Gender fluid, genderless, gender neutral, no gender: just some of the words which define a relatively new concept that has been storming the fashion world.
Not everybody remembers that it isn’t a new concept though, a trend that goes back to the 80’s when Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel introduced the suit and men’s tailoring for women too. From unisex collections to mixed men’s and women’s catwalk shows, the fashion industry is experiencing a revolution. The gender lines are blurring, where small details make the difference and pretty much every experiment is allowed. It’s a reflection of modern times, given the number of new brands born out of this new gender neutral focus – such as J. W. Anderson, Balenciaga, Palomo Spain and Maison Margiela – the latest Spring Summer Collection was entirely unisex).
So now that we’re not bound by gender, a whole array of new eyewear options have opened up. Retro infused, small, oval and round glasses and sunglasses are a strong eyewear trend at the moment and also happen to be a gender neutral style (remember John Lennon and Yoko Ono wearing the same rounded sunnies?). For this style, sunglasses are often accented with tinted lenses in blue, light brown, or even pink. Some frames feature a low profile with angular geometry, a sturdy nose bridge, and thick temple tips while we witness the futuristic, minimal and hyper colourful shapes that don’t stop being re- explored or rediscovered.
Rectangular glasses combine geek chic with modern flair.
The rectangle is one of the oldest eyewear shapes, second only to round. On classic rectangle frames, the edges of the top and bottom lenses are parallel, but today’s rectangular glasses also come with softer, more rounded shapings. A traditionally masculine style that also looks great on women, rectangular glasses come in a diverse range of styles, colours, proportions, and materials.
Some would say the cateye is too daring for a man to wear, but that convention is changing, as confidence, a sense of humour and new ways of wearing glasses make all the difference. It’s about breaking codes, having an eclectic style and being inclusive.