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The 10 most stylish sunglasses chains to wear this summer

Keep your sunnies safe and stylish with these sunglass chains that double as jewellery

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Natalie Salmon
Natalie SalmonFashion Digital Editor
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Whether it's partying at a festival or seeing the sights on a trip abroad, we’ve all experienced that familiar feeling of dread when we lose our sunglasses. Sunglasses chains are not only a practical but also stylish solution to this universal problem.

Once the preserve of librarians and they were rescinded to the fashion basement bin… until now that is. As spotted on the likes of Bella Hadid, Rihanna and Hailey Bieber over the last couple of seasons, sunglasses chains are going nowhere for summer 2023. There are also plenty of styles to suit every budget, and taste, from pearl encrusted and delicate to oversized tortoise shell.

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What is the history of glasses chains?

The use of glasses chains can be traced all the way back to the 1800’s, during the Victorian era. Well-heeled women circa 1860 would apparently wear long chains across their chest and attached to their glasses.

What are sunglasses chains?

Sunglasses chains are designed to keep you eyewear attached to your person at all times. But they double up beautifully as jewellery also.

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Hello! Fashion shares the sunglasses chains to shop now as the weather heats up:

  • Best Sunglasses Chains

    Monochrome Pearl Sunglasses Chain

    Monochrome Pearl Sunglasses Chain

    Talis Chains

    Featuring freshwater pearls, this elegant design by Talis Chains feels dainty and chic. 

  • Red hearts glasses chain

    Red hearts glasses chain

    Add a splash of colour into your accessory arsenal with this super cute Bimba y Lola chain featuring heart-shaped links.

  • Disc-embellished sunglasses chain

    Disc-embellished sunglasses chain

    Paco Rabanne

    For a luxe-looking metallic feel, look no further than this disc-embellished version by Paco Rabanne.

  • Light brown chunky sunglasses chain

    Chunky sunglasses chain

    Linda Farrow

    This camel-coloured chain by Linda Farrow is the perfect piece if you're wanting to add some interest to a neutral summer outfit.

  • Multi-coloured bead sunglasses chain

    FORTE Beads Rainbow 18-karat gold and Lurex multi-stone sunglasses chain kit

    Carolina Bucci

    For a playful, slight cutesy, feel, opt for rainbow beads by Carolina Bucci.

  • Metal chain with faux pearl beads

    Metal chain with faux pearl beads

    Featuring pretty faux pearls, this piece by Zara is super affordable and would look great on sunglasses with fine metal arms.

  • Stone glasses chain

    Stone glasses chain

    Embedded with coloured stones, this low-key pink chain by Mango is giving full-on beachy vibes.

  • Freshwater pearl chain

    Teenage Kicks in Yellow Gold

    Strung with freshwater cultivated pearls, this piece by Frame Chain could totally double up as a lustrous necklace. 

  • Brown acetate Sunglasses Chain

    Acetate Sunglasses Chain

    Chunky never looked so elegant. Amp up your holiday eyewear with this timeless chain by British heritage label Mulberry.

  • Laurel Green Tort Sunglasses Chain

    Laurel Green Tort Sunglasses Chain

    With green links and gold accents, this chain by Oliver Bonas feels fresh and super versatile.

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