I am happy to say that one of my all-time favorite fashion items — aviator sunglasses — are back in for Summer 2009. Now, aviators are one of those fashion staples that never really go completely out. But, happily for me, the legendary style is on the “HOT LIST” once again!
According to The History of Aviator Sunglasses by Cody Kahl, “The shades we know today [as aviators] were first created way back in 1936 by none other than Ray Ban. The reason they are known as “aviator sunglasses” is because they were developed specifically for pilots back in 1936. Pilots needed a good pair of anti glare sunglasses, and Ray Ban’s design satisfied this requirement perfectly.
So, almost 75 years later, shades that were originally designed after the shape of pilots’ googles are still being worn by celebrities (and those of us that just want to look like celebrities!). Crazy? Well, yes. Fashionable? And how!
In a quick search online, I found a lot of aviators — both traditional and updated for 2009. Ray Ban offers the classic aviator for as low as $104. I found a stylish, modified Donna Karan version with wider sides for $159 and black shades with cool, grey lenses from Dolce and Gabbana for only $199. But my personal favorite is by Ralph Lauren — this metal and tortoise combination sells for only $150 and gives the classic style enough of a twist that it looks fresh and new for 2009.
Sounds like I need a new pair in my collection!