The Case for Clip-On Sunglasses

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Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

Eyeglass wearers don’t have the luxury of throwing on sunglasses. Instead, they’re forced to juggle multiple pairs of glasses or brave the blinding sun. But eyewear mogul Garrett Leight has a more practical suggestion: attach sun clips to your specs. The foldable attachments fit in your pocket when you don’t need them, and add a dose of retro cool to any look. You’ll be able to face the rays and look like a legend while still being able to see.

Leight, who is the son of Oliver People’s founders Larry and Cindy Leight, designed a series of clip-on sunglasses for his own eyewear company, Garrett Leight California Optical. His chief inspiration was pop culture. “I feel like almost every iconic eyewear personality has been seen wearing clip-ons at some point,” he says. “Andy Warhol, James Dean, Steve McQueen. Tons of people in the eighties as well, Spike Lee, Robert Downey Jr…”

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Beyond the dapper factor, clip-ons also reign in practicality. Leight says men are attracted to things that balance form and function, and attachments allow them to edit down their collection and tote around less baggage. “They allow you to have one pair of glasses… that can become sunglasses at any time,” he says.  

For those in search of the perfect frame-and-clip pairing, try Leight’s Milwood frames in Brandy Tortoise with a brushed silver and brown sun clip. The subtle, round silhouette will flatter most faces, and Leight says every man should own a pair of tortoise shell shades. “That’s the color that every guy needs,” he says. “It looks rich.”

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