Say goodbye to contact lenses – 2022 is the year of the nerdy, retro spectacle. Big transparent glasses are making a comeback, and they’re bigger, better and chicer than ever. Thanks to eyewear designers like Prada, Emporio Armani, Oliver Peoples and Tiffany & Co., see-through acetate is the new hero this summer.
But we’re not just talking plain transparent glasses for that invisible frame. We’re talking warm, comforting hues that complement your facial features, cute pastels that touch on your femininity, murky browns that channel retro granny vibes, and deeper transparents to elevate the trend to a whole new level. The options with this year’s transparent eyewear trend are endless…
Take a look at some of the key styles to covet if you’re looking to update your prescription eyewear collection this year.
Blue Ribbon BR11
You can’t beat classic granny chic when it comes to retro-inspired specs. This Blue Ribbon BR11 frame celebrates everything we love about acetate glasses, with a timeless honey-toned hue that suits just about every skin tone or hair colour.
These glasses are super-flattering and can instantly transform a simple jeans and shirt combo into something that oozes 1980s edge. Think sexy librarian. Or think wholesome and preppy with your socks pulled up.
Tiffany & Co. TF2177
The seriously elegant Tiffany & Co. TF2177 frames take on a vintage trend but with a modern twist. These transparent glasses are sleek, chic and contemporary, giving you a clean finish to your outfit. With a neutral grey design, these specs promise something rather androgynous – neither girly or masculine and transitional for every type of weather.
This style is effortless in every season, meaning you’ll get excellent cost-per-wear, and an easy way to accessorise your year-round wardrobe.
Daniel Hechter DHP649
Deep orange/brown tones make these Daniel Hechter DHP649 frames the ultimate prescription eyewear of the season. They look great for the summer, but also take you into autumn and winter, adding warmth to your features.
Founded in Paris in 1962, Daniel Hechter was the world’s first fashion label to bring affordable luxury to the high street – and the brand’s eyewear range follows the same purpose of bringing the latest runway styles to the masses. These frames are certainly a worthwhile investment, and they have enough timeless charm to see you through the years.
The METROPOLITAN 8263 glasses in plum take the transparent trend to a whole new dimension. Transparent glasses don’t have to be light-coloured, and exciting colourways like this one can add a modern edge while ensuring they make a bold impact.
Plum tends to look good on most people, but warmer plum frames can work especially well for people with grey or blue eyes because of the contrast they create. Deep plum hues also contrast well with a range of colours in your wardrobe, giving you lots of outfit options across the seasons.
Nerdy, cool and effortlessly retro. These frames are the ultimate transparent glasses if you want to stand out from the crowd in 2022. Featuring a striking apple green plastic frame front, ultra-thin arms, and square lenses for that geometric look, the Binocle COSMOPOLITAN specs are a confident style statement, reserved for the most self-assured fashionistas.
Think Barb from Stranger Things, but amped up with an eye-catching, on-trend colour that’s totally Instagrammable!
Costing just £33.00, the Icon Z507 is a stylish bargain that will elevate your wardrobe for less! The soft icy blue hue is perfect for taking a classic trend into the modern day, giving you clean, crisp and contemporary way to accessorise.
Metal, plastic and acetate come together for a unique finish, with a full-rimmed cat-eye frame that celebrates fashion in the 1950s and 60s but in a progressive way. The frame is highly durable too, making it suitable for wearing every day and for every type of occasion.
Get the look with our SPECT TELFORD transparent glasses, designed with a stylish olive gradient. Inspired by our love of biophilic design and all things organic, this olive-toned frame celebrates one of nature’s most sophisticated colour palettes and brings it to life in prescription eyewear form.
These unisex frames work on a variety of face shapes, and can look just as great during the day as they look for evening and formal events. Totally wearable but unique at the same time…
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