It’s been a wild year in terms of eyewear fashion. With the interesting mix of old and more modern styles that came out, one can’t help but wonder where we’re headed next. But before we pop that bottle of champagne and greet the new year, how about we do a little reminiscing first? Let’s take a quick look back at the eyewear trends that shaped the year that was.
1. Soft Cat Eye
It seems more and more people are falling in love with anything vintage these days. From clothes and cameras, all the way to musical instruments, everyone’s going retro. Of course, classic eyewear designs—like the soft cat eye specs made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the ‘50s—have made a comeback as well, albeit with a few modern tweaks.
This particular style is perfect for people with a more triangular face based on this style guide from Coastal.com.
2. Heavy Brow Bar
We don’t know when it happened, but thick eyebrows are now in style, and it seems like they’re here to stay. This is probably why specs that sport thick brow bars started gaining popularity as well—but like most other eyewear styles, it works best with a specific face shape, which in this case is round, according to this article from Men’s Health.
3. Clear Frame
If you’re concerned about matching your eyewear with your outfits, then just go with a simple black frame—or a clear one if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous! That’s right, clear frames go well with pretty much anything too. The only downside is that they’re a bit choosy when it comes to skin tones. EYEdolatry recommends people with fair
skin to steer clear of completely clear frames to prevent their facial features from being washed out.
Of course, it’s important to choose styles that don’t look like swimming goggles or anything of the sort as well!
Last but certainly not least, we have another vintage design that has successfully made a comeback: the wayfarer. Originally from the ‘60s, this particular style was brought back to the limelight by several big brands, most notably Rayban.
The wayfarer’s renewed success is probably due to the fact that it works well with practically any face shape, according to shadesdaddy.com.
There you have it: the top five eyewear trends of 2014. Of course, some of these designs will probably make it to next year’s list as well, but we sure can’t wait for what fresh and exciting styles the new year has in store for us!