We all know John Lennon. His music has caused a cultural shift three times over.
His style changed almost as much of his music, but when he shed his clean cut look, the glasses came out.
One of the most recognizable elements of Lennon’s look was those round glasses. Over the years there were slight variances on the look, but he didn’t stray too far from the style that he became comfortable with. The round glasses became John Lennon glasses.
He first purchased them in 1964, a pair of vintage frames from the 50s. He embraced the look of his glasses, and it became a part of his signature style, in a time when glasses weren’t in style at all, especially with the rock and roll scene.
These glasses were often seen in photographs and on television, wearing them during interviews and on stage. With this exposure, the style became a popular trend among those who needed glasses and wanted to rock the rebellious frames of the Beatle.
Lennon wore these frames for the rest of his life until he passed in 1980. The iconic shape and style is one of the many legacies that Lennon left us behind.
You can see a pair of his frames in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We’ll always remember Lennon’s music, but we at SPEX think about the frames every day.