In our ongoing series, “Famous Frames”, we’re highlighting sunglasses and prescription frames that well-known characters and personalities would have in their wardrobe. In this edition, we’re focusing on characters in cinema classics. These timeless films harken back to the golden age of Hollywood, but like a good pair of glasses, they never go out of style. Let’s pay a little homage to these long celebrated masterpieces and take inspiration from the chic styles of their dynamic characters.
Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
How could we have a post about chic style without featuring Audrey Hepburn at the top of the list? She may sport a different style of shades in one or two iconic scenes in this legendary film based on the classic Truman Copote novel, but we think these glamorous shades would definitely find their way into Holly Golightly’s wardrobe with her posh sense of style, choice in simplistic yet classy color palettes, and an affinity for Tiffany-esque designs. No “super rats” insight when you’re looking through these shades.
Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird
Whether To Kill A Mockingbird was required reading in your youth or you came across the Academy Award-winning 1963 film adaptation, you know that Atticus Finch (portrayed by the legendary Gregory Peck) is the ultimate moral compass and father figure. Channel his sophistication, lawyer know-how, and wisdom with these frames that harken back to a different era.
J.J. “Jake” Gittes, Chinatown
If old school mysteries and neo-noirs are more your things, let’s talk about Chinatown’s J.J. Gittes, played by a youthful Jack Nicholson in 1974. Sunny Los Angeles reveals its seedy dark side when private investigator Gittes stumbles across a murder and shady practices while investigating a simple case of a supposed cheating husband. But even on the dark trail, Gittes finds himself traveling down, the California Sun continues to shine, and detectives chasing down corruption need Ultraviolet Ray protection just as much as we do. These sunglasses keep Jake looking classy as ever, even with a busted-up nose.
John “Scottie” Ferguson, Vertigo
Last but not least, we have a classic psychological thriller that coined a cinematic term (“Vertigo shot”) and is widely studied in film classes to date. Vertigo follows John “Scottie” Ferguson, a man who suffers from a severe fear of heights, as he takes on an assignment to follow a friend’s wife who is said to be in danger. Though nothing is what it seems… Jimmy Stewart brings Scottie to life in this Hitchcock masterpiece, and though he doesn’t sport sunglasses in the film, these retro shades would pair nicely with his fedora and suit in this 1958 legendary film.