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Clip-On Sunglasses:The 90s’ Comeback

What is fueling the clip on sunglasses comeback?

Clip on Sunglasses comeback

Fashion trends always seem to resurface years later and with no given warning, so any fashion items you love now… keep a hold of them for when they next come back into fashion, and you can claim that it's vintage aha!

Accessories of the ‘90s such as clip on sunglasses offer a versatile and practical eyewear option… who knows why they ever went out of fashion? It's a two in one great invention! Revamp … or turn back the clocks to the time of the 90s and get back in touch with your youth, embrace the resurfacing styles and tell your children that you did it first and that’s why they're cool! It's time to relook at 90's trends with changeable clip-on lenses!

Were Clip-on Sunglasses a Thing in the 90's

A Flashback to the 90s: The 90s was an era defined by bold fashion choices, and clip-on sunglasses were an integral part of the style landscape. These nifty accessories offered both prescription eyeglass wearers and sunglass enthusiasts a convenient way to shield their eyes from the sun's rays. The iconic flip-up design allowed for an effortless transition from indoor to outdoor settings, while also adding an element of geek-chic appeal to any ensemble.

Why are Clip On Sunglasses popular

Nostalgia Meets Modernity: Fast-forward to today, and clip-on sunglasses are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. As fashion continually draws inspiration from the past, the 90s aesthetic has become a rich source for revival. The comeback of clip-ons speaks to the desire for unique, unconventional accessories that stand out in a sea of generic eyewear options. Whether attached to clear lens glasses for a studious vibe or clipped onto edgy, oversized frames, these sunglasses effortlessly blend nostalgia with modern style.

Functionality Redefined: Beyond their aesthetic allure, clip-on sunglasses offer a practical edge that's hard to beat. No longer limited to the basic flip-up design, contemporary versions come in a variety of styles, colours, and shapes to suit every taste and occasion. From retro round lenses to sleek aviator clips, wearers can easily customise their look based on their mood or outfit. The added convenience of being able to switch between clear and shaded lenses makes these sunglasses a versatile choice for those who want both fashion and function.

Fashion-forward Celebrities Lead the Way: A significant factor in the revival of 90s clip-on sunglasses is the influence of fashion-forward celebrities and influencers. Icons like Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Harry Styles have been spotted rocking clip-ons, bringing them back into the limelight. Their ability to easily incorporate these accessories into their outfits has inspired countless fashion enthusiasts to do the same, turning clip-on sunglasses into a statement piece rather than a mere functional add-on.

Sustainability and Upcycling: The resurgence of clip-on sunglasses aligns well with the growing interest in sustainable fashion and upcycling. Many individuals are now seeking ways to repurpose and breathe new life into vintage pieces, contributing to a more eco-conscious wardrobe. By embracing clip-on sunglasses from the 90s, fashion enthusiasts are not only showcasing their style but also participating in the movement towards more sustainable fashion choices.


Clip on sunglasses making their reappearance is another trendy fashion accessory to add to your collection but also a way to take you back in time and fill you with nostalgia… with developed technology and ideas the clip on aspect can be made to look more aesthetically pleasing giving the dated trend a modern twist which can also add functionality and allow the resurfaced trend to gain even more popularity than when it was seen the first time around! Remind yourself of the iconic 90s and see what else this inspires you to do or go searching for in your loft for other ways to revamp your style or pass on to your children that they might find will come in handy or give them cool points for having ‘vintage’ clothing and accessories… and if you're not going to wear it again consider selling it and making more money than what you would’ve paid for it 30 years ago! 

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 21 Aug 2023, Last modified: 20 May 2024