Nothing can make your totally rad 80s look like the right pair
of sunglasses. Here is a partial summary of the bodacious eyewear
options favored in the 1980s.
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These ubiquitous shades are so 80s that
they warranted their own page in the site. So, be sure to check out the
Wayfarers page. What is not
talked about there is the wide range of similarly styled knockoffs that
were also everywhere in the 80s. Didn't have the money for the
real thing? Not a problem. You could pick up a pair of
look-a-likes at your local 7-11 and be ready to rock for under $7.00
very popular was the two-toned wayfarer knockoff that featured contrasting
ear pieces, preferably in neon shades of orange, yellow, green and pink.
A picture tells this story better than words (see below). The choices
were endless and this basic shape for sunglasses was used with every
possible color and finish. These are still readily available on ebay
- try searching for "vintage 80s sunglasses."
unable to determine the exact name of these sunglasses but they are SO 80s
that they must be included here with or without the right nomenclature.
These were submitted to Like Totally 80s by one of our site visitors -
thank you!! In their words:
hard to explain, but definitive 80's...They really don't have an official
name, referred to as "robot glasses" and "devo sunglasses"
they are exactly what that decade brings to mind. Here's a few pictures I found
off ebay, a photo of the group the Phenomenauts, and one famously from the beginning segment of "Sixteen
Candles" (shown below at right).
Here are some follow up references to
these very 80s shades for those that just can't get enough:
The Italian group Righeira's 1983 music
video for "No Tengo
Dinero" (on youtube)
features the duo sporting these shades, and is worth a look for its sheer
80'sness in its own right.
Also [used] in the Foo Fighters 1997 music
video for "Everlong." Lead singer, Dave Grohl, is seen in a dream sequence
from either a Halloween party, or a real life flashback which happens to
take place in the 80's...One of the male attendees at the party is
sporting a pair of those shades as well.
Ok, I admit it, I still have my aviators from the 80s. Also by RAY
BAN (makers of the Wayfarer sunglasses), this style has been popular since
they were developed in 1937. Called Aviators because of their
teardrop shape, which matched those of the smoked-lens flying goggles
which Ray-Ban was then selling to the Army and Navy. However, they
have not been used in military aviation in many years. Since at
least 1970, the only style issued or offered for sale for flying have
those with rectangular lenses. This change is because the oxygen
masks used to not allow for the tear drop sunglasses.
classics, having been compared to Chuck Taylors, white t-shirts and cowboy
hats in their
timelessness. Aviators are still available by RAY BAN
for a pretty penny (around $115.00), but we found this look alike (see
right hand column) for just $5.00 - what a bargain!
Apparently what you needed to do if trying to launch and market sunglasses
in the 80s was to hire Tom Cruise (pre-madness episodes). He did for
Aviators in 1986 with the explosive hit, "Top Gun" exactly what he did for
Wayfarers in 1983 with the classic "Risky Business."
Shutter shades have made a huge comeback after Kanye West sported a pair
in the video for “Stronger.” Even Paris got in on the trend (see photos) –
they must be cool! The lunacy of this look is just further evidence of the
magnetism of the 80s and its fashion.
there's one thing we learned from the 80s, it was that if you wore
regular prescription glasses, you were a total nerd, BUT, if you wore
SUNglasses, you were easily the coolest kid in school. That's how, if
you joined a movie already in progress on TV one night, you would know
exactly who was cool and who was the tool. Few sunglasses conveyed such
associated awesomeness like Glacier shades. You remember those, right?
The sunglasses that had the ear pieces that looped around your entire
ear and had the leather side shields? I'm not sure what they "shielded,"
other than your peripheral vision, but you could put them on and be
cooler than a MTV Remote Control marathon. While many things 80s,
particularly in fashion, have made a comeback, the Glacier shades
haven’t quite made it back around yet. We at Like Totally 80s think they
should. I mean, it is very apparent how they got their name -- put them
on, and oooooooh yeahhh, you are instantly "cool."