Whether You Actually Need Them or Not, You Should Try These Glasses Trends

Updated 11/29/18
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Ever since the aviator optical frame took a turn from nerdy to chic, eyewear has become an accessory trend we can't ignore. A well-selected pair of glasses is an effortless way to add an interesting element (not to mention cool-factor) to any outfit, and with so many designer styles to choose from, it’s an opportunity to make the right statement about your personal style.

While sunglasses will always remain a practical go-to, a new pair of opticals can change your entire look, given you're more likely to spend an extended amount of time with them on your face. 

If you're new to the optical arena, we suggest trying the trend with a pair of interesting jeans and a plain white tee. Simple, smart, and chic.

Whether you need them or not to improve your vision, read on to shop the designer frames and sunglasses to add to your must-have items.  

Barely-There Frames

Stephanie Squadrito

Plastic, clear-frame glasses have entered the spotlight thanks to the revival of the plastic 'naked ' trend. If you don’t normally wear glasses, a see-through pair are a great introduction to optical as they won’t look too obtrusive on your face.

If you’re more of a traditionalist, a slim line metal-frame will also remain adaptable to many fashion styles.

Burberry BE2276 $259
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Dolce&Gabbana DG5034 $310
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Polo Ralph Lauren PH1179 $214
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Tortoiseshell And Gold Frames

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Just like the tortoiseshell jewellery trend, glasses with tortoiseshell and gold finishes have been spotted all over Instagram.

While classic black frames can be too heavy for some faces, the lighter texture of tortoiseshell makes it suitable for most skin tones and versatile enough to take you from work to weekend. Gold finishing just adds that perfect touch of sophistication.

Ray-Ban RX5154 $204
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Ray-Ban RX6489 $194
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Versace VE3250 $269
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Dark Statement Glasses

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In every accessory wardrobe, a pair of dark lenses are a necessity–and there’s a frame to suit every style and face shape.

While current sunglass trends consist of micro-frames, there will always be a time that will call for a pair of timeless black frames.

Ray-Ban RB4246 $215
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Versace VE4353 $380
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Vogue VO2606S $120
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