The 80s sunglasses, popularly known as “shades”, were the must-have accessory for both men and women.
80s sunglasses were worn with just about every stylish look, and were even immortalized in pop music with songs like I Wear My Sunglasses at Night and The Future’s so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.
People went everywhere in the 80s with their sunglasses perched on top of their heads.
There were two main popular styles of sunglasses in the 80s. The first was the Wayfarer style glasses made by Ray Ban, which had heavy black plastic frames and a rounded off square shape.
The sunglasses were worn by celebrities like Tom Cruise (who is often credited for popularizing them in the film Risky Business), Don Johnson and Madonna both on-screen and off, they were the best-selling sunglasses of the decade.
They were most commonly worn in classic black, but when knock-offs of the style began to appear they offered two-toned versions with neon colored arms to offset the black frames.
The second most popular style of sunglasses in the 80s was again brought to us courtesy of Ray Ban – and once again Tom Cruise was the bearer of this 80 fashion statement.
His role in the hit movie Top Gun made aviator-style sunglasses the hottest new style. The teardrop shape lens was smoked or sometimes mirrored.
Although the sunglasses had been around for some time, since the 30’s in fact, the style made the biggest splash in the fashion world in the latter half of the 1980s.
Only in the 80s could the strange, single lens sunglasses sometimes referred to as the robot sunglasses have become popular.
The long, thin lens was part of a wraparound plastic shape. Seen mainly in 80s movies and music videos, they had a futuristic look that people in the 80s just couldn’t resist.
Whatever the shape or style, everyone sported a pair of cool 80s sunglasses in the decade.