Glasses, historically (and wrongfully), don’t have the best reputation. Glasses-wearing characters in movies are rarely portrayed as confident or desirable. In fact, spectacles are typically reserved for shy, “nerdy” types, or for female characters who have not yet undergone their rom-com makeover.
This negative rep is totally undeserved, because glasses can be cute (and, dare we say, sexy) as all heck. In case you don’t believe us, there are plenty of celebrities who wear glasses, and they prove us right by making eyewear look like high fashion.
Just you wait — by the end of this list, you’ll be booking an appointment with your eye doctor to get a pair for yourself.
Here are 15 celebrities who wear glasses and look amazing while doing so.
1. Karlie Kloss
Kloss looks unbelievably cool in this pair of tortoiseshell glasses. The supermodel loves glasses — including sunglasses — so much so that she even has a line with Warby Parker.
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Gordon-Levitt’s been wearing glasses IRL since he was a child star on Third Rock from the Sun.
3. Jennifer Aniston
How stylish does Aniston look wearing these simple black frames? Paired with an all-black ensemble and a long, highlighted bob, this look incites some serious outfit envy.
4. Mindy Kaling
Kaling’s TV persona Mindy Lahiri occasionally rocked a pair of oversized spectacles, proving glasses can be both casual and chic.
5. Kit Harington
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington wears glasses when he’s not playing Jon Snow on-screen.
6. Cate Blanchett
If you never considered pink aviators as a serious choice for eyewear, allow Cate Blanchett looking flawless in a pair to change your mind.
7. Emmy Rossum
These thick rectangular frames look amazing with Rossum’s monochromatic ensemble.
8. Demi Lovato
Leather pencil skirt? Military jacket? A pair of heavy black frames? Demi Lovato pulls this unique and edgy look off effortlessly.
9. Andy Samberg
Is glasses Andy Samberg our favorite Andy Samberg? Yes. The answer is yes.
10. Courteney Cox
While some celebrities who wear glasses only do so when they’re not on camera, Courteney Cox regularly sports eyewear on and off the red carpet. These square, dark frames pull together her trendy and casual look.
We wish we looked as good as Rihanna after a long flight. Dramatic black glasses make RiRi’s comfy airport-wear look glamorous.
12. Justin Timberlake
These glasses helped Timberlake better watch the game…and look stylish while doing it.
13. Zooey Deschanel
Is there ANY look more iconic than Jess Day’s square-but-not-too-square frames? We think not.
14. Matt Bomer
These two-tone wayfarers are the perfect complement to Bomber’s blue ensemble (and eyes).
15. Idris Elba
Elba sported these skinny frames while playing the no-nonsense Charles Miner on The Office. Even though his character was meant to be corporate and stodgy, the actor pulls them off almost too well.