Some rock stars are iconic beyond their music. They’re stylish as all get-out. And the distinctive eyewear they select becomes fused to their brands. 

Think John Lennon and his world-famous skinny round frames. It’s almost hard to think of the latter-day Elvis—white jumpsuit and all—without including a loud pair of aviator sunglasses in the image.

Let’s look at the famous eyewear of Lennon, Presley and four more music legends of rock and roll.

Elvis Presley

Elvis eyewearOne of the most iconic musical figures in history, Elvis Presley always rocked a distinct look.

We often think of the King’s “Vegas era” image including a white jumpsuit, a pompadour, and ostentatious gold aviator-style glasses. Unlike earlier versions of the sunglasses, Elvis went with thicker, more eye-catching frames. 

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Tom Ford Dimitry FT0334

Versace VE2199 MEDUSA CHARM

Carrera HOT

Buddy Holly

In 1959, after a show at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly’s private plane went down killing him while also taking the lives of Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The heartbreaking story was recounted in the song American Pie, by Don McLean, with a lyric nearly everyone knows… “The day the music died.

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Though Buddy Holly’s career in music was short, his mark on contemporary music is undeniable—as is his signature eyewear. His thick-framed glasses are so iconic they are even a part of the monument erected at the site of the crash.

Shop Wayfarer style frames

Ray-Ban RX5121 WAYFARER

Ray-Ban RB2132 NEW WAYFARER

Abboud wayfarer style

Joseph Abboud JA4065

John Lennon

Lennon eyewearJohn Lennon became known for his barely-there round frames. It’s interesting to learn Lennon was intensely near-sighted, so much so that he was considered legally blind. 

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Ray-Ban RX3447V ROUND METAL

Ray-Ban RB3592 JA-JO

Janis Joplin

Joplin eyewearWhen people say you’re looking at life through rose-colored glasses, they may be envisioning Janis Joplin’s iconic frames.

Joplin was as one of the most popular and distinctive feminist music figures in the ‘60s. She was also the first prominent female to join the infamous 27 Club after her passing in 1970. Of course, her legend lives on, as do her pink-tinted glasses

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Miu Miu MU 59US CORE COLLECTION

Dolce & Gabbana DG2252H

Guess GU7613 36435

Elton John

Elton John is known for his elaborate stage costumes and eclectic glasses. Never one to blend in, he enjoys taking risks in different color combinations and often, outrageous frames. If you’re looking to take a risk with your eyewear, think Rocket Man.

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Shop glam frames

Versace VE2182 GLAM MEDUSA SHIELD

Gucci GG0535S

Bono

Trademark glasses have always been a part of the look for U2’s frontman—but not for fashion only.

Bono has revealed the reason he always wears dark glasses is because he suffers from glaucoma.

Bono is known to sport colorful, Y2K-inspired glasses—often with shield lenses—in line with the frontman’s larger than life image.

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Shop millennium-inspired frames

Ray-Ban RB3697 WINGS II

Versace VE2140

Prada Linea Rossa PS 53VS

 

 

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Written by Kara Keigan
Kara Keigan is an expert stylist who covers fashion, lifestyle, and weddings for various magazines and websites. An Iowan transplant, she’s never afraid of a bold lip and spends her free time scavenging for vintage clothing and decor.