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 eyewear chains have officially evolved from strictly functional to being full-blown fashionable. Better yet, traditional eyeglass chains have been used to add a fashionable touch to the face mask that you're still probably carrying around in your handbag.
Designers revamped the accessory in 2022 using fresh-feeling materials like metal, chains, pearls, and multicolored beads to bring your look up a notch, making it one of the easiest summer fashion trends to get in on right now. Do you think that your favorite pair of black sunglasses feels a bit boring all of a sudden? Add a gold chain to spice things up. Tired of using your regular glasses? Eyewear chains will save you. Or, are you someone (like me) who is constantly losing your favorite new pair of sunglasses at the bottom of your bag—or worse—leaving them behind after you take them off once you get indoors? One of these trendy new chains is here to keep them from getting lost in the shuffle.
Essentially jewelry for your sunglasses, this trend is a super fun way to spice up your summer style. Check out our selection of the best eyeglass chains below, from a splurge-worthy chunky tortoiseshell option to a few more delicate picks that retail, one which retails for only $10. And, if you're in a pinch, I even included a best-selling four-pack from Amazon that will arrive on your doorstep in no time.
This strand of pastel-tinted pearls from Lele Sadoughi's recent collaboration with Atlantic-Pacific is perfect for days when you want to wear an accessory that feels classic—but with a twist. It comes with detachable loops that attach to your favorite pair of sunglasses from Sadoughi's range, as well as a separate loop that hooks onto any pair in your collection.
If you like all your accessories to coordinated, this slender rose gold chain from Frame Chain is for you. Choose from either gold or silver finishes so that you never look mismatched.
I'm a fan of Gucci anything these days, including this pair of sunglasses that comes complete with a logo'd chain.
Cult Gaia is known for its range of earthy-feeling shoes and hadbags, and this rattan eyeglass chain is no exception. Pair it with your breeziest summer dress and sandals.
Sunglasses and sunglasses chain become one on this pair of shades from Sunloops. Inspired by vintage sunglasses, the chains actually keep the frames in place and can tie in the back to form a traditional chain.
Pearls are timeless, and this eyeglass chain from 8 Other Reasons is proof. It measures 31.5" in length, making it great for a dramatic statement.
Speaking of a dramatic statement, this chunky tortoiseshell chain from Linda Farrow is bound to stand out from the crowd. A chain like this is a must-buy if you're the kind of person who tends to lose track of your sunglasses in your bag— as well as the chain that's meant to make them easier to find.
The mixed materials on this chain from Missoma feels like summer encapsulated into one single piece. It features a combination of freshwater pearl, malachite, and other dainty beads for a fresh feel.
Leave it to ZARA to create one of the most fun eyeglass chains of the season. This multicolored beaded option is priced at under $20, so it's great to bring with you on vacation this spring and summer.
Clocking in at just $10, this dainty beaded chain from H&M features small pearlescent beads that will go great with any of the sunglasses in your collection.
This is the top-selling sunglass chain on Amazon. The chunkier beads and stones that are speckled along the chain make for an earthy-yet-fashionable accessory.
If you're prone to loosing jewelry and accessories as soon as you get them out of the box, pick up this pack of four sunglass chains from Amazon.
I am simply obsessed with the floral decals on this chain from Free People. Whether you're styling it for Coachella weekend 2 or just walking around the city, this chain is so perfect to match with your latest summer OOTD.
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Julia Marzovilla is the E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.
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