4 Eyewear Trends to Look Forward To In 2023

The best part of A Shaded View On Fashion is the shades, clearly. While we all can’t look like Diane Pernet (there’s only one of her, of course), we can find our own eyewear trends.

As 2022 draws to a close, there’s a slew of new fashion trends and eyewear trends. Our friends at GlassesUSA.com, the world’s fastest growing online glasses retailer, shared their highlights shopping trends with me, of what will be trending in 2023 for women’s and men’s glasses trends.

While last year we saw dusty pastel frames, smart glasses, and eyeglass chains as part of their 2022 Trend Report, 2023 is all about the racer frame, athletic-style eyewear, and tinted frames. GlassesUSA.com’s talented team of in-house designers sat down to curate the coolest and most stylish glasses as seen in the most compelling street style, to the catwalks, magazine spreads and celebrity eyewear, and put together a list of must-have eyewear trends.

Trend No. 1
The Racer

With the rise of the Y2K styles, we’ve seen in high fashion, the racer frame offers a sporty touch to upscale eyewear. It was a key item on the A/W 22/23 runways, both men’s and women’s look, and is making a solid comeback as a must-have frame for 2023. The design details are filled with angular, futuristic touches, and modular styles and lightweight, sustainable materials. Lenses will be iridescent, mirrored and tinted, which is in line with A/W 23/24’s “NatureVerse” forecast.

Athletic-inspired frames continue to trend for the coming season, as seen on the runway at Milan Fashion Week. Eyewear brands like Oakley and Costa Del Mar have perfected this iconic athletic eyewear trend, which was a favorite for rave culture through the 1990s, while Australian brand Poppy Lissiman has their own take on this “raver-meets-athletic” eyewear trend in hues, such as digital lavender and optic white.

“Whether you are on your mountain bike, playing in a football game, or tracking a fly ball on the baseball field, you still have to protect your eyes, which is why athletic eyewear will continue to be popular in 2023,” said Lihi Kopel, Eyewear Designer, GlassesUSA.com.

“The influence of fashion, and meta fashion makes this a trend. Athletic prescription sport eyeglasses, prescription sports sunglasses from top-notch brands such as Oakley, Costa, Nike, Arnette, Puma, FILA, and more help you not only get ahead of the game, but also excel in a game and give 110%, both on and off the field,” said Kopel.

Athletic eyewear is an extension of street style and athleisure, too. “In years since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, society has changed; more people wear activewear every day,” she adds. “It can be seen by how it all began with celebrities in California wearing only active wear brands as a sign of high society status. Activewear has merged into street culture, and that includes eyewear.”

Trend No. 2
The Oversized Angular

This nostalgic 1970s look pairs up oversized frames with sleek style in the #supersizedframes trend. It’s a luxury staple in high-fashion womenswear collections for 2023, and it’s experimenting into the men’s eyewear market, and gender-inclusive lines, as well.

These chunky frames are typically made of recycled plastics in 2023 and offer an oversized silhouette for a dramatic look. These oversized angular looks are geometric, hued in luxe neutrals and some tinted lenses in soft hues bring out the balance to this maximalist look. Expect to see a lot of tortoise shell oversized frames in 2023, too.

Trend No. 3
Eco-conscious frames

With our ever-increasing focus on sustainability in fashion and eco-friendly products, chromatic eco-conscious glasses will be all the rage in 2023. The influence of green will have a stronghold through s/s 24, according to GlassesUSA.com’s design team, and will be used as a symbol to highlight our growing connection between tech and nature.

That includes acidic shades with organic tones. Colors like cyber lime green, sea kelp malachite and emerald will be popular as eyewear frames. Punchy bright greens will also see their moment. Take a look at American eyewear brand Muse’s Mitchum frame in clear, olive green, which is the perfect workday look, or Amelia E. Hazel’s cat eye prescription glasses in tortoise green offer a more retro look. Green frames tie into how eco-conscious eyewear is a priority to the modern day glasses customer.

“Many companies, including GlassesUSA.com are making a large effort to become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Sustainable, reusable mailers for eyewear products are a priority for us,” said Lihi Kopel, Eyewear Designer at GlassesUSA.com.

Trend No. 4
Tinted Lenses

Tinted lenses in warm hues; red, orange, and yellow tints, have been all the rage at Coachella 2022, leading eyewear trends well into 2023. This “New Retro” styling of eyewear brings a vintage feel to music festival culture.

Thin metallic frames bring a 1970s feel with aviator-style frames, rimless or monotone rims will be trending, too. These glasses will see a rise with beaded eyewear cords, too.