When discussing a rock band as iconic as Queen, it’s impossible to draw comparisons. Their music remains as timeless and transcendent as ever, their lyrics are burned into our hearts and their style will live on forever. Wear a yellow leather jacket, a pair of killer aviators and a strong moustache and everyone knows you’re Freddie Mercury – the incredible Queen frontman who, alongside Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May, helped propel the band into global stardom.
Their songs are a part of British culture itself, and with the release of recent biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the world has fallen in love with Queen all over again (as if they ever stopped!).
Join us while we look at the most iconic eyewear moments from the legendary band, and how you can channel your own inner rock god too!
If ever there was an image that screamed eye-conic, we think this brilliant shot by Mick Rock captured in 1973 might just be it. Not only does Mick capture the effortlessly cool Queen in their heyday (rocking some seriously stellar looks!) the photographer also immortalises the eyewear style of the time, with each and every band member wearing a pair of knock-out aviators.
We love the squared shape frames worn by Brian May and John Deacon here. Featuring a double bridge and metallic rims, we love the 70s-through-and-through aesthetic here.
Check out the Lyle & Scott 6 frames below to channel your own inner Queen!
If rounded aviators are more your style however, like Freddie Mercury’s and Roger Taylor’s above, check out the style staple Ray-Ban RB3025 frames. With their classic shape and iconic brand, they’re a wardrobe essential that have transcended the ages – just like Queen’s music.
Looking every bit the rock gods, we love this 1982 snap of the band. Wearing all black (with splashes of white and red), this is a band as united in their style as their music.
The squared/rectangular frames make a comeback here, with Roger Taylor swapping his rounded aviators for a boxier shape. We think the Sunset 18 below are the perfect likeness – check them out below!
Frontman Freddie rocks his signature blue tinted aviators here – an iconic style moment, so much so that the frames (and moustache!) appear on the film poster for recent Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Channel your own inner style icon with the Polaroid PLD 6012/N – the perfect Mercury match!
We adore this picture of the band above, showcasing each band member’s unique style (with different shades, too!).
John Deacon opts in favour of an oversized rounded aviator, complete with double bridge for the perfect late 70s / early 80s vibe, with the Solo Collection W33 making for the perfect style steal!
Roger Taylor mixes things up with a classic dark tortoiseshell wayfarer – a style staple that belongs in every wardrobe! When choosing wayfarers, it’s hard to go wrong with a Ray-Ban, so we’ve opted for the effortlessly cool Ray-Ban RB2132 for our emulation below.
Freddie rocks his signature blue tinted aviators, proving that a signature accessory makes a style statement no matter the outfit. Check out the Esprit ET17947 below for your own killer Queen look!
Adam Lambert – Special Mention
We couldn’t write a feature on Queen without an honourable mention to superstar vocalist Adam Lambert, the brilliant vocal lead currently touring the world with the band. We love his rock star style, showcased in the shot above with his studded leather biker jacket and killer shades.
We think the Carrera CARRERA 1005/S shades below are the ideal style match!