Ever since 2021 began, we've been hitting refresh and embracing the 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 which you can do without. Today’s trend focus is eyewear. Eyewear is perhaps the most personal accessory, as it is not always one-size-fits-all, and by now, you’ve probably found which styles suit your face shape. If so, 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 are focusing 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 like a narrower, more 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 Veneta’s angular aviators.
From mood-boosting colors and XXL oversize 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.
1. 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.
2. Retro Round
The nostalgia feeling of retro frames is not going anywhere this season. Update your round frames with novelty design elements like crystal embellishments or bright-colored lenses.
3. Mood-Boosting Rectangles
The rectangle shape has been having a moment this year and practically took over our Instagram feeds. In 2021, elevate your rectangle sunglasses with bright-colored, acetate frames. From smoky red to olive green, these colors are instantly uplifting.
4. 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 with narrower lenses to create a more dynamic, angular look.
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.
6. Tinted Aviators
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.
7. Blue-Light Awareness
Now that our world has become increasingly more virtual, blue-light glasses are a must. They're designed to protect the eyes from the harmful blue light found in all of our devices. Bonus: There are actually some super-chic pairs.
Try a thick, contrasting frame for a fashion-forward look.
This story was published at an earlier date and has since then been updated.