Aviator sunglasses – history, style and models

Aviator Sunglasses
Aviator Sunglasses pairs

What are aviator sunglasses ?

Aviator sunglasses are a type of sunglasses used to protect the eyes against the sun rays. It’s simple, that’s they’re job.

However, the material and the style make the difference from other sunglasses around the world.

They also have an interesting history, that we’re going to talk about in the next chapter.

History of the aviator sunglasses

Aviator sunglasses have been developed by the Rochester based medical instruments company Bausch & Lomb around 1936.

They mostly have dark reflective lenses with tow ore three times the area of the eyeball and flexible cable temples that hook behind the ears.

The original aviator sunglasses have tempered glass lenses that let only 15 % of the incoming light letting through.

They were popularized by the American Forces that went on the World War 2, since Bausch & Lomb created these sunglasses for pilots to protect their eyes while flying, hence the name.

Maybe the most popular man wearing them was General MacArthur. The American general had a signature look with ornate hat, corncob pipe and of course, his signature sunglasses, with photographers insisting on this look to create the impression of a strong man.

Over the time they were trademarked as “Ray Bans” and had some changes over the years, especially in the 50’s and 70’s, with colored frames.

During the 70’s, Elvis Presley was the one who made the aviator sunglasses as cultural style item to wear.

Aviator sunglasses, today

Today, you can find a lot varieties of sunglasses in aviator style, with the most popular brand being the Ray Bans, being made to be similar to the original model.

However, there are other models of sunglasses that you can buy in the aviator style.

Some of the most popular brands of aviator sunglasses are Guess, Dolce & Gabbana, Oakley, ZEROuv, Marc Jacobs or Polaroid.

If originally they were only made for men, since the 70’s, there are a lot of variation of sunglasses in style, made from different types of material (plastic, metal, silver, gold or even copper).

One thing that hasn’t changed during there years is the aviator style, the rounded frame. Some of the lenses have changed a bit, mostly to accommodate the colors that they’ve added.

Personally, I have a blue aviator sunglasses pair that I love, cause it stops a lot of the light and give me a blue atmosphere. So I can feel blue, da ba de da ba da….

Aviator Sunglasses
Aviator Sunglasses pairs

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