Fall Eyewear Fashion Trends

The hottest trends, your favorite celebrities, and the latest in eyewear.

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At Zenni, September is dedicated to three things: fall, fashion, and frames. That’s right, every year as summer winds down, we start daydreaming about cozy cashmere sweaters, the return of Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes, Vogue’s September issue, and brand new fall eyewear styles (obviously)! This year, Zenni headed to New York Fashion Week to watch the Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear shows from the front row. Our glasses even took their own turn down the the runway!

As the women’s designer fashion shows continue their global parade on to London, Milan, and Paris, we’ll be taking notes to bring you all the latest styles in eyewear for 2017. In the meantime, join us as we take you through the hottest trends of the fall season and check out the very best celebrity street-style looks for instant fashion inspiration. After all, fall is the perfect time for a wardrobe and accessory refresh. And remember our motto at Zenni: you can never have too many pairs of stylish glasses and shades!

TRENDS FOR WOMEN

BROW FOCUS

Setting the bar high this season are frames with a brow focus. This fall and well into 2017, look for brow bar sunglasses to take to the main stage. Bold, dynamic, and undeniably modern, this style comes in many different variations to suit every type of personal style. Modified cat-eyes, teardrop silhouettes, and square frames are all updated with defining architectural elements. In particular, metal details such as a gold, double-bridge brow bar adds a luxurious finish and serves as a focal point by drawing attention to the face.

CAT-EYE

This season, the stylishly refined cat-eye brow bar continues to stay on trend. Subtle changes to its unique double-bridge silhouette, such as a new square frame design, depart from the rounder shapes of seasons past. Olivia Munn, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Chrissy Teigen demonstrate how to successfully incorporate cat-eye brow bar frames with rich, brown tints into your fall wardrobe. Fashion insider tip: a duster coat, suede skirt, and black top are three fall clothing pieces that work well with tortoiseshell, cat-eye brow bars.

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TRY: A dramatic cat-eye silhouette is updated with a metallic brow bar detailing, angular edges, and an elegant tortoiseshell finish for the fall season.

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OR: A modified cat-eye brow bar featuring luxe mixed materials and a gray gradient lens is the definition of autumn style.

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TEARDROP

Nothing says style and elegance like the perfect pair of black shades. It’s the quintessential go-to accessory that every gal needs in her wardrobe. Fashion-forward ladies will appreciate the emergence of brow-bar aviators with a rounded, teardrop lens that provide a new style option for fall. Keep this trend on your radar, teardrops are only going to get more popular as the year progresses. While strolling the streets of NYC, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Heidi Klum opt for ultimate sophistication with full-coverage, brow bar sunglasses and dark teardrop lenses. Super chic, indeed!

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TRY: Elevate your look in ultra-luxe, black acetate frames with a gold, double-bridge brow bar accent and gray teardrop lenses.

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SQUARE

Hilary Duff, Kylie Jenner, and Sofia Richie are fans of brow bar frames with angular appeal and bold mirrored tints. Fashion insider tip: choosing a reflective mirrored lens in a red, green, or silver will brighten up everyday fall wardrobe essentials such as your go-to knit sweater or favorite pair of jeans.

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TRY: Turns heads in square aviators with a tortoiseshell finish, gold brow bar detailing, and an eye-catching, mirrored lens.

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ROUND AVIATORS

Vintage-inspired, round aviators continue to be one of the hottest eyewear trends of the year. This season, round aviator frames are enhanced with polished finishes, metal brow bars and reflective, mirrored lenses. The effect is subtle yet ultra-hip making this look a favorite with the fashion crowd on and off the runways. Models of the moment Chrissy Teigen, Miranda Kerr, and Kendall Jenner make airport runs looks extra chic in their dark, circular aviators. Fashion insider tip: to avoid overpowering your face, take style cues from these fashionistas and chose frames with delicate, metal details.

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TRY: Retro, round aviators featuring a gray gradient lens and metal brow bar make for a classic, everyday wardrobe staple.

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Kate Beckinsale, Gigi Hadid, and Olivia Culpo take to the big city streets in reflective, silver mirrored frames. Trend alert: a silver, round aviator paired with a slicked back hairstyle is definitely on our radar for fashion trends to try this fall season.

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TRY: Vintage-inspired, round aviators with a silver on silver effect add subtle shine to any fall look.
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Street-style superstars and models Hailey Baldwin, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Karlie Kloss are fans of round aviators in warm, mirrored tints. We love how this style of frame can be worn with both sporty, casual outfits and dressed up ones. These sunglasses get an A+ for versatility.

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TRY: A round aviator frame with a sleek metal accent brow bar and reflective, rose gold mirrored lens is the perfect way to add subtle color to your fall look.
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WIRE DETAILS

This fall, expect to see the wire trend everywhere! From earrings at Rosie Assoulin to bracelets at Dion Lee, we spotted wire details all over the runways at NYFW. It’s safe to say, wire details will be the must-have accessory for the upcoming fashion season. Wire details continue to be a prominent trend in eyewear and factor heavily into the hottest eyewear trends for fall. These lightweight, sculptural elements show up in browlines, temples, and even nose bridges. There’s something about a sweeping open wire browline frame, with its thin metal design and wire detailing that’s refined, yet decidedly retro. Here at Zenni, we can’t get enough! Rita Ora, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner go for major style points in bold, wire-rimmed browline frames.

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TRY: A sculptural wire brow bar paired with a silver, reflective lens makes these lightweight frames ultra fashion-forward.

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OR: Super stylish, brow bar wire frames take on a totally different look by adding a gray gradient lens.

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For statement making style, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Beyoncé choose edgy, aviator frames with black, wire details. Fashion insider tip: adding a bold, mirrored tint to wire frames is an easy way to add an eye-catching, edgy element to your fall wardrobe.

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TRY: An oversized, aviator frame with polished black wire accents and a bold, mirrored lens creates a dramatic silhouette.

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ROUND SPECS

If you’ve been following fashion, you know that round eyewear is back in a huge way! We’ve seen just about every type of circular style on the runways from ultra-oversized to ‘70s inspired teashade silhouettes and colored tints. This season’s hottest eyewear trends have their roots firmly planted in the ‘90s. Glasses are metal-rimmed, lightweight, and uniformly round.

Model of the moment Emily Ratajkowski single-handedly put round eyewear back on the map. Her affinity for circular glasses is legendary. We love how she balances current fashion trends with her signature glasses. Tackle this fall trend head on by trying a pair of round metal glasses with a muted tint in a light, amber gradient or pale yellow. Talk about straight off the runway style!

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TRY: Round, wire-rimmed frames with a lightly tinted lens epitomize ultra-chic style.

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Fashion’s most in-demand model, Vogue cover girl, and NYFW favorite Kendall Jenner opts for circular specs when it comes to her eyewear style. This fall, for a fresh take on Kendall’s dark metal reading glasses look, try a lighter, brassy hue.

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TRY: Metal wire-rimmed eyeglasses with an aged copper finish are the perfect frames to round out your fall collection.

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TRENDS FOR MEN

RECTANGULAR AVIATORS

This season, classic aviators get a complete overhaul with the addition of rectangular lenses. The result of this massive update? Streamlined angles, clean lines, and fresh looking frames that will last you through the entire fall season and into 2017. Further improvements such as cutting-edge materials, satin and matte finishes, and sleek polarized lenses have taken rectangular aviators to a whole new level by bridging fashion and function. Hollywood’s leading men Scott Eastwood, Brad Pitt, and Ben Affleck have all caught on to the rectangular aviator trend.

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TRY: Contemporary and cutting-edge, rectangular aviators with a black satin finish and polarized gray lens are a must-have addition for any man’s fall wardrobe.

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OR: Square aviators featuring a gray gradient lens and matte black temple tips are sporty and ultra-sleek.

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ROUND SPECS

The ‘90s are back again! Take note, this unisex trend is not just for the ladies. In fact, round metal eyewear is going to be just as popular with the men. Gents, for your everyday style, gold wire frames paired with a round lens give this look that vintage feel that is so desirable. We’ve also designed antique-inspired, wire-rimmed frames for a more sophisticated, refined option. Actor Kit Harington, Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton, and Justin Bieber incorporate lightweight,‘90s-style wire-rimmed eyeglasses into their day-to-day street style looks.

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TRY: Sleek, round frames epitomize retro-style and offer a nod to ‘90s throwback fashion.

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OR: For the sophisticated gent, metal-rimmed eyeglasses with a bronze hue have timeless appeal.

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Looking for even more fashionable frames? Check out Zenni’s entire Fall Eyewear Trends selection.

Which eyewear styles are you most excited to try this fall? Let us know in the comments below!

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