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Singers with Glasses: Icon-Defining Looks

Angie Garcia

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Angie Garcia

Updated: 23 May 2024 •  
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Celebrities are recognized as trendsetters in the fashion world, leading the charge in dictating the latest styles and trends. Famous singers, in particular, have been setting the standard for stylish glasses for decades.
In this article, we’ll explore the iconic glasses worn by some of the most legendary singers in history and highlight some frames you can get to emulate their style.
Whether you’re looking for understated elegance or bold statement pieces, you’ll be sure to discover the perfect pair that can complement your look and pay tribute to these musical icons all at once. So, let’s dive in!

1. Elton John

elton john wearing a pair of purple acetate glasses

Elton John in star-embellished purple acetate glasses. Source: BBC News

Elton John is synonymous with his flamboyant style, of which his daring eyewear choices are a big part.
He has been seen wearing a variety of over-the-top glasses, including oversized round and bright, bold colored frames. So great is his love for glasses that he once admitted to owning over 250,000 pairs!
Capture Elton’s unique and daring fashion sense with our Kosher frames, which features a vibrant blue-pink tortoiseshell pattern that seamlessly blends vintage design with contemporary style.


2. Buddy Holly

buddy holly wearing a pair of black cat eye glasses

Buddy Holly in his black frames. Source: Grunge

Buddy Holly‘s go-to style of glasses, known as “horn-rimmed” or “nerd glasses,” have become a timeless look. This design usually features a thick black frame that’s wider at the top and tapers toward the bottom.
To channel Buddy Holly, our Champ frames feature a similar black full-rimmed design. Its classic yet understated look makes for a versatile pair that can take you from the workplace to a concert.


3. Roy Orbison

roy orbison wearing a pair of black square glasses

Roy Orbison in square, black full-rimmed glasses. Source: I Love Classic Rock

Roy Orbison’s frames featured a thick, dark, and square design, with a subtle upward slant at the corners that gave his look that extra flair. These glasses were a defining element of Orbison’s style and have inspired generations of fans and fashion enthusiasts.
You can replicate Roy Orbison’s style too with these cat eye Goody frames, which’ll bring retro yet sophisticated vibes to every outfit you wear.


4. John Lennon

john lennon wearing a pair of small round glasses

John Lennon in small, round glasses. Source: ABS-CBN News

John Lennon’s glasses, known as “teashades”, are an era-defining look of the 1960s. These circular frames were typically thin and made of wire, with tinted lenses.
With this Occasion pair, there’s no mistaking which singer you’re paying homage to. It features a distinct round shape with thin wire frames that lend them a delicate yet retro quality. If you’ve always wanted to try a bohemian aesthetic, this pair will be just the thing to complete it.


5. Elvis Presley

elvis presley wearing a pair of tinted aviators

Elvis Presley in tinted aviators. Source: Elvis Presley News

In the 70s, Elvis Presley took a liking to aviators, especially tinted ones. The eyewear completed the classic ‘Elvis’ look, which included his signature pompadour and bejeweled jumpsuits.
These unique Harrison frames capture the same statement-making energy that was a hallmark of the King of Rock and Roll’s style. Though not for the faint of heart, you’re guaranteed to get everyone all shook up in this pair.


6. Lady Gaga

lady gaga wearing a pair of oversized tortoiseshell glasses

Lady Gaga in oversized tortoiseshell frames. Source: Vogue

The Grammy award-winning singer has always pushed the envelope in both her music and style, so it’s no surprise her taste in eyewear is equally larger than life, venturing into nerdy chic territory even. One of her most memorable pairs remains this oversized pair of tortoiseshell frames, which she styled with fuchsia lips and an electric blue coat.
Lady Gaga’s pair combines nerdy chic with sex appeal thanks to the cat eye shape, and you can too with these Vow frames. The edgy print and design is bound to elevate your look and be a conversation-starter.


7. Rihanna

rihanna wearing a pair of oversized oval black glasses

Rihanna in oversized oval black glasses. Source: Tumblr

Rihanna’s sense of style is both edgy and elegant, so these oversized oval glasses fit right into her aesthetic. The multihyphenate has given us numerous iconic style moments in glasses over the years, but this pair might be one of her most wearable yet memorable ones yet.
The thick black frames draw attention to her gorgeous eyes, making her overall look that much more striking — and a similar pair can do the same for you.
Slip on these sleek Laura frames and you’ll see what we mean. The full-rimmed, rounded edges instantly draw attention to your eyes, lending you an elegant and alluring aura.


8. Ray Charles

ray charles wearing a pair of rectangle tortoiseshell glasses

Ray Charles in rectangular tortoiseshell glasses. Source: Reddit

More than a functional accessory, R&B legend Ray Charles’s glasses were also a fashion statement that defined his public persona. His frames were typically oversized and rectangular, with a thick black or tortoiseshell frame.
These Zion frames are a nod to the musician’s iconic eyewear without feeling dated, thanks to its modern take on the classic tortoiseshell pattern.


9. Tina Turner

tina turner wearing a pair of square tortoiseshell glasses

Tina Turner in square tortoiseshell frames. Source: Talk About Pop Music

Tina Turner’s glasses were as bold and fierce as her dynamic personality.
She’s often described as having a “rock and roll” style, incorporating leather, fringe, and other statement pieces into her outfits. A big part of that image was her favorite oversized glasses in tortoiseshell, which highlighted her powerful and captivating stage presence.
Alice’s full-rim cat eye tortoiseshell frames perfectly capture Turner’s fearless and edgy spirit. If you’ve always wanted to bring out your inner diva, this pair will simply make you feel like the best.


How glasses can enhance your style

a singer wearing a pair of black glasses while singing into a mic

Glasses don’t have to be purely functional, and choosing the right pair can do wonders for how you present yourself.


Make a fashion statement

Glasses can add a unique touch to your overall outfit. With so many frame styles, colors, and shapes out there, it’s an easy way to express your style and stand out from the crowd.

Add a touch of sophistication

A sleek pair of glasses can instantly add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. If a suit or little black dress seems to be lacking something, eyewear might just be what you need to create a polished, put-together look.

Complement your face shape

The right pair of glasses should complement your face shape and accentuate your best features. Whether you have a round, square, oval, heart, or diamond-shaped face, there’s a frame shape that’s just right for you.

Showcase your personality

Glasses can be an extension of your personality and interests, and give your style that specific touch that no one else has. Whether you prefer bold, statement-making frames or classic, timeless designs, your glasses can be a way to showcase who you are and how you see yourself.

See your way to style: the importance of glasses in music culture

vocalist in a band wearing a pair of glasses on stage
In music culture, glasses have become a major part of many iconic performers’ looks, going as far back as Buddy Holly’s classic “nerd glasses” and continuing all the way to Lady Gaga’s nerdy-chic frames.
Similarly, glasses can help you encapsulate who you are. With so many different styles and designs, it’s easier than ever to find a pair that tells the story of you.
For eyewear inspiration, check out Mouqy’s wide selection of glasses!

Angie Garcia

Written by:

Angie Garcia

Angie is a Manila-based writer who specializes in wellness and lifestyle topics. She likes trying out new workouts and drinking coffee when not writing.

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