How to Care for Your Sunglasses

You've nailed the style—but are you keeping them in pristine shape?

You love your shades (they're super-cute!), and you may have even paid a pretty penny for them. So protect them from harm by being a responsible sunglasses owner. In other words, avoid these no-no's.

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Putting Them on Your Head

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Ryan Pfluger

Though most people do it, any eyewear aficionado can tell you this is rule number one not to break. The reason is threefold:

  • With aviator styles—or any pair that has wire nosepieces, for that matter—your hair can get caught, which yanks your strands (ouch) and could even bend or break the bridge of the sunglasses.
  • Depending on the shape of your head, it can stretch out the earpieces of your sunglasses, making them too loose.
  • They're bound to slip off when you bend over or look down, eventually resulting in a broken or scratched pair.
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Not Getting Them Adjusted

Everyone's face is slightly asymmetrical, whether visibly noticeable or not. Most people also have a slight difference in the height of their ears—one may be a little lower than the other. Likewise, unless you've snagged a fresh-out-of-the-box pair that's never been touched, there's a good chance your new sunnies were tried on by others and may be slightly askew.

Many sunglasses stores (like Sunglass Hut) offer complimentary in-store adjustments—tiny tweaks to make sure your shades sit properly on your face. And did we mention that it's free?

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Tossing Them in Your Bag

Yes, you are absolutely allowed to stow your sunglasses in your purse—so long as you've put them in a protective case (like the one they came in). It seems like an unnecessary step (it's so easy to just unzip your tote and drop them in), but the interior of a bag, often filled with keys and other loose objects, is the number one cause of damage.

If your mini crossbody is too teeny for a hard-shell glasses case, do the bare minimum and wrap your sunnies in the microfiber cleaning cloth (that they also came with) before tucking them away.

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