By David Goldberg

What’s driving the coloured lens trend?

Who’s buying them? Who’s wearing them? How can coloured lenses help tie your outfit together?

We chatted with opticians and some of the industry’s top designers to bring this trend into focus.

Optician Ryan Horne, owner of SPEX By Ryan in Regina, Sask., and he’s noticed a definite surge in demand for Transitions lenses.

“People have loosened up and are much more accepting of photochromics than ever before,” he said. “Many of them are asking for them before we get a chance to talk about them. This can likely be attributed to our social media posts showcasing clients wearing their new coloured lenses, creating influence for others.”

Now when people walk into Horne’s clinic asking for fashion advice, it’s never been easier to help someone complete a look with coloured lenses.

“Many people are looking at their new frames as a compliment to their perfectly fine previous pair(s) and are willing to be more adventurous, truly completing their overall fashion looks. The days of having one really safe pair that does everything are really behind us for most people now.”


Transitions lenses are going beyond the traditional grey, brown and graphite green to bring you a new line of vibrant Style Colours. Available now in sapphire, amethyst, amber and emerald, these lenses are looking cooler than ever while still packing 100 per cent UV protection and helping block harmful blue light indoors and outdoors. 


From kate spade new york, Thelma is a refined cat-eyed shaped sunglass. Now available in festive shades of transparent green rose gold/green-shaded lenses, transparent beige gold/brown-shaded lenses, transparent red rose gold/brown=shaded lenses, transparent pink rose gold/brown-shaded polarized lenses and transparent grey palladium/grey-shaded polarized lenses.

And nothing announces cool more than Eyewear by David Beckham. The DB7037/G/S sunglasses with the aviator shape see retro meet contemporary. These lenses come in the most classic colours including dark grey, standard grey, brown and green. 

Eyewear by David Beckham DB7037/G/S


Always leaders in fashion-forward eyewear, Etnia has unveiled JOSETTE. Metal inserts in the upper front and the double bridge gives the glasses a retro and very versatile air. Combinations with autumn colours are mixed with metals in gold, rose gold, silver, bronze along with acetate temple tips in Havana, grey and pink.

Another elegant option is PRATI, available in four colours that all make a powerful statement about your venerable fashion sense.

Etnia Josette

Etnia Prati


Kenmark Eyewear’s Zac Posen collection includes several new sunglasses with coloured lenses.

The Clair is a ‘70s glam butterfly shape featuring soft gradient lenses that accentuate the colors found in the temple tip. These frames come in either gold or rose gold.

The Zac Posen collection is meant to highlight a woman’s best features and frame her face in styles that will last for years to come.