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Six Sunglasses Styles Made Famous by Celebrities

Nothing can make a person feel famous like a truly fantastic pair of sunglasses can. Behind fabulous frames, you can look fierce while pretending that you’re evading your own imaginary paparazzi. Throughout the decades, celebs have been at the forefront of lens trends, popularizing certain models in their movies and in real life. These seven styles were worn on- and off-screen by some of our biggest stars; luckily, they look just as good on all us little people, too.
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Elton John
Elton John
Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Kanye West
Kanye West
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
John Lennon
John Lennon

Tom Cruise

The latest models feature colorful plastic frames with gray gradient lenses. ($145 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Elton John

Get the same look with this rhinestone-studded pair of shades, appropriately named the “Rocket Man.” ($19.99 at A.J. Morgan Eyewear)

Buddy Holly

Holly’s signature black, plastic, horn-rimmed glasses would eventually become the glasses of choice for nerds and those who just wanted to dress like them, like singer Elvis Costello and comedian Drew Carey.

Buddy Holly

Try a modern take on the retro look with this pair from Alexander Wang. ($325 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Tom Cruise

In 1983, the year that Cruise wore Wayfarers in the film Risky Business, Ray-Ban reportedly sold 360,000 pairs of the iconic glasses, which debuted in 1952 and have been worn by everyone from Jack Nicholson to Michael Jackson to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Some credit the frames with being the best-selling sunglasses of all time.

Tom Cruise

The latest models feature colorful plastic frames with gray gradient lenses. ($145 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Kanye West

You can’t properly call yourself a megalomaniac unless you can start a thoroughly silly trend. West popularized these “shutter shades,” which are the epitome of fashion over function.

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Kanye West

Reenact your own award-crashing moment with these glow-in-the-dark frames. Overblown ego not included. ($4.99 at Iced Out Gear)

Johnny Depp

In the 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0445084316?ie=UTF8&tag=divinecarcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0445084316, Depp donned a signature pair of aviator sunglasses for his trip through the desert. Aviators with lenses of all colors became a trend within just a few years, and are even worn by John Goodman in The Big Lebowski.

Johnny Depp

Although the original Ray-Ban style is no longer manufactured with lemon-yellow lenses, the Shooter style remains popular with devotees of the film. ($109 at Ray-Ban)

John Lennon

Lennon wasn’t the first person to wear small, rounded, wire-rimmed glasses (also called teashades), but he was the most memorable. Rockers Ozzy Osborne and Jerry Garcia, as well as fictional hero Harry Potter, are or were synonymous with teashades, too.

John Lennon

Peaceniks of all ages can find Lennon-inspired shades (and regular glasses, too) at budget-friendly prices. ($5.95 at Hippie Shop)

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