Nov 16, 2017 Trends

5 Eyewear Trends That Will Be Huge in 2018

by Lauren Eggertsen

Collage Vintage

It's not every day that the founder and designer of a major eyewear brand lets us in on upcoming trends, but when they do, we of course spill the beans to all of you. Curiously anticipating what quickly approaching 2018 will bring, we reached out to Stirling Barrett, founder and designer of Krewe, to give us the inside scoop on the eyewear trends he sees in the near future. 

As someone who is constantly searching for the next best product design for the cool-kid eyewear brand he so proudly reps, Stirling is definitely someone we trust to fill us in on what will be trending at the start of 2018 and beyond. From pastel colorways to fresh takes on reinvented classic shapes, let this eyewear expert guide you to 2018 in style as he dives into the five eyewear trends that will dominate next year. 

Go on to find out which eyewear trends will take over 2018 and to shop our favorite iterations of each.

"Things that we're most excited about in 2018 in the Krewe collection as a whole is that we're moving toward pastel mirror lenses—so less flash or super-vibrant colors, and more lighter, pastel hues. Pastels like Millennial Pink were a sweet spot for 2017, and I see them persevering for 2018, especially in the spring. We're also eager to introduce the mirror with an amber base—it's an amber base with a silver mirror, so it's a unique new rose silver mirror that's very light."

Shop the trend:

Krewe Stl Ii in Camellia to Blush Rose Gold ($335)

Illesteva Marianne Sunglasses ($190)

Sun Buddies Greta in Mouthwash ($145)

"There's been a trend that's been about chunkier, heavier, more substantial frames that we've never really subscribed to, and I'm starting to see that cool down a little bit and go more toward proper-fitting, thinner frames. I'm happy to see that continue throughout 2018, too."

Shop the trend:

Krewe Ward in 24K Titanium + Zulu ($275)

Ahlem Place D'Aligre in Brushed Rose Gold ($470)

Roberi & Fraud Gold Doris ($195)

"I'm also noticing basics that are being reinvented alongside a continuation of staying away from a harsher black frame. Being more adventurous, whether it's in the construction or the color, but still in an everyday kind of fit, those are the things we're most excited about for 2018, and we're already seeing the traction with our consumer in a really positive way."

Shop the trend:

Krewe Conti in Butterscotch 24K ($255)

Marni Crop Rectangular Frame Sunglasses in Brown ($495)

Adam Selman x Le Specs The Family in Silver Mirror ($119)

"What we've been able to do with blinkers and acetate this year, I think we'll start to see more of in 2018 because we're seeing direction toward more metal frames, but people still like color (at least our customer does). We're able to do that in a more refined way with the blinkers, but I expect the trend to be later in the year."

Shop the trend:

Krewe Orleans Blinker in 24K Titanium + Stella ($375)

Linda Farrow Round-Frame White Gold-Plated Mirrored Sunglasses ($1215)

Giant Vintage Earhart Demi/G15 ($20)

"I'm especially fond of our new upcoming 2018 Nylon collection—Krewe has been known for a long time for doing metal and acetate integration. Now we're doing metal, acetate, and lens integration frames in more of our key silhouettes, and that's thrilling to me."

Shop the trend:

Krewe St. Louis in Crystal 24K ($255)

Forever 21 Replay Vintage Oval Sunglasses ($25)

Thierry Lasry Hedony Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($400)

Next up, shop the new trend that's going to take over 2018