Glasses Trends for 2021
How to buy glasses online: styles & features
The concept of “trends” is tricky. Traditionally, each new season comes with an array of trends that everyone follows. But as the awareness of sustainability rises, we ask ourselves, “are trends sustainable?”
For the most part, the answer is no. As consumers, we need to change our perspective on trends. We need to have the mentality of buying a product with a lifespan in mind. Ensuring that what we're buying will be used for the long haul, rather than the duration of a season.
So, for those who enjoy the latest styles in eyewear, we have researched recent trends that align with our products. Because shopping sustainably doesn’t mean giving up style.
Large Frames: A quintessential glamour statement to last through the ages and an essential accessory for anyone in a position of power. Best explained by Anna Wintour herself, “incredibly useful because you avoid people knowing what you're thinking about."
We recommend individuals with round face shapes to consider larger, and most often square and rectangular, frames. Round faces are made up of less defining angles and apparent curves around the chin and cheekbones. Large and geometric frames contrast the softness of a round face in order to add some sharpness.
Slim & Thin
Extremely thin glasses have been popular for the last couple of years. But will it last? We took a normalization approach to ensure that it does.
Triangular and oval face shapes (or any small to medium size head) are best for slim and thin frames. A triangle face, also known as heart-shaped, has wider points at the temple and forehead while narrow along the chin. Oval face shapes have it easy, most frames fit this shape.
It was popular in the 70’s and has prevailed in current times. Here is our adaption of the ever so cool aviator.
For the ever cool aviators, we recommend square face shapes. Square faces have defined chin features and cheekbones. This shape has a balanced length and width along the face and are perfect for frames that have curved angles, such as an aviator. Round or oval type glasses also work well with square faces.
Matching Lenses and Frames
Has monochromatic ever not been in style? We don’t think so. Shop our wide range of styles now because we don’t believe this trend is going away anytime soon.
Yellow, Orange, and Sepia Lens: These lenses alter our perception to believe that the world is a little warmer, no matter the season. And in the middle of winter, we gladly welcome it.
A classic option and a personal favourite. John Lennon knew what he was doing and we can confidently say that this style will never go out of style. Luckily, we have plenty of options for the round glasses lovers.
For all our Lennon lovers, oval and square face shapes do the trick. Of course, oval shapes have the luxury of fitting multiple frame shapes. Round glasses add softness to all faces, especially angular faces, such as square shapes.
In summary, these are all suggestions. No one knows what looks best on their face other than themselves. So, we encourage everyone to experiment and choose what they think is best for them!
Should my lenses be polarized?
Polarization is a feature that can be added to glasses to diminish light glare, prevent damage to your eyes caused by the sun, and improve vision. What is light glare? Light usually bounces off in multiple directions, but only if bouncing off uneven surfaces. If light bounces off an even surface, it will be reflected at one angle, causing a glare.
For glasses to be polarized, a filter is added to block out light that wants to pass through. This filter only allows vertical light to pass through, so any horizontal light that could be bouncing off a body of water or the hood of your car will be blocked out. This explains why polarized lenses are usually darker and images appear clearer. People who use polarized lenses for long durations say their eyes are less tired after being in the sun all day.
Polarized lenses also offer UV protection, but it is important to know the difference between glasses that offer UV protection vs. polarized lenses. Polarized lenses offer both UV and glare protection while UV protection is strictly for UV rays. Additional benefits of polarized lenses are improved clarity, a reduction of strain on the eyes, and the ability to see colors in their true likeness.
Polarized lenses are great for people who suffer from light sensitivity, cataracts, and are avid fishers. But there are situations where polarization should be avoided, such as:
* If your job requires you to look at a digital screen made from liquid crystal (LCD) displays
* Outdoor sports such as skiing and snowboarding because the glare lets you know the difference between snow and ice
* Flying a plane
Is bluelight important?
Many of our jobs require us to stare at computer screens for the majority of the day, causing our eyes to feel dry, watery, irritated, and tired. Some might also not know that light projected from our computer screens causes our circadian rhythm (sleep schedule) to be disrupted. Blue light is what our screens emit that causes all these problems and what most of us cannot escape. What’s the solution? Blue light glasses.
The light that is emitted from our screens is called high energy visible (HEV) light. This resembles the blue light emitted from the sun that damages our eyes. Yes, artificial blue light is not as strong as the actual blue light permitted from the sun, but take into account how long you spend staring at your phone or computer screen. The average person spends almost 11 hours per day in front of some sort of digital screen.
Blue light lenses help by blocking out the light projected from our screens. But, it is important to know how that much light the lens block usually depends on the quality and/or price of the glasses.
27 October 2020
Author: Sarah Byers