Eyewear chains have officially gotten the high-fashion seal of approval. For a while, the trend was exclusive to your grandma and frat boys (a weird combo). This season, the retro style got the chic revival it deserved, and eyewear chains have officially evolved from strictly functional to full-blown fashionable. Designers have revamped the accessory using metal, chains, pearls, and beads to bring your look up a notch. Maybe your favorite pair of black sunglasses feel a bit boring? Add a gold chain to spice things up. Tired of using your regular glasses? Eyewear chains will save you. Essentially jewelry for your sunglasses, this trend is super fun. Check out our top eyewear-and-chain combos, below.
We love a trend that's supermodel-approved. Since this is a Hadid-verified look, why not invest in Gigi's current favorite sunglasses? Gigi has been rocking these Amavii Benjamin sunnies for weeks now, and the rectangular aviators are the perfect mix of cool and masculine. When it comes to chains, the options are truly endless with these bad boys. To really encapsulate that laidback-cool look, I paired them with a streetwear-inspired gold chain.
Tortoise is a great option if a thick black frame is just too dark for your liking. If you’re a risk taker, why not try double tortoise? I’m loving these squared-oval frames with this oversized chain. This combo would look great paired with a white button-down, jeans, and a spring trench. Très chic!
Cat-eye sunglasses are a true classic; this retro style is beloved by many. A red cat-eye is my absolute favorite, and this bold style required an equally as fabulous chain. When I found this “Happy Heart Sunnies Leash” I gasped—these two together are a match made in kitsch heaven. The combo is flirty and fun, and perfect for all of my girly-girls out there.
I love the idea of mixing materials when it comes to eyewear chains. I started with these cool octagonal Chloe sunnies, and added a coral chain with a natural feel to balance out the frame's sharp edges. The coral chain pops against the rusty pink lenses, while making the frame feel a little more casual. The metal and coral is a fun and fresh combination.
If you're a minimalist, a chunky eyewear chain is probably your worst nightmare. But not every chain is meant for the maximalists (is that a word?). Try pairing your simple round frames with a sleek sliver chain. The metal-on-metal look is timeless and understated.
A nod to the trend’s origins, Chanel gave us “grandma chic” with this timeless pearl chain. The black metal frames are sleek and complement the delicate pearls. You can’t go wrong with the classics, and this is an eternally stylish pairing.
Shop the look: Chanel Sunglasses with chain, $1,140.
Calling all my It girls: You probably own these sunnies already. If not, what are you waiting for? This throwback '90s silhouette—slim rectangular shape, thick black frames—is hot again. It’s very Hailey Bieber and Dua Lipa (two very cool It girls.) Another thing It girls love are gold chains, so why not combine the two?
If you're a fashion girl through and through and like your looks fresh off the runway, you’re in luck. Gucci’s eyewear chain with oversized links is one of their most talked-about accessories of the season. Paired with oversized black octagonal frames that feature yellow lenses, I can assure you this combo is nothing short of fashun.
Linda Farrow’s S/S20 collection pays homage to the brand’s '70s heritage. These gold oversized sunnies are the perfect way to incorporate the '70s trend into your wardrobe. Add the ivory chain with round geometric links to wrap up your retro look. This combo belongs on a yacht in St. Tropez—just add a headscarf, white linen dress, and gold jewels.
These Saint Laurent Sunglasses are inspired by a vintage poster for Stanley Kubrick’s cult 1962 film Lolita. The charming heart shape is so fun, and the white is perfect for days spent in the Hamptons or Malibu. To accentuate their playful shape, I’ve paired them with a Fry Powers baroque pearl chain. The pearl chain features rainbow beads that will pop against the white shades. This duo will add some whimsy to your wardrobe.
A version of this story appears in the March 2020 issue of Marie Claire.