The Most Iconic Sunglasses of All Time

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Oliver Goldsmith Manhattans

Key to Audrey Hepburn's turn as the winsome and glamorous Holly Golightly in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's , these slightly cat-eye 1960s Oliver Goldsmith frames maintain their high-society glamour today.

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  • Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn
    British-Dutch actress (1929-1993)

By Katie Capri, The Cut

Hunter S. Thompson had his yellow aviators, Kurt Cobain his Christian Roths, and Audrey Hepburn her cat-eyed lenses: Many icons of the last hundred years have reached their status with a mix of attitude and a really badass pair of sunglasses.

Maybe they first wore their glasses for convenience (in the case, of, say, Jackie O. in Capri) or as a means of protection (V. Stiviano), but no matter: Certain sunglasses are now synonymous with the people who first made them famous. Take, for example, Kanye's shutter glasses (of the "Stronger" era) and Elton John's pink-palm shades.

Click through to see 10 of the 50 most iconic shades - from Lolita to Lady Gaga - because, after all, everyone looks hotter in sunglasses. For all 50 of the most iconic sunglasses of all time, head over to The Cut.


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