The Most Iconic Sunglasses Of All Time

If you’re going to invest in a new pair of sunnies this spring, make it one of these.

 

 

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    PHOTO: Victor Blackman/Getty Images

    Amidst the wacky eyewear trends we’ve seen in the last decade (think: Kanye West’s shutter shades, Lady Gaga’s Mickey Mouse frames, and so on), it’s no surprise we’ve concocted this list of tried and true sunglasses we can always count on to be in style.

     

    Click through to see (and shop) the top six most iconic sunglasses of all time!

     

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    PHOTO: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

    Aviator

    Popularized by Tom Cruise in Top Gun, these pilot-inspired sunglasses are not only flattering on most face shapes, but they also pair with a model-off-duty look quite nicely.

    ​In photo: Kate Moss

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    Style: Aviator
    ​Lou Reed x Illesteva Aviator Sunglasses ($160)

     

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    Style: Aviator
    Gucci Techno Color Ultra-Light Aviator Sunglasses ($325)

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    Style: Aviator
    American Eagle Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses ($16)

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    PHOTO: Ralph Crane/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Round

    Seen on style icons like John Lennon, Twiggy, Mary-Kate Olsen and more, we’re pretty sure anyone who rocks round sunglasses is destined for coolness.

    ​In photo: Twiggy

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    Style: Round
    Linda Farrow + The Row Round Oversized Acetate Sunglasses ($450)

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    Style: Round
    Acne Pascal Light Yellow Sunglasses ($370)

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    Style: Round
    A.J. Morgan Rotunda Sunglasses ($24)

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    PHOTO: Victor Blackman/Getty Images

    Square

    These geometric sunglasses give your look an art-inspired appeal. Try them with a turtleneck and trench coat, à la Francoise Hardy.

    ​In photo: Francoise Hardy

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    Style: Square
    Bottega Veneta Square-Frame Acetate and Intrecciato Leather Sunglasses ($1155)

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    Style: Square
    Topshop Lilo Oversized Square Sunglasses ($32)

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    Style: Square
    Grey Ant MC Amber Sunglasses ($270)

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    Cat-Eye

    Perhaps the iconic sunglasses shape with the most personality, these flirty frames are a great way to give your outfit an instant upgrade.

    ​In photo: Marilyn Monroe

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    Style: Cat-Eye
    Opening Ceremony Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($165)

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    Style: Cat-Eye
    Coach Tara Sunglasses ($138)

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    Style: Cat-Eye
    Dior Exquise Sunglasses ($740, 212.931.2950)

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    PHOTO: Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images

    Oversized

    Confession: We could spend hours on Pinterest scrolling through Jackie O’s amazing ensembles featuring oversized sunglasses.

    ​In photo: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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    Style: Oversized
    Victoria Beckham Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($430)

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    Style: Oversized
    Tom Ford Candice Sunglasses ($360)

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    Style: Oversized
    House of Harlow Anais Sunglasses ($138)

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    PHOTO: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

    Wayfarer

    Synonymous with laidback and cool, these insanely versatile sunnies should be in every girl’s accessories repertoire!

    ​In photo: Audrey Hepburn

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    Style: Wayfarer
    Oliver Peoples Sheldrake Sunglasses ($440)

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    Style: Wayfarer
    Super American Fantom Sunglasses ($198)

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    Style: Wayfarer
    Ivory + Mason Bond Tokyo Tortoise Sunglasses ($145)

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Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator Sunglasses

Lou Reed x Illesteva, $160
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Techno Color Ultra-Light Aviator Sunglasses

Techno Color Ultra-Light Aviator Sunglasses

Gucci, $325
SHOP
Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses

Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses

American Eagle, $16
SHOP
Round Oversized Acetate Sunglasses

Round Oversized Acetate Sunglasses

Linda Farrow + The Row, $450
SHOP
Pascal Light Yellow Sunglasses

Pascal Light Yellow Sunglasses

Acne, $370
SHOP
Rotunda Sunglasses

Rotunda Sunglasses

A.J. Morgan, $24
SHOP
Square-Frame Acetate and Intrecciato Leather Sunglasses

Square-Frame Acetate and Intrecciato Leather Sunglasses

Bottega Veneta, $1155
SHOP
Lilo Oversized Square Sunglasses

Lilo Oversized Square Sunglasses

Topshop, $32
SHOP
MC Amber Sunglasses

MC Amber Sunglasses

Grey Ant, $270
SHOP
Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Opening Ceremony, $165
SHOP
Tara Sunglasses

Tara Sunglasses

Coach, $138
SHOP
Exquise Sunglasses

Exquise Sunglasses

Dior, $740, 212.931.2950
SHOP
Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Victoria Beckham, $430
SHOP
Candice Sunglasses

Candice Sunglasses

Tom Ford, $360
SHOP
Anais Sunglasses

Anais Sunglasses

House of Harlow, $138
SHOP
Sheldrake Sunglasses

Sheldrake Sunglasses

Oliver Peoples, $440
SHOP
American Fantom Sunglasses

American Fantom Sunglasses

Super, $198
SHOP
Bond Tokyo Tortoise Sunglasses

Bond Tokyo Tortoise Sunglasses

Ivory + Mason, $145
SHOP
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