All it takes is one fabulous outfit in a movie before we want it as a staple of our own wardrobes. In a simple pair of shades, a entire outfit can be transformed, elevated to “fashion moment” status.
This is a style trick Hollywood has long used, consistently adorning its leading ladies in nothing but the best sunglasses out there.
The rise of sunglasses as a fashion centerpiece was first introduced in the 1980′s when Bausch & Lomb, the company who owned the struggling Ray-Ban, decided to make a deal with a product placement company. This was a revolutionary move. One year later they threw a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers front and center on a young Tom Cruise, and the rest is pop-culture history.
Since then, sunglasses have seen iconic crowning moments on some of Hollywood’s greatest legends. Here we look at our top 10 leading ladies with the specs to match:
(**Many of the picks are similar pairs to what each character wore in the film – not all accurate 100%**)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
In the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the main character Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, wears a pair of oversized black wayfarer style sunglasses.
Thelma and Louise
Susan Sarandon’s Louise in Thelma and Louise wears some truly great cat-eye tan tortoise shell sunglasses with green lenses.
When we think of Annie Hall we think of crisp and tailored shirts, vests with wide ties, and that great hat. What we shouldn’t overlook is her round tortoise shell glasses.
Desperately Seeking Susan
In Desperately Seeking Susan we all fell in love with the style of Susan Thomas played by Madonna. The vibrant red lips, the fingerless gloves, the crazy hair, THOSE SUNGLASSES!
Though it’s technically not a movie, the Burn Notice comedy-drama series starring Gabrielle Anwar is at hot as ever. Set in Miami, it’s not surprising they keep their sunglasses close to them. The tagline “Sun. Surf. Espionage” might as well have been “Sunglasses. Surf. Espionage.”
Sex & The City 2
What can be said about Carrie that hasn’t been said before? Ever the revolutionary fashion trendsetter, she radiates power, sex, and style in the follow-up film to the blockbuster franchise-turned-movie.
International super star Julia Roberts has a wardrobe to be admired in the romantic comedy, Notting Hill. She wears a slim pair of great cat-eye glasses that are easy enough for anyone to wear without going for the large, bold styles seen today.
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Anna Wintour says about her sunglasses: “They’re seriously useful…I can sit in a [fashion] show and if I’m bored out of my mind, nobody will notice. And if I ‘m enjoying it, nobody will notice… At this point [my sunglasses] have become… really, armor.“
The Girl Friend Experience
Actress / Artist / Writer / Performance Artist Sasha Grey stars as Christine & alias call-girl Chelsea, who wears a signature pair of bold, oversize round black sunglasses in the 2009 Soderbergh sleeper hit.
Zooey Deschanel’s show New Girl is a love letter to all nerdy, adorable librarian look-alikes. This cute feminine style is in every pair of eyeglasses she wears.