Eye protection is important even when the weather is cold, but for most of us style matters too, so we’re definitely paying attention to the fall/ winter 2019-2020 sunglasses trends that were presented on the New York, London, Milan, and Paris runways!
While this fashion month didn’t present nearly as many eyewear options as the spring/ summer one, the few options that were presented were conceptually significant. There were a few classic and easily wearable fall 2019 runway sunglasses that were crafted to fit with other seasonal trends, but we were surprised by the high percentage of truly unique creations. Some designers didn’t just deliver an old twist on something new, or brought back an old trend: they innovated and made some truly special eyewear.
We think it’s so important that designers presented unique fall/ winter 2019 sunglasses trends because it helps people remember to wear these wonderful creations during winter as well as summer. For those living in places that get snowy, sunglasses are critical! The snow reflects UV rays that can damage the eyes, and wearing trendy winter sunglasses can give much needed protection.
But enough with the killjoy reminders, let’s get to it and see which fall 2019 eyewear trends we’re all soon going to obsess over!
#1. Connected Shield Lenses
There are all kinds of ways in which eyewear frames can accommodate one large lens that extends to both eyes, though this effect is usually seen as sporty and is especially associated with winter sports. For the fall 2019 eyewear trends, however, connected lenses were applied to fashion glasses that didn’t necessarily have that sporty look.
Oversized connected lenses at Eudon Choi had a distinctly urban vibe, with a blue lens, rimless bottom, and a plasticy top rim. Givenchy presented sophisticated connected lens options, with a lot of ombre lenses, a rimless design that allowed for a metal frame along the top of the lenses, and even a bit of shiny decoration along it.
The Emporio Armani fall runway show opened with a series of red sunglasses with a subtle connected design. Shaped a bit like a pair of aviators, but with a red plastic frame, the space between the top bar and bridge was actually a continuation of the orange lens. There was a similar subtle effect at Chanel with a pair of white framed sunglasses.
#2. Oversized Sunglasses
Want to try and pretend to be a celebrity? Pop on a pair of one of these oversized designer sunglasses, and you might be able to succeed! The oversized specs that lead to this being one of the fall/ winter 2019-2020 sunglasses trends were anything but typical.
Our favorites were worn on the Carolina Herrera runway. These massive square-lens glasses had a striped frame, with a red and gold option or a white and gold option – we loved both equally.
Oversized sunglasses at Balenciaga were part of an overall oversized aesthetic, with many female models wearing large blazers in masculine cuts. Most of the sunglasses were triangular, another fall 2019 eyewear trend, but some were square. The large clothes and massive glasses with totally black lenses reminded us of the Olsen twins’ late-aughts aesthetic.
At Prada, oversized lenses were styled to go with green soldier-inspired outfits. Even in unconventional shades like red or green these glasses showed how intimidating a large, dark lens could be when totally obscuring the face.
#3. Black Matrix-Inspired Sunglasses
We’d be remiss not to mention the few but extremely notable, skinny sunglasses that reminded us of those favored by the characters in the Matrix. To count as Matrix sunglasses, they must be slim with dark black lenses that totally obscure the eye.
We’ll start with the most cyberpunk of runways. Alexander Wang’s Matrix inspirations were clear, so beyond leather trenches and Wachowski-esque dreadlocks, models sported all kinds of small, black-lens sunglasses. Small oval lenses were reminiscent of Morpheus, while slightly tilted cat eye sunglasses were similar to those Trinity wore in the film. It’s important to note the sunglasses weren’t exact copies, as they were slightly embellished with a variety of elements including metallic touches and some clear frames.
At Acne Studios, the vibe was all Neo, with models sporting rectangular glasses with black lenses. The unique detail here, however, was a subtle raised element along the top rim.
We saw more traditional slim and black oval sunglasses at Christian Siriano that were rimless just like Neo’s, and were uniquely paired with an all-white outfit. Even at Prada there were tiny semi-round black sunglasses that gave us distinct Morpheus vibes.
#4. Bejeweled Sunglasses
The fall 2019 accessories were as blingtastic as can be on the runways, despite garments leaning towards casual, and as such the fall 2019 sunglasses trends included some truly glamorous options.
It’s best to start with the masters of bling: Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian designer duo is known for favoring ostentatious creations, and the glasses were no different. Their offerings included sunglasses with a metal frame that was just slightly studded with crystal embellishments all the way to a pair of sunglasses dripping with rhinestones thanks to a stoned fringe that lined the frames all the way around.
We find ourselves always following a D&G mention with Moschino, where Jeremy Scott tried to compete with the camp and glam of the Italian designers – in this instance, with a pair of gold-frame wayfarer sunglasses embedded with small jewels worn on top of the head rather than obscuring the model’s face.
‘90s-inspired triangle-shaped glasses at Versace had a frame completely covered by a row of small, square crystals. A slightly more understated treatment was applied to a reverse teardrop and aviator sunglasses at Dior, which had tiny crystals tightly embedded in their frames.
#5. New Geometry
There are a variety of traditional shapes for eyewear – both lenses and rims, so it’s always surprising when designers decide to throw those safe choices to the wind and play around with new shapes that inevitably are also more expensive to produce.
We were presented with a new shape for sunglasses for fall 2019 at Loewe that was extremely impactful despite not being dramatic. The thick-framed sunglasses had a rounded outer shape and a very square inner shape, with a perfect right angle right above the nose and a very straight bridge.
At Self-Portrait, the glasses closing the show were hexagonal, with frames made of delicate gold-colored metal and also boasting an aviator-style top bar.
#6. Bridge on Top
One of the odder fall/ winter 2019-2020 sunglasses trends was glasses with a bridge along the top of the lens – what is normally called a top bar, but we think that name should only apply if there is also a bridge. The reason why it felt odd isn’t necessarily that it’s a super wild or unusual choice – but in a season where designers didn’t showcase a ton of different eyewear options, so many of these showing up definitely stood out.
At Michael Kors, positioning of the nose bridge, which became a forehead bridge led to a very unique shape. It connected with the top part of the lenses, leaving the bridge of the nose bare. A slight tilting of the lenses inwards made the whole thing extra unique.
A high bridge on round sunglasses at Miu Miu, on the other hand, ended up having a retro effect, since it lent the glasses the appearance of pince-nez. At Tod’s, the lenses were also round, but they were larger so the effect was modern. There were even a few sunglasses like these at Zadig + Voltaire that simply looked like partially complete aviators.
#7. Yellow Lenses
Sunglasses with yellow lenses are the perfect choice if it gets foggy in the autumn where you live, since they can sharpen depth perception and enhance contrast. Beyond being super practical, they also block out blue light, which is useful if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.
Oh, but wait a second, we’re talking about fashion here, aren’t we? Well, yellow lenses were a useful part of the fall/ winter 2019-2020 eyewear trends, and here’s a little pro-tip: they’ll suit you best if your skin has a warm undertone.
Some of the unique rimless glasses at Fendi had yellow lenses that covered the top half of the face, with extended orange parts over the brows in a criss-cross shape that is best understood if seen.
It was all about full protection at Givenchy, with both solid yellow lenses and brown to yellow ombre lenses showing up in the aforementioned connected lens style. While masks are the face coverings that ruled the Gucci runway, yellow-lens sunglasses in delicate metal frames or tilted black frames also made an impression.
#8. Round Lenses
Round lenses are seen as pretty old school. While they’re not immediately flattering, the wearer is perceived as sartorially inclined and daring.
Round lenses at Zimmermann sat in a very unique frame. The plastic frame slightly extended toward the temple, so the round shape was still very dominant, but the overall effect was slightly elongated. Made of plastic, it was unusual to see both a bridge and top bar on these glasses.
At Gucci, there was a pair of round clear-lensed sunglasses with a thick white frame that will surely be a polarizing eyewear choice in the coming months. A few other designers who also had round lenses in some of their fall 2019 runway sunglasses included Miu Miu, Tod’s, and Prada.
#9. Lenses Over the Rims
Instead of a traditional metal rim, we noticed a few instances where the fall 2019 sunglasses had the lenses applied right on top of the rims, with the lenses either screwed unto the metal or glued over it.
At Self-Portrait, for instance, geometric red lenses were attached to a slightly smaller rim. At Valentino, the lenses were triangular, and likely attached to the rims below them with crystal-studded screws.
#10. Pale Frames
While the light-colored eyewear frames presented as part of the fall 2019 sunglasses trends were all over the place as far as the designs went, we still feel as though something is owed here to Kurt Cobain and the round, white-framed sunglasses he favored in the ‘90s.
At Chanel, what seemed like typical square glasses with a thick white frame were actually connected lens glasses. Some of the uniquely shaped sunglasses at Loewe had a gorgeous light frame made of acetate with splashes of white and gray. Lastly, at Gucci, geometric aviator-style sunglasses with a white lens were as stylish as can be.
#11. Cat Eye Frames
Cat eye glasses have been so ubiquitous in the last few years that we’re starting to think of them as a staple. This is because they have a super flattering way of pulling the face up, and they also have just a touch of whimsy about them. It was lovely to see the various ways fall 2019 runway sunglasses embodied the classic shape.
Black-lensed cat eye sunglasses at Saint Laurent were striking when combined with the collection itself, which was very heavy on black party clothes. For those who like really sharp points on their cat eye, Each X Other presented a black pair that was a little smaller but as sharp as can be.
At Oscar de la Renta, different colored materials for the top half-and-half of the frames made for a fun design that emphasized the cat eye shape.
#12. Aviator Glasses
You cannot go wrong with a pair of aviators. A top bar and large lenses are all it takes to make you cooler than everyone around you (except maybe those folks wearing the geometric sunglasses), and you know that this will apply today, tomorrow, and in a few decades as well. No one can complain about aviators being part of the fall/ winter 2019-2020 eyewear trends, that’s for sure.
Every single model at Celine wore a pair of golden-framed aviators with dark lenses, likely saving makeup artists backstage a lot of work. The timeless aviators were a perfect accompaniment to the ‘70s-inspired collection. There was also some ‘70s inspo at Sonia Rykiel, who presented ombre-lens aviators that were softer and more welcoming than the ones at Celine.
The aviators at Zadig + Voltaire, on the other hand, were anything but classic. Rather than traditional metal frames, the frames were made of acetate, which is softly autumnal and fits in well with the other fall 2019 fashion trends.
#13. Brown Lenses
We love brown lenses for the fall 2019 sunglasses trends, for a couple of reasons. The first is that brown lenses are so soft and autumnal, so we think they’re a perfect complement to the fall 2019 color trends.
The second is that we think they’re a good fit for a season when you need the sun dulled during certain parts of the day, but you don’t want all light blocked out since it already tends to be darker outside. Cute and practical, what’s not to love?
The brown lenses at Zimmermann had a soft ombre effect, and came in a round iteration or in an oversized geometric shape, while at Acne Studios brown-lens sunglasses were even more unique, with an elongated shape and a purple bar along the top and bottom of the lenses.
Lastly, there was a gorgeous pair of oversized glasses at Oscar de la Renta with brown lenses and frames with a cheetah print.
#14. Triangle Lenses
One of the most notable ‘90s-inspired fall/ winter 2019-2020 sunglasses trends was an affinity for slim, triangular lenses. This trend took off last season, but it’s going as strong as other ‘90s fashions, so make sure to rock your triangle sunnies with a layered grunge look!
There was lots of room for triangular lenses at the Versace show, where the theme seemed to be “Neon ‘90s” – the triangles were slightly tilted downwards, and the frames themselves were studded with jewels. Funnily enough, the glasses at Christian Siriano also had frames tightly studded with jewels, with the main difference being that the triangles turned upwards rather than downwards.
Even at Dolce & Gabbana we noticed some triangular glasses. The frames were made of gorgeous green acetate, with an extreme cat eye style point. Lastly, at Valentino we had some more truly lovely triangle eyewear options, most of them with a unique design where the lenses were attached in a way that made them seem rimless, with little jewels decorating the perimeter.
#15. See-Through Clear Lenses
While clear bags and clear shoes still stand firm among the top blogger-approved fashion trends, the fall/ winter 2019 sunglasses trends also offer up clear sunglasses, which are way more wearable and just perfect for channeling that librarian chic look.
Clear lenses came captured inside tortoiseshell frames in different colors at Chloe, looking so fresh and covetable. At Acne Studios, the clear lenses combined with the futuristic rectangular frames gave off a certain laboratorian feel, while Prada’s version was all about geek chic.
Clear lenses were also spotted at Michael Kors, Max Mara, and many others.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly