Designer Aviator Sunglasses: A Lasting Fashion Staple

By: BeiManiago
If there’s one type of eyewear that has maintained its popularity all these years, it would be aviator sunglasses. First manufactured by Ray-Ban in 1937, this type of sunglasses has initially gained popularity among Naval aviators, thus, the name. But when its aesthetic and fashionable value was recognized, there’s no stopping its distribution and retail in the mainstream market.

This particular eyewear is characterized by dark, slightly curved lenses, wire frames and temples. One aspect contributing to its popularity is the capability of the lenses to considerably cut the sun’s glare. With the advent of polarized lenses, this particular function was significantly enhanced. Law enforcement officers have also taken into using aviator sunglasses not only to protect their eyes from the sun’s glare, but also to establish authority by appearing aloof and not making any eye contact.

Since aviator sunglasses become a decidedly popular fashion accessory, and celebrities like Tom Cruise and Michael Jackson started wearing them, a lot of sunglasses brands have started designing and selling their own versions.

One popular designer aviator sunglasses brand would be Oakley, whose products primarily cater to sporty individuals. Serengeti is also one brand renowned for its line of designer aviator sunglasses. Fashion labels like Chanel and Dior have also introduced their own brands of designer aviator sunglasses. Some of the newer models of aviator sunglasses have foregone the use of metal frames and temples for high-quality plastic materials. What didn’t changed, though, are the slightly curving lenses designed to minimize light penetration even from the sides of the eye.

The brand most associated with designer aviator sunglasses, however, would still be Ray-Ban. This particular company has been providing a number of style options to its customers, offering aviator sunglasses in different colors for the lens and the frames.

Designer aviator sunglasses cost no less than $100 a pair, and some of newer, trendier ones can go as high as $500. However, those preferring to go the more practical route can easily purchase discount items available online and in some retail outlets. There are also replica designer sunglasses available, where one could get a really good pair without the accompanying cost.


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