People misplacing or struggling to find their glasses is such a common problem that it’s become a frequently seen gag in sitcoms and movies. Glasses chains offer a solution to this problem. All you have to do is attach the end of your glasses or sunglasses to the chain, hang the chain around your neck, and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting where you left them. For a long time, glasses chains were seen as a sort of retro and purely functional item, mostly relegated to forgetful grandparents and senior citizens. However, in recent years they’ve been adopted as a fashion accessory as well as a practical one, a way to decorate and spruce up glasses and plain black sunglasses. Here are a few glasses chains we recommend.
What to Consider in Glasses Chains
Here are a few things to think about before buying glasses chains:
- Type: Despite the name, a glasses chain doesn’t have to be an actual physical chain. They can be chains, of course, but you aren’t limited to them. Some will be made of cloth or fabric, resembling a lanyard. Cord or leather options are also common. Actual chains might be ideal for day-to-day wear since they’re more decorative, while a cord glasses chain is the better choice for athletic activities.
- Design: When it comes to glasses chains, you have a whole bevy of design options from which to pick. There are classic chains, of course, which are usually (but not exclusively) gold or silver in color. The size of the chain links can be chunky, delicate, or anything in between. Plenty of these chains are decorated with shapes, beads, rhinestones, or pearls along their length. Fabric, cord, or leather glasses chains tend not to have extra accessories but are available in solid colors, multiple colors, and plenty of patterns and designs.
- Length: Like chain necklaces, the length of glasses chains will vary depending on their make and brand. Most will be at least 20 inches in length, which falls to about mid-chest on most people. Shorter lengths are rare, but longer sizes are more readily available. 25 to 30 inches are pretty standard lengths that you’ll find. Some glasses chains may be adjustable for your convenience. Consider where you might want your glasses to hang on your chest and which length will be most comfortable for you.