Ever since 2021 began, we’ve hit refresh and have embraced 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 this year 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.