The Best Eyeglass Chains Suit Any Style Aesthetic

Whether you’re a maximalist or a fan of the classics, there’s one for you.

Bella Hadid wears sunglasses with a bejeweled / diamonds chain, a black off-shoulder cropped top with turtleneck, outside Dior, during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear Spring/Summer 2022, on June 25, 2021 in Paris, France.
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Glasses 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, though, the retro style got the chic revival it deserved—now, the best eyeglass chains have officially evolved from strictly functional to being full-blown fashionable. 

This season the accessory has been revamped with fresh-feeling materials like metal, chains, pearls, and multicolored beads to bring your look up a notch, making it one of the easiest trends of spring 2024 to get into right now, and the trend it is surely shaping out to be. Kendall Becker, Fashion Director at Trendalytics, explains, “Eyeglasses chains are currently seeing a 5 percent increase in market adoption over the past 30 days, meaning that brands and retailers are believing in this trend for spring/summer and including options into their offering for the season.” 

Teyana Taylor attends Daily Front Row's 7th annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards on April 23, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

Teyana Taylor brought the eyeglass chain trend to the red carpet at Daily Front Row's 7th annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards.

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While eyeglass chains more clearly represent preppy, “office-siren” style (as TikTok likes to refer to it), Jessica Richards, trend forecaster and founder of JMR Trend + Creative, says the accessory is actually right in line with another one of this season’s biggest trends: the girlhood aesthetic. “Eyeglass chains are truly representative of this spring's love of girly-core-inspired bits of something extra,” she tells Marie Claire. “In a season adorned with accessories and literally tied up with bows, the love of playful dressing continues with the aesthetics that are moving forward.” 

So there you have it: there’s no better time to add a glasses chain to your jewelry collection. Whether you’re someone (like me) who is constantly losing your favorite pair of sunglasses or simply looking to spice up your affordable sunglasses from Amazon, this accessory will tick both those boxes. Check out our selection of the best eyeglass chains below, from a splurge-worthy chunky pearl option to a few more delicate picks.

The Best Eyeglass Chains

Meet the Experts

Kendall Becker wears black sunglasses, gold earrings, gold large chain necklaces, a white pearls necklace, a white cropped t-shirt, a white latte oversized blazer jacket, gold rings, high waist brown large wide legs suit pants, gold rings, outside PatBo , during New York Fashion Week, on February 12, 2022 in New York City.
Kendall Becker

Experienced in luxury editorial, trend forecasting, and strategic consulting, Kendall is the Fashion Director at Trendalytics as well as a freelance writer for Refinery29, The Zoe Report, LuisaViaRoma, WhoWhatWear, and Coveteur. Prior, she was the Assistant Fashion Director for Women’s RTW at Bloomingdale’s and contributed to global trend forecasting agencies. Plus, she’s a fashion media personality and expert that’s been featured in ABC, Cheddar News, Harper’s BAZAAR, GQ, Bustle, Sourcing Journal, Brides, and Vice.

Jessica Richards
Jessica Richards

Jessica Richards is a trend forecaster, style storyteller, and founder of JMR Trend + Creative, whose synergistic focus inspires what is now and next. With an extensive background in forecasting, concepts, and design for major North American retailers, she brings a forward-thinking yet commercially and brand-right viability to projects across the fashion and wellness industries.

Brooke Knappenberger
Associate Commerce Editor

Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she specializes in crafting shopping stories—from sales content to buying guides that span every vertical on the site. She also oversees holiday coverage with an emphasis on gifting guides as well as Power Pick, our monthly column on the items that power the lives of MC’s editors. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.