Premium optical brands are focusing on quality materials and elegant classic design with eyewear style trends in 2020. If you are shopping the luxury high-end side of the market, eyeglass frames are becoming more intricately detailed: lots of clean lines, mixed with filigree and more exotic materials. But done subtly is the secret. As recently written in the NYT Style section, dodging trends is the trend–fashionable buyers are holding out for what they view as an investment. The choices that stand out in 2020 may seem subtle, but when done right, they make a bold yet refined statement.
1. Seeing New Tints in Translucent Frames
Translucent frame colors are clear winners. While untinted clear still remains this season, it’s the crystal tints in burgundy, grey, rose, champagne, citrine, green, and browns that are currently catching eyes. The best designs pair the translucent frames with steel and titanium plated in light gold, silver, or gunmetal that’s shiny, or with a brushed patina. These translucent frames almost act as a neutral, and pair well with most outfits: a great classic to have in your wardrobe.
2. Combination Material Frames go Thin or Bold
The combination-material vibe stays steady for 2019, but is being combined with exceptionally thin or thick bold looks. Middle-of-the-road constructions are starting to feel bland. Look for very thin translucent acetate combined with thin titanium temples and/or bridge for an on point look. To stand out, spend a little extra and go with higher quality manufacturing. You’ll get thinner frames and more finely-tooled details. Pair these thin frames with a sunglass clip for a functional, on-trend look. Conversely, select a very thick full acetate frame, but not in black—go with crystal pinks, champagne, burgundy and greens. If you go heavier/bold, look for frames with details like sculpted facets, steps, and textures. With these bold looks, don’t go oversize. A tailored fit is best.
3. Lens Shapes Turn a Corner
When it comes to eyewear shapes, the style trends stay round, or are deep squares. Thick rectangles are still out. Aviators in both metal and acetate are still in, but this season only in the round lens shape, not teardrop. The retro 70s teardrop styles of a few years ago are feeling dated. The trend now is the round aviator, although not perfectly round. This subtle shape change, make all the difference.
4. Lens Treatments & Eyeglass Lens Trends
IN: Lens Wash
A light lens tint or “lens wash” has been on trend for a few seasons now and is still going strong. This subtle lens color airs more on the “cool factor” or fashion side of things than for function or sun coverage. Most tints will still have UV/UB protection in them but it won’t really help diminish glare like polarized lenses can. The light tinted lenses bring an extra pop to your frames, and you can wear them indoors because your eyes will still be visible.
IN: Blue Light Filter
The blue light filter lens or “computer lens” has been a hot topic this season. Many people are reaching for this lens to help reduce the blue light glare caused by your computer, cell phone or other devices and the sun. This lens has an extra filter imbedded that will help relax your eyes and reduce strain.
OUT: Flat-based Lenses
These almost look like a mirror, because the lenses are perfectly flat. These, along w/ bright mirrored lenses, are now dated.
5. Sunglass Trends
2020 is a mix of multiple decades of style trends when it comes to eyewear: hyper trends that may not last, runway trends, and decade trends. Hyper trends are typically dispensed by lower quality brands trying to churn out the glasses as quickly as possible using the cheapest material and labor available. Runway trends have a bit more longevity, and will last through multiple seasons or a few years. Decade trends are more of your classic styles that stand the test of time and avoid short term trend waves.
Smaller round (80s/90s) like what Kurt Cobain wore, and medium-sized cateyes or rectangular old Prada frames have been seen on the runway. These trends have been on the couture circuit for several seasons, and have made their way to ready-to-wear collections. Consider the thinner “Prada’esque” rectangular trend or medium size cat eye to add seasonal feel to your wardrobe. But we’ll add that they may not become a staple pair.
P3 frames or D-frames are more of a classic or decade trend. These two shapes have recently replaced the classic RayBan wayfarer and aviator as the go-to contemporary classics. If you are looking for a classic that is guaranteed not to go out of style anytime soon, consider these options. These are timeless classics and are perfect for classy events (those wedding photos last a lifetime)—you want to remember a moment in time, not a red-mirrored teardrop aviator trend.