People wear sunglasses for many reasons - to keep the sun out of their eyes is just one of those reasons; another great reason to wear sunglasses is that celebrity style sunglasses help us to evoke some of the glamour of our favourite movie stars, TV actors, musicians, and socialites. We take a lot of our other fashion cues from our favourite celebs, but few trends bring the celebrity image to mind as immediately and powerfully as sunglasses. Some popular celebrity sunglasses trends include aviator sunglasses, Prada sunglasses, vintage sunglasses, oversize sunglasses, and other designer sunglasses. Learn more about celebrity styles!
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In a twist on the oversized sunglasses trend which has always been popular among celebrities, Heidi Klum was seen last year wearing Carrera oversized aviator glasses with black plastic frames. These sunglasses give a different kind of vintage look and work very well with Heidi Klum’s cheekbones.
If you have a similar bone structure, they could look great on you, and give you something a little different from the standard bug-eye lenses to choose from. We also saw Kate Moss wearing Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses last year with black plastic rims and brown shaded lenses.
Cat eye sunglasses aren’t as common as most other styles, but they were a big deal back in the 1960s when they were popular sunglasses for vintage celebrities like Marilyn Monroe to wear. Cat eye sunglasses still have their place among the celebrity elite though. In 2011 we saw January Jones in Versace cat eye sunglasses.
These unique sunglasses featured very thin black frames and a single lens bridging the span of the nose. Instead of horned rims, the lenses themselves had a horned shape in the corners. Songwriter and singer Ke$ha wore cat eye sunglasses last year as well by Ray-Ban. Ke$ha’s sunglasses featured dark lenses and black rims. Zoe Saldana also wore the same model of Ray-Ban shades. Considering how many celebrities we’ve seen wearing cat eye sunglasses in 2011, it seems likely that this will be more of a mainstream style which we’ll see in 2012.
In 2011 we saw Lady Gaga in a wide variety of sunglasses, but perhaps some of her most striking sunglasses were her Vintage Versace wraparound sunglasses. These sunglasses were sleek and dark with a band of gold across the top which wrapped around partway onto the ear stems. The total effect is one of aerodynamic 1980s-inspired futuristic elegance.
We also saw some striking shades in the wraparound style on World Heavyweight Champion, Macho Man Randy Savage. His sunglasses were sleek and curved with black lenses and contrasting white frames, and had more of a “goggle” look since they covered a large part of his face. Sadly Randy Savage has left us, but the mark he has made on the fashion world with his eclectic sunglasses will remain.
We saw Brad Pitt last year donning Tom Ford sunglasses in a style similar to wayfarers. Brad Pitt’s glasses had yellow lenses with thick rims in black and yellow. Brad Pitt’s sunglasses were unique among celebrity styles in that he didn’t go with a dark lens or a large frame which would easily hide his identity. These sunglasses were worn purely for style and comfort. Danny McBride wore Ray-Ban wayfarers last year as well with dark lenses and black ear stems.
Many of these celebrity sunglasses trends from 2011 have already taken off and top selling sunglasses. Nonetheless, some styles have taken a little longer to catch on and we may well be seeing more and more of them this year. For example, cat eye sunglasses seem to be pretty widespread among 2011 celebrities, but have you seen as many ladies sporting these as they walk down the street? We’ll probably see more cat eye sunglasses this year as the trend spreads. Wayfarers seem to be coming back in style again, and wraparounds and aviator sunglasses are still very popular for men and women. And of course oversized sunglasses remain a classic mainstay for celebrities in all industries. Which means we’ll only continue to see that trend growing among everyday people who want to suggest some of that same glamour in their everyday lives.
Let’s see what eyewear some of our favourite celebrities have been sporting lately. Last July we saw the lovely Anne Hathaway wearing black-framed oversized Versace sunglasses. Considering that Anne Hathaway has a small bone structure, this proves that even ladies with petite faces can pull off the oversized sunglasses look. So if you’ve been on the fence about oversized sunglasses because of your facial structure, just have a look at Anne Hathaway and you’ll feel more optimistic about wearing oversized sunglasses!
Another celebrity spotted around the same time in 2011 wearing oversized round bug-eye glasses was Ashley Olsen. Ashley Olsen’s glasses were Prada designer sunglasses. Her sunglasses were quite unique, featuring black frames in the front and silver ear stems with a curled motif. Eva Mendes also wore the same Prada sunglasses, but with black ear stems. Paris Hilton was seen in oversized sunglasses by Burberry last year with rectangular lenses and black frames. Fergie’s oversized bug-eye sunglasses were made by Tom Ford and featured lenses in grey and thin black frames with a unique crossover design. These Tom Ford sunglasses were in the aviator style, but with a modern, feminine twist.
Why do celebrities wear sunglasses? Not entirely for the same reasons as you or I. Celebrities wear sunglasses in part to help them to blend in with the crowd and avoid the media paparazzi. That's one of the reasons we've seen celebrities sporting oversized bug eye sunglasses for decades now. Celebrities can effectively conceal their faces with these large sunglasses - though not so well that we can't catch them in the act! There are some common reasons why celebrities wear sunglasses though which we can relate to directly - like the desire to be fashionable. Since celebrity fashions often set the trend for what the rest of us like to wear, we can turn to our favourite celebrities for fashionable celebrity style sunglasses for 2012.