Wendy Rush

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Music legend Elton John definitely has a signature look. And it’s all about one thing: his glasses.

In his over 40-year stage career, Elton John has never performed without wearing glasses. Even seeing him in photos in public without them is odd. The reason is that he says he feels exposed without them on. Perhaps the Rocket Man has too many stories behind those eyes that he doesn’t want to share with the public.

David Furnish says Elton John has thousands of pairs of glasses, mostly in storage.

The rocker’s husband, David Furnish, admitted that Elton John owns thousands or pairs of glasses. But most of them are kept in storage. I suppose one would collect a lot of their favorite thing over four decades. Especially when money isn’t an object. What would you collect if you had endless money to spend?

Not only does he collect glasses, he designs them.

Elton John loves glasses so much, he has designed his own line of them. They are sold at a shop in central London, mostly. You can also buy them online at EltonJohnEyewear.com. A lot of cool styles are available. It’s clear the man has a passion for eye fashion.

But you won’t see John wearing his own designs onstage.

In spite of the fact that Elton John has a great eye for eyewear, he won’t be wearing any of them onstage for any of his shows. That is, unless he starts designing for Gucci. John has a contract with the fashion empire to wear their glasses while he’s performing on tour.

In an interview with Sunday Times, John said he tried to go without his trademark look back in the 80’s but he didn’t feel like himself. He went on to say that wearing his glasses actually make him feel more confident.

We agree, seeing John without his glasses makes us do a double take. Here’s some pics of the few times he went without his trademark look, and some of our favorite pairs of glasses John has worn on stage. – Wendy Rush

  • At the 1978 NME Awards.

    April 1978: English singer-songwriter Elton John, born Reginald Dwight in 1947, making his acceptance speech at the 1978 NME Awards. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

    This doesn’t even look like Elton John! And not because he’s so young. Without the glasses, I would never have guessed it was him. This is when he was making his acceptance speech at the 1978 NME Awards.

  • The "Ruby Slipper" Glasses

    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 24: Singer Sir Elton John performs at Best Buy's VIP launch party for the Elton John four DVD collection, "Dream Ticket" at Caeser's Palace Hotel on October 24, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The set includes four DVDs, three showcasing concerts at Madison Square Garden; The Royal Opera House in London and The Great Amphitheatre in Ephesus, Turkey. The fourth DVD showcases Elton's four-decade career, including performances from the 1970s and 1980s as well as more recent material. The set will be available November 9, 2004. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

    We love these glasses. It’s probably hard to see when we’re sitting in the seats at a concert, but there’s a lot of red bling on these glasses. And you know you’ve made it when you can wear your name on your specs.

  • Tennis Man

    LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 10: Recording artist Sir Elton John warms up before competing in the World TeamTennis Smash Hits charity tennis event benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation at Caesars Palace on October 10, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Okay seriously. If I saw this guy on the street, I would think it’s an Elton John lookalike. But it’s not. It’s the real Elton. Just looks very different sans glasses on the tennis court.

  • The "Awning" Glasses

    British singer-songwriter Elton John wearing a pair of novelty glasses with miniature awnings over each lens, 12th September 1974. (Photo by D. Morrison/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Who needs a sleep mask with miniature awnings on your glasses? Or maybe he closes the shades to hide his allergies. Whatever the case, we’re digging these.

  • Hanging Out With Rod Stewart In London

    British singer, pianist and composer Elton John with British rock singer and songwriter Rod Stewart at the Olympia, London, UK, 22nd December 1978. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Now, Rod Stewart is unmistakable. But who is that bare-faced guy with him? Yep, that’s Elton John.

  • The "Lavender Dream" Glasses

    NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 06: Elton John performs at Mission Estate on February 06, 2020 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

    On behalf of soccer moms everywhere, I love these glasses. Just wish I could get away with wearing them. My face couldn’t pull it off anywhere near as well as Elton’s does.

  • Captain No Glasses

    English pop star Elton John performs in a military-style costume with gold epaulettes at the Hammersmith Odeon, 16th December 1982. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    With the piano and the crazy outfit, it’s definitely easier to tell this is Elton John. Still weird he’s not wear any specs.

  • The "Love" Glasses

    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Elton John attends the screening of "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

    You know we had to give a shout out to the heart glasses. John picked these for the 2019 “Rocketman” screening in Cannes. Tre chic!

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