How many times did you wish you were born in a different era? Sometimes, the charm of vintage times makes you wonder ‘what was it like’ and instantly, you want to be able to recreate their looks and share in their glamor.
This iconic vintage glasses guide will take you through the lives of 10 of the most stylish and famous ladies from Hollywood and beyond. We’ve even matched the eyepieces of our favorite iconic glasses wearers with our own frames, which are updated for today’s trends, so you can steal the look!
Read on to find which celebrity you’re most like & what pair of movie-inspired eyeglasses or sunglasses is the best for you!
1. Brigitte Bardot – the Daring Trendsetter, wearing Cat Eye Glasses
Brigitte Bardot is the quintessential French style icon and one of the hottest glasses-wearing celebrities. Who could forget her messy up-dos and pouty lips? She became famous when she was only 19 and has remained an inspiration ever since.
Bardot’s style is at once glamorous and innocent, a combination of her Catholic upbringing and her bohemian lifestyle. Natural materials and simple patterns create her student girl look, while unique accessories give her the edge.
Bardot’s oval metallic prescription glasses are unquestionably chic in their simplicity and detailing & they fit wonderfully on her oblong, slightly squared face.
We’ve matched them with the Zelda eyeglasses frame, our updated, oversized version of the classic cat-eye shape, featuring an upswept browline with a modern, colorful twist. Zelda is most flattering for medium-wide faces with a round, oblong, square or diamond shape.
TIP: If you want to know more about matching eyewear & face shapes, read our blog about the best glasses for your face shape!
2. Ingrid Bergman – the Natural Beauty, wearing Clear Frames
A multi-award-winning actress originating from Sweden, Ingrid Bergman is best known for starring in the classic film “Casablanca”. She was admired for her talent and dedication and she worked with great European directors like Rossellini, as well as starring in Hitchcock’s films and on Broadway.
She refused to pluck her eyebrows to fit in the Hollywood beauty standard and kept her fresh, sweet style throughout her career. She was labeled “a new brand of charm” by Life magazine and maintained a discreet presence that went against the glamorous style endorsed by Hollywood. You know you’re like Ingrid when your outfits shine without bells and whistles.
MATCH: Hester Celebrity Clear Glasses
These clear frames are the perfect accessory for a subtle, unassuming look. The see-through frame highlights the natural features of the face without drawing attention to itself.
The classic square shape features a keyhole bridge and it’s so lightweight that it’s ideal for everyday use. You will look amazing with them if you have a narrow to medium face, with an oval, round, oblong or heart shape.
3. Jackie O – the Unforgettably Stylish One, wearing Oversized Sunglasses
Okay, so Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, wife to JFK, is not a movie star, but she’s one of those people who are famous for being famous and we’re perfectly happy with that.
She is probably the most enviably fashionable First Lady that the US ever had. She is remembered for her style, elegance, and grace – and also her oversized 60s sunglasses.
Jackie O greatly influenced formal attire fashion, popularizing pillbox hats (the kind that Kate Middleton still wears today) and elbow-length gloves. You know you’re like Jackie when you’re always the best dressed, regardless of the occasion.
The truth is that this style never really goes out of fashion – it’s the ultimate celebrity eyepiece. Jackie looks glamorous and distant in these glasses, but also quite casual and contemporary. Our matching version has metallic arms, for a modern feel. You can get them in three color schemes and they work best on medium-wide square, rectangular and diamond-shaped faces.
4. Anna Karina – the Quirky Muse, wearing Round Frames
A star of the 60s French avant-garde films of Jean-Luc Godard and the face of the New Wave, Anna Karina is admired for her radiant presence and playful, confident spirit. In 1958, she hitchhiked from Denmark to Paris to realize her acting dream. Here, she met Coco Chanel, who famously came up with her screen name.
Her style has that youthful freshness that was so present in the 60s. You know you’re like Anna Karina when your jeans are cooler than everyone else’s & you can never say no to a quirky frame that none of your friends would dare to wear.
MATCH: Owl or Billy Burg Round Reading Glasses
Eyeglasses and cigarettes are two of the tricks that French filmmakers used to make their characters so fashionable and mysterious. These round Harry Potter style glasses have avant-garde written all over them & they really add to the pensive look of Karina’s character.
Billy Burg, our rejuvenated version of these thick-rimmed celebrity prescription glasses has a subtle wood-like texture and comes in five color schemes. The added “keyhole” nose bridge creates a geeky look that is uber-fashionable. They are a perfect fit for petite, narrow faces which are square, rectangular or diamond-shaped.
5. Diana Ross – the Snazzy Diva, wearing Gold Sunglasses
Before Mariah Carey and Beyonce, there was Diana Ross: lead singer of the most successful female group ever, The Supremes. She’s known for her mercurial character and show-stopping appearances, donning opulent looks like no other. The Supremes topped the pop charts 12 times between 1960-70 and Diana went on to build a film career as well.
Her style is all about glitz and glam – sequins, fedoras and furs are just some of her fashion essentials. You know you’re like Diana Ross when your party outfits are so complicated they need an entire team of stylists to put it together. Usually, your entire team is your BFF.
These jazzy sunnies are an excellent match for Diana’s larger-than-life presence.
Whether you want to channel your inner ‘20s diva or revive 80s boho chic, you can rest assured that these round metallic sunglasses are going to get you noticed. They come in three shades and they are a great fit for medium-wide square, rectangular and diamond-shaped faces.
6. Audrey Hepburn – the Charismatic Glamor Queen, wearing oversized sunglasses
As a timeless style idol and America’s sweetheart, Audrey Hepburn brought forward the boyish look with her petite silhouette & pixie haircuts. On the other hand, she’s also the one to popularize the little black dress, a staple of elegance and femininity.
You know you’re a lot like Audrey when you’re donning minimalistic outfits & pair them with an extra dose of charisma and good manners.
Hepburn’s bold, thick-rimmed sunglasses stand out through their clean lines and futuristic style. This look is so influential that even Kurt Cobain famously adopted it.
We’ve matched them with a versatile version of the Doll Too sunglasses, in black. This statement frame is bold & classy at the same time and it draws all the eyes without even trying. It’s best fitted for wide square, round, oval or heart-shaped faces.
7. Charlotte Rampling – the Mysterious Brainiac, wearing Oversized Eyeglasses
She became famous in the swinging sixties as a model, actress, and singer and has played in European arthouse films in English, French and Italian. Her subtle media presence and her penchant for dark, often tragic, sexualized heroines have made her recognized as a cult film femme fatale.
Her style is often casual and aloof, but she is known for her preference for androgynous looks. If you have a no-frills approach to fashion and you’re the kind that puts essence over appearance, you know you’re like Charlotte.
MATCH: Keen or Coffee House Square Oversized Eyeglasses
These unisex glasses are our masculine update to Charlotte’s geeky look. The thick-rimmed frame is full of character and is bound to make you stand out, while the flat browline will bring out the seriously mysterious side of you.
They’re best for wide round, oval and heart-shaped faces and they are available in two color schemes.
8. Bette Davis – the Witty Straight-Shooter, wearing Keyhole Sunglasses
One of the legendary leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Bette was known primarily for her courageous, even arrogant characters. A talented and fierce theater and movie actress, she was also notorious for her rivalry with Joan Crawford. She became an icon by refusing to conform and she fought many battles in the male-dominated studio system.
You can see straight away that this lady means business from behind her round sunglasses – not many actresses would have dared to sport such a striking style in the ‘30s.
Her style is classic and often masculine, matching her strong personality and her disavowal of the beauty standards imposed on actresses. You know you’re like Bette when you won’t take any nonsense. Also, you dress as you damn well please.
MATCH: On the Up and Up Celebrity Keyhole Sunglasses
We’ve paired Bette’s style with an updated version of the round sunnies, with a smaller keyhole bridge and metal arms that flow naturally from the brow line. They come in three color options and they are most flattering on narrow to medium square, rectangular and diamond-shaped faces.
9. Marylin Monroe – the Bold Seductress, wearing Cat-Eye Glasses
You know Marylin – the Hollywood legend, the sex-symbol, the tortured soul. She made her name playing comic “dumb blonde” characters and she was the first ever to pose in the first issue of Playboy. The 50s were a time when most actresses were beautiful, but Marilyn was sexy and she made her body an asset.
Her style is sensual and provocative and her most famous outfit is probably her fluttering white dress. You know you’re like Marylin when you don’t mind showing a bit of skin & you revel in the attention you get (and deserve!) for your hourglass figure.
We designed our Cat’s Meow reading glasses with Marilyn’s staple looks in mind.
These frames have a lot of character and can transform any alley cat in a stylish kitty with their sensual appeal. They come in three color options and are most flattering for petite to medium faces in a square, oblong, rectangular or diamond shape.
10. Grace Kelly – the Untouchable Princess, wearing Tortoise Shell
An elegant and reserved Hollywood actress, Grace became known as the “ice princess”, an enigmatic character that showed “breeding, quality, and class”. She was known as Alfred Hitchcock’s muse, starring in three of his films. She eventually married the Prince of Monaco and became a real-life princess.
Her refined style and unassuming beauty conquered the heart of audiences all over the world. She is also famous for popularising the figure-flattering Dior dresses, while also adopting this elegant silhouette for her other looks. You know you’re like Grace when you wear pearls to lunch.
MATCH: The Darby Classic Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
The eternally classic cat-eye returns in a vintage-inspired tortoise version. These frames are classy and they stick to the rules – no unnecessary embellishments. The clarity of the design is sure to impress even the pickiest fashionistas and they are most flattering for wide oval, square, diamond and heart-shaped faces.
So, which vintage celebrity is most like you? Let us know in the comments below!