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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Let's Talk about Specs Baby | Trends for 2018/19

Eyewear Trends 2018 | Vision Express LightFly Rimless Glasses | Fake Fabulous

I've got new specs and they're causing a bit of a stir!

(Well, as much of a 'stir' as a pair of glasses can cause.)

I get my eyes tested every two years and never miss it.
Not just because I need my specs to read (a side effect of being over 40) but because my dad has glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a potentially serious condition (you can read more about glaucoma HERE)
Eye tests are also really useful for picking up other health issues.
I'm certainly not going to bore you with a lecture so you can find out more HERE, if you want to.

However, just because I need glasses for reading doesn't mean I don't want them to look nice!
And it certainly doesn't mean I can't follow trends.

Glasses are as much a part of an outfit as earrings or any other accessory.

Eyewear Trends 2018 | Vision Express LightFly Rimless Glasses | Fake Fabulous

When Vision Express got in touch I was more than happy to share their brand with you... because I'm already a loyal customer!

{I was not paid to write this post, but Vision Express did gift me these fab glasses.}

Their PR people invited me to my local branch for an eye test (and a pair of glasses of my choice) which made me laugh as I'd just had an eye test and bought a new pair of glasses.
However, a second pair wouldn't go amiss!

When I was picking my most recent pair (not the ones I'm wearing here) I was drawn away from my previous 'geek' style into something lighter (in weight and in colour) and chose a metal framed pair that felt more spring-like, and modern.

However, this time around I decided to go for something even more 'on-trend'.
Why not!?

Heavy and dark styles are on their way 'out' and lightweight frames are coming into favour more and more.

Why not check out Pinterest or Instagram for some inspiration... or look up "Eye wear trends 2018".
Everything seems to be lighter and brighter.

Eyewear Trends 2018 | Vision Express LightFly Rimless Glasses | Fake Fabulous

I decided to challenge the staff at my local shop to see if they could make me a 'bespoke' pair.

I didn't give them any warning either?
Oops, I am naughty!

To cut a not-very-long-but-still-a-bit-boring story short, I wanted the lens shape from a pair of rimless Versace glasses I had seen, without the Versace label (I'm not really into branded glasses).

Could they make me a pair using their super-fine Lightfly frames BUT with a bigger and bolder lens?

I was pushing the boundaries to see how far they could go!

I must tell you that the staff at my local shop were fantastic.
The Optometrist came to discuss lens options for me (I have the new office lens, which removes the need to put your readers on and off all of the time) and the staff bent over backwards to accommodate my design 'demands'.

I'm thrilled to bits with the uber-light, bright and breezy frames.
They feel great on my face and make seeing SO much easier!

That may sound daft, but without a heavy frame, I can see so much more.
Plus, they don't cast shadows and make my bags/dark circles look worse.
(I don't need any help in that department).
Big Bonus!

Eyewear Trends 2018 | Vision Express LightFly Rimless Glasses | Fake Fabulous

Now, I did say earlier that these frames were causing a stir, and they are.

It's because trends take an AGE to reach my local town and geek glasses are still the thing to wear.
Most people still think rimless are for old maids or middle-aged men.

I've had some "Oh... they're different/interesting/unusual/weird?very big and round" (delete as appropriate) comments.

However, I'm more than happy to embrace this new trend and enjoy the extra light!

Do you follow trends in eyewear?
Do you prefer coloured, dark or lightweight frames?
What about taking readers on and off, does that get on your nerves?

I'd love to hear your opinion on these big glasses and the rimless trend!

GLASSES: c/o Vision Express


  1. mwhaha, those 'geek glasses' are also trendy in my neck of the woods, I don't live in the most glamourous town all over the world, but I'm glad that none of us care about it!. Love that you decided to go further with the lighter frames as you look gorgeous in them!, and they look really quality and comfortable glasses!

    1. They're so comfy Monica... and light. I'm chuffed with them.
      Geeks are still going strong here too but I'm happy to rebel!!

  2. I had clear pink frames on my last pair which are a bit NHS c1976 but I love the lighter feel, all got my first pair for aviator sunnies and love them too. Not sure I am ready t go rimless yet as thats what my mother in law wears!! I got my first pair of bifocals too and ugh, expensive mistake, hate them

    1. Those clear pink frames sound fab Rachel.... I'm sure the NHS version was not so cool back in the 70's.
      Classes were not cool back then, now my children wish they wore glasses! Bonkers.
      I'm not sure I'd like bifocals either.
      Do you get a bit wobbly?

  3. I have worn glasses since I was six years old. This time around I did not buy into the large, dark plastic frames. I much prefer metal frames. So my specs were a bit unfashionable but I just did not find those trendy ones flattering on me, or suit my personality, they look very geeky to me. Lise

    1. The thin metal frames are big news Lise... you're bang on trend!
      Everyone just needs to catch up with you and ditch the heavy frames :o)

  4. Hi Sam!
    I am one for having multiple pairs of glasses, of course I wear mine all of the time! I LOVE these frames, the rimless frames are popular, and I had a pair a while ago I enjoyed. They are a great shape on you! I enjoy wearing glasses and think I look odd without!

    1. They're as much a part of your outfit as any other accessory Jess! XXX

  5. I have a bit of a spectacle wardrobe now that I've discovered a fashionable and economical on-line vendor. I've worn a no-line bifocal for years and had no trouble adjusting. At this time most of my frames are heavier but I have had the frameless version and like them a lot. You look so pretty in yours Sam!!

  6. I think they look fantastic Samantha! Definitely a look I would be willing to try! Well done Vision Express for rising to the challenge - I've been super impressed with them too. Sharing this on twitter xx


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