4 películas donde las gafas de sol han sido las protagonistas

4 movies where sunglasses have been the protagonists

When we are faced with choosing sunglasses we are looking for them to connect with our personality and allow us to identify either with a certain social group or that are in accordance with our style of dressing.However, there is a very curious phenomenon that occurs when we choose a model, and that is that we tend to associate certain types of sunglasses with scenes from real life, whether it is a celebrity, a moment we have seen on television or some music video. In our article today we want to tell you about the intrinsic relationship that is created between iconic glasses models in history with certain films.

We want to explain to you the why, when, and how, aviator sunglasses automatically make you think of 'Top Gun'. And when you want black 'Cat Eye' sunglasses you are transported to New York or even why, when you see 'Carey' sunglasses you think of a convertible crossing the Grand Canyon. It sounds confusing, but all this has an almost scientific explanation.

What science says

The human eye has the ability to capture countless images daily, in approximately 36 thousandths of a second and the brain is capable of recognizing something, or giving the name to something, just by observing an image. In fact, our brain is 80% visual, therefore, everything that is stored are images, our memory tends to relate more images than words, sounds and even smells.

Corroborating this, there are studies that have shown that the brain cannot interpret a visual reality from scratch, what it does is start to build a new scene based on previous images that have been stored over time, and that becomes then in a memory.

Our brain is selective, what we tend to relate to movies or cinematographic characters are in themselves memories, small capsules in our head that have stayed there because there was something that especially caught our attention, since we can relate it directly to our reality. Like, for example, a pair of sunglasses that we like because we identify with the personality that the actor emanates, or his style of dressing is very similar to ours, in short, a number of reasons. There's a reason they say that we remember only what interests us, as if we put a filter on our brain, making other factors go unnoticed.

Now, we show you 4 types of sunglasses with 4 types of films that marked a before and after in the fashion industry, and that are still valid today.


Neo and mini style sunglasses

Película "Matrix" con Keany Reeves luciendo gafas tipo mini. También la cantante Rihana usando gafas tipo mini blancas y Bella Hadid.

Seeing Keanu Revees without thinking about the movie Matrix is ​​difficult, but have you asked yourself why? What is that thing that has been registered in your mind, that makes every time someone mentions the word “Matrix” the image of Neo comes to our mind, but even more specifically in an accessory that stands out about him: His sunglasses.

If you remember the characters Neo or Morpheus used sunglasses, do you know the reason? Actually, there are two explanations.

The first, it is said that it was part of the aesthetics of the film and personification of the protagonists. The second, apparently had a slightly more strange background, how, for example, it was the best way for them to know that they were in a simulation, those who were not wearing sunglasses were in a state of unconsciousness, they were blind to the truth. Whatever the reason, the truth is that these glasses became a phenomenon for their time and are becoming so again today.

Now, there is no doubt that behind every box office success there is a giant fashion marketing strategy to establish trends. It is no coincidence that after the release of the movie Matrix, the 'mini' style of glasses: with oval lenses, ultra-thin temples, with a small frame and ultra-thin temples became a trend, both in the 2004 and it became so again in the last decade, where celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Rihanna continue to use them, exalting a retro and mysterious style, differentiating themselves from the rest of celebrities who opt for oversized glasses.


New York and Cat Eye style sunglasses

Gafas de sol tipo cat eye en película Breakfast in Tiffanys protagonizada por Audrey Hepburn, junto a gafas de sol Southcal de Hanukeii

Our second protagonist glasses are the 'Cat Eye' style glasses, large and square that captured the public's gaze and attention in one of those Hollywood classics “Breakfast at Tiffany's”. Which scene are you thinking of? Exactly, the moment when actress Audrey Hepburn is in front of Tiffany's jewelry store in New York and while she eats a croissant she observes the jewelry store. The actress's wardrobe in this film is stunning and the way the wide-brimmed hat is in complete harmony with her glasses and pearl necklace makes it completely harmonious to look at. But, what message was sought to be conveyed through 'Holly's' glasses? The answer is simple: Style and social class.

In fact, this model caused so much fascination in the 60s that the upper class of the United States could not miss this model, and curiously it received the name Manhattan, becoming a hybrid between the 'cat eye' and the ' wayfarer'. After the success of this film, various brands fought to use the actress as an ambassador for their designs in big screen productions. And this trend has remained over the years where, for example, Olivia Palermo, actress and designer who is part of the socialite of New York, usually wears this style of glasses, which have become a fashion icon, demarcating status and personality.


A convertible and tortoiseshell sunglasses

Fotos sobre la película Thelma and Louise, usando gafas tipo cat eye junto a gafas de sol de Hanukeii - Colección Pacific

Have you heard about the first 'selfie' in the history of cinema? Did you know that sunglasses with tortoiseshell frames were the stars? Yes, we are talking to you about that classic chick flick that you usually see on those rainy Sunday afternoons: "Thelma and Louis".

If we do the exercise of thinking about the scene and remembering the main object in this case it is a polaroid, a 1966 Ford Thunderbird and above all: the glasses worn by Susan Sarandon who was in charge of driving the car in which they were transporting and to cover their identity a little before the police identified them. The plot of the film, which revolves around the escape of two friends after committing a crime, turns into an adventure throughout the United States where, thanks to the props of the film, the glasses become a story full of drama in a crime with a lot of style.

By then these 'cat eyes' with a tortoiseshell frame became a trend, they conveyed adventure, escape, and taking risks in a very sophisticated way. Celebrities like Madonna used them to empower a little that feminist spirit that was beginning to be structured for the time.

Top Gun
The classic unisex aviator style.

Imagenes sobre película Top Gun, protagonizada por Tom Cruise donde usa gafas estilo aviador.

Now, does the name 'Maverick' ring a bell? Yeah. We are talking about the nineties movie of that romance in the air: Top Gun, what accessory comes to mind? Correct, the answer is the sunglasses that Tom Cruise used and that classic aviator model that does not go out of style no matter how many years go by.

Curiously, this type of glasses was linked to the armed forces and those who used it had a certain relationship with the militia. In fact, its origin dates back to 1931 when pilots in the air had to protect their eyes from the radiation of the sun's rays that sometimes even prevented them from having complete visibility being at the highest point in the sky.

The lenses of these sunglasses are drop-shaped and this geometry had a purpose: to fit well into the frame of the aviation helmet.

It was when in 1986, the movie Top Gun took over the big screen and both Tom Cruise and his co-star Kelly McGillis broke the mold of an established style and both would wear aviator sunglasses, giving a masculine touch to both. . Making these glasses begin to become part of people's daily lives. In that decade, designers even released this line of glasses and sales multiplied by 40%.

These three types of sunglasses that we have shown you are a classic that will not stop being a trend, in fact, every certain period of time the fashion industry is responsible for launching them again on the market either through audiovisual media or massive information, creating in you that desire to identify with the person who is carrying them.


1. Why is the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' so popular?

The film 'Breakfast at Tiffanys', also known as 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' in Spain, is a reference on female empowerment despite being one of the oldest and highest-grossing films in the history of cinema. The film shows an independent, fun-loving, and ambitious woman from the 60s.It was a modern film for its time where the somewhat sexualized stereotype of Marilyn Monroe was left behind, to one with more elegance and freedom like Audrey Hepburn.

2. What is Tiffanys?

Tiffanys is one of the most prestigious and oldest jewelry stores in the United States, dating back to 1837.

3. How many 'Matrix' movies are there?

The Matrix saga is made up of 4 films: 'Matrix', 'Matrix Reload', 'Matrix Revolutions', 'Matrix Resurrection'. All four have starred Keanu Reeves.

4. Who is Neo in the movie 'Matrix'?

Neo is the alias of Thomas Anderson, a hacker and computer programmer, who joins a group of hackers to discover that he is the Matrix. In fact, Neo is the anagram of 'The One' which translates 'The Chosen One', he is a fictional character and protagonist of the Matrix saga.

5. Where in the United States was 'Thelma and Louise' filmed?

The story of Thelma & Louise takes place between Arkansas and the Grand Canyon. The landscapes and locations take place on Route 66 between the state of Utah and California.

6. What year is the movie 'Thelma and Louise' from?

The movie Thelma and Louise was released in the early 90s, exactly 1991. It had a great reception in the world of entertainment as it was one of the first films that emulated a fugitive couple like Bonnie and Clyde but this time with two women, who were fleeing from routine.

7. What is the car that appears in 'Thelma and Louise'?

The car that appears in Thelma and Louise is a Ford Thunderbird model 1966. The choice of this model was not a coincidence. Thunderbird translates, thunderbird in Spanish, species that was believed to cause storms in the deserts of Arizona.

8. Who are the protagonists of 'Top Gun: Maverick'?

The second part of Top Gun has a somewhat more veteran cast, but with the same secret key that is Tom Cruise and on this occasion, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer.

9. How old was Tom Cruise when 'Top Gun' was filmed?

Top Gun was the movie that brought Tom Cruise to stardom, when he was only 24 years old.

Andrea Vélez Ardila Redactora de Contenidos