Summer Styles Inspired by the Desert Collection

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It’s the peak of summer and we’ve just launched our Desert Collection frames at Zenni Optical, inspired by the earthy hues, rich textures, and otherworldly beauty of the desert. We’ve teamed up with some of Instagram’s hottest trendsetters and asked them to come up with their favorite summer styles highlighting our Desert Collection frames. Read on to get inspired with some fashion blogger-approved outfit ideas for building your own one-of-a-kind look.


speckled cat eye glasses

Our Arroyo patterned cat-eye glasses are perfect for adding a little desert-inspired glamour to any eclectic look. With a marbled, earthy pattern in four gorgeous hues, it’s easy to add a little feminine flair to any of your summer outfits. Our favorite take? Erin of Style By the People’s tea-length bohemian tassel dress in a washed-out dusty red with some barely-there summer sandals, a look that’s right at home in Joshua Tree. The finishing touch? A structured black jacket to add some edge – and play off the dark lenses on these ultra-cool frames.

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Love standing out from the crowd? Then try our onyx and topaz Arroyo cat eye frames and add a level of sophistication to any desert ensemble.

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Now all you need is a dash of color! Jessica Sheppard starts by adding flamingo-pink lenses to the Arroyo, then pairs them with an olive green shirt and simple black skinny jeans. Little tassels and hints of print add an extra dash of eclectic flair to this look. If you’re looking to try this vibe at home, pair some basics in black and your favorite earth tone as a base. Throw on some eye-catching Arroyos and a patterned detail (scarf, bag, or shirt embellishment) and you’ve got an ensemble that’s guaranteed to make a statement.

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blue hexagon glasses

Make your look a head-turner with our one-of-a-kind Juniper sunglasses. With a round shape and angular top rim, these patterned frames add a modern flair to your summer look, whether you’re just rocking simple white and denim or something more outside the box. But with striking frames like these, why not make your whole outfit bold? We love Freddy Rodriguez of Blue Perk’s fiery red tropical palm shirt and casual cuffed shorts for a beach-ready look with a ton of color that no one will forget.

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You can also rock a Juniper frame indoors with an eyeglass lens for a look that’s a little bit bookworm and totally on trend.

hexagon glasses

Pair this angular frame with something breezy and contrasting, like Courtney Shield’s patterned tunic top and dainty gold chokers. With a clear lens you can take this frame just about anywhere – what could be better? Try this look with any bohemian inspired top for a bit of juxtaposition and be prepared to get some compliments in the process!

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summer aviator glasses

If you’re looking for a striking, can’t-miss frame, it’s our Bajada. With a metal brow bar and rounded edges, it’s a new take on aviators that adds an edge to any outfit. Not sure what to pair them with? Frames this unique add a twist to anything from a simple sundress to a moto jacket. But Helen Berkun takes this frame in a safari-inspired direction that might just take the cake: a feminine spin on a camo top with a claw necklace, bohemian clutch, and ankle-wrap sandals (and her Bajadas, of course). Add in a loose braid and you’ve got a look that’s totally ready for adventure.

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gray wood glasses

Our rectangular Senita glasses have a matte woodgrain finish, perfect for adding a natural, wilderness-inspired textural element to any look. Available in bark, denim, or ash tones, it’s an ideal accessory for any color palette. Accentuate the angular shape of this frame with a loose, flowing statement piece, like blogger Steph Lexx’s sheer floral kimono. Floral details and the lightweight fabric make for a weightless and dramatic feel. With some denim cutoffs, a simple tank, and black ankle boots, this look is effortlessly chic and totally on-trend for any summer occasion.

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grey wire aviators

Modern, lightweight aviator frames like our Yucca glasses have a timeless shape that goes with any look. The delicate wireframe and satin finish make it a sleek finishing touch on everything from casual wear to a night-out look. If you’re looking to keep your look sleek and focused, a monochromatic ensemble might be the perfect match – and why not make your color palette a vivid, summery tone? Jessica Sheppard pairs her Yucca frames with a pretty in pink top and skirt combo for a two-tone look that shows off these thin, sleek frames. A little nervous about going all out in one bold tone? Monochrome doesn’t have to be scary – try one item in a muted version of your favorite shade, and another in a more vibrant hue. Throw on some Yucca’s and you have a pared-down but definitely bright ensemble that makes a bold statement.

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For another take on our Yucca frame, don’t miss Erin of Style By the People’s cali-girl casual look.

black wire aviators

A unique light-wash denim skirt and a simple graphic tee with a pop of red come together for an outfit that stands out from the sea of simple shorts and tees. Our tip for getting this look? Think thrift shops: find a piece that’s a unique twist on a basic item and pair it with a low-maintenance graphic tee and our always-cool Yucca aviators for a final product that’ll definitely turn heads.

summer skirt glasses

With its earthy hues, bold shapes, and rich textures, the otherworldly beauty of the desert provides a magical escape from the everyday and a chance to connect with nature, ourselves, and each other. Connect to the raw, natural beauty of the desert with frames from our new Desert Collection here at Zenni Optical. No matter what your style, there’s a summer look and a pair of glasses perfect for accentuating your unique taste. Shop our Desert Collection today to build your outfit. Which of these great summer styles is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!