Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Those teardrop lenses, that double bridge, that super slim line following through the stems, those grips; it can only mean one thing. The super cool, super sexy oh so rock 'n' roll Ray-Ban aviator. It stands alone. This is arguably the most popular sunglass style in history.
Ray-Ban 3025 Aviator
Ray-Ban 3026 Large Aviator
Ray-Ban 3044 Small Aviator
Ray-Ban 8041 Aviator Titanium
The result of a brief put forward by the US Military in 1937, the Aviator was built for action. Large long curved lenses gave the eye full coverage including shielding the eye for downward glances at the controls and a lightweight freedom of movement and comfort.
Like the Wayfarer, the aviator is one of the generic sunglass shapes and the blueprint for the style. Any designer serious about eyewear will have at least one take on the style in their repertoire. Although many superb versions of the original exist, there is something about the Ray-Ban aviator that just feels right.
As with the other signature pieces in Ray-Ban's Icons family, you can wear this classic trend with varying sizes, shapes and colour in frame and lens to heads, faces and fancies. Be it the original 3040 or a quirky CATS 5000 with some glitter or the subtle semi rimless 3499 there is an aviator for you to make your mark.
The aviator was cool for cats like Keith Richards and Jim Morrison in the sixties. Fully mainstream in the seventies it became truly must have for those in pursuit of style not just those who rocked and rolled. The aviators' popularity reached fever pitch in the eighties when like the brands formidable Wayfarer the aviator was also given a boost with product placement in movies such as Top Gun. After a disappointing spell in the eighties the aviator reemerged with renewed vigor and was back on form in the nineties. This trend has endured and is as steadfast as ever easily racking up another decade for the style's history.
With the recent release of further versions of this icon such as the Metal Glide with fully coloured metal frames and the luxuriant 22K gold Ultra Aviator Ray-Ban keep us wanting more.
There's a myriad of ways you can wear this iconic style.