Embrace the “Wild Wild West” sentiment with open arms this fall when it comes to eyewear – almost anything goes! Unrestricted silhouettes, like free-flowing shields, extreme cat-eyes and domineering squares, encourage freedom of expression, while scrupulous detailing makes these frames downright showstoppers. Vintage appeal is a major player for men; clip-on lenses, keyhole bridges and wire accents flawlessly channel that sought-after ‘70s vibe. For the ladies, esoteric patterns – think animalistic motifs, lacy arrangements, houndstooth prints and abstract swirls – coupled with edgy cutouts offer just the right amount of panache to quench any trend influencer’s fashionable thirst. Bottom line: Go big, or go home!
What’s old is new again not only in terms of this season’s hottest clothing and accessories, but also for specs and sunnies. The disco era comes alive in the form of funky shapes, smooth colorations and simple updates for a fresh take on a well-loved trend. Small, almost miniature, rounds emanate John Lennon charisma; however, a palette of stone gray, warm honey, cherry red and ivy green pumps new blood into the classic style. Though circular frames are a focal point for the fellas, teardrop aviators and oversized squares are great alternatives to achieve the same retro look. Mod-obsessed gals, on the other hand, have plenty of options including crafty hexagons, sultry cat-eyes, bold browlines and two-toned effects.
Tried + True
There’s something powerful about going back to the basics and simplifying a wardrobe from head to toe. Just like a favorite pair of jeans, returning to those trusted glasses and shades can deliver the same comfort and nostalgia, while simultaneously conveying impeccable taste. Clean profiles are essential, and preferred, whereas a more varied color scheme accommodates a new level of intrigue. Dependable rectangles are the go-to shape for guys, especially in crystal clear or slightly translucent treatments. Metal or mixed materials keep these frames minimalistic, and steely grays, olive greens and a range of blues provide depth. Oversized Jackie O square and butterfly silhouettes, as well as cheeky cat-eyes, are the perfect counterparts to aspiring style icons in cosmetic and pastel hues, not to mention classic black, of course.
Eclectic pieces and vibrant pops of color proved to be integral parts of the most elite designers’ collections this season. Sunwear and eyewear didn’t fall short, as a plethora of look-at-me frames marched unapologetically down New York Fashion Week’s catwalks. The amount of innovative shields, sporty aviators, new-age navigators and athletic wraparounds to choose from is pleasantly overwhelming. Flash and colored lenses – particularly in blue, green and orange – are must-haves for dudes and chicks alike. An androgynous feeling permeates and refreshes this trend, with opportunities to carve out more feminine or masculine appearances. Rigid, angular shapes in true black work well for men, meanwhile softened profiles in pale pinks and baby blues appease the ladies.