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Chanel CH 5076H Sunglasses

1 rating: 3.0
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Chanel sunglasses are the very embodiment of elegance and glamour. The 5076H comes with a Chanel cleaning cloth, hard case and certificate of authenticity. Meticulous craftsmanship and the quality of each pair ensure superb comfort and durability.

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1 review about Chanel CH 5076H Sunglasses

Good sunglasses that cost a fortune because of the Chanel name.

  • Sep 19, 2009
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Rating:
+3
Pros: Dark lenses, durable, well made, status symbol, retro chic, dress up/down

Cons: Very expensive, not all that much better than cheaper sunglasses

The Bottom Line: Chanel 5076h Sunglasses are oversized, rectangular sunglasses that scream STATUS. Strip away the logo and they're good, durable protective sunglasses but overpriced.


I wear sunglasses year round but never really got into the high end brands. I have a couple of expensive (for me) pairs of sunglasses that are functional and durable. I received a pair of Chanel 5076h Sunglasses as a birthday gift from a friend who works in the fashion industry.

These sunglasses are very nice and seem quite durable but they are so NOT worth the list price of $695.00 and the selling price of between $275.00 and $400.00. I mean, really!

The Look and Quality

These sunglasses are oversized with black plastic frames and plastic dark smoke lenses. They are somewhat retro in that they are a large  rectangular design. Luckily, I have a heart shaped face and can wear any style of glasses so these don't look ridiculous on me but they do look big! These are glasses that stars would wear to show their attitude or avoid being recognized.

I have the black/black style which is the most popular. These sunglasses also come in gradient brown/caramel, brown/tortoise, and gradient brown/black. I can't speak specifically about the other colors but it's safe to assume they all made the same way and have the same features.

The arms of the glasses are very wide, which I like. They don't wrap but the arms are so wide that they block sun from getting at my eyes from the sides. On the side of each arm near the temple are bold white raised double C's - the Chanel signature logo. They literally jump off the plastic because they're not painted on but they are inlayed and set into the plastic. I worry that they will fall off the arms but, for the price Chanel charges, they had better not!

Other than the white logo, there are no other identifying factors or adornments on the frames.

The lenses in my black sunglasses are black, dark, and uniform in color. They are dark enough for the brightest days but they also force me to stumble around when I walk inside of a store or other place that isn't super bright. I usually can get by wearing my sunglasses inside if I am just going in and out but I have to remove my Chanel 5076h Sunglasses unless the place is very brightly lit. So much for me being incognito!

The lenses are not polarized. They smudge easily but Chanel does include a little cleaning cloth with their logo and name on it. The glasses also come in a big black case with the Chanel name and double C logo imprinted on it but subtly. The name is bold but it is pressed into the case rather than painted on or colored. The inside of the case is lined in a soft sueded material to protect the glasses.

These glasses have sturdy hinges and open and close easily and well. They fit my smallish head and face without feeling like they will fall off although the actual lenses almost cover my whole face.

The glasses are very comfortable and they block the sun well. They feel secure on my face and they look retro chic. I imagine the blingy white C's call attention to them but I'm not sure that many people would actually care that I am wearing Chanel sunglasses as opposed to knock offs and I actually don't care! I mean, these sunglasses are nice but not much different overall from decent knock offs or lower priced names like XXOO or Guess.

To be sure that you have authentic Chanel 5076h Sunglasses, there should be white printing inside both arms. One arm will have the name, logo, and "Made in Italy" on it. The other will have a series of numbers and letters.

These sunglasses are classy and can be worn dressed up or down and with any outfit. I don't like the bright white C's on each temple but I guess Chanel HAD to let people know the sunglasses were, indeed, Chanel. Most people would love the logo because it screams "status" but I'd be happy if the arms were plain, actually.

In all, my Chanel 5076h Sunglasses are great for bright days, look chic and somewhat retro (which is very in right now) and give good side coverage. The oversized rectangular frames will certainly not flatter every shape of face but, if you have a heart or round face, these will look fine on you.

I just don't get why they're so pricey. I know Chanel is a high end name and they produce high end products. But these sunglasses are not made from anything special and they don't even have polarized lenses. They're durable and well made but I would never pay upwards of $400.00 for them.

But, if you like the status and quality of Chanel, there's nothing to complain about when it comes to quality and style. I guess the white C's are what all the extra cash is for. Plain framed glasses just like this are much, much less expensive.

Buying Info

Chanel 5076h Sunglasses are available at stores like Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, and other upscale outlets as well as online wherever designer sunglasses are sold. Be very careful that you are not getting knock offs or fakes. It's very hard to know when it comes to sunglasses because they can be duplicated right down to the last detail. Definitely know who you're buying from if you plan to plunk down the kind of cash that these sunglasses cost. I would buy in person after trying them on to be sure they look and fit well on you. Prices vary from full retail to just under $300.00. Definitely compare prices before buying but buy from a reputable dealer or store.

Conclusion

Chanel 5076h Sunglasses are retro chic, protective, and can be worn with any outfit. They make a statement all their own. I would never have bought these glasses myself but now that I have them, I wear them often. They are very oversized but they work for me in most cases. I think they're overpriced for plastic frames and lenses with nothing special about either but they ARE Chanel and you pay for the name. How to rate? They're good, sturdy sunglasses so I will go with 4 stars and recommend them of you just have to have the Chanel name. If you don't, you can find very similar glasses for much, much less.

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