Originally developed in the 1930’s by the Bausch & Lomb Company, the larger framed sunglasses are characterized by darker or reflective lenses, which cover more of the eye area than a lot of sunglasses. The Ray Ban Aviators have been seen in movies from years past, as well as in present day celebrity fashion. It has really grown in popularity since the 1960’s and seems to never wane in the world of fashion.
The advantages of this type of eyewear is that the metal frame allows it some flexibility, so when they are eventually sat on, like the fate of all sunglasses at one time or another, you have the chance of bending them back into their original shape, unlike their plastic counterparts, which have the tendency to snap under pressure.
The larger coverage over the eye area is good in more ways than one. It prevents any light from entering around the perimeter of the glasses, which shields your eyes from the damage that the sun can do to your eyes, as well as protecting the skin around your eyes from damaging rays and “squinting wrinkles”.
Another good reason to wear the aviator glasses is that they are hot! The darker shaded lenses or mirrored style give the wearer an air of mystery about them. You never quite know where the person’s eyes are looking. It can be a tool for seeing what you don’t want others to know that you are looking at.
At hisunglasses.com, I found a nice selection of designer aviator sunglasses, at very good prices. Ray Ban has a classic aviator for about $120 and Diesel makes a slightly more squared version called “Chakra S” for $135. Tom Ford, who dressed Johnny Depp at the Globes, has several unisex styles in traditional metal and also resin for under $300. Even Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana get in on the trend with their own stylish versions for $200 and under.
Since eyewear has grown into a year-round accessory, not just for summer only anymore, make sure you get yours aviators before the warm weather rush!