Eye catching – new glasses trends
20th April 2012
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This Spring/Summer Season keep an eye out for new glasses trends says Duncan Hockney of The Specs Factory…
Famous stars throughout the ages have made eyewear fashionable. From rock revolutionary Buddy Holly in the 1950s, to Elton John’s eccentric glasses in the 1970s, to the simplistic sartorial style of Jennifer Anniston’s eyewear today, glasses have always been a talking point within the fashion industry. Because of this, eyewear designers are constantly looking back over past trends in history to reinvent into new and exciting ranges and collections.
Geek-Chic Glasses A big trend this spring/summer is the arty eccentric glasses also known as geek-chic. These glasses work best on longer, more oval shaped faces and have seen a surge in popularity due to the geek-chic trend that is currently making everything that was once ‘nerdy’ and ‘un-cool’ popular again. With frames the bigger the better. These glasses work best in either a heavy black or tortoiseshell frame. This type of eyewear has been spotted on everyone from Alexa Chung to Johnny Depp and can take you from the working day through to the early hours but are best worn to arty affairs such as film screenings and gallery and museum openings.
Wayfarers Wayfarers, were originally marketed as sunglasses for pilots, but started to appear very quickly on Hollywood stars as eyewear. From the very beginning the style won great popularity. Wayfarers were selling consistently well but became overwhelmingly successful after appearing on Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Today the Wayfarer style in both glasses and sunglasses can be seen on the faces of stars such as Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan.
Rimless Glasses For the older eyewear customer, rimless glasses can be extremely flattering to the face. This is because they open up the face by being more subtle than rimmed eyewear and make the eyes look bigger and more expressive. Seen on such stars as Michael Caine, the rimless glasses manage to create a youthful look on the wearer’s face whilst maintaining a classic elegance. More often than not this style of eyeglass can be found with transitions lenses adding an air of practicality to them.
Angular Glasses These are characterised by rectangular forms and 90 degree angles and were inspired by razor-sharp edges and smooth lines. This style of eyewear is not only undeniably chic but also projects a professional and intellectual air. Angular frames in black or white with chunky side arms give a fashion forward with a cutting-edge feel. This style of eyewear gained infamy in 2008 when Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, was seen wearing a pair during the presidential election campaigning in America, and was heralded by the press as a style icon.
Oversized Sunglasses Oversized glasses are the new oversized handbag. Only the bold and super-hip should try their hand at big glasses and sunglasses. However once wearing them bigger really is better. Those with rounder or very thin faces should eer on the side of caution as this style may not be particularly flattering.
The trick to finding glasses that suit you is to find a trend that works with the shape of your face. If you don’t know the shape of your face a quick and easy solution to find out is to tie your hair up off your face, stand in front of a mirror and using a lipstick trace around the shape of your face. Once this is done look back at the shape you have drawn and decide which face shape it matches best.