The fall 2016 accessories trends can never be complete without the addition of the gorgeous fall/ winter 2016-2017 eyewear trends, sunglasses really, or glasses as a whole, depending on what the latest styles are calling for.
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We have often found that the ladies donning on these lovely additions to their ensembles look more composed and confident, cooler in the words of the colloquial speakers. It adds a dab of sophistication to a look, a touch of chic to the style you wish to portray. A woman in sunglasses becomes infinitely more attractive due to the eyewear, catching the gaze of all who pass by and perhaps quite a few whistles of appreciation.
As humans we love beauty and confident beauty is a must. Wearing the right shades to suit your features in shapes and colors that are all the rage? Well, that will only add to your own appeal among our societal members.
When it comes to the fashion trends everything should be taken into consideration, from the way you style your hair to whether or not to include glitter anywhere; from the height of your heels to the fit of your clothes.
Of course, this also means that the size and shape of your eyewear is equally as important, along with the lenses, the rims, the embellishments or lack thereof. Things look so much better when you know you are working with the flow of fashion instead of against it, which is where these reports come in. Which of these looks are your favorites from the top fall/ winter 2016-2017 sunglasses trends?
For 2016, there are a few top trends and a few intriguing ones that also make the list. But there are a few things that need to be pointed out. Eyewear is not as big a trend for the fall season as we would expect, it is almost always worn with fringe, and there are no small lenses or frames to be found.
The three facts become apparent rather quickly when sifting through the runway shows to find some awesome looks. While there are a lot of fun pieces, the fall 2016 sunglasses just don’t seem to have much place within the ensembles shown.
#1: The Oversized Sunglasses
Somehow, the oversized sunglasses are here to stay. There is nary a small pair of glasses seen on the runways these days and we are not sure how we feel about that. Some faces simply cannot take the oversized designs and would look more attractive with a smaller piece.
Nevertheless, it appears that covering up half the face with your glasses is quite normal, so experiment with everything from double rimmed aviators as seen at Carven to Michael Kors, where the frames are marble, the lenses are black and the bug eyes are really taking over. Prada’s double wire rimmed glasses are also quite the retro classic with a totally artistic twist, taking up half the features on the face.
Gucci brings in the oversized with its clear as well as colored frames, making the nerdy style look like a total blast. Yes, who does not want to pick up the Gucci oversized glasses anyway?
#2: The Funky Aviator Sunglasses
Aviators have been big on the runways for a while now. Also one of the fall/ winter 2016-2017 eyewear trends, they are a classic that just does not seem to want to go out of style. Opening Ceremony brings in the funky looks with the red colored lenses and frames, making things all the more interesting with the fact that the clothing and the glasses are perfectly matching.
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Gorgeous double-rimmed aviators with brown lenses appear with the fringed hair at Carven, while Chanel’s clear lenses looked absolutely chic with the rest of the totally Chanel styles on stage.
Ombre shades appeared at Loewe with a rather intriguing aviator look to them, complementing the vinyl clothing and the total lab look it produced. And then, of course, there are those oversized, marble-framed Karen Walker aviators that we are going to immediately get our hands on.
#3: The Round Lensed Cat Eye Sunglasses
Huge on the spring 2016 runways, the fall 2016 eyewear trends also bring in this rather chic, utterly darling sunglass look, complete with dark lenses and bright rims, rounded in the former and rather feline in the latter areas.
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Max Mara appears in this style, the very feminine glasses complementing the rather masculine slouches of the pinstripe suits. Add in fringes and dark lips and you have sexy walking down that runway. At Fendi, the rounded lenses were all the more intriguing and quite the sexy ‘80s look that we have been enjoying for 2016.
#4: The Bug Eyes
Rounded frames often give off the feeling of things being pretty bug-eyed when it comes to this style on sunglasses and this year it might just be one of the top fall 2016 eyewear trends to look out for.
Bug eyes appear all over the place, kept in place with double wire rims at Giorgio Armani (where things are super buggy), while Kenzo’s bug eyes are pretty cool with the dual colors and darkest of dark lenses, the oversized frames really matching well with the clothing worn.
#5: The Colorful Lenses
Color is a great thing in general but looks often out of place in sunglasses. Some designers have opted to have fully colorful sunglasses appear though, often matching with the clothing as well, including the red aviators seen at Opening Ceremony.
Colorful and ombre mix together for an interesting look on the Trussardi line in Milan, the upwards slant and colorful tints really adding to the eyewear’s attraction. Oversized and gorgeous, it was nice to see the pinkish tint to the Banana Republic ombre glasses as well.
#6: Sunglasses with Clear Lenses
We saw a lot of clear lenses in the spring, playing second to the dark ones. For the fall/ winter 2016-2017 eyewear trends, it appears that the clear also has its space, sometimes with a slight gradient darkening at the top like at Anna Sui with her starfish topped lenses, or fully clear as with Gucci, the frames really playing on the animalistic approach.
Somehow, many designers have paired the different glasses with fringes and that looks delightful. Perhaps some of the loveliest clear lenses appeared at Chanel with nary a frame showing and all the beauty of an oversized pair without the constraints of plastic and colors to the chrome wiring. The nerdy look is positively astounding on some lesser known designer lines as well, particularly Custo Barcelona and Hellessy.
#7: Sunglasses with Super Dark Lenses
During the spring, the dark lenses were king. With good reason too. For the fall, the sun won’t be around as much as we suppose so that might be why it has given up its traction somewhat, but the dark lenses are forever awesome and the classics we simply cannot do without. Add in some really funky additions like not so chain-like chains to the mix, something noticed at Balenciaga, where the dark shades take on a whole new look.
When it comes to the super dark sunglasses to ward off the sun, we see large round pieces from Dior, bug-eyed double rimmed looks from Giorgio Armani, lovely chic and white rimmed glasses from Coach, extremely oversized and gently studded mock square cat-eye sunglasses from Gucci, embellished frames appearing on Miu Miu and circle lens with cat-eye ends coming into play at Max Mara. As one of the biggest fall 2016 eyewear trends, we see this included at Mulberry and Prada as well.
#8: The Ombre Lenses
They keep appearing season after season. They do not seem to want to leave the scene. The ombre lenses are a delight and very much to the liking of those of us who like to mix the dark and the light and sometimes the colorful with it all.
We see classic ombre lenses on double rimmed sunglasses over at Roberto Cavalli, more yellowish tints to the ombre at Chanel, and colorful rainbows come Trussardi with the combination of yellows and pinks and blues and purples; it truly looks amazing as such.
Banana Republic featured some rather lovely ombre glasses as well, which included oversized lenses and rims, reddish tints and truly attractive designs.
#9: Sunglasses with Embellished Rims
If you want to play up the fall 2016 sunglasses and are rather adventurous in that nature, deciding that the more is the merrier, going for the embellished rims is probably your best bet. It does not have to have too much, just a touch of floral additions as seen at Miu Miu over oversized and rounded lenses, or it could be cute and clear lensed like the starfish found gracing the red rims of Anna Sui.
#10: Matching Sunglasses to Your Outfits
Remember when we saw handbags matching clothing and nails matching makeup? We see the fall 2016 sunglasses match the clothing and the handbags these days as well, something that looks rather intriguing when you throw in matching shoes as well.
In Opening Ceremony’s case, it is all about the velvet, from zip up sweater to quilted skirt, thigh-high boots and a handbag all coming in red velvet, the red aviators only adding to the lovely effects of it all.
There is something inherently strange about matching the clothing and the glasses but sometimes it just works out so well, including the black lensed and white rims pieces from Max Mara matching with the black and white pinstriped suits worn on the catwalk.
#11: The Fun and Futuristic Sunglasses
There are a few really fun and almost futuristic eyewear designs for fall 2016 that we see on the runways, including the lovelies by Marni, which show off colors, shapes, overlapping lenses with the rims and a slight cat-eye for added effects.
It is a lovely look and one we find appearing in multiple shades, from Neo style black and white features that are all about the thicker rim as per Coach, or popping up on the runway in wavy striped patterns on a circle lensed cat-eye, complete with matching clothing, at Fendi.
A favorite, more futuristic look is definitely the Tory Burch glasses with the navy blue lenses and butterfly wing designs, the frames etched with silver lines to offset the black and give it a more overall sophisticated appeal. And then, of course, there are the very geometric Neo style glasses that were also available for the spring and now come with thick frames and dark red lenses at Mulberry. The future truly does look fun with so many different designs.
#12: The Double Wire Rimmed Sunglasses
We have been seeing double rims on the sunglasses for a while now, the appearance of which has not always been unwanted either. On the contrary, it is quite lovable, especially since it offers extra support for the larger pieces without increasing the size of the rims.
At Roberto Cavalli, that takes on a lovely effect with the aviators appearing with thin rims that are accentuated by golden bars. This top look is seen in multiple colors and styles on the Prada line as well, playing with the frames as a whole and giving it a truly retro meets future feel.
One of the loveliest fall 2016 sunglasses when it comes to the double rims though is totally Trussardi, complete with marble frames and ombre lenses that bring in all the colors of the wind.
#13: The Marbled Frames
Remember when marble looks were all the rage? It appears that the fall/ winter 2016-2017 eyewear trends have brought them back lovingly and enjoying playing with them in a mixture of dark and light on the different styles of eyewear.
Trussardi gives us a colorful design for this, while it all takes on a wild feline feel when we turn to the square butterfly wing eyewear along with the large bug-eyed pieces as seen at Michael Kors.
Karen Walker’s dark lensed oversized shades are exactly what the marble frame doctor ordered it seems and they look delectable. However, it is the marble framed cat-eye pair that matches with the pantsuit from Christian Siriano that we keep on falling in love with.
#14: The Clearly Plastic Frames
Translucent and plastic is what quite a few frames look like when we start checking them out on the different runway shows. They are literally all over and often look pretty amazing, such as the lovingly jeweled Miu Miu suglasses that we all certainly want to get our hands on.
More often than not, these frames are also translucent, clearly showing off the other side as well, coming in different colors, the red garnet looking especially good on the Gucci butterfly wings. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, it was not even the whole of the glasses covered with the plastic frame, but it sure was clear and slightly cat-eyed as well!
#15: The Butterfly Wing Sunglasses
One of the best fall/ winter 2016-2017 trends on the Fashion Week runways has been the butterfly wings that take on intriguing designs and just look plain awesome with the cat-like demeanors and overall larger span of the frames.
Sometimes they also come in clear lenses as seen at Gucci, with translucent plastic frames and a nerdy attitude that all but screams that it is perfect for 2016. Since the year is about individuality, this is a style trend that we can truly appreciate.
Things take on a distinctly dark look at Prada as well, adding to the loveliness of the style with a rather retro twist. And then, of course, there is the futuristic loveliness of Tory Burch, with the chrome metal framing the true butterfly effect on glasses that are not so oversized as some other seem to be.
Photos courtesy of Livingly