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Never lose your glasses again - the stylish way

Updated on September 07, 2014
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It's some years since I reluctantly admitted to myself that actually, it wasn't the print that was getting smaller in my favourite books, it was that my eyes were simply aging. Plus, I live in Florida so if I'm not wearing glasses to read, I'm wearing sunglasses.

I still haven't got to the stage of getting proper prescription reading glasses - those at the store for $10 work just fine - but I recently discovered a problem.

MY READING GLASSES WERE MAKING ME FAT

This sounds bizarre but it's true. You see, I always need to have my reading glasses with me and my solution for years has been to simply scoop them onto my head - almost like a hair band. They keep my fringe out of my eyes too and they are always there ready for when I actually need to see something properly instead of through a hazy fog. So far so good.

But over time, the arms, wings, whatever you call the bits that go over your ears, expand. I noticed that my glasses would fall off my head. Getting new ones would be one answer but otherwise they are fine and it seemed like a waste of money. Talking about 'waste'...

THE WAISTBANDS OF MY JEANS WERE GETTING TIGHTER

I couldn't figure out why. I wasn't eating more or exercising less. And then I figured it out. Every time my glasses were on my head (which was all the time unless I was sleeping or they were perched on my nose) I was moving around slowly, like a little old woman, so that my glasses didn't fall off and break.

WAS ONE OF THOSE NECKLACES THE ANSWER?

You know the ones I mean. Sometimes they are poshly called 'eyewear retainers'. I supposed they would be the solution to my problem but well, my mum and her old lady friends used those. I didn't want a 'granny' solution (despite being a grandmother).

THE SOLUTION IS IN THE FABULOUS PRODUCTS YOU SEE HERE

Any excuse to buy new jewelry is fine by me. And although these products are created to keep your reading glasses to hand, they are jewelry. Some are leather, like the example shown, others are metal but above all, they are lovely jewelry pieces that look perfectly stylish and are ready to hold your glasses at anytime.

I BOUGHT THREE - SO FAR

It's almost like a new lease of life - owning functional and fashionable jewelry that has an extremely practical purpose. They aren't 'granny' looking' and I have a wonderful excuse to buy more in the future; this isn't indulgence, this is practicality.

OH, AND MY JEANS ARE NO LONGER TIGHT!

The versions I bought cost under $15 each but there are many more versions at various prices. The best benefit to me is that the weight I'd gained, thanks to moving around like a ninety year old, has now completely gone. Under $15 - and yet in many ways, a life-changer.

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Giorgio Fedon Braided Red Leather with Silver Loop Eyeglass Necklace
Giorgio Fedon Braided Red Leather with Silver Loop Eyeglass Necklace

This is the one I bought that made me decide that these products are by far the most practical - and stylish - way to make sure that your glasses are ready for use exactly when you need them.

 

Because these are available in a variety of materials and colors, I'm building up a 'wardrobe' of them. The ones I have look perfect with casual outfits but are also smart enough for business meetings.

USE FOR SUNGLASSES TOO

I am buying these as gifts at the moment, particularly for my Floridian friends who won't venture outdoors without sunglasses so these pieces aren't purely for people like me who need glasses to read.

There are also sports versions which are made from rubber and therefore completely waterproof - great for the beach or for messing about in boats or in the pool.

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World Famous and Original LaLoop eyeglass necklace in Black.
World Famous and Original LaLoop eyeglass necklace in Black.

Simplicity is often they key to great design. And in this image you can see how this simple yet functional piece looks when its holding your sunglasses.

Doesn't it look fabulous? There's no need to sacrifice style for functionality.

 

These are wonderful items for any type of glasses. What is truly wonderful is that they are so fashionable and stylish. You can see below that celebrities agree with me.

The Live, Love, Laugh
The Live, Love, Laugh

This is how these necklaces look when they're not being used.You can see that they are still beautifully fashionable.

It's hardly surprising that these are so popular these days. Truly gorgeous.

 

CELEBRITIES AND FASHIONISTAS

Just in case you're not convinced that these are a cool and desirable item, take a look at this screenshot from Google images.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you @Merrci - they really are incredibly cool.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It is good to see these making a comeback! They are so handy. So many people misplace theirs specs, wondering where they set them down. Solution here!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      So funny you tied your jeans problem into your glasses on your nose. Clever girl always has a solution.

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      I have to wear glasses as I am legally blind. My glasses are too strong for close up work and I don't have the correct prescription for my computer yet. I wear my sunglasses over my regular glasses and put them on my head. I am in turtle mode anyway always, So these accessories are the great answer for those of us who have multiple glasses/sunglasses as well as need to take them off now and them for a spell. Great review!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Adventuretravels: Bums do that :)

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Joanna14: The other day I spent about ten minutes looking for my glasses. Yes, they were on top of my head!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @fullofshoes: I'm pleased that it's not just me :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      good point about moving a bit slower to ensure they don't fall off your head..I can see that happening to me too!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: I'm so glad that I noticed!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: Especially Rod Stewart :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      You funny girl! I wish I could blame my glasses for being overweight - well I am just a bit - I blame the computer because my bum's spreading!!

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      Christine Hulme 2 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Might try a chain again. I do have verivocals which I could wear all the time, but prefer not to. But a stylish chain....and certainly don't want to slow down, so placing on my head is out!

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      fullofshoes 2 years ago

      This was fun to read... made me laugh. But you're right...I do move more slowly when my glasses are on my head. hahaha!!!!

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      These are a great idea! Good to see guys use them too.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @WebMarketingPro: I juggle three pairs so I'm three-quarters of the way to understanding :) Funny, I tried bifocals and hated them too. I couldn't adjust at all.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      I love these! Now I'm walking around with 3 pair of glasses. One for distance, one for reading and sunglasses. Really ought to consolidate with a bifocal script but truth be told, I'd still have two pair hanging somewhere. Plus I tend to abuse glasses.

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      WebMarketingPro 3 years ago

      I have FOUR pairs of glasses (not trying to one-up anyone!), and have for years... And I'm pretty much permanently carrying glasses on my head as well (and occasionally two, if I forget to remove a pair while adding another, which causes some puzzled looks when I go out). I have distance glasses, computer glasses, reading glasses for small print, and, yes, prescription sunglasses. As much as possible, I don't wear glasses at all, especially indoors, which seems to keep my eyesight in better shape. But when it comes to actually seeing what I'm writing on my computer, or reading books or other stuff, I really need them. And I sure can't drive without my distance glasses.Why no trifocals? I tried bifocals and hated them. I spend hours at a time at any one of these activities, especially reading or computer work, so having just a tiny window for each of them would drive me nuts.I've come to consider it a zen moment when I have to switch glasses: I pause, pick out the proper pair, place it on my nose, and resume whatever I was about to do ;-)I might take another look at those eyeglass chains though...

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DebMartin: Hi Deb, I'm a three pairs girl too - reading glasses, a pair for watching TV and sunglasses. I took vision so much for granted when I was younger!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Oh yes!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TipsForMoms: If you do, I hope you write about it :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @flycatcherrr: What crazy for me is that if ever I've bought an expensive pair of sunglasses, within a week I manage to sit on then or even run them over with the car.If I buy a pair for $4.99, they last forever!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: And so stylish. Thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Susan Zutautas: That's exactly like me :) The cheap store reading glasses do the job just fine.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Who would have thought that this was another way to lose weight? Perhaps this need to be under healthy living? It's more than fashion and beauty ... lol

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      TipsForMoms 3 years ago

      This is such a simple solution to my never-ending "where did my glasses go?" problem! I bet I could make one with my jewelry supplies. Thanks for sharing a cool idea.

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Wow! I wish losing weight were that simple for me! LOL I got rid of my driving glasses recently. Don't need them anymore. That's good, because I kept setting them down to use my camera, and then I'd forget to retrieve them because my vision was good enough I didn't miss them. Now I'm working on getting rid of my reading glasses. Fortunately, I always have a good place to set them when I take them off. Your stylish items look neat, though I've tried similar things in the past, and my glasses kept falling off. I think I'm just too cantankerous! :)

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      The perfect solution to the small problem I've got of sitting on my sunglasses or leaving them behind!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I REALLY like the MOMA style. These are great!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Excellent solution to a common problem!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Those look a lot cooler than those old fashion ones you used to see. I have a habit of wearing my glasses on top of my head too. I'm supposed to have bi-focal's but I keep putting off going to see the eye doctor. Procrastinating I think is a better word for it.

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