National Sunglasses Day

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If you've ever pondered the real reason behind Johnny Depp's unending supply of tinted spectacles, or why Elton John would own over 20,000 pairs of shades, your lightbulb moment is here! Welcome to our sunny exposé of National Sunglasses Day, a day hotter than the sun itself, and quite rightly so.

When is Sunglasses Day?

It's national sunglasses day on the 27th June.

The Ray-Ban-tastic History

Our data goggles spotted a whopping 24,688 online mentions of National Sunglasses Day. The most mentions, in fact, eclipsed the internet on June 27, 2017. But why, you might ask? Well, that's when the sun really put its glasses on and the world went a bit shade-crazy.

Shady Origins

Despite their trendy modern charm, the concept of sunglasses dates back to Roman times. Gladiators once used emerald green gems to guard their peepers from glares during combat. Equally combatant, but this time against harmful UV rays, National Sunglasses Day rose in prominence as an awareness day to promote the importance of UV protective eyewear.

Styling The Sun

Sunglasses aren't just modern-day shields against harmful sunlight, they're a fashion statement! Over the years, they've shaped pop culture, from Audrey Hepburn's iconic breakfast at Tiffany's look to Tom Cruise's 'Risky Business' Aviators. National Sunglasses Day celebrates not just eyewear but the truly specular role they play in defining our style.

Tips To Celebrate

How does one give a grand salute to our sunny saviors? Share a #sunglassesselfie on social media or perhaps add a new pair to your collection. Remember, safety can still be stylish! And don't forget to take care of your eyes - they, too, deserve a day in the shade.

History behind the term 'Sunglasses'


Invention of sunglasses

In 1929, American inventor Sam Foster revolutionized eyewear with the invention of sunglasses. Foster's sunglasses were initially intended to help protect the eyes from harmful UV rays and glare while engaging in outdoor activities such as driving and sports.


Aviation and sunglasses popularity

The popularity of sunglasses soared in 1936 when the U.S. Army Air Corps commissioned Bausch & Lomb to design sunglasses for their pilots. These sunglasses, named 'Ray-Ban' (derived from 'banish the rays'), featured anti-glare lenses and quickly gained recognition as an essential accessory for aviators.


Sunglasses in Hollywood

During the 1940s, sunglasses made their way onto the movie screens, establishing their prominence in popular culture. Movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe wore sunglasses, not only for eye protection but also as a stylish fashion statement, further fueling their popularity.


Sunglasses as a fashion icon

In the 1960s, sunglasses became synonymous with style and fashion. Influential figures like Jackie Kennedy and John Lennon helped popularize iconic sunglass styles such as oversized frames and round lenses. Sunglasses became a must-have accessory for individuals looking to make a fashion statement.


Sports and neon sunglasses

The 1980s saw the rise of sports and neon sunglasses. The vibrant colors and wraparound designs of sunglasses like Oakley's 'Frogskins' became a defining trend of the decade. Athletes, especially those in extreme sports, embraced sunglasses not only for style but also for enhanced performance and protection.


Sunglasses and celebrity culture

In the 2000s, sunglasses became an indispensable part of celebrity culture. Paparazzi shots capturing celebrities hiding behind oversized sunglasses fueled the association between sunglasses and fame. Numerous eyewear brands collaborated with celebrities to create signature sunglass lines, generating further interest and demand.


Continued evolution and innovation

Today, sunglasses continue to evolve and innovate in both design and functionality. Advanced lens technologies offer enhanced protection from harmful UV rays, while frames come in a wide variety of styles, materials, and shapes. Sunglasses have transcended their initial purpose and have become an expression of personal style and individuality.

Did you know?

Did you know that Elton John doesn't just own over 20,000 pairs of sunglasses for fashion? He has admitted that he finds bright light very uncomfortable, a condition known as photophobia.


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First identified

4th April 2015

Most mentioned on

27th June 2017

Total mentions


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