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Clip-On Sunglasses – Yay or Nay?

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Clip-On Sunglasses – Yay or Nay?

A few years ago it was accurate to say that clip-on sunglasses were neither cool nor stylish. They were often criticized because of the limited choices they provided insofar as lens colour and frame shape and were most probably owned by your parents in the ’90s. This last point alone was enough to crash the value of their cool stocks to below zero.

Interestingly, these fashion accessories actually made their debut in the 1940s in the U.S. They were seen as practical accessories that provided a solution to a problem, rather than taking the fashion world by storm. Popularised in the early 1950s by the heartthrob of women everywhere, Mr James Dean, however, they suddenly found their cool. And in so doing, cleared the way for classic trends to make their resurgence once again.  

Before we proceed, can we just take a minute to appreciate how effortlessly sexy James Dean really was…

James Dean

The Renaissance of Clip-On Sunglasses

Since the 50’s it’s fair to say that clip-on sunglasses died a slow quiet death on the top shelf, and it seemed unlikely they would ever see the light of day again (other than on your dad’s golf course). So, when we started to see clip-on sunglasses popping up all over Pinterest, Instagram, and in our favourite shops, we have to admit it piqued our interest. Was it just a flash in the pan, or a bonafide comeback? If it was the genuine article, it raised all sorts of questions. Are they a good deal? Are they going to suit me? Will they even fit over my glasses? Important stuff. It seems the answer to all these questions is a resounding yes, and with everyone from major celebrities to the guy next door wearing them, clip-on sunglasses have re-earned their place back at the fashion table.

 

Take a look at some of our favourites below…

VisionDirect's clip-on sunglasses

 

 

The VisionDirect Collection offers the latest sunglasses designs at fantastic prices. Because we believe that stylish sunglasses are essential, we think they should be accessible to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

VisionDirect Collection Coogee with Clip-On Sunglasses – $89

 

Clip on sunglasses polarizedClip on sunglasses magnetic

 

 

 

 

 

VisionDirect Collection Croydon with Clip-On Sunglasses – $89

 

 

 

Clip on sunglasses Tom Ford

 

 

Tom Ford has created Tom Ford Glasses and Tom Ford Sunglasses reflecting sublime innovative and provocative designs. Tom Ford sunglasses are worn by high profile celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Madonna.

 

Tom Ford Clip-on SunglassesTom Ford Clip on Sunglasses Polarized

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Ford FT5315 Clip-On Sunglasses – $120

 

Tom Ford Clip on Sunglasses AustraliaTom Ford clip on sunglasses magnetic

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Ford FT5297 Clip-On Sunglasses – $120

 

 

 

 

Persol Clip On Sunglasses

 

Persol Clip on Sunglasses polarized

Persol clip-on sunglasses australia

 

 

 

 

 

Persol PO3007C Clip-On Sunglasses – $111 and Persol PO7007C Clip-On Sunglasses – $124

 

Clip on sunglasses Ray Ban

 

 

 

 

 

For half a century, Ray-Ban® has been creating some of the trendiest eyewear designs, like the iconic Ray-Ban® aviators and wayfarer sunglasses. And their line of Ray Ban® eyeglasses is just as iconic and fashionable. With VisionDirect, there’s no need to search frantically for a Ray-Ban® sale, as we offer the best price guarantee. So show off your unique style with your own pair

 


Ray Ban clip on sunglasses AustraliaRay Ban clip on sunglasses polarized

 

 

 

 

 

Ray-Ban RX7131C Clip-On Sunglasses- $82 and Ray-Ban RX2447C Clip-On Sunglasses – $108

 

 

 

Frames with clip-on sunglasses

New Balance clip on sunglasses AustraliaNew Balance Clip On Sunglasses Polarized

 

 

 

 

 

New Balance NB4041 – $182 and Tom Ford FT5532 – B – $434

Spy Clip On Sunglasses MagneticClip On Sunglasses Magnetic SPY OPTIC

 

 

 

 

Spy Alcatraz – $150 and Flexon FLX901 – $102

 

Polarized Clip-on SunglassesClip-on Sunglasses Polarized

 

 

 

 

Polar PL TYM2 – $84 and Ermenegildo Zegna EZ0001 – $184

 

 

So, Yes or No?

This is the question.

Why Yes?

Clip-on sunglasses are undoubtedly functional and also a great deal if you want to save some dollar bills. If you need prescription glasses, you won’t have to get prescription lenses done twice. You can have eyeglasses and sunglasses with you always. Small bag lover? Clip-on sunglasses will save space in your bag and avoid adding more weight! Frames are now made with high quality, more advanced materials, and therefore you won’t have to face any “lenses smashing on the floor” problems if you drop them by accident.

And why No?

Clip-on sunglasses are smaller than prescriptions ones, so there’s a chance that UV light can come into contact with the eye more easily. So, while they are a good option for daytime in the city, or for relaxed outdoor activities, we suggest that you opt for prescription frames when at the seaside or anywhere you may be exposed to strong sunlight, including reflected glare. You can check out our huge (non-clip-on) sunglasses selection here. You may also want to take into consideration that, if you are a huge sunglasses fan (welcome), then sticking to just the one pair might not be the best choice for you. Why limit yourself?!

The world is your oyster at VisionDirect!

 

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