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
For many, Marilyn was the ultimate fashion icon. She jumpstarted the cat eye trend, photographed many times in both cat eye eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Today's pick: Ray-Ban RB4250
2. Audrey Hepburn
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.
Today's pick: Tom Ford Alistair
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.
Today's pick: Persol 714 (Same Style)
4. Jane Fonda
One year after McQueen, Jane Fonda starts the oversized round shades trend in 1969 at a musical festival.
Today's pick: Michael Kors 6007
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?"
Today's pick: Tom Ford Anouk
6. John Lennon
The Beatles man responsible for making round sunglasses the trend, John Lennon.
Today's pick: Ray-Ban RB2447
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?"
Today's pick: Ray-Ban RB3136
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.
Today's pick: Ray-Ban RB2140
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.
Today's pick: Carrera CA1001S
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.
Today's pick: Dolce&Gabbana DG2198
Whether you're looking to rock a classic look like the above styles, or wanting to create a new trend of your own, we have you covered. Visit us at americansunglass.com and #BeYourOwnIcon today!