2024 Eyewear Trend Predictions From A Singapore Optometrist
Article by Chew’s Optics Specialist. 31 January 2024
It’s the start of the new year, and we are taking a peek into our crystal ball to predict the biggest eyewear trends of 2024. So what’s the future of eyewear fashion? We see five main trends, set to take over high fashion runways, TikTok videos and the streets of Singapore.
On the whole, these trends appear to be grounded in the revival of 2000s fashion trends, with an emphasis on practicality over vanity. What was once unfashionable has become the new cool. In many ways, we are redefining the standards of mainstream appeal, stepping away from polished, unattainable looks.
Here are our predictions of the eyewear trends that are set to dominate 2024.
Top 5 eyewear trends to look out for in 2024
1. Bayonetta frames: Corporate chic at its core
If you don’t know yet, bayonetta frames are small, slim, rectangular frames – usually paired with spectacles. Most popular between 2000 and 2010, they are often associated with corporate professionals, teachers and librarians. What’s most puzzling about this trend is that these frames were once considered ugly.
However, it can be seen as a generation of youths reclaiming the idea of conventional beauty, making the statement that one’s level of attractiveness comes from inner confidence and transcends what you wear.
2. Spectacles: Becoming more popular than contact lenses?
Wearing spectacles has become cool again, thanks to the rise of celebrities and supermodels such as Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski sporting them out and about. In particular, it’s the rimless look that has been gaining more popularity in recent months – and will likely continue to be a trendy look in 2024. The more old-fashioned, the better.
Practical prescription glasses have become such an unexpectedly stylish accessory and fashion statement that there’s even a chance that more people will choose to wear and flaunt them, instead of switching them for contact lenses.
3. Spectacle chains: More than just handy holders
Along with the resurgence of prescription spectacles is the rise of spectacle chains in 2024. These glasses chains further add to the geek chic style, breaking through its confines as a purely functional item. Since the 1980s, it has been associated with the elderly. It took about 40 years for it to be reimagined as a new way for people to express their personal style.
We have seen designs of every kind – from sleek, metallic and bejeweled chains, to bold and beaded varieties. What’s more, they are increasingly being used for sunglasses as well.
4. Sunglasses with coloured tints: It’s cooler in colour
While the Kardashian family has popularised oversized black sunglasses in recent years, the trends are now shifting towards a more colourful direction. From the classic auburn hues to the wilder shades of blue and green, coloured tints have become the new definition of cool in 2024.
Many of these tints boast functional, protective purposes. For instance, yellow-tinted sunglasses can help you to see better in low-light situations, while purple-tinted eyewear can mitigate the intense glare of the sun. Now, these unconventional, tinted lenses offer a new way to match your wardrobe and make a statement too.
5. Round frames: A classic look with a modern twist
Round frames are making a comeback in 2024. These frames are not just a blast from the past. They embody the perfect fusion of timeless style and durability, and serve as a versatile accessory that complements a variety of casual and formal looks – as well as different face shapes.
An eyewear trend that’s most popular in Korea, we may see more individuals in 2024 adopting these round, minimalist frames in Singapore to achieve the retro-inspired Korean aesthetic. At the same time, as more Gen Z consumers gravitate towards the Y2K look, bolder and more playful versions of these round frames may become more prominent.
Shop the latest eyewear trends in 2024 at Chew’s Optics
New year, new look? Visit Chew’s Optics to shop the trendiest sunglasses and spectacles in 2024. In fact, we offer a wide variety of frames and lenses – so if you prefer to stick to your own style instead of following what’s trendy, there are other options to choose from.
While you’re with us, we’d recommend speaking to our seasoned optometrists, who can suggest the best frames for you based on your face shape, preferences and habits. If you’re picking up a new pair of spectacles, don’t forget to get your eyes checked. A quick eye exam will ensure your prescription is up to date, while checking for signs of various eye conditions.
Head to our optometrist and optical shop, which is situated at 144 Teck Whye Lane, #01-211, Singapore. We’re open every day except Mondays and Fridays. You can also drop us a message or call us on WhatsApp at +65 8314 7093.