What's New in Eyewear for
Kids and Teens
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
"Rocky Road" Is Latest Addition to Deliciously Diva
Collection by Eyes Cream Shades
November 2013 This gorgeous sunglass for glamorous girls would make a wonderful stocking stuffer or gift this holiday season!
As with all Eyes Cream Shades, Rocky Road features thin, light, shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Remember, these harmful rays from the sun are present all year long, and your child needs protection from them in winter as well as in summer.
Polarized lenses are also available, to reduce glare for a clearer view and more eye comfort. Another color option for this sunglass is Licorice Ice, a high-fashion black/crystal fade combination.
"Mommy and Me," "Daddy and I" Frame Collections for Kids
November 2013 OgiKids has designed children's frame collections that are in sync with the latest trends in adult frames in playful color combinations that suit kids best.
Shown here is OK306, a girl's frame with a classic cat-eye shape and brilliant streaks of color. Also shown is OK309, a rectangular shape for boys in nature-inspired colors including olive, brown and gray.
More styles are available, too, for varying tastes.
Back-to-School Florals in New Frames by Jessica McClintock for Girls
July 2013 Spring is over and fall is approaching, but florals are still preferred by this year's little fashionistas. These frames by Jessica McClintock for Girls include enameled flower designs on each temple, with solid-color fronts in autumn-inspired rich colors.
JMC 423 (top) has a metal front in a butterfly eye shape, with carved and enamel-filled acetate temples. It's available in eggplant (shown), brown and raspberry.
JMC 424 (bottom) also has a butterfly eye shape, but the front is in acetate. Shown in pink, it also comes in brown and eggplant.
Each frame has spring hinges for durability and comes in three sizes, for best fit. Please click here for close-ups of these Jessica McClintock for Girls eyeglass frames.
Stylish New Kids' Frames by s.Oliver
June 2013 German fashion brand s.Oliver introduces six new children's eyewear styles to its s.Oliver Junior collection.
s.Oliver Junior frames are all made with the highest-quality metal and acetate materials, adjustable nose pads and spring hinges perfect for little people on the move.
Shown here is the s.Oliver Junior Eyeglasses style 93823 in brown blue.
Three New Floral Frames for Girls, by Vera Bradley Kids
May 2013 Flowery fashion is big this spring and summer, and three new frames by Vera Bradley Kids feature floral patterns that will look sweet on any young girl.
The styles include spring hinges for a comfortable fit, along with a hot-stamped flower on temple tips.
Rylan, shown here in the "midnight blues" color, is a full-rim metal frame with an oval eye shape.
Dawn is a combination metal/plastic oval frame, while Misty has a two-tone flat metal front in a more retro shape.
All have temples featuring iconic Vera Bradley patterns, and all come with patterned cases. Please click here for close-up photos of some of the new Vera Bradley Kids frames.
Babiators Funky Sun-Safe Shades for Kids
May 2013 Babiators (child-size aviators) are the latest must-have sunglasses for fashionable tots, with a celebrity following including Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey and Hilary Duff.
The cool design and colors appeal to kids, and make protecting little eyes from sun damage fun and easy.
Babiators feature flexible rubber frames, 100 percent UV protection and shatter-proof lenses, as well as a one-year replacement guarantee for loss or breakage.
Vanilla Chip: New Sunglass Inspired by the First Lady
December 2012 If your children haven't been wearing sunglasses outdoors, start them off right for the new year, with high-quality sunwear from Eyes Cream Shades.
Shown here is a new model, called Vanilla Chip. It features a shiny white frame with black polka dots. The design was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, who is well known for her love of polka dot patterns in her apparel.
More importantly, Vanilla Chip has impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses that provide 100 percent UVA/UVB protection for your children's eyes. The manufacturer also says the frame is highly durable, unlike frames in many kids' novelty sunglasses.
Eyes Cream Shades come in many styles and colors, for boys and girls of all ages, including infants and teens.
Dilli Dalli Children's Frames Have Features That Help
Prevent Breakage and Loss
September 2012 This cute girls' frame is one of the six styles in the new Dilli Dalli eyewear collection for kids. The line has fun temple motifs such as cars and butterflies, in soft colors such as lilac, denim, pink and brown.
But it's not just cute, it's functional, with an eye shape deep enough to accommodate multifocal lenses and cable temples (like the ones shown here) that keep the eyewear secure.
The IntelliFlex spring hinge at each temple can flex both horizontally and vertically, springing back to its original shape. This means the eyewear is less likely to need adjustment over time which is great for boisterous kids.
With rounded edges and made of hypoallergenic PVC materials, the nose pads are designed for comfort, and they are placed low on the bridge so the lenses stay centered on the eyes.
Does Your Teen or Tween Need a Better Fitting Frame?
June 2012 TC Charton specializes in eyewear that fits Asian faces, and now the brand has introduced the Asian Fit collection for teens and tweens.
The frames are designed for high cheekbones and lower nose bridges, and the sizing addresses both wider and narrower faces.
The designs are modern and richly colored, ranging from fun polka dot patterns to subtle textures, and are meant for fashion-conscious teens who like to express their personality in their eyewear.
Bright New Frame Option by Converse Kids
June 2012 If your child needs more motivation to wear his or her glasses, take a look at the fun new glow-in-the-dark frames by Converse Kids Eyewear.
Shown here is "Flutter" for girls; it comes in fruit punch pink with star-scattered temples. During the day, the frame soaks up light, and when nighttime comes or the lights go out, it glows.
"Zoom" is the boys' version, in bold blue with tartan-patterned temples.
All Converse Kids frames come with the Kid's Promise Guarantee, which provides 100 percent unconditional protection against loss or breakage for one year.
New Frames from Lucky Kid Eyewear Feature Cool Temple Details
May 2012 Lucky Kid Eyewear just released five new frames for kids, in cool styles with temple details usually found only on adult frames.
Shown here is "Zipper," for boys. It has a metal core temple stamped with a signature Lucky pattern, all within translucent acetate.
Also for guys is "Stitch," with contrasting colors in acetate. For girls, "Favorite" features pretty colors, "Gypsy" has temples with translucent flora on a matte metallic frame and "Groovy" has a batik pattern on its temples.
New Kids' Eyewear Features Preppy Tommy Hilfiger Style
April 2012 These new eyewear styles for kids 8 to 12 offer fresh yet classic design, in a variety of color combinations.
The TH 1148/s sunglass shown here is a sporty wraparound in multi-layer acetate with the signature Tommy Hilfiger flag on the temples.
In addition to the red/white/blue color combination shown here, the sunglasses also come in purple/white/pink, blue/white/yellow and blue/red/white.
The rounded, ultra-slim metal frame (TH 1146) has two-tone rubber tips for comfort on the ears. Frame colors include gloss red with white/blue tips, blue with white/red tips, honey with white/pink tips and brown with orange/blue tips.
And the vintage-style acetate frame (TH 1144) with flex hinges comes in transparent red/blue, blue/red, transparent light brown/white and cyclamen/fuchsia. All the eyewear comes with a soft, protective case featuring the signature Tommy Hilfiger ribbon. Please click here for close-up photos of these styles.
[Page updated September 22, 2015]