Published on December 14, 2023

Transparent glasses: A trend that's here to stay

Welcome to our latest style guide, where we will focus on one of the most versatile and trendy eyewear choices out there: transparent glasses! Whether you're new to this trend or looking for fresh ways to style your clear frames, you’ve come to the right place. Transparent glasses can be worn with any outfit, complement every skin tone, and suit both men and women. Let's explore the elegant ways you can wear clear-framed glasses.


The rise of clear glasses

Transparent glasses actually became popular as early as the 1930s. However, it was in the 1960s that clear frames really took off, thanks in part to celebrities adopting the look. Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and David Bowie are just some icons who wore transparent glasses.

Even after the 1960s, clear glasses rapidly gained popularity in the world of fashion. From famous stars to influencers, everyone seems to be embracing the trend, including Selena Gomez, Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, and more. But what makes them so appealing? 

Known for their subtle yet chic appeal, these frames are perfect for people who prefer a minimalist style. But don't let their simplicity fool you; clear glasses can make a bold statement when paired correctly.

Who should wear transparent glasses?

One of the best things about clear-frame glasses is their universal appeal. Regardless of your face shape, skin tone, or personal style, these translucent frames can work for you. However, keep in mind that some “shades” of transparent glasses will look better on you than others. 

The key lies in the harmony between the glasses and your skin tone. For those with cooler skin undertones, glasses that are crystal-clear can complement their complexion, creating a sophisticated and harmonious look. 

People with warmer skin tones might find that crystal-white frames contrast too starkly against their skin, potentially washing out their natural colour. In such cases, opting for transparent glasses with a pinkish undertone can be a better option. These subtly tinted frames can add a warm glow, softening the look and bringing a more balanced and flattering look to your face. 

Transparent glasses are particularly great for those who want to draw attention to their eyes without the frames taking center stage. Whether you have a round, oval, square, or heart-shaped face, transparent glasses can be your go-to pair for everyday or daring looks.

Types of transparent glasses

Because clear glasses are so in vogue, eyewear brands around the globe have created an array of models to choose from: statement silhouettes, mixing and matching materials, and transparent-like hues have graced runways and magazine shoots year after year.

When choosing the right transparent glasses for your face, it's essential to consider both the shape of your face and the style of the frames—just like any other eyewear. 

For oval faces, most frame shapes work well, but square or rectangular frames can offer an appealing contrast. Round faces are complemented by square or rectangular frames, which help to create a balanced look. 

Consider round or oval frames to soften your features if you have a square face. For those with heart-shaped faces, wider frames at the bottom can enhance the symmetry of your face. 

Remember, comfort is key, so ensure the glasses fit well without pinching behind your ears or slipping off your nose. If you work long hours in front of a computer, you may want to get lenses with blue-light protection to safeguard your eyes. Talk to one of our opticians to determine which transparent glasses look best on you and to adjust the frames you choose.

Styling clear-frame glasses for women

Women can elevate their style effortlessly with clear-frame glasses. They work perfectly with both bold and pastel colours, and you can pair them with professional attire or a casual, boho-chic look. 

For a more feminine touch, opt for slightly oversized transparent frames. They provide a hint of glamour and sophistication, making them ideal for every occasion, from office wear to a night out.

Styling clear-frame glasses for men

For men, translucent glasses can be a game-changer. They add an air of polish and suavity to casual and formal wear. Pair them with a sharp suit for a business meeting or with a casual T-shirt and jeans for a weekend outing. 

Transparent glasses should complement your outfits without overpowering them. Depending on the frame shape and size, clear-frame glasses for men can give off an intriguing, intellectual vibe or become the signature accessory for a more chic-dapper aesthetic. 

Clear glasses: An investment in timeless style

Some people may wonder if clear glasses are still trendy. The answer is yes! 

Their ability to blend seamlessly with any fashion trend makes them a perennial favourite. Fashion is cyclical, but the finesse and simplicity of clear frames make them definite eye-catchers. And they're a fantastic way to add a modern twist to your look without going overboard. If you would like to see if transparent glasses are right for you, book an appointment with a Tris Coffin optician today!