What's New in Eyewear for
Kids and Teens
Nine Eyewear Trends For Back-To-School
September 2016 Shopping for back-to-school eyewear for your kids? With all the new styles and colors available now, it can be difficult to choose the frames they will want to wear all year long.
Frame: Kids by Safilo. [Enlarge]
So we've placed some of the newest styles in nine groups, to help you find looks that suit your children's individual tastes:
- Fashionista. Girls with a love for fashion can be fussy when choosing a frame. These styles are on-trend and feminine. View styles.
- Hipster. These frames are cool-for-school looks with grown-up and retro styling. View styles.
- Jet Set. Who says children can't wear black? It's classic and classy and it goes with everything. View styles.
- Little Scholar. Can looking smart inspire your kid to study harder? We don't know, but it's worth a shot, with these sweetly serious frames. View styles.
- Oh-So-Cute. These frames are designed to make you go, "awwwww"! View styles.
- True Blue. From aqua to navy, blue hues are trendy and cute on young faces. View styles.
- Trendy Tortoise. Brown tortoise is classic and always in. But we've included some frames in colored tortoise or with unexpected color accents. View styles.
- Colorific. Have a kid who loves bright, colorful clothing? These frames are perfect for him or her! View styles.
- Sports-Focused. Stripes and neon accents emphasize your child's interest in sports. Also consider protective eyewear, now in designs made to fit with helmets. View styles.
Dolabany Kids Brings Bright Colors, Durability to Back-to-School Eyewear
September 2015 The TR-90 frames in the Dolabany Kids eyewear collection were designed to be durable, flexible and resistant to extreme temperatures perfect for kids who are rough on their glasses.
What is TR-90? It's a type of plastic that is lightweight and hypoallergenic and comes in beautiful, bright colors that look great on children's faces.
Best Image Optical, the company that distributes the Dolabany Kids line, has released the two new styles shown here. Called "Inventor" and "Chef," they have a grown-up look that's school-ready.
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Each one is suitable for both boys and girls and comes in several colors, including black, navy, purple, pink, red and brown.
Other styles are available; ask your eye care professional.
Mykita Launches Children's Eyewear
September 2015 The distinctive Mykita brand has debuted three sunglasses and four optical frames for kids 8 and older, in a collection called Mykita First.
The eye shapes are large and rounded, but the eyewear is very light. A rubber coating protects each stainless steel frame from scratching, and the Zeiss-made sun lenses are glare-resistant and provide 100 percent protection against UV rays.
Shown here are the Jaguar sunglass and the Kiwi frame, each available in several colors. Please click here for close-up photos.
Tura Releases New Children's Frames in Three Different Collections
September 2015 The optical design company Tura Inc. has expanded its children's offerings under three different brands:
Shown here are two styles from the Ted Baker "just kidding" collection. The line evokes the British origin of the Ted Baker brand, featuring tailored, contemporary shapes with fun colors and, in the girls' designs, custom floral prints.
The Kate Young for Tura Kids models have a geek-chic retro look; 10 percent of net sales in this line are donated to the Child Mind Institute, which promotes mental health care for children everywhere.
The oio eyewear collection has a modern, streamlined look, with box spring hinges, custom sizing and TITANflex materials and featuring the color-blocking trend.
Lilly Pulitzer Girls Looks Ahead to Spring with Boho Florals
December 2014 Want an antidote to cold-weather blahs? Everything that's fresh, pretty and spring-like about Lilly Pulitzer dresses has been replicated in these charming new frames in the Lilly Pulitzer Girls collection.
"Sandrine" is a zyl plastic frame with layered colors, a floral pattern on the inner frame and butterfly adornments. It comes in aqua, fuchsia and tortoise.
Also made of zyl, "Trini" has similar layered styling with a floral pattern inside and heart-shaped details. It comes in navy, pink and tortoise.
Please click here for close-up photos of Sandrine and Trini.
Lenz Frenz: A Fun and Comforting Way to Help Your Child Love His Glasses
November 2014 Lenz Frenz are more than just soft stuffed animals: They are also a place for a child to display and even store his or her glasses for safe-keeping.
Each Lenz Frenz has a hidden storage area in the animal's back or stomach for eyewear. There's even a version that stores a contact lens case. And openings at the sides of the Lenz Frenz's head allow your child to place his eyeglasses on the animal's face.
Lenz Frenz were created by a Texas mom, Molly Lofthouse, who wanted to comfort her son after a bully had injured one of his eyes. The stuffed animal she designed helped him accept the need to wear his new glasses. And they prevented him from misplacing them.
Six styles are available now, and more are planned for future release.
Babiators Submariners Make a Splash
October 2014 The new Submariners swim goggles by Babiators feature a comfortable, flexible mask with shatter-resistant lenses.
They also have an anti-fog coating and 100 percent UV protection, to safeguard those little eyes from sunlight reflecting off the water. And they are designed to fit small faces, with no leaks.
Submariners come in a submarine-shaped case that doubles as a fun water toy.
And every Babiators product comes with a Lost & Found Guarantee that provides a replacement within one year of purchase if the original pair is lost or broken.
Babiators Launches Prescription Frames for Kids
October 2014 Babiators launched a line of children's sunglasses a few years ago, and now the company has expanded its collection to prescription frames, as well as swim goggles.
The frames feature soft rubber molding around the eyes and nose. They come with an extra set of temples that fit more closely around the ear, which helps them stay on younger, more active children.
The "Buzz" style is rectangular, while the "Sally" style has more of a cat-eye shape. Each Babiators frame comes with a Lost & Found Guarantee that provides a replacement frame within one year of purchase if the original is lost or broken.
Puma's New Frames for Teens and Adults Show High-Energy,
September 2014 Puma has released several street-wise new styles in its unisex eyewear collection for teens and adults.
The frames are made of a durable, lightweight material called Ultem, and the sporty designs include graffiti-style graphics on the temples with geometric shapes and dynamic logos.
Shown here are PU15439 and PU15440, sized smaller for teen faces. Larger designs are available, too.
The frames come in black, brown or navy blue, with bright accent colors on the temples. The new frames are available now in optical stores nationwide.
New Styles in the Op Kids Collection Feature Adult Shapes and Color Trends
July 2014 The modern shapes and colorful palettes in the Op Kids eyewear collection are highly appealing to kids ages 6-14, who want a fun and sporty vibe but in a frame that's styled for grownups.
The eyewear comes in both metal and plastic, with trendy color-blocking, stripes and cut-out metal features. Shapes are mostly rectangular, with some butterfly shapes for girls. Op Kids frames are available in optical stores nationwide.
What Girls Really Want: Juicy Couture
May 2014 These new frames from Juicy Couture have that colorful, trendy look that makes girls want to wear their glasses!
Shown here is JU 913, an acetate cat-eye frame with flex hinges and leopard print detail on the temples. This frame is in plum crystal navy; it also comes in espresso pink and aqua pink crystal.
Two other styles were just released as well, in modern, rectangular shapes: JU 912 in acetate with heart adornments on the temples; and JU 914 in stainless steel with the Juicy Couture logo on the temples. Colors include blonde lavender, olive plum, espresso pink, red almond, brown pink and satin purple.
Puma Releases Hip Styles in Its Youth Segment for Teen Guys
March 2014 Puma Eyewear has introduced a line of frames specifically for 10- to 16-year-old boys, called Puma Youth Segment.
The hip, high-spirited collection offers colored layer effects and marbled paterns on the acetate frames, while the metal frames have pop art patterns on the temples.
Shown here is PU15348, an urban color-blocked rectangular frame in tortoise/clear, black/clear or green/translucent green.
[Page updated December 23, 2016]