I am happy to say that one of my all-time favorite fashion items — aviator sunglasses — are back in a BIG way (thank you Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick!). Now, aviators are one of those fashion staples that never really go completely out of style. But, happily for me, the legendary look 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, over 85 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 this season. Variations in metals and lens colors, the addition of tortoise, a plethora of slightly modified shapes mean that there’s something for everyone. For example, Ray Ban offers the classic aviator for as low as $163. I found a simple but stylish Donna Karan version with a more delicate bridge for $169 and oh-so-cool 58MM Pilot Sunglasses from Dolce and Gabbana for under $120 at SAKS Off 5th. But my personal favorite is by Ralph Lauren — a classic style, which has been thoroughly updated using bold colored metals in eights shades, from fire engine red, to canary yellow. to royal blue.
Sounds like I need a new pair (or two) in my collection!
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