During the '50s, '60s, and '70s, glamorous women didn't see the light of day without a pair of statement sunglasses to top off their looks. Since then, pièce de résistance eyewear has taken a backseat and street style hasn't been quite as suave.Whether kitschy or utterly feminine, the iconic styles these women wore prove that no outfit is complete without a killer pair of shades. Now, click to shop our favorite retro-inspired styles for summer.
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Audrey Hepburn, 1951
Hepburn wears transparent pink cat eye sunglasses and an ivory coat at the beach. Get the Look: Elizabeth and James Talbert Polarized Sunglasses, $190; shopbop.com.
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Grace Kelly, 1962
The Princess of Monaco attends the opening of the Karting Club wearing butterfly-shaped frames with a turban-inspired hat and fur coat. Get the Look: Roberto Cavalli 59mm Sunglasses, $280; nordstrom.com.
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Elke Sommer, 1961
The German beauty wears a bikini with cat eye frames while sunning herself at the beach. Get the Look: Kamali Kulture Square Cat Eye Sunglasses, $98; shoplesnouvelles.com.
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Francoise Hardy, 1966
The French actress wears square sunglasses, a popular shape during the '60s, with a scarf and button jacket. Get the Look: Marc Jacobs Square Sunglasses, $395; marcjcobs.com.
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Diana Ross, 1968
Ross wears a funky pair of circle shades and a print neck scarf while recording at EMI Records. Get the Look: Elizabeth and James Hoyt Sunglasses, $225; shopbop.com.
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Sophia Loren, 1965
The Italian silver screen star proves that a hat and subtle cat eye frames are a chic match (especially en route!) at a London airport. Get the Look: Prada 56mm Oversized Retro Sunglasses, $290; nordstrom.com.
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Jackie O, 1971
The former First Lady jetsets in a neck scarf, camel coat, and her famous oversized sunnies. Get the Look: Derek Lam Stormy Sunglasses, $285; barneys.com.
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Marilyn Monroe, 1955
Outside the Elizabeth Arden salon, Monroe wears her signature studded cat eye frames with a luxurious fur coat. Get the Look: Wildfox 'Le Femme 2' 55mm Cat Eye Sunglasses, $249; nordstrom.com.
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The British star looks chic wearing octagon-shaped sunnies and head scarf while in Milan. Get the Look: Miu Miu Culte Sunglasses, $340; sunglasshut.com.
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Marianne Faithful, 1967
Faithful is the picture of the Swinging Sixties in a pea coat, geometric tie, and bold square shades. Get the Look: Salvatore Ferragamo Striped Square Sunglasses, $326; neimanmarcus.com.
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