Top 5 Eyewear Trends For Fall 2012
Every new season brings about some new trends – it’s how the designers make a living, after all. Some trends you’ll love and some you’ll loathe, but what’s important is that you pick what’s right for you and your style, and try to keep away from unflattering trends. For example, if you’re a pear shape, the peplum isn’t the best idea for your silhouette, as it will emphasize the hip area.
In the case of eyewear, many believe that sunglasses are reserved for summer. Of course, that is not the case: UV rays don’t care for the season, they’re permanent. And so should our sunglasses be: from spring till winter, a must have piece in our wardrobe. They mean protection for your eyes, but they’re also a fashion item – they add a touch of mystery and cover up imperfections, plus they can really make your face pop!
This season, besides the extravagant, high fashion sunglasses we’ve seen on the catwalks, there are some trends that can actually be worn on the street. And here they are below:
1. The cat eye shape
Inspired by the ‘50s and ‘60s, the cat eye shape has been with us for a few seasons. The news is that it comes with a twist: whether it’s a mask-like appearance, as seen at Acne, or round lenses, like sported at Karen Walker’s. This shape is flattering on any face, since it gives the eyes an ascending aspect that we all crave for. The style also goes for eyeglasses, for a retro Mad Men style (see: L.A.M.B).
2. The rectangular shape
Mostly oversized (Diane von Furstenberg, Juicy Couture), but sometimes medium sizedrectangular shaped sunglasses are a hit this season. They look especially well on round and oval faces, adding just the right amount of angles to it. This is a shape that’s very popular with eyeglasses, being smart and easy to wear, but it seems that it looks great on shades, too. We especially like Marni’s graphic approach, with a color block mod-inspired dress that matches the rim of the rectangular sunglasses.
3. Oversized wayfarers
Popularized by Ray Ban back in the day, the sunglasses that are neither square nor round are often known as wayfarers. This season, several brands chose this style, giving it an upgrade – mostly in size. 3.1 Phillip Lim went for a keyhole design that looks great on both men and women, Michael Kors went for fall-like colors and a slightly rounder frame, while Gaultier opted for wide arms that look sporty. These glasses have the advantage of looking good on any face, and they are often unisex. They look especially well in earth tones, since fall is the perfect time for those.
4. Round sunglasses
Round sunglasses are super feminine and look good on almost anyone! They are highly recommended for those with angular features (square shaped faces or triangular ones), as they add curves. Alberta Ferretti went for mirror lenses that add a slightly futuristic look; J Crew opted for color, which is a breath of fresh air between all the black and Havana we usually see; and Anna Sui kept it classic with oversized round sunglasses.
5. Pastel shades
Pastels have been all over the runways this spring and fall. Leaving clothes aside, accessories tend to take these soft, muted colors as well! In the case of eyewear, pastels are a blessing for those with a pale skin tone, but they don’t fail to look good on darker complexions as well! This season, Vivienne Westwood went for opal eyeglasses, Tory Burch went for a lilac rim and lilac lenses, while Opening Ceremony counted on an opal frame with dark lenses.
About the author:
Jarin, freelance writer and fashion blogger, social media enthusiast and passionate vintage shopper. Currently blogging at GlassesOnWeb.com about designer sunglasses, and Celebrity Sunglasses Watcher about celebrity fashion.