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Top 10 Sunglasses in Movie History for Women

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.

Get the Audrey Hepburn look with Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses RB 2140

 

Thelma and Louise

Susan Sarandon’s Louise in Thelma and Louise wears some truly great cat-eye tan tortoise shell sunglasses with green lenses.

Thelma-style in Tom Ford Nikita TF 0173

 

Annie Hall

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.

Find your inner Annie Hall behind these RetroSuperFuture Paloma shades

 

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!

Channel Madonna in D&G Sunglasses DD 3080

 

Burn Notice

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.”

Burn Notice's Fiona in Versace Sunglasses VE4221

 

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.

Get Carrie's Sex and the City sunglasses with this pair of Ray Ban Aviator Gold Mirror Sunglasses RB 3025

 

Notting Hill

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.

Look like Julia Roberts in Ralph Sunglasses by Ralph Lauren RALPH RA5128

 

The September Issue

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.

Get Anna Wintour's look in DKNY DY4052 329087

 

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.

Sasha Gray in Black Frame Tory Burch Sunglasses TY 7030

 

New Girl

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.

New Girl's Zooey Deschanel in Ray-Ban Highstreet Dark Havana Eyeglasses RX5288

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