Though it seems like round wire-rimmed granny glasses have been called "John Lennon glasses" forever,
only started wearing them for his role as Private Gripweed in the 1967 movie How I Won the War
(The director, Richard Lester, had also directed John in A Hard Day's Night and Help!)
John was very nearsighted but didn't think glasses were a cool look for a rock star (even though one
of his heroes, Buddy Holly, had worn them!) so before shooting this film, he either wore
prescription sunglasses, contact lenses or squinted a lot.
But after 1967, John almost always wore some variation of these classic "National Health issue" glasses.
If you're looking for John Lennon style eyeglasses or sunglasses, check out the John Lennon Collection at Frames Direct
Adasa Hawaii has a great new collection by Worn Free featuring designs based on shirts that John Lennon actually wore!
Worn Free Men's John Lennon "Come Together" Tee
Worn Free Men's John Lennon "Home Free" Tee
Worn Free Men's John Lennon "This is Not Here" Tee
Worn Free Men's John Lennon "Working Class Hero" Tee (Size: S)
Worn Free Men's John Lennon "Bermuda" Tee
This jacket by Trunk Ltd was inspired by the Bob Gruen photo on the cover of the John Lennon Live In New York City concert album. Trunk Ltd also makes soft, great-fitting John Lennon T shirts based on vintage designs and shirts featuring classic rock singers and bands including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.