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‘Tis the Season to See 3D

As the holiday season gets underway, we’re noticing a new trend that will be conveniently available just in time to sneak under the tree – 3D glasses. Now, some might say, why do I need my own 3D glasses when I can get a pair for free at the movies? Well, here’s some food for thought:

Reports have surfaced that the reusable glasses you get with your movie ticket aren’t exactly clean as a whistle. In fact, while you sit and enjoy your action packed 3D adventure for two plus hours, fecal matter and bacteria have ample time to infect your precious peepers with viruses and other icky things.

In other cases, some theaters impose a onetime use policy, so you’re welcome to take your 3D eyewear home. But how often do you find yourself wearing those freebies again? They generally make their way into the trashcan instead of another Hollywood hit. But if those flimsy, plastic glasses were a brand name, like Gucci, Oakley, A/X Armani Exchange or Nike, something tells us you’d keep them in a safe spot.

Now that you’ve seen the light, take a look at these hot 3D shades:

Oakley has teamed with Disney and designed special “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan eyewear for the highly anticipated TRON: Legacy 3D film set to open in theaters December 17. These stylish wraparound glasses are decorated with graphics to salute the cinematic story and deliver pristine clarity for the ultimate 3D experience. The frames, made for theater use only, are available now through Sunglass Hut, Oakley Stores and www.Oakley.com for $150.

“TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan eyewear by Oakley

“TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan eyewear by Oakley

A|X Armani Exchange is the first to use 3D images in their fall fashion campaign as they unveil their A|X 3D eyewear. This sleek, unisex frame features a crystal gray plastic front and ultra-chic black metal temples. These reasonable specs are set to hit the market in December for $58 and can be purchased through A|X Armani Exchange stores and on www.armaniexchange.com.

A|X Armani Exchange 3D eyewear

A|X Armani Exchange 3D eyewear

Gucci’s not one to miss out on the fun! They’ve designed a pair of luxury flat top 3D aviators that are not only technologically savvy, but sleek and sophisticated. These fashion-forward designer shades will be available in December for $225 a pop and sold exclusively through U.S. Gucci boutiques.

Gucci 3D eyewear

Gucci 3D eyewear

Marchon 3D is partnering with ck Calvin Klein, Nautica and Nike to bring variety and fashion to your 3D experience. These 3D specs will do more than enhance your movie going experience—they also can be worn as everyday sunnies, providing 100 percent UV protection. Eight styles, four women’s and four men’s will be available in January 2011 with a target retail value of $99 and $125 each. While Marchon 3D eyewear won’t be available until after Christmas, it might be worth the wait to get more bang for your buck.

Marchon 3D eyewear

Marchon 3D eyewear

We think it’s about time to do away with those clunky, germ-infested glasses and get yourself or someone you love their very own fabulous (and sanitary!) pair of 3D glasses.