Transparent glasses is the new retro trend that fashionistas are rocking

Forget gold metal-framed glasses - this is the eyewear trend that all the cool kids have hopped onto.

Retro fashion trends are making their rounds these days, but aside from denim-on-denim and tweed, another trend that has been increasingly spotted on (both male and female) fashionistas is transparent glasses.

Pulling off the chic yet comfortable accessory may look like a tough feat, but it’s actually a lot more accessible than you think. Read on to see how you can rock this trend for the most stylish looks!

How to pull off transparent glasses

1. Pair with no-makeup makeup looks

Although makeup artists and beauty junkies will encourage you to go bolder with the eye makeup under glasses, you’re advised to pare down your makeup when it comes to transparent glasses – yes, that means ditching the red lipsticks and smokey eye looks in favour of MLBBs and nudes.

The reason for this? An overall clean look ensures that the focus isn’t taken away from your trendy spectacles, which should be the star accessory that adds a playful touch to your ensemble.

Be sure to pair your transparent glasses with plain tops as well!

2. Pick frame styles that suit your face shape

Just like any other eyewear, transparent glasses come in different frame styles, be it round, rectangular, or oval.

You can simply pick a style that you fancy, or if you really want to make sure that it looks great on you, you can refer to the face shape chart below to find out which one suits you best:

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3. Take note of frame size

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Most transparent glasses tend to have big frames as the transparent frame does not cover or obstruct your facial features. Unlike other types of glasses that have more rigid rules on the frame size that you must pick to fit your face size and features, transparent glasses are a lot more forgiving and wearable on most face shapes and features, no matter the frame size.

That being said, there are still some rules to take note of. For example, try not to pick a frame that covers your eyebrows as it will make you look tired and less energised. If you are wearing prescription glasses, you’ll also want to make sure that your glasses feel comfortable on your ears and nose for long hours of wear.

Where to buy transparent glasses in Singapore

Even if you have 20/20 vision and do not require the aid of glasses, you can still hop onto this eyewear trend by wearing non-prescription glasses that come with or without lenses.

E-commerce sites like Shopee and Lazada are great options for non-prescription glasses, whereas those of us who want to get a new pair of trendy prescription glasses may want to check out optical shops that are famous for being fashion-forward, as they are more likely to stock this new frame trend.

Shopee

Shopee is a treasure trove when it comes to fashion accessories, and you are sure to be able to find a frame shape and size to your liking here.

The best part, of course, is the fact that most of the options offered on Shopee are really affordable – most of them cost below SGD5, and can go as low as SGD2.

Some sellers even offer transparent spectacle frames in different colours like pink and blue, so you can buy a variety of colours and wear a different colour everyday without breaking the bank!

Recommended sellers (from left): Aiong, lkteamor.sg, sunwen0.sg

Lazada

If you’re a bit more picky about the quality of your transparent glasses and are willing to pay a little more, head to Lazada to do your shopping.

Many of them boast high-quality frames that can last for a long time. Some sellers even encourage you to buy their transparent frames and get an optical shop to replace the lenses with prescription ones instead – proof that these are truly worth the investment!

Recommended sellers (from left): Freebang harlow旗舰店, Jo.In

Richard’s Atelier

Having a partnership with one of Korea’s oldest and most established frame manufacturers, Hwangbo Precision, Richard Atelier offers authentic Korean-styled glasses, including the transparent ones that Korean celebs have also started sporting!

Address: JEM, #01-27 | Orchard Central, #05-48 | Suntec City, North Wing, #01-436

Oblique Eyewear

Oblique Eyewear is an optical shop that is very popular, especially amongst students, for selling fashionable luxury glasses at affordable prices. If you’re on a tight budget but would still like to get yourself a pair of retro transparent glasses, this is the one to go to!

Address: 2 Handy Rd, #01-07 The Cathay, Singapore 229233

Visual Mass

At Visual Mass, all the frames are designed in-house so that you can get the most trendy pieces at reasonable prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Cutting out the middleman also means that they are able to take charge of quality control, so you’ll be sure that your transparent glasses will last you a long time.

Address: 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway, #B2-30, Singapore 238858

Owndays

Most of us would be familiar with this Japanese optical shop chain – it’s famous for functional & sophisticated eyewear that is ready within 20 minutes (!), so you don’t even have to wait in order to hit the streets with your new stylish glasses – sweet!

Address: Full list of addresses here.

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