Whether you call them spectacles or specs, eyeglasses, glasses or goggles, you might have never guessed that nearly 30 percent of Americans need corrective lenses. What’s even more shocking is that the majority of those people choose to wear glasses instead of contacts! Why then are so many people in a rush to get contacts or pay top dollar for corrective surgery? What’s wrong with glasses?
Thanks to childhood taunts like “four-eyes” and “geeky specs” being common on the playground, it’s no surprise that many people feel like glasses might make them look less cool or more like a dork or a dweeb. However, this may not be the case for much longer thanks to eyeglass designers who debut modern lines and celebrities who walk the red carpet looking beautiful and bespectacled. Who said glasses were dorky again?
Proving that glasses are definitely in style, some celebrities wear them to make a fashion statement while others wear them out of necessity and are far from ever being called dorks, geeks and dweebs. So, are you curious as to which celebrities looked hotter wearing their glasses than not? Let’s take a look at these 17 celebs who look way better with glasses and see if you agree!
#17 – Ryan Gosling
One of Hollywood’s hottest actors with boy-next-door good looks, Ryan Gosling first started breaking hearts in the early 1990s on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club. He then transitioned into film with small roles in hits like Remember the Titans before capturing the hearts of fans as Noah Calhoun in the 2004 romantic drama The Notebook. Now an A-list star, Gosling is known for his award winning performances in movies like Lars and the Real Girl and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
An undeniable heartthrob, Gosling is definitely a celeb who has rocked his fair share of glasses over the years. Pictured here wearing his favorite pair of Gilbert frames from Barton Perreira, these stylish spectacles aren’t even available in most online retailers since they sell at anywhere between $350 and $450 – that’s if you can get your hands on them! Of course, there’s no guarantee that anyone can wear them and look as sexy as Hollywood’s hottest hunk, though it’s definitely worth a shot!
#16 – Anne Hathaway
Cast as everything from an ugly duckling to a powerful sex symbol, 33-year-old Anne Hathaway became a household name in Hollywood with her breakout performance as the awkward and four-eyed Mia Thermopolis in Disney’s The Princess Diaries. Taking a cue from her character, Hathaway seemingly broke out her own shell to become an Academy Award winning actress with hit films like The Devil Wears Prada, Valentine’s Day, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables and Rachel Getting Married.
Earning a spot on the list of the world’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Hathaway definitely has no trouble pulling off glasses with her killer smile, gorgeous eyes and flawless skin. Pictured here in a relaxed and stunning look at the premiere of Rio in 2011, Hathaway is wearing Herman plastic frames from Mezzmer that run about $100 on average which, with a $35 million net worth, seems like pocket change for this stunning and spectacled beauty!
#15 – Emmy Rossum
Is there anything Emmy Rossum can’t do? Joining the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus at the age of seven, Emmy Rossum had already performed with notable singers like Luciano Pavarotti before deciding, at the age of 12, to pursue a career in acting. Making her television debut in As the World Turns in 1997, Rossum gained widespread recognition for her role in Mystic River and has since starred in films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Dragonball: Evolution and Before I Disappear.
Currently starring as Fiona Gallagher on the Showtime hit series Shameless, Rossum proves that she can have it all and still look as gorgeous as ever. Taking a lemonade break between filming the show, Rossum is seen here in a striking pair of dark red Zagg frames designed by Warby Parker whose claim to fame is that his frames “literally look good on everyone.” Priced at only $85, Parker even made sure that everyone can afford to look as hot as Rossum – or, at least try!
#14 – Justin Timberlake
The second Mickey Mouse Club mouseketeer on our list, Justin Timberlake became a teen idol and heartthrob as one of the lead singers in one of the best-selling boy bands of all time, NSYNC. Wowing young fans with hits like “Bye Bye Bye” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” Timberlake went on to earn even greater fame as an award-winning solo artist known for chart toppers such as “Cry Me a River,” “SexyBack” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”
No stranger to making the world’s “Sexiest Man” lists, Timberlake is also one of the most fashionable men in the music industry – a compliment he definitely takes to heart. Looking good in even Harry Caray’s famous glasses, Timberlake owns dozens of pairs to match his every outfit, mood and whim. So, which pair is his favorite? Timberlake’s “go-to” glasses are a custom made pair of Polo Ralph Lauren frames that run around $300 but are well worth it when it comes to seeing this handsome hunk bring sexy back.
#13 – Jennifer Aniston
One of the world’s favorite Friends, 47-year-old Jennifer Aniston is still one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today. Studying acting since the age of 11, Aniston launched her career off Broadway before becoming a household name in the 1990s when she starred as Rachel on the smash NBC sitcom Friends. Since then, she’s returned to the silver screen in a variety of films like The Good Girl, We’re the Millers, The Break-Up, Just Go with It and Horrible Bosses.
Having been named “The Most Beautiful Woman” and “Sexiest Woman of All Time,” Aniston is undeniably a timeless beauty both on and off the screen whose charm is only enhanced when she wears glasses. Looking relaxed here and sporting her signature blonde hair and a dazzling smile, Aniston is wearing her favorite go-to pair of tortoise shell Jodie frames by designer Jason Wu. Running around $225 for the pair, it seems like a small price to pay to look that good!
#12 – Steve Carell
Actor, comedian, director, writer and producer – Steve Carell wears many hats in Hollywood after first gaining notoriety as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Spending five years on the satirical news show, Carell skyrocketed to stardom when he landed his breakthrough role as Michael Scott in The Office. He’s been busy ever since with starring roles in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, Little Miss Sunshine and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
First seen wearing glasses while playing Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Carell’s choice in eyewear has obviously (and thankfully) improved over the years as he looks quite sophisticated these days. Opting for more of an Andy Warhol look with these retro style frames, the 53-year-old Carell spent an upwards of $400 on this pair of Oliver Peoples Sheldrake glasses that he proudly showcased at the 2015 Oscars.
#11 – Alicia Keys
Taking the world by storm at just 15 years old as a talented pianist, singer and songwriter, Alicia Keys has spent the last 20 years in the spotlight thanks to hits like “Girl on Fire,” “If I Ain’t Got You” and “No One.” Bringing home over 200 awards including 15 Grammys, Keys has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and has earned top spots on Billboard and VH1 lists like “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and “100 Greatest Women in Music.”
Praised for having some of the most artistic music videos in the industry, what better way for Keys to introduce her new love of eyeglasses than in one of her legendary videos, “Brand New Me,” where she sported the Derek Cardigan 7017 Shadow. Having recently been endorsed by Coastal, an eyeglass company, Keys has shown that glasses only take her sophisticated beauty up a notch as she’s proven she can wear every style from Michael Star’s Clever Black Frames to Dolce and Gabbana’s 1199 501 black frames. How’s that for true beauty?
#10 – Robert Downey Jr.
One of the best comeback stories in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. went from an afterthought in the 1980s and 1990s to one of the biggest stars in the world today. Launching his career as a child actor, Downey appeared alongside the Brat Pack in films like Weird Science and Less Than Zero before a series of drug charges sent him straight to rehab. Now known as one of Hollywood’s hottest heroes, Downey plays Tony Stark and Iron Man in Marvel Comics’ blockbuster franchises The Avengers and Iron Man.
Appearing thin and unkempt in his early and wilder years on the silver screen, Downey sported a new and more sophisticated look during his huge Hollywood comeback. Looking sexier than ever before, the 50-year-old star is living proof that prescription glasses can still look hot as he sports his favorite pair of Oliver Peoples frames than run around $300. And, with a hero like Iron Man brave enough to wear glasses, who wouldn’t think that being four-eyed is cool?
#9 – Melanie C
Perhaps better known as Sporty Spice, Melanie Jayne Chisholm was one of the five members of the all-girl British band from the 1990s known as the Spice Girls. Touring the world with the band and rocking out to hits like “Wannabe,” Melanie C cashed in on her own “girl power” when she launched her solo career in 2000 after the band called it quits. Since then, she’s sold over 12 million records and holds the second spot as the female artist with the most number one singles in the United Kingdom.
Becoming a pop icon with the Spice Girls, Mel C has spent her fair share of time in the spotlight as she’s changed her look over the years with her most recent addition being glasses. Looking prettier than ever before, Mel C even caught the attention of Specsavers who offered her a contract to head the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. No, we’re not joking! According to Mel C, she’s happy that glasses are fashionable now and obviously helping her earn some easy money.
#8 – Donald Glover
Catching the break of a lifetime, Donald Glover was only 21 years old when Tina Fey hired him as a writer for her sitcom 30 Rock. Soon after, Glover was cast as college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community before he decided to take a break from acting and launch his music career. Now known as Childish Gambino, Glover is a Grammy-nominated artist whose future in rap music looks extremely bright!
A real magician when it comes to his looks, Glover transforms from Childish Gambino the rapper and mcDJ the disc jockey into a serious, mature and sexy thespian all with the addition of his signature nerd chic glasses. Though people are dying to know the brand, no one has had any luck as to whether or not Glover is sporting an upcycled pair of Ray-Ban wayfarer shades or a set of designer frames! Either way, this Hollywood hunk has even stumped NFL player Reggie Bush who couldn’t help but snatch them during one of Glover’s packed standup comedy shows!
#7 – Johnny Depp
Known for playing challenging and larger-than-life roles with outstanding precision and skill, Johnny Depp has gone from a teen idol to an international superstar with a career spanning over three decades. The Golden Globe winner has starred in a variety of films proving his enormous talent as the swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and the eccentric candy maker in Charlie and the Chocolate Factor to outlaw John Dillinger in Public Enemies and a cocaine kingpin in Blow.
Now at 52 years old, Depp has aged gracefully on the silver screen as he continues to wear his signature eyeglasses that give him an even more mysterious look. Often seen wearing multi-colored lenses that reflect his classic rock star style, Depp is pictured here wearing his favorite set of spectacles designed by Moscot Lemtosh with a price tag of $250. Having Depp wearing your eyeglasses is obviously good for business as Lemtosh was flooded with requests from fans wanting an identical set after Depp walked the red carpet wearing these sexy tortoise shell frames.
#6 – Zoe Saldana
Turning our attention to another former star from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 37-year-old Zoe Saldana had an even bigger year in 2009 when she became a household name thanks to her roles in Star Trek and Avatar. Since then, the New Jersey native has climbed to even higher success by following up with hits such as Colombiana, Star Trek Into Darkness and Guardians of the Galaxy.
A professional dancer before making her acting debut in the late 1990s, Saldana’s petite frame makes her look stunning in anything – even a simple white Oxford shirt, blue jeans and a pair of oval cat eye frames. These specs are truly a perfect fit as she flaunts her classic and gorgeous signature style all without breaking the bank. Designed by Coco, the black acetate frames may only have a $90 price tag but pulling this look off in a room full of cameras – now that is priceless.
#5 – Seth Rogen
One of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, 33-year-old Canada native Seth Rogen launched his acting career with minor roles in sitcoms like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared before producer Judd Apatow persuaded him to try film. Cast in Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Rogen received widespread praise for his performance which led to hit comedies like Superbad, Knocked Up and Funny People where Rogen became a household name.
Typically cast as the schlubby guy with glasses, Rogen has made a few appearances without his specs but we definitely think he looks better with them on. In typical comedian fashion, Rogen enjoys the humor behind his four-eyed look as he wrote the line in Pineapple Express when the police officer pulls up his photo and says, “Oh, big sexy with glasses!” All joking aside, Rogen prefers his Ray-Bans over anything else but has had to make do after losing his favorite pair in Jamaica in the summer of 2014. We can only imagine he was making someone laugh when it happened.
#4 – Eva Longoria
One of the most gorgeous women in all of television and film, Eva Longoria was known as Miss Corpus Christi long before becoming a household name in Hollywood. Spotted in the early 1990s by a talent agent during one of her beauty pageants, Longoria became a soap opera star on The Young and the Restless before landing her breakthrough role as Gabrielle Solis on the long-running ABC hit series Desperate Housewives.
While there has been much speculation as to whether or not the 40-year-old Longoria actually needs glasses, it doesn’t matter either way in our opinion because she looks hot in these oversized black frames. Like Melanie C from earlier on our list, Longoria signed on with Specsavers to promote their glasses and, after much controversy over the validity of her claims, admitted that she’s been wearing glasses for over a year. Whatever the case, she definitely makes nerdy chic look good!
#3 – Rashida Jones
The daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones has made a name for herself in Hollywood after earning critical praise for her performance on the NBC hit series, The Office, which led straight to her breakout role as Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation. Since then, she’s appeared in films like The Social Network and has proven her hand as a comic book author, producer and screenwriter.
Though Jones is often seen without her glasses on the red carpet, she has worn specs in a few of her television and film roles where her characters need to look smart, sexy and beautiful – which isn’t hard when Jones is playing the part. Along with Ellen Pompeo, Nicole Ritchie and other celebrities, Jones endorsed Charlotte Ronson’s newest line of eyewear. While at the launch, Jones remarked, “Glasses are not dorky – they’re cool now. I’m not down with fashion glasses. It’s like wearing fashion crutches.” We can’t agree more!
#2 – Jake Gyllenhaal
Launching his acting career at just 11 years old in City Slickers, Jake Gyllenhaal made his breakthrough performance just eight years later in October Sky. Since then, he’s spent the last 25 years proving his tremendous range as an actor across a variety of genres in films like Bubble Boy, Donnie Darko, The Day After Tomorrow and Brokeback Mountain, which earned him an Oscar nomination.
Long considered one of Hollywood’s hottest bachelors, Gyllenhaal not only looks good in glasses, he also shows his softer and more caring side as he promotes them for a good cause. Pictured here rocking a pair of large rectangular frame specs, Gyllenhaal is the spokesman for the New Eyes for the Needy Charity that donates frames to individuals who are unable to afford them. See, he looks hot in his glasses and helps others at the same time. How awesome is that?
#1 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Earning the top spot on our list as a true veteran of television, 55-year-old Julia Louis-Dreyfus started her career in 1982 on Saturday Night Live. Just eight years later, she landed her breakout role as Elaine Benes on the most critically and commercially successful sitcom of all time, Seinfeld. Since then, the seven-time Emmy Award winner has proven she’s funnier than ever with sitcoms like The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep.
Wearing glasses on and off now for over two decades, fans remember seeing and falling in love with Louis-Dreyfus the first time in glasses on Seinfeld. Now with a huge collection of everything from faux tortoiseshell frames made popular in the 1990s to more modern styles, Louis-Dreyfus looks stunning in them all! And, if you don’t believe us, take a look at Pinterest where you’ll find hundreds of pages devoted to “Hotties in Glasses” where she ranks number one.