06/27/2014 07:00 am ET

16 Times Sunglasses Were The Coolest Accessories

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You can never have too many pairs of sunglasses. They are one of the few accessories that have the power to transform an entire outfit.

Sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes and can be perceived as sophisticated or trendy. They can be geometric, oversized, thin-framed, thick-framed, tinted lenses or as classic as a sleek pair of Ray-Ban aviators. Celebrities, musicians and fashion icons have made certain sunnies a consistent staple in their wardrobe, claiming a trademark look and leaving a lasting impression.

For years, John Lennon sported his iconic round frames, just as Marilyn Monroe wore her cat-eye shades. And the same goes for Paris Hilton, Elton John, Bono -- the list goes on.

Whatever the style, sunglasses truly set the tone of any ensemble. So, in celebration of National Sunglasses Day today (June 27), we're rounded up 16 iconic images that prove a pair of fabulous shades are a-must.

  • John Lennon
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    At his home in Tittenhurst Park, Ascot, Berkshire on July 1, 1971.
  • The Blues Brothers
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    Dan Aackroyd and John Belushi on January 1, 1980.
  • Audrey Hepburn
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    A still from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" on January 1, 1961.
  • Elton John
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    At Rock in Rio Festival on September 23, 2011.
  • Tom Cruise
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    A still from "Risky Business" on January 1, 1983.
  • Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
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    At the Chanel Fashion Show in Paris, France on February 29, 2008.
  • Marilyn Monroe
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    Outside the Elizabeth Arden salon in New York City on March 1, 1955.
  • Anna Wintour
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    At Milan Fashion Week on February 27, 2012.
  • Elvis Presley
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    At the Las Vegas Hilton on September 4, 1972.
  • Paris Hilton
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    In New York City on June 4, 2012.
  • Karl Lagerfeld
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    On London's Regent Street on March 13, 2014.
  • Michael Jackson
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    At the O2 arena in London on March 5, 2009.
  • Bono
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    At the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 24, 2011.
  • Jack Nicholson
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    At the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013.
  • Kurt Cobain
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    At the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on September 2, 1993.
  • Kanye West
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    At Wembley Stadium in London, England on July 1, 2007.


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