For anyone looking for a style refresh, new eyewear can make a big impact. This season, classic frames make a comeback, eco-friendly options are in high demand and translucent hues give traditional designs a clean, neutral edge.
“Fashion eyewear has taken a step back in time,” says Sandy Fasano, certified ophthalmic assistant at Delaware Ophthalmology Consultants, which has locations in Middletown and Wilmington. “The ’70s are back.” Expect a resurgence of the “big, bold colors, shapes and sizes” that defined the era, Fasano says.
“Designers are experimenting with more obscure silhouettes and details,” notes Nikki Kemper, a Wilmington–based stylist. “My favorites for women are a mix between cat-eye and oval, but with boxier arms,” she says. She’s also drawn to neutral or clear acetate colors, as well as “jewelry-like” details, such as a pearl trim, extra gold rivets or an optional glasses chain.
Ava Bellinger, optical manager of Simon Eye Associates, echoes Kemper’s sentiments on see-through specs. “Clear, thick and oversized is also a trend that continues to top the charts,” she says, adding that rectangular and aviator frames are also among the most sought-after shapes.
A rep for national retailer Warby Parker forecasts a creative cascade of warm, autumn-inspired colors. “Traditional seasonal hues are present but punched up, resulting in elevated earth tones, crisp crystals and richly grounded tortoises. It’s unequivocally fall yet delightfully unexpected.”
But these days, glasses-wearers are looking for more than just what’s en vogue. “With ever-increasing focus on sustainability in fashion and eco-friendly products, manufacturers are promoting eco-friendly eyewear, which we will see even more of through 2024,” Bellinger says.
With so many options, it can be hard to choose. “You can really find luxurious looks at any price point these days,” Kemper says. “I would caution away from large logos and encourage everyone to play around with a little print or color for fall. I’m seeing sunglasses in beautiful shades of berry, plum and chocolate right now that really break up the monotony of traditional fall black.”
When in doubt, Fasano encourages throwing caution to the wind. “Eyewear is meant to be fun,” she says. “Grab those new ‘funky’ frames and jump on that party train.”
Carolina Herrera HER 0088, $329, at simoneye.com.
Karl Lagerfeld KL6078, $249, at simoneye.com.
Gucci GG1332O, $449, at delawareeyes.com.
Chloe CH0008S, $449, at delawareeyes.com.
Warby Parker Percey eyeglasses, starting at $95, at warbyparker.com.
Warby Parker Freddy sunglasses, starting at $95, at warbyparker.com.