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Benefits of Clear Glasses: 10 Reasons We Love Them

Jamie Mendiola

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Jamie Mendiola

Updated: 19 May 2024 •  
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Clear glasses are the latest eyewear trend that has taken the Internet by storm. But did you know that this isn’t the first time they’re trending?
Let’s dive into 10 reasons why we love clear glasses and explore how you can incorporate them into your daily wardrobe.

clear glasses in assorted frames

Clear glasses are versatile enough to match any color or setting.


1. Versatile and can be paired with any outfit

Clear glasses don’t clash with any colors or patterns. Thus, it makes them a great accessory for any outfit or aesthetic.
Take our gold-tinged Blueming frames, for example. You can pair them with both work and casual outfits, and they will still make an excellent match.


2. They don’t distract from your facial features

Clear glasses look great on anyone. Rather than overshadowing your facial features, transparent frames highlight them even more. They’re a great way to make your eyes and cheekbones pop, especially on camera.

3. Can be used as a fashion statement

There’s a reason clear frames are a staple accessory for celebrities. It can elevate one’s OOTD while adding a modern touch. If you don’t believe it, just check out our all-time favorite Bobby frames. The round frames in gray combine modernity with a retro appeal.


4. Lightweight and comfortable to wear

Transparent glasses are usually made from a mix of lightweight materials, like titanium, metal, plastic and acetate.
As a result, they’re super comfortable to wear all day. Try it for yourself with our acetate George glasses.


5. Can enhance your makeup look

Think of clear spectacles as an almost-invisible frame for your face. You won’t need to worry about glasses blocking your makeup anymore, thanks to their transparency.
girl with simple make up

If your clear glasses have a tint to them, simple, neutral makeup works best to keep the entire look balanced. Source: Pinterest

With a pair of clear glasses, you can make a bold makeup look work. However, here’s a little tip: if you’re wearing tinted clear glasses, pair them with neutral makeup underneath for a more balanced look.

6. Easy to clean and maintain

Aside from looking fabulous, clear glasses are practical and low-maintenance. Even the tiniest smudge can be easily spotted on this type of spectacles, so you’ll be able to clean them as soon as they get dirty.
They’re also pretty sturdy since they’re usually made out of either metal, titanium, or acetate. You don’t need to worry about them getting scratched or cracked as easily.

7. Come in a variety of styles to suit different face shapes

If you want to experiment with your style without taking a big leap, a pair of transparent frames is your best bet. Better yet, they come in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit a wide variety of face shapes.
For instance, if you want to stand out subtly, get our best-selling Oscar frames that feature a tortoiseshell design on the temples. They’re stylish with a lowkey, chic twist.


8. Suit all ages and genders

Clear glasses are universally flattering. They suit all ages, skin tones, and face shapes (depending on the frame shape you get). Plus, you can find them in prescription and non-prescription variants to fit your visual needs and preferences.

9. Can make your face appear brighter and more open

Unlike dark, single color frames that might cast a shadow on your face, clear glasses allow more light to pass through. As a result, they can illuminate your face and make you appear more radiant.
If you’ve been dealing with dark circles and tired eyes, a pair of clear glasses can make you look more awake and refreshed for the day. If you don’t believe it, try this trick for yourself with our Becky with a geometric frame.


10. Timeless and won’t go out of fashion

Last but not least, we love clear glasses simply because they never go out of style. They’re a classic piece of eyewear that can work with any outfit, aesthetic, and occasion.
Incorporate this celeb-approved style into your wardrobe and get two trends for the price of one with our new Rosemary aviators.


Choosing the best clear glasses for your face shape

neon lights

It’s important to know what cut or design of glasses can accentuate and flatter your unique features.

Here’s the thing, there are specific frame shapes that flatter different face shapes. While clear frames are versatile enough to work for anyone, you still need to know the cut or designs that can emphasize your unique features.
As a general rule of thumb, soft features match well with sharp, angular eyeglass shapes. So, if you have round cheeks and a soft jawline, square clear glasses (like these Hoot frames) can strike the perfect balance.

In contrast, angular faces work perfectly with frames that have rounded edges. If you have a square jaw and chiseled cheekbones, pairing them with round or oval glasses (such as our well-loved Hipster frames) will give your face a softer appearance.

Lastly, if your face has a mix of both soft and angular features, you might have a heart-shaped face. In this case, you’ll benefit from spectacles that play with proportions. Something like oval or rectangular glasses (like our Dan frames here) can work.

Remember, clear glasses don’t only show off your eyes. They fit and frame your entire face as well, emphasizing your natural features in the process.

Clear glasses are skyrocketing in popularity

The trend of clear glasses isn’t entirely new. To pinpoint where it all started, let’s travel back in time to the 60’s.
Back then, style icons like David Bowie and Brigitte Bardot wore clear glasses on and off the red carpet. It was the perfect piece of eyewear to show off its striking features.
Brigitte Bardot

Clear glasses first became popular in the 60’s thanks to stars of the time like Brigitte Bardot. Source: Pinterest

However, as the decades go by, transparent glasses have become more fun than ever. For one, designers have started playing with pastel colors and tinted lenses. It’s all about looking chic yet unique, in line with the resurgence of the Y2K trend.
Nowadays, this style of glasses has become the newest IT item to complete your wardrobe. You probably have seen a bunch of celebrities and influencers rocking them everywhere, such as:

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid stepped out in tinted clear glasses paired with a chic all-black ensemble. Source: Vogue


Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner went barefaced to show off a cute pair of rectangular clear glasses. Source: Seventeen


Hailey Bieber

Hailey Bieber

Hailey Bieber coordinated her transparent glasses with minimal makeup and layered gold jewelry. Source: Daily Mail


Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung completed her sleek outfit and makeup with clear aviators. Source: NY Mag


Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts spent a day out on the town with transparent-framed sunglasses. Source: Pinterest


Clear glasses are here to stay

While it might look like a new trend, clear glasses have been a crowd favorite since the 60’s. And it comes as no surprise — they’re timeless, versatile, and easy to match.
If you’ve been on the hunt for something that’s stylish yet practical, clear glasses are the definite way to go. To check out how the designs featured today look on you, just head over to our virtual try-on tool.

Jamie Mendiola
Jamie is a writer and non-profit volunteer advocating for mental health. When not typing up a storm at work, you'll find her binge-watching Netflix or meditating like Yoda.

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