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    Classic, retro trending in eyewear this fall

    New York—What once was considered old is now new again as old styles are trending up in eyewear, says Joy Gibb, spokesperson for The Vision Council at Vision Expo East.

    “We are seeing styles from the 80’s begin to make a comeback,” says Gibb. “Lots of overlays, geometric silhouettes, bright colors, and animal prints.”

    Though these trends are great, Gibb cautions ODs about going all in with new, trendy frames before talking with their patients.

    “Asking the right questions is the key to putting frames in your practice that are sellable to your clientele,” says Gibb. “If it doesn’t fit well for the patient, then it is not a good option regardless of the trend.”

    But how are trends in eyewear set? Gibb says forecasters predict trends one to two years out.

    Eyewear design inspiration is drawn from many different origins. Gibb says influencers such as Pinterest, fashion blogs, trade shows, art, architecture, and music all play a role in what drives eyewear trends up or down.

    Here are the eyewear trends Gibb identifies as trending up for both men and women.

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    Eyewear color trends

    The fall collection of frames shows a variety of colors and prints. Gibbs says to expect to see bright colors for men and wild animal prints for women. She encourages ODs to have fun with their patients with these new, trendy styles.

    “Do your patients want to look like everybody else?” she says. “Have fun with frames to help differentiate your patients from everybody else.”

    Gibbs says women’s eyewear this fall will be dominated by:

    • Lush greens

    • All-over wild animal print

    • Orangey reds

    • Summer-infused aqua

    • Calming lavenders

    • Glossy neutrals

    On the other hand, men’s eyewear color trends are set to feature bright and vibrant colors.

    Related: 6 steps for an optimal optical inventory

    Gibbs identifies the following color trends in men’s eyewear:

    • Pops of unexpected pink

    • Vibrant oranges and greens

    • Red-toned and classic tortoise

    • Heather greys

    “These trends are great, but they won’t work for everybody,” Gibbs says.


    Giovanni Castelli
    Giovanni Castelli is the content specialist for Optometry Times. He is a 2014 graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in ...


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