Iconic Eyes: A Look Back in Eyeglasses

The 85th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone with gilded trophies, flashy styles, and artistic visions. In light of the celebration, we’ve taken a look back at the classic celebrity eyeglasses styles that iconic stars loved and how these stunning designs are still tremendously fashionable to this day.

1.      Audrey Hepburn

Fresh faced and fabulous, beneath the brim of that hat the Belgium-born star wears bold plastic wayfarer sunglasses. Batting her famous doe eyes behind large lenses, Audrey Hepburn was a captivating actress who won an Oscar for her lead role in Roman Holiday.

Our Warhol frames in Tortoise have wide lenses that can be tinted a warm brown shade that’s very reminiscent of Ms. Hepburn’s frames seen here in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Classically beautiful, Hepburn continues to be a style icon for anyone craving a timelessly vintage look. 

2.  James Dean

Even bad boys look great in glasses. James Dean, the cultural icon who played Jim Stark in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause, looks excruciatingly cool in this round style. Dean had been nominated for two Academy Awards but lost both times. Regardless, this look is already a win.

For James Dean’s look, reveal your inner rebel with these Ernest Hemingway 4612 frames. With wide round lenses, circular rivets, and a Tortoise shell design, these ultra-hip frames are practically an exact replica of the vintage heartthrob’s style.

3. Judy Garland

Somewhere over the rainbow Judy Garland was shielding her big brown eyes from the sun. While this Academy Award nominated actress has been hailed as “the greatest entertainer who ever lived”, we believe it’s safe to say that Garland’s style has inspired people just as much as her films have. Bold and beautiful, the show stopping icon stuns in these round sunglasses.

The same old Hollywood charm that Garland possessed is still stylish today. For a revamped version of her style, our Mott frames in black have similar large round lenses with a comparable keyhole bridge and comfortable skull-style temples.

4. John Lennon


Aside from roles in music inspired films such as A Hard Day’s Night, John Lennon was not an actor. Regardless, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know his name. Since 1957, continuous musical hits were created by John Lennon and his band The Beatles. Perhaps just as iconic as his music were the thin round frames Lennon always wore.

Lennon’s style, while very vintage looking, is still popular today. An upgraded version of those renowned lenses can be found with our Manhattan frames. These thin metal frames come in a slightly more oval shape that still boasts the look of the musical genius but exudes a more casual style.

These unforgettable stars from decades past remain timeless in our hearts. Although they continue to inspire in the worlds of film and music, their covetable fashion choices seem to stay in the spotlight as well. Today, evoking your favorite Hollywood icon has never been made simpler.

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