Trends come and go. We know how fast things change, and trends are no exception.
Often, you see previous favourites come back into style, and some that should've never been in style in the first place! As the years go by, fashion cycles through yet another round of trendy and 'hip' products. Sometimes we sit and shake our heads at what was considered "in" for the year.
This list outlines some of the current trends and their origins.
1. CLEAR FRAMES
If you were paying attention in the last year or so, you may have noticed that plenty of frames were bright, big and bold. Clear products are relatively new, and people often make the switch to reduce the visibility of glasses on their face. OR, they could simply be following the trends.
Clear Frames are here to stay, at least for the next little while.
Aviators haven't necessarily gone out of style, but they have waned in popularity over the years. Once again, the aviators are coming back into the trends in full force.
Fashion is, after all, cyclical. Aviators have been in the market for nearly 50 years, and it seems classics are getting much more attention over the past decade.
Introduced in the 70's, aviators are coming back into mainstream popularity and are known for it's classic, timeless look. Part of the recent surge in popularity can likely be attributed to Netflix airing shows featured in the 70's. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
3. ROUND GLASSES
Also known as "John Lennon" or "Harry Potter" glasses, these frames have come into style more so in the recent years. Likely due to the spike in the well-known magical series' popularity in the last decade. These frames were iconic in the 60's, and are now part of a collection known as 'Geek Chic.' Slowly, but surely, this style of frame is phasing out due to the hipster trends constantly changing.
4. CAT-EYE GLASSES
Originally introduced in the 50's, the test of time for this style hasn't decreased it's popularity. Cat eye sunglasses were extremely popular when they first came out, and while popularity had decreased in the years following, they were not a style that completely went out. With the rise of round frames in the 60's, and the aviators in the 70's, it's no wonder they got pushed to the back burner. Today, we see a modification of original cat-eye glasses in style, including larger, more exaggerated frames, as well as bright colours and often added gems or crystals on the side.
5. HORN RIMMED GLASSES
This style has been around for nearly a century. (We're only 20 years off!) Originating in the 1940's, horn-rimmed glasses have gone in and out of popularity for decades. The original horn-rimmed frames feature a bold top with a very thin bottom frame. Lately, some horn-rimmed styles have been featuring the increasingly popular double bridge, or unique colours and patterns.
Horn-rimmed glasses were made famous during their first decade mostly because of Malcolm X, a human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement.
Styles come and go, but fashion is forever.
Never doubt the power of a classic, but keep in mind that new styles can be fashionable and reasonably unique.
What are some trends that have left you scratching your head over the years?
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About the Author
My name is Krista. Throughout my time at Hoedeman Optical, I've learned so much about the optical industry and eye health. I've always been interested in biology, and I'm thankful to have a job where I can continue my interests while sharing what I've learned with the public.