TREND: Emerald Eyewear

When PANTONE named “Emerald” (a lively, radiant, lush green) as its “Colour of the Year” for 2013, it was easy to see how the colour would translate onto clothing and home decor. Sophisticated and luxurious, the hue looks as amazing on a cashmere sweater as it does a coat of paint to brighten up a room. But the emerald trend can also be extended to eyewear – and it’s not as difficult to pull off as you’d think.

A number of eyewear brands have released a variety of frames and lens that add that emerald sparkle in subtle, easy to wear ways. Here are ten of our favourites:

These striking “Splash” sunglasses were shown on the models walking the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2013 runway and prove that the venerable British label is far from one-note. The unique oval shades are expertly crafted from lightweight metal and we’re loving the green-on-green, with the metallic kelly-green finish of the frames paired with the dark green scratch-resistant lenses.

Burberry Splash ($220), Sunglass Hut
Burberry Splash ($220), Sunglass Hut


Claire Goldsmith says she never designs with trends in mind, but these circular “Bailey” frames fit right in on our list, with their unique green and brown acetate combination. The clean lines of these unisex glasses make them simple enough to wear casually, though they’re also perfect for people looking for something different from the norm and aren’t afraid to accessorize starting with their eyes.

Bailey by Claire Goldsmith ($377)
Bailey by Claire Goldsmith ($377), Spectacle


If you’re really looking to make a statement this spring, consider these sunglasses from perennial British faves, Cutler and Gross. The crystal green color cascades into a ripple effect above the bridge and fill the rounded frames perfectly. The contrasting blue tint on the lenses adds a fashionable touch.

Cutler & Gross 0133 ($500)
Cutler & Gross 0133 ($500)


If you’re nervous about “going green,” an easy way to adopt the trend is by changing the color of your lenses, like these sunglasses from Manhattan’s A.R. Trapp Opticians. Available online at J.Crew, these frames provide an elegant and timeless look, with the classic tortoiseshell design balanced perfectly by Trapp’s trademark Italian plastic lenses in a green tint.

A.R. Trapp 3489 sunglasses ($546), J.Crew


Part of Oliver Peoples’ new Summer 2013 collection, the “Sofee’s” retro-inspired curves are flirty and feminine, while the “Green Havana” shade adds a chic, contemporary touch. A nice alternative to the iconic Wayfarers, these shades pay homage to the cat eye look without going over the top, and are as perfect for a day at the beach as they are for dodging the paparazzi.

Sofee by Oliver Peoples ($380)
Sofee by Oliver Peoples ($380)


See five more “emerald green” eyewear picks after the jump…

These “Caine” frames by Los Angeles-based Barton Perreira update the traditional tortoiseshell pattern with a mixture of light and dark green acetate tones. It’s thicker, square shape can be worn by both men and women and provide a fun and youthful alternative to more bookish-looking specs.

Caine by Barton Perreira, Spectacle ($351)
Caine by Barton Perreira ($351), Spectacle


These Linda Farrow sunglasses are made from wood and acetate, wrapped in green snakeskin, and feature curved and elongated lines pulling the frame into an oversized cat eye. Though the green is subtle and kept to the side, the overall look is anything but. With its chunky rim, thick temples and gold detailing at the hinges, these are the ultimate “notice me” shades. There’s no hiding here!

Linda Farrow Luxe ($768), Karir Eyewear
Linda Farrow Luxe ($768), Karir Eyewear


These Paul Smith “Elvin” sunglasses are rugged enough to wear on the paintball field, but sophisticated enough to take with you to dinner. And while they may not exactly be “Emerald” in color, we love the army-inspired olive tint and the way it contrasts with the sleek, tortoiseshell temples. With its keyhole bridge, flat-top bar and a teardrop lens shape (an updated take on the aviators), these glasses could just be a new classic.

Elvin frames by Paul Smith ($300)
Elvin frames by Paul Smith ($300)


We love this pair of “Langford” glasses from Taru & Koli – a new line of handmade frames designed by Jag Dhillon, the owner of Toronto-based eyewear boutique, Spectacle. Don’t let the colour fool you, these square frames flatter almost any face shape, and give off a look that’s smart and sexy without being overtly trendy.

Langford by Taru & Koli, Spectacle ($385)
Langford by Taru & Koli ($385), Spectacle


The cool kids love this San Francisco-based company, which features a one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to their frames. This model features ultra-reflective, mirror-coated lenses in a neon green color, with shards of the same reflective lenses hand-sewn into the groves of the temples. We told you it was cool!

Even better: $10 from every purchase is donated to charities that correspond to each pair of glasses. Proceeds from this pair – which celebrates the color of democracy – go to Reporters Without Borders, which works to protect and defend the journalists who report on the front lines of social change.

No.9.7 Color Revolution by Westward Leaning ($165)
No.9.7 Color Revolution by Westward Leaning ($165)