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How to Wear Sunglasses When You Don't Have Them On

December 11, 2017

How to Wear Sunglasses When You Don't Have Them On

What should you do with your sunglasses when you’re not wearing them? If you’re at home, you can put them away, and if you’re in your car, you can stash them in the glove compartment. But if you’re out and about, you may not have a convenient, safe place to put them.


Most people want to keep them handy even when they don’t have them on. As you walk in and out of the shade or into buildings, you’ll need to put them on and take them off, so it’s helpful to know how to wear your shades when they’re shielding your eyes.


The following tips are helpful for women’s sunglasses, men’s sunglasses, unisex sunglasses, and any popular sunglasses styles.

Wear Them On Your Head

This is probably the most common way to wear sunglasses when they’re not on your face. Wearing them on your head seems like the most natural thing to do. If you’re going to wear your glasses on your head, however, you need to be aware of a few potential problems:

  • Chemicals from hair products may cause damage to your sunglasses. If you wear hairspray or hair gel, keep a close eye on the plastic parts of your sunglasses to see if you notice any chemical changes, scratches, or other wear and tear.
  • Certain head shapes can stretch out sunglasses. Depending on the shape of your skull, wearing your sunglasses on top of your head may cause them to stretch out. Once they’re stretched out, they might slip down your nose or fall off when you look down.
  • Your hair can get caught in the frames. This is particularly true of sunglasses styles such as aviators and other styles that feature nose pads. Not only can it be painful to get your hair caught in your sunglasses, but the snags can also bend the frames.

Use a Neck Strap

Sports suppliers have created handy neck straps for keeping your sunglasses at the ready when you’re not wearing them. These holders keep your sunglasses fairly close to your body when they’re not on your face. They’re excellent for sports because they won’t fly around like they would on a longer lanyard.

Use a Lanyard

Of course, if you’re not participating in running, cycling, or team sports, a lanyard can be a great way to wear your sunglasses when you don’t have them on. With a lanyard, the arms of your sunglasses stay open, so they’re always ready to put on. This is helpful if you’re busy and don’t want to have to think about your sunglasses. Gardeners, for example, are great candidates for lanyards because they can easily put their glasses on and take them off as they move between sun and shade.

Hang Them On Your Shirt

Another easy way to wear your sunglasses when they’re not on your face is to hook them onto your shirt. This is a stylish look for both men and women, although it may not be the best choice if you’re participating in any kind of physical activity.


If you’re wearing a button-down shirt, you can increase your sunglasses’ security by hooking the arm through a buttonhole. Otherwise, use this strategy when you’re not moving around a lot.


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