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The Best Types of Eyeglass Frames You Need to Wear in 2021

Because your specs need to be cool, too.
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You think you've got your 'fit on lock, trusty kicks and all, but you're probably overlooking one thing: eyeglasses. It's just one of the many things an eyeglass user deals with, and by that, we mean spectacles that can make you look dated. Just like your grandfather's '70s style aviator eyeglasses, the narrow rectangular frames you're sporting make you look behind the times.

Don't get us wrong, there are plenty of glasses styles that stand the test of time but where's the fun in that? Like clothing and shoes, you also need options when it comes to eyeglasses. That said, unlike fads in fashion, changing eyewear trends aren't that obvious. A tip? Check up-and-coming labels for reference. Luckily, we've put a guide together for the best men's frames for eyeglasses this year.

Take this as your reminder to switch up your eyeglass game every few years. Here are the best eyeglass styles for men that you should be wearing in 2021. Check out the guide below.


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It goes without saying that the right pair of glasses has to work for you first, no matter how great a pair looks on its own. So, here's our guide on how to pick the right glasses for your face shape. Once you're good with all that, grab a classic, no-fail pair of eyeglasses that works for daily use. As a cool back-up, it helps to get a second pair that's a little less basic like the ones below.

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Horn-Rimmed

Good news: Horn-rimmed glasses haven't lost their cool status. The eyewear style continues to be a big trend, which is good as it suits almost everyone, especially those with high cheekbones and strong features. Go the large, thick squared route as opposed to thin and barely there frames for this style if you want maximum impact.

Blacktie 178 Fs Glasses

Dior
zalora.com.ph
P22,799.00
BUY

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Clear

The biggest current trend in glasses has to be clear frames. We don't know about you, but for us, there's just something fresh about a thick frame that's transparent. The style is modern yet retro and also minimalist. Plus, as a bonus, clear frames go with pretty much everything.

Zephirin RX

Jacques Marie Mage
ronnieandjoe.com
P32,000.00
BUY


Tortoiseshell

Classic 'ol tortoiseshell doesn't really go out of style, but they're an even bigger trend this year. So, trend or no trend, it's a glasses style that always deserves a spot in your wardrobe. The right pair should make you look elegant and mature in the best way possible.

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OV5229A/1156

Oliver Peoples
visionexpress.ph
P19,990.00
BUY


Flat Top

Now, here's a pair that's not for everyone. Before picking up a flat-top style of eyeglasses, make sure you try them on in real life as they can be overwhelming for faces that aren't round- or oval-shaped. You can't get more unique and retro with a good pair of flat tops, however, so it's definitely a worthwhile buy.

TBX-415

Thom Browne
ronnieandjoe.com
P30,000.00
BUY


Thin and Light

Thin, lightweight pairs of eyeglasses are always popular. After all, thick-rimmed glasses aren't the most comfortable for many. Still, the narrow rectangular ones you're wearing from the early 2000s need to be given an upgrade. Choose from retro shapes like aviator-shaped frames, square rounded specs, and more.

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Gentle Monster
gentlemonster.com
$300.00
BUY


Browline

Here's another classic that's a mainstay: browline glasses or what many refer to as Ray-Ban Clubmasters. The style looks good on virtually everyone, but even more so for those with narrow foreheads, thanks to its elongating effect. 

Clubmaster RB3716VM/2890_50

Ray-Ban
visionexpress.ph
P12,990.00
BUY


Round

There are two substyles of round eyeglasses. One being straight-up rounded frames that have come to be associated with John Lennon, and the other being the more squared off, modern take that suits more face shapes. No matter what you choose, either style will give you a retro look that always looks effortless.

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Masunaga
parismiki.ph
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