Shady characters

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Ring in the summer with these classic characters and legendary stars who majorly upped their cool factor — not to mention protected their eyes from potentially harmful UV rays! — with some slick dark specs. Here are our favorite stylish sunglass moments from pop culture.

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Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

No cure for the mean reds like some oversized shades.

Maverick (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun 

I feel the need… the need for rad ‘80s eyewear!

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Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise again!) in Risky Business 

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Nothing risky about this look.

Elton John

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A true pioneer in the fine art of sunglassery. 

Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) in Almost Famous 

Looking at life through these, it’s not so hard to believe that it’s all happening.

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Neo (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix 

We’ll take whichever pill gets us these glasses.

Don (Jon Hamm) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) on Mad Men

Did Sterling Cooper Draper Price have an eyewear account? Should they have?

Jack Nicholson at a Lakers game

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Shoutout to Jack Nicholson! Just in general!  

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Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada 

Sunglasses? For summer? Groundbreaking.

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Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) in Men in Black 

Unforgettable though they may seem to us, everyone who encounters these particular shades tends to… not remember much about them.  

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Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) and “Joliet” Jake Blues (John Belushi) in The Blues Brothers 

There are 106 miles to Chicago. We have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.

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Kanye West

Considering Kanye is still with us, we can only infer that these vision-impairing shutter shades are that that don’t kill him, and therefore could only make him stronger. 

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Horatio “H” Caine (David Caruso) on CSI: Miami 

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We’ll let the footage do the talking. 

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Guy “Shades” Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) in That Thing You Do! 

See what the world looks like through those.

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Susan Thomas (Madonna) in Desperately Seeking Susan 

Desperately seeking sunglasses!

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Dwayne Cleofis Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) on A Different World 

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How could the ladies of Hillman College possibly resist this look? 

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Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall) in The Breakfast Club 

Don’t you forget about these iconic shades!

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Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Tom Hiddleston) in Only Lovers Left Alive 

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Ugh, they’re so glamorous we could just die.

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Iron Man 

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Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) in Thelma & Louise 

What perfect eyewear for a totally uneventful and low-key road trip with you BFF! 

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Johnny Bravo (Jeff Bennett) in Johnny Bravo 

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The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in The Terminator 

This classic style? It’ll be back.

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Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) in Taxi Driver 

Cool glasses! We’d catch a ride with this guy, why not!

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Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) in Ghostbusters (2016)

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Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) on Star Trek: The Next Generation 

Do these technically qualify as sunglasses? Do we care?

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Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

Nothing to fear or loathe in this eyewear!

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John Lennon 

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Imagine all the people / wearing all the shades…

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Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) in The Big Lebowski 

Nothing like sunglasses to really tie an outfit together.

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Lady Gaga

A true style star right down to her dark frames. 

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Crowley (David Tennant) on Good Omens 

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Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Looks like a star to us. 

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Bono 

He’s got shades in all shades!

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Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in Back to the Future Part II 

So where exactly would we have to travel to for a pair of these? Or, um, when

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Dolores “Lolita” Haze (Sue Lyon) in Lolita 

From her heart-shaped red frames to these black angular ones, Nabokov’s nymphet is a sunglass icon. 

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