Ever since 2021 began, we’ve hit refresh and have embraced the newfound energy the start of a new year brings—especially in fashion. Now is the time to dissect the latest trends of 2021 and mark which are for you versus those you can do without. Today’s trend focus is eyewear. Eyewear is perhaps the most personal accessory as they are not always a one-size-fits-all piece, and by now, you’ve probably found your niche in what shapes and styles suit your face shape. If the former is you, then 2021 eyewear trends were made for you. This season, designers gave all of the beloved, timeless eyewear silhouettes the update we never knew they needed.
Historically, fashion reflects the state of society, and this year proves to be no different. Eyewear trends this year focus on the balance of novelty, statement-making frames, and timeless designs. Consumers are leaning into mindful shopping, purchasing styles that are easy, versatile, and have subtle style details. Think a classic cat-eye shape, but with a modern update with a narrower, angular shape or the notorious aviator with a reflective or colored tint. The runways still embraced the ode to the ’70s with retro-inspired silhouettes like Miu Miu’s round, bright-colored frames and Bottega’s angular aviators.
From mood-boosting colors and XXL oversized frames to subtle retro references, we’re revealing the eyewear shapes that will be everywhere this season—and better yet, the ones you can shop now.
This summer, we saw a massive trend in sportswear, particularly tennis-inspired outfits. Continue this trend into 2021 by opting for a sportier frame with a sleek, performance aesthetic
Celine 60mm Flat Top Sunglasses ($460)
The ultimate from tennis-to-brunch look.
Saint Laurent D-Frame Gold-Tone Sunglasses ($475)
Pair with a class white t-shirt and light wash denim and your look is complete.
Visit the Privé Revaux Store The Bruce ($22)
Already have a similar frame? Try tinted lenses.
The nostalgia feeling of retro frames is not going anywhere this season. Update your round opticals with novelty design elements like crystal embellishments or bright-colored lens.
Gucci Round-Frame Gold-Tone Sunglasses ($495)
The perfect blend of novelty and classic.
The Row + Oliver Peoples After Midnight Round-Frame Silver-Tone Sunglasses ($503)
A subtle, colorful update to you go-to round frames.
Billie Metal Round Sunglasses ($16)
Keep it neutral with these tortoise frames.
The rectangle shape has been having a moment this year and practically took over our Instagram feed. In 2021, elevate your rectangle sunglasses with a bright-colored, acetate frame. From a smoky red to olive green, these colors are an instant uplift.
Mango Squared Frame Sunglasses ($40)
These feel like a vacation.
Loewe Square-Frame Marbled Acetate Sunglasses ($330)
If you err on the minimal side, opt for a chunky white frame.
Fairfax Chunky Rectangle Sunglasses ($16)
It’s official: Olive is a must-have color this season.
The Angular Cat-Eye
The cat-eye is undoubtedly a forever-shape when it comes to eyewear. This season, the cat-eye got a modern update by narrowing the lenses to create a more dynamic, angular look.
Karen Walker Astral Heart Sunglasses ($250)
This tortoise pair is on my wishlist.
Le Specs Flossy 2002263 Sunglasses ($79)
The perfect pair of sunglasses does exist.
Bottega Veneta Cat-eye Acetate Sunglasses ($440)
Adding these to my shopping cart now.
Another ode to the ’70s, XXL square lenses are continuing to make a statement this season. Enhance the look by investing in styles with luxurious neutral tones, like rich browns and blacks, for an elevated feel.
Gucci Urban Web Block Sunglasses ($420)
Haven’t stopped thinking about these since I saw them on the runway.
Mango Clear Frame Sunglasses ($30)
The perfect pairings of rust.
BP 55mm Oversize Round Sunglasses ($15)
I’m notorious for losing my sunglasses, so for this price, I’ll take two, please.
Another classic shape, aviators will simply never go out of style. Tired of the classic silhouette you’ve had since 2010? We have the perfect update for you: subtly colored lenses.
Quay Austrailia High Key 56mm Aviator Sunglasses ($65)
This ombré is speaking to me.
Le Specs Hercules Sunglasses ($89)
The geometric frames instantly elevate this style.
Sundown Oversized Aviator Sunglasses ($20)
Try contrasting the darkness of the frame metal with pastel-colored lenses.
Now that our world has become increasingly more virtual, blue-light glasses are a must. Designed to protect the eyes from the harmful blue light found in all of our devices. Bonus: There are actually some super-chic pairs.
Sojos Cat Eye Blue Light Blocking Glasses ($20)
My favorite Amazon purchase to date.
The Book Club Blue Light Twelve Hungry Bens Glasses ($50)
We love a multipurpose product.
I Sea Canyon Blue Light Glasses ($28)
Try a thick, contrasting frame for a fashion-forward look.
This story was published at an earlier date and has since then been updated.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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