Spotted on the hottest runways and on the eyes of the most renowned fashion icons, eyewear has become a must-have accessory for both guys and gals alike. Wearing specs and sunnies is the perfect way to play up your peepers and give any outfit a boost. Want to know what’s popular this season? Read up on the top spring 2017 eyewear trends below, and peruse the frames in each trend by clicking on the trend names.
Active lifestyles call for specs and sunnies that scream versatility. The fashion realm has responded to the demand, expanding more than ever before on the performance eyewear category, but with on-trend twists. Reaching far beyond what’s considered traditionally sporty, these frames flaunt easygoing silhouettes – from wearable rounds, to aviators, to wayfarers – made stylish with eye-popping colors and details. For guys, the primary colors of red, yellow and blue are hot commodities, not to mention green hues, colored and flash lenses, and badass temple shields. Meanwhile, women embrace purple, hot pink and emerald tones, chic browlines, cat-eye looks, curved temples and statement patterns for the most fashionable selection of athletic-inspired eyewear to date.
Drawing inspiration from the hues, textures and materials of the great outdoors, autumn’s batch of frames take a walk on the wild side. Color is key when it comes to this trend, with men and women alike seeing earthy tones – like aqua and sky blues; seafoam, grassy and olive greens; citrus oranges; mustard yellows; coffee ambers; and chocolate browns – reigning supreme. True and faux wood elements make surprise appearances, while striated, watercolor, leafy and camouflage prints are reminiscent of rudiments of Earth’s enthralling landscape. Men especially enjoy clip-on lenses, keyhole bridges and industrial accents, while gals experiment with smooth and raised surfaces, ombre effects and categorically femme silhouettes.
Bold, brazen and beautiful, the glasses lumped in this trend are bursting with the most fabulous styles for guys and gals who aren’t afraid to push the limits. Designers show no boundaries, presenting newly envisioned pantones, structures, lens treatments and more that cross gender barriers, proving to be sought-after options for all sexes. With neon purples, lime greens, cherry reds and even coral pinks on deck, daring dudes enter new territory, especially with revamped teardrop profiles, stud embellishments, wire constructions and frame-less profiles. To boot, the frames for babes walk a fine line between simply eyewear and wearable artwork, with honeycomb-esque pieces, scalloped edging, 3D-printed frames, floating illusions, high-gloss finishes and encrusted gemstones proving to be anything but ordinary.
Spicing up a humdrum professional-grade wardrobe has never been easier with this season’s array of frames suited for the work space and classiest of occasions. Rich pigments and metallics breathe new life into an archetypal black, tortoise and gray palette, while audacious silhouettes offer a sense of refreshing flair, defining these glasses and sunnies as appropriately chic. Gents can’t resist studious rounds, squares and rectangles, not to mention angular aviators, geometric shapes, Clubmasters, thatched patterns, pops of gold and hints of translucence. Ladies take it a step further with seriously glam additions – think marbleized effects, head-turning cat-eyes, triple bridges, and metal appliques, with mauve pinks, deep reds and teals galore.