If you’re the proud owner of an eye care practice, it’s not enough to know how to treat patients’ vision woes. To outdo your toughest competition, you’ll also have to stay on top of the most popular eyeglass trends for 2024.

Like clothing styles, eyeglass designs can fall in and out of fashion from year to year. What was hot last year might be old news in 2024. You don’t want to turn off your customers with outdated frames, do you? Of course not!

Below, you’ll find must-know info about eyewear trends for 2024 to help your practice stay on top of its game. Not in the eye care business? This guide is for you, too. You’ll discover how to turn ho-hum prescription glasses into an effortlessly cool fashionable accessory.

The Rise of Personalized Eyewear in 2023

In 2023, glasses trends saw a shift from the basics to personalization. Wearers grew tired of boring, yawn-inducing prescription eyewear and preferred frames that fit their personal style. So far, this trend has continued well into 2024 and will likely persist far beyond that.

Next, we’ll cover some trendy frame styles for 2023, including the cat-eye frame, retro chunky frames, tortoiseshell glasses, and eco-friendly prescription frames.

Cat-Eye Eyeglasses: A Timeless Trend

Cat-eye glasses are incredibly sophisticated and stylish, making them a favorite among those who must wear glasses to work. Cat eyes are available as thin wire glasses and oversized glasses with thick frames.

Thick black frames are a great choice if you’d like to make a bold fashion statement, and they play nicely with various skin tones. Vintage-inspired clear frames are ideal if you prefer a minimalist cat-eye look.

Embracing Patterns: Tortoiseshell Eyeglasses

If you’ve ever seen a tortoiseshell cat, you may have marveled at its unique coloring and mesmerizing fur patterns. Tortoiseshell frames allow you to incorporate those beautiful patterns into your look.

These glasses may feature round lenses and either oval frames or flat-top frames. They’re available as browline glasses as well. They typically feature black, brown, copper, and golden hues. If you have a cool skin tone, you can also find tortoiseshell frames with white speckles that perfectly accent your facial features.

Minimalist Chic: Delicate Wire Frames

Wire prescription glasses and sunglasses are ideal if you don’t want to draw attention to your frames. They’re a sophisticated and fashion-forward choice that works with nearly any face shape. Plus, they’re lightweight and unobtrusive.

Wire frames briefly fell out of fashion, but they’re gaining popularity again. That may be because they’re available in a wide range of colors, allowing for nearly endless customization. You can get a pair of wire frames in pastel pink, bronze, turquoise, or royal purple. Wire frames are a must-have if you like bold hues and want your glasses to serve as a focal point.

The Retro Revival: Round and Square Frames

Round and square frames were a big hit back in the 70s, and today, these retro-inspired frames are making a huge comeback. Part of the reason may be that many celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Hailey Bieber, and Charli D’Amelio, have jumped on the retro-style bandwagon.

If you have a round face or prominent cheekbones, retro eyewear with an oversized frame shape is for you. Personalize your retro frames with tinted lenses that protect your eyes from UV light.

Eco-Friendly Eyewear

If you’re already doing your part to protect the environment by recycling and saving water, why not go a step further with eco-friendly frames? They’re made from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill (or, even worse, our planet’s struggling oceans).

You’ll appreciate the various eco-friendly styles available even if you’re not an environmental activist. Cat-eye glasses, tortoiseshell frames, and several other styles are often made from recycled plastic. With a pair of these sunglasses, you’ll look fabulous while doing your part to go green. It’s a win-win!

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Eyeglass Trends for 2024

Now that we’ve discussed glasses trends from 2023 let’s move on to eyeglass trends for 2024.

Sustainable Materials

Eco-friendly materials, such as recycled black acetate, remain a top trend in eyewear. Glasses made with recycled plastic boast colorful frames that suit any style. You can also get them with tinted lenses that offer robust UV protection to maintain your eye health.

Bold Geometric Shapes

Try square, rectangular, or even triangle-shaped frames if you love the limelight. These oversized glasses pack a real punch in the style department. 

Retro Revival

Retro glasses are high on the list of glasses trends for 2024. Whether you’d like retro eyewear for the occasional party or everyday use, finding a pair that matches your style is easy.

Vibrant Colors and Patterns

In 2024, demure pastels are out, and bold, eye-popping colors are in. If you’ve always had a bit of a flamboyant style, you’ll be thrilled with this glasses trend for 2024.

Blue Light Blocking

These days, many of us spend hours daily in front of computer screens and mobile phones. These devices emit blue light that seriously strains the eyes.

The eyewear industry has a solution: blue light glasses, which block this irritating light and are available in many stylish frames. Do you want transparent frames, round glasses, or oversized frames? You can get any of these with built-in blue light-blocking technology.

Minimalist Metal Frames

Wire eyeglass frames remain just as popular as they were in 2023. If you have an office job or want a lightweight pair of lenses for workouts, wire glasses will surely become your favorite.

Choosing the Right Eyeglasses for Your Style in 2024

Need help picking the right eyeglasses or sunglasses for your style? Weave has tips on how to choose the best glasses for your facial shape and skin tone.

  • Face shape is an important factor when picking glasses for your style. If you have an oval or round face, stick with cat-eye glasses or square frames, as they can make your face look smaller. If your face is heart-shaped, try round glasses. For a square-shaped face, choose curved glasses.
  • If your face has a cool tone, pick gray, black, silver, purple, or pink glasses. Warm tones look best with beige, honey, and olive-green shades.
  • Where will you wear your glasses? Wire-framed glasses are ideal if you need a pair for exercising because they’re lightweight. If you wear glasses at work, avoiding uniquely shaped frames and bold colors may be best. Do you stare at a computer screen all day? Blue light-blocking glasses are for you and are a good match for any style.

The Impact of Technology on Eyeglass Trends

Glasses technology has grown exponentially in the last couple of years. The following are some of the most trending:

  • Photochromatic glasses: If you’re tired of carrying around prescription transparent glasses and sunglasses, you’ll adore this tech. Photochromatic lenses adapt to changes in UV rays and shift from full transparency to opacity accordingly. While they’ve been around for decades, the latest lenses offer enhanced UV protection and faster transitions.
  • Digitally surfaced glasses: These are made with a diamond-point lathe cutter, allowing for in-depth customization and fewer optical aberrations.
  • DIMS glasses: DIMS (defocus incorporated multiple segments) glasses feature multi-focal lenses that can slow the progress of myopia.

Weave: The Perfect Partner for Optometrists

If you want to stay on top of your fashion game with the latest eyeglasses, paying attention to eyeglass trends for 2024 is an absolute must. Are you a vision care pro? Get a free demo of Weave now to learn how our software can take your practice to the next level by streamlining operations, allowing you to focus on satisfying your clients.

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