Eyewear trends in 2008 were relative to the status quo of the fashion industry. Last year fashion declared that anything goes and eyewear was designed to match clothing fashion and style. Oversized shades donned the eyes of many celebrities giving fans the craze to dress just like them right down to their glasses. Wardrobes matched eyewear in a spectrum of colors making strong fashion statements. Celebrities caused a certain mania in the eyewear styles that may echo into the next year.
Trends turned to wearing glasses for fashion instead of just to correct vision or to protect the eyes from the sun. Variety was the word in eyewear fashion. In 2008, there were virtually no limits on styles, size, color, or design. It was an anything goes year that encouraged buyers to purchase a pair of eye glasses to suit the mood, the dress code of the day or to pair up some extra eye glasses for those spontaneous events. This trend saturated the business world as much as it influenced the fashion industry. Top CEOs could be found donning their best work suits matched with the most stylish eyewear to accentuate the look.
Crossing generations, eyewear was an essential item and not just an accessory item. Some trends favor an age group, but eyewear fashion held no boundaries last year. Designers were exceptional in their vision to provide a style for youths, young adults, the middle-aged, as well as the elderly. A style for everyone stands as a top achievement in the eyewear fashion industry. That set the pace for accelerated use of glasses by people who may not have worn them before, which put the designers on high alert for new ideas for 2009.
Going beyond age was one accomplishment but going beyond gender made the eyewear fashion industry stand up and take notice. Cultural boundaries were breached with sizes, styles, and colors to suit any taste. Some of the hottest and most successful trends made history so they deserve a special mention.
Top Sunglass Styles in 2008
1. Neon Wayfarer- a style returned from the ‘80s in brightly colored lenses and frames.
2. Tom Ford “Whitney Sunglasses”
3. Shutter Shades “Kanye Glasses”
4. Lolita Sunglasses
5. Aviator Sunglasses
Classic Vintage Style
There was still an accounting of class and the timeless vintage style of eyewear was worn by those who ignore fads and stay with the classic styles.
Arpoador Eyewear for Fashionable Youth
The younger generation chose the big sunglass models with lots of metal framing reminiscent of the Elton John days. New styles emerged that were popular among youths. Handmade looking designs that mimic the craft times of the last century were a hit with this generation of stylish youths. Their glasses favorites combined metal and Grilamid, a lighter more ergonomic material. Arpoador eyewear designs came in a variety of colors including green, brown, and burgundy. It was all about size, color and flash dynamics. Color was important on the frames and the lenses. Young people dyed their hair to match the color of their favorite glasses making true fashion statements.
The year 2008 was an exciting time for glasses. Glasses are no longer an accessory to keep folded in your pocket or tucked away in the eyeglass case. They have come out of the closet and made their debut on the fashion scene. The concept of eyewear has evolved in the past year to change the way the people of the world looks through their eyes.