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Once known as military eyewear, aviator sunglasses have transitioned from function to fashion, perfecting the balance of practicality and style. Arguably the most recognisable eyewear style in the world, the Ray-Ban aviator is a timeless and classic eyewear accessory seen on action heroes and swoon-worthy movie stars! A true classic with enduring appeal, aviator sunglasses combine functionality and fashion with their distinctive design, offering a lightweight and comfortable sunglasses option whether you’re working or playing! Not only for pilots, we offer a fantastic range of aviator sunglasses for men and womens Ray-Ban aviators.
Originally designed for utility rather than fashion, aviator sunglasses are defined as “eyeglasses with a lightweight metal frame and relatively large tinted lenses.” One of Ray-Ban’s most iconic sunglasses styles is the Ray-Ban aviator. Introduced in the late 1930s, Ray-Ban aviators were designed to protect and clarify the vision of pilots. Crafted from lightweight metal with a horizontal top bar and teardrop-shaped tinted lenses, aviator sunglasses were both functional and comfortable, helping to reduce glare, keep the sweat from pilots eyes and help them see the world around them. With the rise of military influence on everyday fashion, sunglasses designers modified the look and feel of aviators to broaden their appeal to consumers. Aviator sunglasses became a cult fashion accessory following the release of Top Gun in 1986, and grew in popularity for years to come, appearing on the faces of popular cultural icons like Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Aniston, and The Stooges.
This trend remains as prominent as ever, proving to be one of the most popular sunglasses styles to date. Ray-Ban’s collection of iconic aviator sunglasses for men is available in a variety of metal frame colours, including gold, silver, or black. Combine womens Ray-Ban aviators with a variety of funky lens tints to create a modern sunglass frame to suit your style. Although still dominated by Ray-Ban, designer brands like Prada, Persol, and Tom Ford have some beautiful pilot sunglasses styles available in varying frame materials, lens depth thickness and lens tints.
Lucky for us, Aviator sunglasses are a classic sunglasses style that looks great with almost any face shape. Typically wider at the top and tapered at the bottom, this frame style combined with a teardrop lens shape is a great choice for oval, square, and heart-shaped faces as they mimic the face shape, complimenting the outline.
If you’re unsure what category of face shape you fall into, we have useful tools to help you make the best sunglasses purchase. Take a look at our face shape guide, or better yet, use the latest virtual technology to virtually try on sunglasses online. Our virtual try-on tool is just like using an online mirror, helping you to decide which style suits you best.
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From the cockpit to catwalk, aviator sunglasses are the undeniably cool fashion accessory that’s here to stay. SmartBuyGlasses UK is proud to offer womens Ray-Ban aviators and aviator sunglasses for men and kids, at the best price!