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Tom Hiddleston’s Glasses: From Loki to Leading Man

Angie Garcia

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Angie Garcia

Updated: 20 May 2024 •  
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Tom Hiddleston has captured the hearts of millions with his acting prowess, British charm, and sharp sense of style.
Speaking of style, did you know that one of his signature accessories is his glasses?
On and off the screen, the actor has donned spectacles on numerous occasions, all of which have lent him different personas.
Let’s take a closer look at his choices in eyewear and explore how they have become a distinctive part of his style.

Who is Tom Hiddleston?

tom hiddleston with a big smile

Tom Hiddleston boasts an impressive body of work in theater, TV, and film. Source: Pinkvilla

Tom Hiddleston is a British actor known for his film, TV, and theater work.
Prior to his big screen debut, he cut his teeth in theater with student plays and small television roles.
Hiddleston’s portrayal of the God of Mischief Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is widely recognized as his most iconic role, as it earned him both critical acclaim and mainstream success.
He has also amassed a devoted following for his charming personality, passion for Shakespeare’s works, and philanthropic work.

Tom Hiddleston’s style

tom hiddleston in dark neutral color outfit

Hiddleston’s wardrobe favors a dark and neutral color palette. Source: Pinterest

Tom Hiddleston’s style can be characterized as preppy chic with a touch of British elegance.
He often wears timeless pieces such as tailored suits, blazers, and button-up shirts.
For more casual outings, he usually sports a well-fitted shirt, whether it’s a simple T-shirt or a button-up, paired with jeans or dress pants.
In terms of colors, he leans towards dark neutrals like navy blue and black.
Accessories-wise, he gravitates towards classic, simple accessories like watches and pocket squares.
In line with his classic aesthetic, Hiddleston favors glasses that are timeless yet fuss-free.

Tom Hiddleston’s offscreen eyewear

Some may wonder whether the Loki star needs glasses, and he most likely does.
He has been seen wearing them during casual days off, indicating that they’re either prescription glasses or reading glasses.

When it comes to his preferred style, Hiddleston typically opts for square frames in dark neutral tones similar to his outfits.
One of his most recognizable pairs features a classic black rectangle frame with clear lenses, which he has been spotted wearing at public appearances.


Sleek black acetate frames

tom hiddleston wears black glasses frame

The simplicity of these black frames makes them the perfect complement to Hiddleston’s preppy style. Source: CapitalFM

To get Hiddleston’s signature frames for less, look no further than our Genius frames — a sleek and versatile matte black acetate design that matches any outfit.


Classic black Wayfarers


Robert Downey Jr isn’t the only Marvel star with a love for Wayfarers.
Hiddleston has also been spotted rocking a pair of black ones to step out in the sun in style.
tom hiddleston wears black wayfarers sunglasses in the us open tennis championships

Tom Hiddleston wears a classic pair of black Wayfarers while spectating the US Open Tennis Championships. Source: Twitter



Glasses worn by Tom Hiddleston in character

Black Wayfarers in Loki

tom hiddleston wears wayfarers sunglasses as db cooper

Tom Hiddleston wearing Wayfarers as Loki (seen here as enigmatic real-life thief D.B. Cooper) in the eponymous Marvel series. Source: Coming Soon

The success of Loki in the Thor franchise led to a TV spinoff featuring the lovable villain.
In one scene, it’s revealed that he is, in fact, D.B. Cooper — the mysterious figure who hijacked a plane in 1971 and left with $200,000 after parachuting from the aircraft.
To portray the dashing thief, Hiddleston wore a sleek pair of black Wayfarers.

To emulate Hiddleston/Loki’s style, give these black oval Mascot frames a go.
They come with a magnetic clip that makes it effortless to switch between sunnies and prescription glasses.
So you can easily add a touch of dashing elegance to your look that would make Loki proud.

Blue-rimmed Wayfarers in The Night Manager

tom hiddleston wears blue rimmed wayfarers sunglasses in the night manager as jonathan pine

Tom Hiddleston wore a lighter version of blue-rimmed Wayfarers to play Jonathan Pine in the TV series The Night Manager. Source: Twitter

In the TV adaptation of John le Carre’s novel of the same name, Hiddleston plays the main character Jonathan Pine.
In one scene, he wears Wayfarers with a twist.
Instead of the traditional design, this pair has blue rims and thin temples.

Our Eon frames capture the essence of the Wayfarers with rectangle blue frames, and are made with acetate to provide durability and flexibility.

Round metal-rimmed sunglasses in Crimson Peak

tom hiddleston wears round metal glasses in crimson peak as sir thomas sharpe

Tom Hiddleston as Sir Thomas Sharpe in Crimson Peak. Source: Pinterest

In the 2015 gothic romance film, Hiddleston portrays Sir Thomas Sharpe — a refined gentleman with plenty of skeletons in his closet.
He falls in love with an American woman named Edith Cushing (played by Mia Wasikowska).
To bring out his character’s mysterious aura, Hiddleston donned a pair of Pince-nez with metal rims, which were typical of the early 1900s during which the movie is set.

The Occasion glasses is the perfect accessory to channel early 1900s fashion with, thanks to their strikingly similar round frames and narrow nose bridge.
The contrast between the metal nose bridge and temples and black frames also gives them a sophisticated appearance that is bound to make any wearer stand out in a crowd.

Round acetate sunglasses for 1883 magazine photoshoot

tom hiddleston in a bathtub wears clear round acetate sunglasses for the 1883 magazine photoshoot

Tom Hiddleston wearing round clear acetate sunnies for a 1883 Magazine photoshoot. Source: Twitter

Hiddleston’s photoshoot for 1883 Magazine marked a departure from his usual preppy chic style and showcased a less buttoned-up, carefree side of the actor.
For one of the shots, he was photographed splashing around in a bathtub in round clear acetate sunglasses.

You can find an equally fun pair in our Willie frames, which come in an oval shape and are made out of clear brown acetate.

Oval metal glasses for Ivanov

tom hiddleston wears oval wire glasses in ivanov

Hiddleston wears small oval wire spectacles in the play, Ivanov. Source: Pinterest

Anton Chekhov’s play Ivanov follows the story of the titular character, a man struggling with his life’s purpose and existential issues.
Hiddleston played the role of Lvov, a wealthy landowner who is one of Ivanov’s acquaintances.
Lvov is portrayed as a depressed and disillusioned character going through financial difficulties.
As such, his oval wire spectacles were likely chosen to enhance the character’s image as a serious and intellectual figure.

While you certainly don’t have to inhabit Lvov’s existential crises, you can still get the look with our ODD Dione frames.
The sleek, minimalist frames strike the right balance between vintage and modern thanks to the round lenses and industrial design.

Tom Hiddleston: the epitome of classic British style

While Hiddleston has worn a wide variety of glasses to portray different characters, he sticks to a few firm favorites offscreen.
Typically, he likes classic rectangle glasses in dark neutrals, and we can see why as they complement and enhance his classic, preppy aesthetic.
If you’re looking for eyewear inspiration, check out our full, ever-growing selection of glasses.
And if you’re interested in other celebrity eyewear trends, have a look at our compilation of celebrity aviator sunglasses or the most iconic sunglasses in movies.

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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