Though other rock artists have made wearing sunglasses a signature part of their performances, no other rock star has popularized shades for everyday wear in the way Elvis did. You can get sunglasses to complete your look when dressing as this rock legend. You can even find a pair of sunglasses worn by the King himself to add to your Elvis memorabilia collection.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Foam or plastic letters
- Auction house
- Novelty or costume shop
Look at pictures of Elvis to find that the type of sunglasses he preferred. Elvis usually wore sunglasses with large lenses that were tinted dark to light from top to bottom.
Discover that Elvis commissioned sunglasses with the acronym for his favorite phrase, "Taking Care of Business" or "TCB" inserted into the design of the arms or over the bridge of the frame, in between lenses.
Search for glasses with the initials "EP" carved into the frame. Elvis was known for his monogrammed glasses.
Expect Elvis sunglasses to be among the most prolific of all the Elvis memorabilia. During his lifetime, Elvis would commission as many as twenty new pairs of sunglasses at a time.
Look for official Elvis collectibles at a rock-and-roll-themed auction. These may be held by an auction house specializing in celebrity memorabilia.
Research Elvis's Shades
Purchase glasses with lenses that reach from your eyebrows to just above the end of your nose. The lens shape should be relatively straight across at the top of the frame, and should gently curve towards the sides and along the bottom.
Approximate Elvis's look by getting a pair of shades with wide arms and large, circular perforations that graduate in size from small to large as they approach the front of the face.
Get glasses with gold metal frames to capture the glitz and glamor of Elvis's years as a Vegas performer.
Look for glasses with amber or purple tinting to capture the look for which Elvis was best known.
Make your store-bought Elvis sunglasses more authentic by gluing on gold-painted initials such as "EP" or "TCB" with a lightning bolt. You may find small foam or plastic letters at your local craft store that will do the trick.
Get the Elvis Look in Sunglasses
Tips and warnings
- You can get a good idea of what the going price for authentic Elvis sunglasses is by comparing auction records for similar items over the past 3 to 5 years.
- Have an Elvis expert authenticate sunglasses you might purchase for your collection before you lay down big bucks for them.