7 Eyewear Trends I Predict Will Be Huge in 2021

It’s no secret that we are all ready for 2021; it’s a time to hit refresh and embrace the newfound energy the start of a new year brings—especially in fashion. Now is the time to dissect the latest trends of 2021 and mark which are for you versus those you can do without. Today’s trend focus is eyewear. Eyewear is perhaps the most personal accessory as they are not always a one-size-fits-all piece, and by now, you’ve probably found your niche in what shapes and styles suit your face shape. If the former is you, then 2021 eyewear trends were made for you. This season, designers gave all of the beloved, timeless eyewear silhouettes the update we never knew they needed.

Historically, fashion reflects the state of society, and this year proves to be no different. Eyewear trends in 2021 focus on the balance of novelty, statement-making frames, and timeless designs. Consumers are leaning into mindful shopping, purchasing styles that are easy, versatile, and have subtle style details. Think a classic cat-eye shape, but with a modern update with a narrower, angular shape or the notorious aviator with a reflective or colored tint. The runways still embraced the ode to the ’70s with retro-inspired silhouettes like Miu Miu’s round, bright-colored frames and Bottega’s angular aviators. 

From mood-boosting colors and XXL oversized frames to subtle retro references, we’re revealing the eyewear shapes that will be everywhere this season—and better yet, the ones you can shop now.

Le Sport

This summer, we saw a massive trend in sportswear, particularly tennis-inspired outfits. Continue this trend into 2021 by opting for a sportier frame with a sleek, performance aesthetic

The ultimate from tennis-to-brunch look. 

Pair with a class white t-shirt and light wash denim and your look is complete. 

Already have a similar frame? Try tinted lenses. 

Retro Round

The nostalgia feeling of retro frames is not going anywhere this season. Update your round opticals with novelty design elements like crystal embellishments or bright-colored lens.

Keep it neutral with these tortoise frames. 

Mood-boosting Rectangles

The rectangle shape has been having a moment this year and practically took over our Instagram feed. In 2021, elevate your rectangle sunglasses with a bright-colored, acetate frame. From a smoky red to olive green, these colors are an instant uplift. 

If you err on the minimal side, opt for a chunky white frame. 

It’s official: Olive is a must-have color this season. 

The Angular Cat-Eye

The cat-eye is undoubtedly a forever-shape when it comes to eyewear. This season, the cat-eye got a modern update by narrowing the lenses to create a more dynamic, angular look. 

You see? I was right. It’s all about olive green. 

XXL 

Another ode to the ’70s, XXL square lenses are continuing to make a statement this season. Enhance the look by investing in styles with luxurious neutral tones, like rich browns and blacks, for an elevated feel.

Haven’t stopped thinking about these since I saw them on the runway. 

I’m notorious for losing my sunglasses, so for this price, I’ll take two, please.

Tinted Aviator

Another classic shape, aviators will simply never go out of style. Tired of the classic silhouette you’ve had since 2010? We have the perfect update for you: subtly colored lenses. 

The geometric frames instantly elevate this style. 

Try contrasting the darkness of the frame metal with pastel-colored lenses. 

Blue-Light Awareness

Now that our world has become increasingly more virtual, blue-light glasses are a must. Designed to protect the eyes from the harmful blue light found in all of our devices. Bonus: There are actually some super-chic pairs.

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