Clip On Sunglasses | What Are They?

September 21st, 2018 | Posted in Guide | No Comments »

Clip on sunglasses were considered neither cool nor stylish a couple of years ago because of the limited choices available for lens colors and frame styles. Clip on sunglasses were also heavily criticized because of their 90’s antique look. Interestingly, with the ever-changing fashion trend, clip on sunglasses have been resurrected. Pictures of clip on sunglasses have started to pop up all over Instagram and Pinterest, on major celebrities to social media influencers.

You’re likely thinking, “what are clip on sunglasses?” Before we go into details, let’s take a look at their history.

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The Clip-On Sunglasses Renaissance

Clip on sunglasses made their debut in the US during the 1940’s and were used as a practical accessory rather than a fashion statement. A decade later they became popular after heartthrob James Dean started to wear them in the 1950’s. And just like that, clip on sunglasses were suddenly a cool accessory. But along with the changing trend in the fashion industry, the popularity of clip on sunglasses also went downhill as time passed…until recently when it started to make a comeback.

What are Clip On Sunglasses?

Clip-on sunglasses are glasses that are used to clip onto frames of regular or prescription glasses. They provide various benefits not necessarily available with regular prescription glasses, and can have either polarized or non-polarized lenses. Polarized clip-on sunglasses are mostly preferred by many because of their ability to filter and block glare from reflected light. And a fun fact: most sunglasses don’t have premade clip ons, but we’ve found a few. Check out these styles for a general sense of the look:

clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas
clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas
clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas

Benefits of Clip on Sunglasses

One of the most common health problems around the world is related to eye damage. Millions of people suffer from presbyopia, myopia, cataracts, and more. To cope with these challenges and correct their vision, people turn to prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. But one common problem they encounter especially with prescription glasses is whenever they engage in different outdoor activities that require the use of sunglasses for eye protection against the sun. Hence the need for clip on sunglasses. People who wear prescription glasses can comfortably turn to clip on sunglasses because of their dimensional benefits, without the need to remove prescription glasses.

Custom Made Clip On Sunglasses

Most sunglasses don’t have premade clip ons. But there are clip ons that you can buy elsewhere, however, they will most likely not match your frame because there is no such thing as one size fits all. The best way is to have your own custom made clip ons that precisely fit the frame and size of your eyeglasses. You can have your own custom made clip on sunglasses at optical shops like Alexander Daas where you bring your glasses (or ship them) to have the clips ons made. This process includes matching the curvature and lens of your frame in any color and pattern like camouflage, leopard, or plain, even available in polarized. If done well, your clip ons can appear like you’re just wearing sunglasses and not clip on sunglasses.

clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas
clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas

There are several designs available for clip on sunglasses. For example, titanium clips come in variations such as a bar across the top and hidden bridge styles where the bridge runs along the bridge of the frame so it is “hidden.” Another is a rimless clip on design where the clip on is almost “invisible”, as well as a flip clip design where you can flip the lenses up.

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Types of Clip-On Sunglasses

There are three types of clip-on sunglasses that are commonly available and widely used. The perfect type of clipon sunglasses for you varies depending on several factors such as your lifestyle, budget and preference in color, style and size. Let’s take a look at all 3.

1. Standard Clip-On Sunglasses

Standard clip-on sunglasses are one of the least expensive types, though the most noticeable and difficult to attach and remove from the glasses. Standard clip-on sunglasses are clipped to the middle of the bridge on regular or prescription sunglasses, and are rubber coated and should not damage the lense or the frame.

2. Flip Clip-On Sunglasses

Flip clip-on sunglasses are less likely to be damaged and are the easiest type to use since they do not need to be constantly removed and put back on. They simply clip over the glasses which you can flip up or down depending on lighting conditions. The clips used on flip clip-on sunglasses are not as noticeable as standard clip on sunglasses because of their relatively smaller clips.  .

3. Magnetic Clip-On Sunglasses

Magnetic clip-on sunglasses are the most expensive, but do not have clips and are barely noticeable. They are attached to the frame using only clear magnets, which means they can only be used on magnetic frames.

Clip on sunglasses are undoubtedly stylish, functional, and economical. Depending on the type you get, especially with options two or three above, they can allow for a more seamless, comfortable day-to-day experience. And, if you love carrying small bags or not hanging multiple sunglasses or eyeglasses on your t-shirt, clip-on frames can save so much space.

For custom made clip on sunglasses, you can personally visit or ship your glasses to Alexander Daas! Contact us for more info at 323.466.4396.

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