I know what you’re thinking: These are stuff your grandma wears. Well, now’s the time to compliment your lola and tell her she’s super hip because eye and sunglasses chains are totally hot right now. Just this April, Gigi Hadid was spotted wearing the accessory with her shades and a tie-dye sweatshirt, and now Teen Vogue is all over the trend. However, just to clear: It has actually been around for quite some time. Our associate editor has been wearing hers since 2017. That year too, Man Repeller’s Marketing Strategist, Elizabeth Tamkin, showed off hers through an Instagram post.
Like Gigi, Elizabeth, and our editor have shown here, sunglasses chains need not be grandma-y. They now come in all sorts of chic or funky designs. Coupled with the right styling, the accessory can feel fresh AF. The best thing about it? It’s so functional, and something people like me who constantly lose their glasses would surely get excited about.
Still not convinced? Read on. We think these chains might convince you.
Staud Tortoiseshell Resin Sunglasses Chain
As predicted, tortoiseshell resin is one of the trendiest materials for accessories this 2019. And clearly, we won’t only find them in bags, earrings, or necklaces. Like this chunky Staud piece shows, they look damn good as sunglasses chain too! Available on Farfetch.
Roxanne Assoulin Bahamas Enamel and Gold-tone Sunglasses Chain
Designed exclusively for Roxanne Assoulin’s “Arm Candy” capsule, this Bahamas sunglasses chain features pastel enamel and gleaming gold-tone beads. A combination we never knew we needed. Available at Net-a-Porter.
Lele Sadoughi Beaded Cable Length Eyeglass Chain
Eyeing the chain Gigi wore? You can rock that vibe too, with this Lele Sadoughi sunglasses chain that can glam up a whole look in a heartbeat. You can even wear it just as a necklace. Available on Shopbop.
Frame Chain Pinky Pearl sunglasses chain
The East London-based brand gives us an elevated twist to the traditional gold glasses chains by combining gold-plated brass with pink pearls. The designer-engraved plaque is a nice touch too. Available on Farfetch.
Banana Legion “Andy” Hot Pink Chain
Banana Legion has a ton of adorable chains, it’s honestly hard to pick just one. But if you’re in the mood for some hot pink, this neon Andy is for you. Available online.
Chloe Reese Eyewear Chain
Not sure if you’re ready for the chain trend? Maybe you should get this piece from Chloe, which is more of a charm since it doesn’t go all around the neck. It still does the job of keeping your sunglasses in place though, with its gleaming gold-tone chain featuring Chloe’s signature ring hardware. Available on Nordstrom.
Art by Tricia Guevara
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