A true classic never goes out of style, and sunglasses never go out of season. Shades are the one sunny weather essential you can bring into fall. In honour of the fact that you don’t have to put away your favourite sunnies for another year (like you do your bikinis, short-shorts and sandals) we’re counting down the five most iconic pop culture sunglasses styles. Whether worn by music icons or movie stars, these shades will remain in our hearts and on our eyes for seasons to come, or as long as the sun keeps shining!
Tom Cruise’s Risky Business Ray Ban Wayfarers
Talk about product placement — Tom’s Ray Ban Wayfarers in the 1983 movie marked the beginning of a Wayfarers phenomenon (a spin on the fifties). Reportedly, 360,000 pairs were sold that year. Wayfarers keep coming back around, like in the fifties and eighties, and today. They never truly go out of style, though, and a resurgence of the effortlessly hip shades began around 2009 and continues to be strong.
John Lennon’s Round “Teashades”
The late great Beatle always comes to mind when we see stars like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen or Miley Cyrus in the tiny round framed shades we have seen so much of this summer. Though we aren’t sure if this trend will stick around because certain face shapes have a hard time pulling it off, we love the round frames and we’re sure they’ll never go too far with Lennon’s inspiration at the helm.
Lolita‘s Heart Shaped Frames
When Sue Lyon wore heart-shaped sunglasses as e title character in the 1962 movie version of the book Lolita, these glasses became a symbol of flirty, sexy temptresses everywhere. Heart-Shaped Glasses have even had a recent hipster redux this season, seen on everyone from Lana Del Ray to Katy Perry.
Men in Black‘s Ray Ban RB 2030 Predators
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith both wore these futuristic Ray Ban RB 2030 Predator frames in the first Men In Black movie, making them a popular style for fans of the slick style of these two stars. Who could forget the smooth way Smith and Jones threw on those shady Ray Bans and battled aliens — super-futuristic classics, we say!
Audrey Hepburn’s Oliver Goldsmith “Manhattans” In Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Holly Golightly may have been Audrey Hepburn’ character in this classic flick, but her truly timeless style really stole the show. Part cat-eye, part wayfarer, these retro shades framed Audrey’s nymph-like features and prim polish absolutely to a tee. The light green lenses and brown tortoiseshell Manhattan shades are one of our all time favourite iconic styles.
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