Autumn/Winter 2021 trends: What we’re wearing

The end of summer is just around the corner. Soon the nights will draw in, leaves will turn orange and we’ll be reaching for our coats and scarves again. The weather might be colder but the autumn and winter months are the most stylish time of the year. Now is the perfect chance to try out a new look for the back-to-school season and experiment with your eyewear.

After months of summer dressing, the autumn-winter trends this year are bolder and more daring than usual. Expect lots of layering but with pops of colour and some experimentation. These trends will extend into the latest eyewear fashion too; think rimless glasses, square frames and lots of purples.

Here’s how you can incorporate the latest autumn-winter trends into your eyewear.

Square glasses

Give yourself a bit of an edge with a pair of square glasses. This style best suits oval face shapes to create a striking contour but will also work for anyone wanting to accentuate their eyes and stand out from the crowd. Because of their dramatic and unique shape, square glasses are a great autumn-winter fashion accessory.

These Specsavers oversized square silver glasses are finished with soft, spiralling sides and brown and blue tortoiseshell acetate tips, perfect for making a statement. Pair these oversized frames with your statement winter coat to achieve a straight-off-the-runway look — an animal print fur coat will go perfectly with a staple pair of square specs.

Nature-inspired frames

Did you know there is such a thing as nature-conscious eyewear? Timberland recently launched their Earthkeepers glasses collection which is representative of their commitment to eco-innovation and making a more positive impact on the environment.

If you’re looking to wear the latest autumn and winter fashion trends, then nature-inspired frames are how to make this possible. Why not try these Timberland men’s tortoiseshell square glasses? The classic style is made from bio-based plastic for a sustainable style, and the light tortoiseshell pattern helps you present your inner explorer. The light brown colour and pattern is very versatile and will suit all hair colours and almost any outfit.

Or, try these Timberland retro round glasses — the crystal clear design is made from 35% bio-based plastic and they offer a style that compliments most face shapes. Mixing both the trend of environment-inspired specs as well as a clear frame design, these glasses present style and nature working harmoniously.

Read more about the Timberland Earthkeepers glasses collection here.

Rimless glasses

If you’re looking for an autumn-winter trend that will make you look smart and sophisticated, try a pair of rimless glasses. Rimless glasses are a great unisex autumn-winter trend for every occasion and you never have to wonder if your glasses are clashing with your outfit.

These Ultralight rimless glasses have a subtle rectangular shape for a minimalist look, finished with an elegant splash of gold. Pair these glasses with your everyday workwear, a nice watch and some gold jewellery for the perfect autumnal outfit, especially as you start heading back to the office.

Purple shades

According to the fashion world, the colour purple is a big autumn-winter trend this year. Lilac and lavender purple are known for being relaxing and healing colours,we all need some of that after the past year. Now nicknamed “Millennial purple” due to their current popularity, we have the perfect purple hues to add an instant update to your wardrobe.

At Specsavers, we have plenty of purple glasses for you to choose from when you’re bored of black, clear or tortoiseshell. These rounded women’s frames have a rich purple front and dark brown tortoiseshell acetate tips to give you the best of both worlds. Get ahead of the autumn-winter trends by clashing  or complementing these glasses with your favourite dress and a pair of black tights.

Alternatively, opt for these Specsavers frames that reinvent the classic tortoiseshell pattern by giving it a funky purple palette. In an angular shape, these acetate frames will give a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit you adorn this season.

Looking for more acetate glasses inspiration to level up your wardrobe?  Check out our lookbook here

Slim and small frames

Slim and small frames are the perfect back-to-school style for an understated yet stylish take on autumn-winter fashion. They are an androgynous style that will emphasise eyes and other accessories due to their stripped-back look.

These retro, round glasses by Lyle and Scott are crafted from thin, dark metal with semi-translucent acetate plastic tips and an eye-catching silver eagle logo. Wear these glasses with a brown or black hat and scarf for a stylish and refined winter look.

Or opt for these Specsavers round frames, which are effortlessly cool in a rose-gold metal. The super-lightweight design makes them comfortable for all-day wearing, which is ideal for the new Autumn term.

Glasses are an accessory for the face that should be accessible for all genders — discover more gender-neutral frames here

Brown frames and tinted glasses

Autumn and winter are all about getting cosy and warm so brown frames are the ultimate seasonal trend. Whether it is tortoiseshell or chestnut brown we have a huge selection of brown frames to choose from.

These Marc Jacobs glasses combine a retro round-eye shape with a brown tortoiseshell pattern and chunky frame. The contrast of the light and the dark brown colour palette will look great in the late autumn sun and would go perfectly with your favourite knitted jumper, ready for the colder weather.

Or, if we get the Indian Summer we’ve all been waiting for, keep the summer going with colour tinted lenses. You can customise your eyewear to the latest autumn-winter fashion trend whilst still gripping on to the last of the summer sun — whether it’s a green tint or brown, read more about Specsavers’ service here

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