Get Your Shades Fitted

July 15th, 2014

Your shades, like any other accessory, should fit properly. One of my biggest pet peeves is having to continually push my shades back up after they slide down the bridge of my nose. It frustrates me to no end. Luckily there’s an easy and free solution.

The reason they slide down the nose is because they aren’t wrapped properly around the ears.

When first purchased, most sunglass temples look something like this:


(notice the approx. 45 degree angle of the earpieces)

To anchor them properly to your face, have them fitted at your local eyewear shop. Many do free adjustments. Lenscrafters will do it even if they don’t carry the frames.

First the specialist marks the point where the temples reach your ears. Then they apply some heat to the frames and bend them to wrap-around snugly.

When finished the temples should look more like this:


(notice the curvature of the earpieces)

Once they’re bent around your ears they won’t slide anywhere, which will free up your hands…and ease your frustrations.

Just a quick tip for today. More in-depth Eyewear Fit Guide coming soon.


Yours in style,

Articles of Style

Photography by Alex Crawford

  • Brock

    Dan – have you seen this:

    Haven’t tried it but sure does look promising. Glad they got funded.

  • Sanford

    Sadly, my Persol 714’s were stolen recently and so I’m in the market for a new pair. Where are these from?

  • mike

    anyone know which sunglasses are featured in the first picture in this article?

  • LouCaves

    Great tip.

    Also, consider adjustments so that the earpieces bend far enough that they dont touch the inside of the lens, when closed, and cause gashes…I hate when that happens.

    Thanks, TSB.

  • PG

    As someone who wears prescription classes all the time, this is a must for all my glasses and sunglasses.

    A few people mentioned doing it yourself. I wouldn’t advise this as they have special machines for applying localised heat onto the frame. Too much heat and it can burn the frame. Or if you apply it too close to lens, it would cause the lens to bubble.

  • Jerico

    I’m assuming you can only do this with certain frames? Thicker frames like say a pair of wayfarers can’t be done like the above frames?

    • Dan Trepanier

      Sure they can.

    • LouCaves

      Eyewitness testimony: Wayfarers CAN be adjusted this way.

      Thanks, TSB.

  • Chad Ludeman

    This is one of those simple but life changing tips. Will this same strategy apply to thick plastic or acetate frames as well?

    • Dan Trepanier

      Shouldn’t be a problem.

    • Robert

      Wow, you must have a rough life….

  • Khaled Nasr

    I freaking learn something new everyday on this site! I never knew about getting it fitted that way! I always thought it was just the nose flaps that were the only adjustment! Great post!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Khaled! Keep killing ’em

  • Gavin Jager

    Photog wasn’t as nice today ;)

  • David Shapiro

    Great tip, thanks! Is there going to be a August contest?

  • Jeff McAllister

    +1 for the lenscrafters tip! I’ve got a pair of 7 year-old Clubmasters that have been unbranded and are dinged up to the point of being ‘theft proof.’ That doesn’t stop me from taking advantage of a regular free-tune though!

  • TO

    Good tip! I had this done a long time ago but I never knew what they actually did to make them fit better.

    Another annoyance with some shades, especially cheap ones, is when folding them and placing them in your chest pocket, especially if they are folded over the pocket (i.e. half dangling out). If they aren’t the type that “snap” into place when folded, as soon as you start to bend over they will fly out and fall to the ground. Always test for this !

    • Alex Crawford

      That happens to me ALL THE TIME. So many scratches on my RayBans.

      • TO

        Alex- if there’s a screw at the hinge of the arms of your ray bans, try getting them tightened ! Either at a shop or by yourself if you have a tiny enough screwdriver. I just did this on a pair of club masters (not Ray ban) and it definitely decreased the chance of them falling off while hanging in my pocket… Try it it’s worth a shot !

    • David

      I’ve dropped so many pairs of sunglasses because of this. Lean down to tie a show and there they are on the ground. Luckily I’ve yet to do any real amount of damage.

  • Shawn

    Honest to God, I didn’t know one could have this little “hack” done! Thank you for the tip Dan. Just like you, I get frustrated with slipping frames, especially in hot weather when one’s face/nose becomes wet/oily!

    • John B

      Same here! Although I guess it’s not possible with the folding wayfarers I usually wear.

  • Dan

    Hey is it easy or possible to do the adjustmens yourself?

    • Jeanscuffed

      I’m so clumsy and have the worst luck. I wouldn’t trust myself to apply heat to my frames lol.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Easier to have a professional do it for free I think.

  • Sky

    Very cool. I am reminded of this do-it-yourself approach: