Iconic Mens Sunglasses on Film

If there’s any piece in your summer wardrobe that’s a fast-track to cool, it’s a pair of shades. Not sure which shape or colour to go for this season? From Scarface to  Men in Black, take inspiration from the characters who made each pair of specks their own. 

North By Northwest

The Year: 1959
The Look: Roger O Thornhill (Cary Grant) is a suave advertising executive turned reluctant spy with a pretty impressive wardrobe. His tailor-made suits and slicked back hair call for a pair of specks that fit the mould, with his tortoiseshell sunglasses adding a polished (and covert) finish to his look.  

The Blues Brothers

The Year: 1980
The Look: ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) would be nothing without their suits, trilbies and most importantly, dark shades.

Scarface

The Year: 1983
The Look: Al Pacino’s formidable character Tony Montana famously donned a pair of sleek aviators, with this look becoming an archetype for 80s style. 

Back to the Future

The Year: 1985
The Look: If there’s any movie than can prove the timelessness of the aviator, it’s Back to the Future. With Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) sporting some pretty exaggerated 80s fashion in places, his oversized silver shades fit the mould perfectly. 

Top Gun

The Year: 1986
The Look: Forever immortalising aviators, Tom Cruise’s Maverick is nothing without his military shades which exude an effortless appeal.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Year: 1986
The Look: Troublemaker and all-round cheeky chap Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is famed for his half metal trim sunglasses and varsity jacket combo.

Men in Black

The Year: 1997
The Look: Agents J and K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) might have used their rectangular sunglasses to shield them against their memory-wiping devices, but it no doubt gave them a much cooler edge and boy did it match their sleek suits. 

Drive

The Year: 2011
The Look: Ryan Gosling’s dark and brooding Driver character draws a lot of inspiration from 80s influences with satin bombers, gold necklaces and his all-important tortoiseshell aviators as key to his look. 

Originally posted on daily.newlook.com

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