Last week, the new book Shades of Elvis was discussed. The shades are of course, the iconic sunglasses Elvis preferred in the Seventies. However, before he settled on that classic design, Elvis wore several different styles of sunglasses in his younger years.
Most of the photos shown here came off the internet with no historical context, so we’ll just has to make our best guesses. This looks like circa 1956 to me.
Okay, he’s in the army here, so these sunglasses were part of Elvis’ look in 1958 and 1959.
This one is tougher to figure out. I’m thinking post-Army, but who knows. If anyone does, you are welcome to inform us in Comments.
Same thing on this one. Elvis looks like one of the Blues Brothers.
Once Elvis’ sunglasses became part of his persona, he seemed to have a little fun with it. Check out some of these oversized glasses he wore on stage.
This shot was taken on August 18, 1975.
Here’s a nice oversized pair with blue frames.
Uh, oh, they’re getting bigger.
Now this is getting ridiculous.
Finally, here’s Elvis wearing a few unusual sunglasses.
This photo was shot during Elvis’ vacation to Aspen, Colorado in 1976. Maybe he wore them snowboarding around.
Here is Elvis clowning around during the filming of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is in 1970.
This is an incredibly clever Photoshopped Elvis picture. I wish I knew who did it, and if they will let me know on a comment, I’ll add proper photo credit.
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