outfits or makeup in lighter shades.
The beautiful Keen frame is unisex so if you are looking for some oversized glasses in clear, this is the best choice. You can also get it in a trending transparent honey shade, which will look great on light, pale skin tones.
People love their elegant design and beautiful look. If you’re looking for the coolest eyeglasses for both men and women, you have found them.
The Killa clear silhouette will be a business woman’s best friend. You can wear clear frames with prescription lenses or just rock plain ones to get a style boost.
Hipsters looking to break the mold can try the Passeggiata frame in transparent gray. Made from high-quality acetate, these specs with their golden temples will give your style a boost, while keeping true to your roots.
2. Millennial Dusted Pink Glasses
Pantone took it easy on us this time, picking a lively Living Coral as 2019’s color, unlike last year’s Ultra Violet. This millennial, dusted pink is forecasted to be the next neutral hue to reign supreme throughout 2019.
Among the rainbow of colors that you’ll see this year, this warm hue will be like a breath of fresh air. Add this distinctive frame and to make sure you’re not overlooked whenever you step in the room.
That will add a carefree vibe to an outfit or a bit of joie de vivre to greys and other neutrals. However, to keep the focus on them, make sure to pick outfits in light colors as to not the steal their spotlight.
A toned down hue is easier to match with day-to-day outfits, so this pastel pink frame is a no-frills alternative. The tortoiseshell arms give a wonderful contrast and look elegant in combination with the translucent pink shade.
3. Unique Tortoiseshell Glasses: A New Take on Horn Rimmed
Second only to clear frames, tortoiseshell glasses in unique patterns are your best option if you want to stay in tune with the current eyewear trends. Forget about the boring brown tortoiseshell – there are so many color palettes of this trendy pattern that you will be sure to find the perfect one for your skin tone and hair!
Here are some trending tortoiseshell frames from Vint & York:
White tortoiseshell is very precious and will easily make you look like a star. Just try these beautiful squared frames — you’ll never want to let go.
Light blue or teal shades look amazing in tortoiseshell combinations. Teal is particularly great for brown eyes, as it really makes them stand out. Ritzy (pictured below) is one of the most versatile and popular eyeglasses frames in our collection, for both men and women.
For a bolder look, try a teal & purple combination, as in the Luella frames pictured below:
4. Leopard Print Glasses
Be prepared to speak to everybody about where you got these showstoppers leopard tortoise glasses:
Another great choice for the season is the Dapper frame in a bold yellow and black tortoiseshell. These stylish glasses for men are masculine and powerful, a great choice for the office.
All tortoiseshell glasses attract attention, but ladies looking for something more exclusive can wear the oversized cat-eye Zelda 2 frame, in a subtle tortoiseshell pattern.
The upper half-frame is made from quality acetate painted in shades of coffee and caramel, while the lower part is held together by thin and subtle golden metal. The Zelda oversized eyeglasses frame is ideal for wide oval or diamond-shaped faces.
If you’re looking for a subtle leopard print inspired look, you can try the Watson eyeglasses, inspired by the classic English style. These sleek round unisex frames feature a classic keyhole bridge and are ideal for day-to-day wear, as they are very light.
Read our tortoise shell guide to learn more about this incredible style.
5. Modern Prints Eyeglasses Frames
A variation of the distinctive tortoiseshell trend, marbled eyeglasses frames tap into the uniqueness of mixed-color acetate frames, with bold patterns and color combinations. Hazel is a strong unisex frame, with a square shape and slightly rounded angles, that fits round, oval, heart and diamond-shaped faces.
Light and dark colors combine to achieve a unique pattern, perfect for both men and women. Half-frame marbled shades are a bit more sophisticated and will add a delicate finishing touch to your outfits.
Don’t shy away from marbled nude half-frames and bold lipstick colors either – a pair such as the newest square Ritzy frames below will tick two hot trends at the same time! Square frames go best with oval, round and heart-shaped faces.
For a strong fashion statement, choose a bold colored frame in an oversized silhouette, such as the Zelda. This style is perfect for wide faces and it’s bound to turn heads thanks to its distinctive design.
You can see that the marbling technique is different, but the bold, unique effect remains visible.
A brown or nude-colored rectangular frame is ideal if you want to tone down the brightness and wear these marbled frames with any outfit combination. Though versatile, this angular frame for women is a definite conversation starter.
6. Gold Metal Eyeglasses
When you wear gold, you are making a statement. So it’s natural that the best look change will involve golden metal frame glasses.
Here are a couple of gold frames from Vint & York:
Simple and straight to the point. Gold metal eyeglasses are delicate and inspire elegance, perfect for accessorizing your office look but also for constructing fun, quirky outfits.
Round metal eyeglasses are often associated with attention to detail and can do wonders for you in a working environment. These are one of the men’s favorite eyeglasses frame, but can also be a great choice for women!
One of the most popular choices with men, double-bridge navigator Atta boy in gold is truly badass old school.
7. Vintage Nude Frames: Light Brown, Beige & Caramel Glasses
Add a touch of color to your clear glasses for extra boldness. These amber-faded oval frames will look incredible on a petite squared face – not to mention that oval glasses are one of the hottest silhouettes of the moment.
Natural and neutral colors have a certain unassuming beauty that makes them stand out without even trying. Trending light brown eyeglasses shades vary from yellowy caramel and honey glow tones to browny ‘cafe au lait’ hues and the classic skin-colored nude.
Thin and with a softly arching lens, Jane eyeglasses in light brown provide a balance for dark skin tones. They bring brightness to your face. Light brown is a versatile color, easy to match with a large variety of outfits.
For the bold glasses wearer, light yellowy shades that remain within the warm neutral palette are all the rage. The round Roosevelt eyeglasses have a soft honey glow and are ideal for men with square and diamond-shaped visages.
Nude is a new expression of skin color and can have many variations depending on preference. In general, it is composed of a wide palette of beige hues.
The Baby Grand rectangular nude eyeglasses present delicate shades of beige infused with tan accents. Choose a warm nude color to counterbalance any pallor in your cheeks, or go for darker, brownish colors to give your face more definition.
For those with a prominently tanned skin, the best recommendation is the Elizabeth nude cat-eye eyeglasses with black spots and yellow accents. The frame colors are gradually built from top to bottom, starting with a yellow skin nuance and going all the way to the spotted beige browline.
8. Vibrant Reds Framed Glasses
The red glasses trend with its variations, be it pink glasses or purple glasses is mostly destined for women. These sweet-colored women’s eyeglasses are hip and bold, a perfect choice for a fashionista.
Here are a couple of red frames from Vint & York, just in time for the new season:
Pink glasses are cute and playful and are best fitted for a younger woman, such as a college student.
For a bold fashion statement, we recommend a more radical red cat-eye frame, from our latest collection.
Red cat-eye glasses can be very attractive – if your skin color is a darker shade, then the contrast will be beautiful. Red ultimately gives you a sexy and mysterious look.
Don’t forget about purple, a color that has both feminist and royal connotations. As we enter the new season, violet shades will be everywhere. After all, ultraviolet is the color of the year, so nothing will be hotter than a stylish pair of purple eyeglasses.
A toned-down alternative for men would be a dark tortoiseshell frame with slight purple inserts, such as this bold frame which highlights the face’s angular traits.
Eyewear trends: Most popular Styles & Shapes
Thick glasses, hipster silhouettes, round frames are seeing a rise in popularity, while stylish eyeglasses silhouettes such as cat-eye and square frames are as relevant as always.
1. 70’s-80’s Oversized Square Eyeglasses
Square lenses are timeless. This year’s silhouette borrows the retro-vintage vibe with oversized proportions and thick frames. With true square or gently rounded shapes, they’ll make you look fashionable without putting too much effort into it.
Just done up some high-waisted denim flares, a t-shirt, and a fancy scarf and it’ll be like the ‘70s all over again.
Ritzy is one of the most versatile and popular eyeglasses frames in our collection, for both men and women. The two-toned frames combining pastel pink and the famous tortoiseshell demands for statement getups.
Oversized lenses work for both men and women. Coffee House makes for a glamorous look when matched with sleek hair and high neckline.
Clear frames make for an elegant addition to any outfit, being one of the year’s biggest eyewear trends. You can have your pick from green, charcoal, and rose.
The translucent design makes this thick frame translate to better designs.
A bolder spectacle version is Bellissimo with its thick beautiful frames design and patterned temples. If you want a way to stay out from the crow, you’ve just found it.
2. Thin & Lightweight Metal Eyeglasses
For a more professional approach, you can go with metal round eyeglasses, though any shape in a lightweight metal option will be admired this year.
Round frames are suited for square and rectangular shaped faces.
They can be mixed and matched with a variety of outfits, starting from the business smart and going to hipster sweaters and hats.
For a look that’s too cool for school, try a pair of prescription navigators in a bold, golden color. A lot of celebrities are even wearing this double-bridge aviator-inspired style without a prescription, because it gives a cool allure, with a shape that is so against-the-current.
The Firm is another one of our most sought-after navigator frames and it comes with clip-on sunglasses as well. Check them out!
3. Sporty Aviator Glasses
Aviator glasses and sunglasses have long been a favorite of eyewear enthusiasts.
The much-loved aviator silhouette is no longer just a sunglasses staple. Recently, more and more original aviator eyeglasses styles have popped up, in both old-school metal and colorful acetate shapes.
These modern-day aviator eyeglasses are not the same as the ones our parents used to wear – they feature unique contemporary details, colors, and shapes that keep them in the style conversation
Available for both men and women, aviator eyeglasses can be worn with prescription lenses or in plain form. You can use them as a stylish accessory to up your outfits and complement your facial features.
4. Circle Round Glasses
Round eyeglasses frames are a great pick for women and especially men who want a look change. Their retro silhouette guarantees that you will not go unnoticed.
Round frames are beautiful and simple. Rocked by the likes of John Lennon, they are a symbol of free spirits and creative people.
An oversized round frame is perfect for you if you want to be bold. Smaller frames are a bit more elegant, but you can always pick funky colors to be sure your entrance is remembered.
These beauties are bound to draw attention to your face – which is exactly what you need when you are trying to get people to listen to you. We suggest going with a two-tone frame colorway – the soft gradient creates a mysterious vintage effect.
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The Great Escape thick round frame is bound to draw attention to your facial features due to its double coloring and thick acetate frame.
5. Vintage Cat-Eye Glasses
As resonant as always, cat-eye glasses are still in style and ladies’ best friend in the academic and business environment.
Cat-eye frames are sexy yet serious and contour the image of a decisive woman who knows what she wants. Choose the modern silhouette Coquette for your playful side, or go with the Cat’s Meow vintage cat-eye glasses for a total look change.
Contemporary colors and subtle color details add a style boost to your favorite frames. Try them in a trendy beige, subtle green or unique honey stripe.
A see-through or clear cat-eye frame is an alternative design that combines two of the hottest eyewear trends of the year. This silhouette is more formal than the typical vintage cat-eyes and you’ll be able to quickly match it with school and work outfits.
An alternative and more subtle cat-eye frame, Doll comes in Jade Green and it is sleek and elegant – ideal for re-creating vintage outfits and imbuing your look with that olden charm.
6. Dapper Semi-Rimless Glasses (Clubmaster)
Slim and elegant, clubmaster or browline glasses are a power accessory for your professional life. Available for both men and women, semi-rimless frames are both fashionable and practical.
These stylish and cool frames are a hybrid between two styles: browline eyeglasses and round eyeglasses give us The Fitzgerald, an interesting Clubmaster frame.
Astor is a hybrid frame, created from rectangular specs and a heavy browline combined with the semi-rimless silhouette. These are some unique, trendy eyeglasses and their popularity will be noticeable this season.
They are suited for both men and women and we recommend that you wear them in a study or business environment.
7. Slim, Narrow Oval & Rectangular Tiny Reading Glasses
The thin, narrow glasses trend is perfect if you’re in the market to get new readers.
This 90s glasses inspired a trend – the craze didn’t go down.
Although the oversized frames dominate the eyewear trends, there was a raise on the narrow eyewear front as well. Slimmer rectangular and oval eyeglasses are sure to gain more ground with their classy and elegant feel. Bright and bold colors make for a contemporary approach.
Extremely sophisticated, Chassis with its vintage cat-eye feel is a woman’s best friend in a study or business environment. Choose them in tortoise to evoke even more self-confidence.
If you’re a traditional type of gal, Flapper is for you. While still a classic oval shape, these strong acetate frames got a revamp through the marbled effect.
Purple Cheaters will make you feel royally geeky-chic whether you’re at your job or having a great time with your friends at the cafe. Perfect for darker skin.
Gray is a cold, calculated color, perfect for any angular eyeglasses. The wide and thin Spiffy is creatively nuanced between gray and clear and, with its icy accents that seem to shine, it will draw all attention to your unique style.
Classic yet with a modern dash, rectangular framed Prince in steel grey will balance out the round and oval faces.
8. Stylish Flat Top Glasses
Ever since the rise of athleisure the flat top glasses bloomed. Designers keep them on the stage because of their versatility, thus being one of the top trends this season. They are ideal for round, oval and oblong shaped faces.
One of our most popular glasses for men, Sheik conveys luxury and prowess day in and day out. These rectangular retro specs emphasize your facial features and will have people fighting for your attention.
We’ve already talked about Clubmaster. A new take on the browline, The Bowery achieves a sharp silhouette by contrasting the flat acetate top with the semi-rounded lenses.
Hipsters looking to up their eyewear style should try Dreamboat. These oversized flat top square glasses in blonde tortoise are wide-fit refining any getup from zero to hero. For a more nonchalant look, try them in jet black.
These aviators-inspired navigators feature no bridge, only a top bar that’s very hip according to the latest eyewear trends.
9. Statement & Bedazzled Eyeglasses
If you’re ready to dip your toe into more statement eyeglasses, but don’t want to start with something crazy “sparkly “look at me” glasses”. Statement glasses this season are all about oversize, dashing colors, embellishments and deliberately accented upper line.
We’ve already mentioned the cat-eye silhouette and their impressionable effect for round and oval faces. But Adeline takes it up a notch with Swarovski crystals encrusted upper line, while Fab combines the scarlet red with elegant metal accents. The acetate frames are simply luxurious and they’ll bedeck any outfit.
Glossy Soho is a match for all face shapes, except round and heart. Soho meets the trends with its exaggerated oval silhouette, perfect for gals inspired by retro designs.
With cat-eye glasses, your seductress mode will go off the charts. Own it with these retro Show off statement frames with luxurious metal accents.
10. Classic Hipster Black Rimmed Glasses
Hipster glasses are a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Hipster eyewear features unique designs, usually in square silhouettes that you don’t see every day. They are a great fit for creative people.
Hipster glasses are for both men and women and should be worn with stylish outfits that underline your creative personality.
Black rimmed glasses are one of the best choices for day to day wearing since this non-color never really goes out of style. Bold black glasses are also a great accessory for formal outfits, such as white shirts and black suits. But not to overlook your casual getup.
Hill rectangular eyeglasses are great for professional men who are looking to change their look.
Finally, choose hipster frames because they are cool, stylish eyeglasses who are amongst this year’s biggest eyewear trends and will continue to be popular in 2019.
Don’t forget to check out our complete guide of how to pick the perfect hipster glasses!
11. Wooden Effect Eyeglasses
The organic wood texture is appealing thanks to its rugged look and instant associations with nature and the outdoors. Although wood is not a suitable material for making glasses, acetate frames with a wooden finish are perfect for recreating the look.
Round brown eyeglasses in a wooden finish will complement people with light skin color. The formal look makes them a good choice for men and women who wear glasses on a regular basis in a work environment.
If you’re not into the textured wood finish, but you like the stripy organic wood colors, try The Roosevelt – one of our simpler acetate frames, with a smooth texture and detailed coloring.
The round Swanky frame achieves a similar effect with a striped gradient and deep wood colors. This frame is perfect for men and women with all types of faces, except round.
Sunglasses Trends: Styles, Colors & Shapes
Sunglasses trends are evolving quickly these days, with new silhouettes and color schemes every season, which is all the more reason to keep your collection up to date. Read on for the main trends to look out for, or see our guide to 2019’s sunglasses trends for a more in-depth look at sunglasses trends.
Most eyewear that’s popular during the fall/winter season distinguishes itself through darker colors and nuances. The clear sunglasses frame breaks this rule and proposes a stylish approach to this important accessory.
Make the best of this year’s new trends and express your personality in a novel way with a pair of V&Y frames!