The Most Iconic Sunglasses of All Time
Sure, they protect your face from too-harsh UV rays, but sunglasses are just flat-out cool. In an instant, an individual is transformed to someone more mysterious and glamorous from their former self. Case in point: Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany's. As she climbed up New York City's social ladder, the former Southern girl is almost unrecognizable, thanks to a pair of extremely dark Oliver Goldsmith shades (sure, the Givenchy LBD helped, too).
But not all iconic sunglass moments happened on the silver screen. In the 1980s, Material Girl Madonna was rarely seen without her Ray-Bay Wayfarers, and today, Iris Apfel's oversize round sunglasses are practically as iconic as she is. With Memorial Day just a few days away and the inevitable search for the perfect shades begin, we bring you the most iconic sunglasses throughout history.
Marilyn Monroe, 1955
Only a pair of flirtatious cat-eye frames would suit the ultimate pinup Marilyn Monroe.
Grace Kelly, 1956
In 1956, right before her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly sported a classic pair of rounded shades aboard the SS Constitution.
Audrey Hepburn, 1960
As Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn) climbed up New York City's social ladder, the former Southern girl is almost unrecognizable, thanks to a pair of extremely dark Oliver Goldsmith shades (sure, the Givenchy LBD helped, too).
Sophia Loren, 1965
While at a London airport, Italian actress Sophia Loren struck a glamorous note in dark-rimmed slightly oval sunglasses.
Brigitte Bardot, 1967
Brigitte Bardot's blinding white square shades look as just as cool today as they did in 1967.
Jane Fonda, 1969
While at the 1969 Isle of Wight festival, Jane Fonda sported hippie-esque oversize round shades.
Jackie Kennedy, 1971
Oversize sunglasses became Jackie Kennedy's signature.
Gloria Steinem, 1973
The original feminist rocked long dreamy hair and classic aviators in 1973.
Jodie Foster, 1976
Like her floppy hat, hot pants, and wedge heels, giant wire-rimmed shades were as much a part of Iris's (Jodie Foster) Taxi Driver look.
Diane Keaton, 1977
We lusted after everything Diane Keaton wore in the film Annie Hall, including her ombre round shades.
In the 1980s, Material Girl Madonna rarely traipsed the streets without her Ray-Bay Wayfarers.
Susan Sarandon, 1991
Susan Sarandon proved that oversize cat-eye sunglasses are perfect for a road trip or running from the law in Thelma & Louise.
Jennifer Lopez, 2003
In 2003, there were few truths: Bennifer was the definition of true love and orange-colored shades were chic.
Nicole Richie, 2005
In 2005, Nicole Richie made bug-eyed shades a thing.
Sienna Miller, 2009
When she first stepped onto the scene, rose-colored glasses were Sienna Miller's shades of choice.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 2013
According to the Olsens, giant designer bags and oversize sunglasses were a perfect pair in 2013.
Iris Apfel, 2015
Iris Apfel's oversize round sunglasses are practically as iconic as she is.
Alexa Chung, 2016
These outlandish Karen Walker frames were seen on many a street style star, including British It girl Alexa Chung.