As temperatures drop and autumn collections arrive in stores, sharp, smart accessories offer a simple way to update any look for less.

In addition to handbags and jewelry, stylish eyewear has recently become the fashion-forward accessory du jour, helping trendsetters express their individuality.

With hundreds of styles to choose from, finding the perfect frames to accentuate any unique style has never been easier, more enjoyable or more affordable. Many celebrity-inspired, high-end frames are available at prices that won't break the bank.

Whatever the occasion, glasses are an eye-catching and creative way to play up personal style.

Eyewear for men has evolved beyond the thick, plastic 'geek chic' frames popularized by Hollywood A-listers and international style icons like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr., or even Canadian Cory Monteith, star of the hit television show, Glee. In addition to today's more modern selection of

plastic frames, metal frames and combination styles help men make the ultimate fashion statement.

“Men's eyewear designs are gravitating toward a sleeker, more modern look," says Beverly Suliteanu, creative director and vice president of product development at Wescan Optical, a Canadian company that distributes fashionable eyewear brands such as Fysh UK, Kliik denmark and Evatik. "Men's

frames made with innovative materials like acetate, titanium and stainless steel are in high demand because they're so lightweight and comfortable to wear."

For women looking to make a bold fashion statement, eyewear is a perfect way to add a pop of colour, particularly with this season's flattering palette of jewel tones. The popular 'geek chic' look has evolved from plastic frame styles and now includes metal or metal-plastic combination frames featuring retro eye shapes, which pay homage to vintage fashions. “Vibrant colours and unconventionally shaped frames are some of the hottest trends in women's eyewear this fall,” explains Suliteanu.

Hollywood style icons like Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry and Nicole Kidman, all of whom are typically photographed 'sans glasses', have recently been spotted on the red carpet wearing retro eyewear styles such as cat-eye and rounded styles, helping elevate vintage frames to instant 'it' status in women's optical fashion.

When shopping for that perfect pair of frames this fall, look for modern materials and interesting textures. Metal frames are in for fall, as are combination styles, which feature a metal front combined with plastic temples. Trendsetters should also keep an eye out for fall's regal colour palette, which features midnight blue, burnt orange and red hues.

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