There’s no better time than the new season to get yourself a new pair of cool glasses. And while we’re on the subject, don’t go shopping without being in the know about what the latest eyewear trends are!
We rounded up the upcoming frame trends of 2018, so you know what’s hot and.. what’s out. If you’re looking for some stylish glasses to go with new office outfits or a great pair of sunglasses to style while strolling the city, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading & discover the most popular glasses trends!
- Eyewear Color Trends For 2018
- 1. Distinctive Tortoise Shell / Horn Rimmed Glasses
- 2. Clear & Colorful Transparent Glasses Frames
- 3. Black Rimmed Glasses
- 4. Gold Metal Wireframe Glasses
- 5. Marbled Eyeglasses Frames
- 6. Lipstick Colored: Red, Pink & Purple Eyeglasses
- 7. Warm Neutrals – Nude, Caramel, and Honey-colored Eyeglasses
- 8. Wooden Effect Eyeglasses
- 9. Eyeglasses in Pastel Colors
- Eyeglasses Trends: Most popular Styles & Shapes
- Sunglasses Trends: Styles, Colors & Shapes
Eyewear Color Trends For 2018
This season sees the comeback of several popular trends, while other sunglasses and eyeglasses styles are specifically meant for the winter period.
In terms of colors, dark tones give way to interesting color combinations. 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 color trends are broken down:
1. Distinctive Tortoise Shell / Horn Rimmed Glasses
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:
If you’re looking for a subtle 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.
All tortoiseshell glasses attract attention, but ladies looking for something more exclusive can wear the oversized cat-eye Zelda 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.
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 environment.
Read our tortoise shell guide to learn more about this incredible style!
2. Clear & Colorful Transparent Glasses Frames
Second only to tortoiseshell, 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.
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.
Here are a couple of clear frames from Vint&York:
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.
Spiffy is a great rectangular frame for men, while 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.
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.
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.
3. Black Rimmed Glasses
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.
Here are a couple of black frames from Vint&York:
Hill rectangular eyeglasses are great for professional men who are looking to change their look.
Black thick round glasses such as the Roosevelt also look very good and should work for those with face shapes incompatible with square glasses.
Exclusively for women, we recommend a black cat eye frame such as the Mulberry.
4. Gold Metal Wireframe Glasses
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!
5. Marbled 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, healiprt- 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. Lipstick Colored: Red, Pink & Purple Eyeglasses
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.
7. Warm Neutrals – Nude, Caramel, and Honey-colored Eyeglasses
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. Wooden Effect Eyeglasses
The organic texture of wood 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 a 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.
Lighter wood colors look exceptionally good on dark skin tones, so don’t be afraid to be bold with a trendy rectangular frame like the Big Cheese or Hell K.
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.
9. Eyeglasses in Pastel Colors
Bright colors and pastels can do wonders for a spring or summer outfit – not to mention the youthening effect they have when paired well with your skin color. Choose a bright color combination when you want to capture the attention and go for complementary hues to highlight your eye color.
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.
If aviators are your go-to style, then the Fairbanks frame is your best option. This unisex frame with gold and light teal accents is bold and fashionable, and it can be made into a prescription frame on request.
Pastel accents are also a good idea if you don’t want to go all in with the pastel trend. These quirky cat-eyes have a pleasant light green glow and a refreshing vintage-inspired silhouette.
As you can see, there are plenty of trending options when it comes to choosing the most fashionable glasses of the year. Now it’s up to you to pick your favorite and make a bold style statement!
Eyeglasses 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. Minimalist Retro Browline 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.
Hotsy 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.
2. Oversized: Hipster Square 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.
Oversized thick frames such as the Ritzy square glasses in black will give you that hipster, geeky look that you’re aiming for.
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 2018.
Don’t forget to check out our complete guide of how to pick the perfect hipster glasses!
3. Unique and Original 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Thin and 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!
6. Big & Bold Statement Glasses
An essential eyewear trend, big and bold statement glasses are all about being on top of your style. Though bold and distinctive, a statement frame should look well integrated into your outfit.
Oversized eyeglasses look good on both men and women and some specific frames such as Keen are unisex.
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.
Rectangular (not square!) tortoiseshell glasses are as rare as they are fashionable. Go for this style when you want to make a lasting impression.
For men, the Dapper oversized frame in tortoiseshell is perfect for day-to-day wear. For a more prominent impression, choose brighter colors, such as yellow gradient or royal blue with lime green accents.
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 sunglasses trends for a more in-depth look at sunglasses trends.
1. Clubmaster Sunglasses
- Also known as the half-rim these semi-rimless sunglasses are the Clubmaster sunglasses. If you are looking for a discreet, acetate and metal frame that makes you look cool, you found it.
Semi-rimless sunglasses are a great fit for the dapper man as well as for the stylish woman. They can be regarded as hipster glasses for guys because of their vintage inspired look.
With retro and vintage influences, The Fitzgerald is destined for your winter holiday. You can get some style inspiration on how to rock this frame from our hats & eyewear guides for men and for women.
2. Aviator Sunglasses
While the slim, metal Aviator sunglasses are a must-have for the summer, the silhouette grows thicker and bolder in its fall/winter edition.
Aviators are amongst the best sunglasses for men and women. There’s no way around. This timeless style has endured the test of time and has been certified unapologetically cool.
So it’s no surprise that Aviator sunglasses are an important part of this season’s trend, especially if the acetate frame is painted in beautiful autumn colors.
3. Cat Eye Sunglasses
We’ve already told you that cat eye glasses and sunglasses are a model that will never go out of style.
Besides, cat eye sunglasses are a must in every woman’s wardrobe.
You’ll wear them now, you’ll wear them in the spring and also in the summer. It’s a versatile frame that goes with most outfits and in most settings.
3. Round Mirrored Sunglasses
No best sunglasses trends for fall/winter list would be complete without the obligatory mirrored lenses sunglasses.
Best used when the snow is piling up and winter the sun is trying to get in your eyes, this beautiful model will be your perfect companion and accessory.
While the lenses are not polarized, the mirror-like lenses will deflect sun rays and ensure that your eyesight is protected.
4. Oversized Sunglasses
A favorite of the ladies, the oversized sunglasses style is the recipe to look like a celebrity.
The Bearcat is our pick for the hottest sunglasses for the following year.
This oversized frame is a mixture between two of our favorite styles: cat eye sunglasses and round sunglasses. As if the frames weren’t cool enough on their own, oversized cat eye sunglasses with round lenses are the fashionable choice.
Wear them in white with a touch of gold around the oversized round lenses or in autumn brown. They are a guaranteed head-turner.
Flat Top sunglasses are one the best sunglasses for men. Bolder and manlier than Aviator sunglasses, these babies can’t be confused with a unisex frame.
They might turn heads the way other frames do it, but you can count on them doing the job.
The Firm is a flat top frame with clip on lenses. That means you can use them indoor as eyeglasses and outdoor as sunglasses. How cool is that?
6. Tortoise Shell Sunglasses
As with the top eyeglasses trends, sunglasses in tortoise shell are very popular.
They emulate the autumn better than any other accessory you might have. Tortoiseshell sunglasses can be worn by any fashion sensitive persona, regardless of gender.
7. Gold Sunglasses
Gold is an elegant color so when rocking gold round sunglasses make sure that you compliment them with an equally elegant outfit.
Gold sunglasses go great with bright colors such as yellow or beige as well as with white shirts and cardigans.
8. Clear/White Sunglasses
Clear frames draw attention to your face and can contrast beautifully with dark tone outfits. As mentioned before, clear frames are in this year’s top sunglasses trends.
Their unique design makes clear sunglasses a very popular trend with everybody.
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!