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Top 10 Most Iconic Celebrity Sunglasses

by Bella Xiao on January 04, 2019

Before social media influencers and beauty bloggers set trends for teens and adults, folks looked solely to their favorite silver screen and music icons for fashion. For many stars, we can't imagine them without their iconic shades. We're sharing ten of our favorite looks that jumpstarted the fashion industry of designer and trendy sunglasses.

1. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe on AmericanSunglass.com

For many, Marilyn was the ultimate fashion icon. She jumpstarted the cat eye trend, photographed many times in both cat eye eyeglasses and sunglasses.

2. Audrey Hepburn 

Audrey Hepburn on americansunglass.com

Do we even need to explain? Probably one of, if not the, most iconic pair of sunglasses on the silver screen is the Oliver Goldsmith "Manhattan" shades worn by Audrey Hepburn during 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's.

3. Steve McQueen

The year is 1968 and "The King of Cool" Steve McQueen stars in The Thomas Crown Affair,putting Persol sunglasses on the map in the United States.

4. Jane Fonda
 

One year after McQueen, Jane Fonda starts the oversized round shades trend in 1969 at a musical festival.

5. Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Former First Lady and American Icon Jackie O needs no introduction. Known for bringing elegance and style into the White House, Jackie will always be our favorite icon, and who doesn't remember "Onassis Glasses?"

6. John Lennon

The Beatles man responsible for making round sunglasses the trend, John Lennon.

7. Robert De Niro

Controversial 70s film Taxi Driver is arguably Robert De Niro's best acting. Sales of bomber jackets and these shades skyrocketed, and who can't forget the iconic line "You talkin’ to me?"

8. Tom Cruise

Risky Business, baby. The 1983 hit was the start of Ray-Ban's Wayfarer style becoming one of the most iconic sunglasses. Countless celebrities followed suit, rocking their wayfarers.

9. Al Pacino

A few months after Risky Business, people had a new style of shades to rock. Al Pacino introduced Porsche Design shades to the world during Scarface. The style was later readopted and is now most associated with Carrera sunglasses.

10. Elton John

We couldn't finish our list without the sunglasses man himself, Sir Elton John. Known for being eccentric from head to toe, Elton John is hardly seen without a pair of funky shades, making him the ultimate fashion icon.