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The aviator is one of the most classic, foolproof styles of sunglasses. Designed by Ray-Ban in the 1930s for fighter pilots, they exude rugged manliness. Aviators are associated with a cool, masculine style; think Maverick in “Top Gun.”

Today, aviators still give off that effortless style, but they are much more versatile than a military look. They make a statement with a simple outfit and have enough range to take you to a business event or semi-formal gathering. They look great on women too. Craft your look by picking the right pair of shades.

Choose the Right Pair of Aviators

Classic aviator sunglasses look good on just about anyone, but there are slight variations in the style that allow you to choose the most flattering frames for your face and outfit.

  • The classic– The classic aviator’s teardrop shape was designed to provide adequate coverage of the eyes for sun protection. Choose these if you want to look like a real fighter pilot, but avoid them if you have a long face, as the shape of the lens can exaggerate it.
  • Squared aviators– Aviator frames have evolved over the years. They now come in a shape that is more square than the classic teardrop. Choose them for a modern look and if you have a longer face shape.
  • Sporty shapes– To get the square shape with more coverage for outdoor activities, look for aviators with wider frames. These wrap around the side of the eyes for extended protection.

Start with shape to find a type of aviator that suits your lifestyle and face, then look at other features. Classic aviators have dark lenses, but you can find them today with mirrored, lighter, or even colored lenses. Frames come in plastic or metal and various colors. When you find a shape you like, play around with colors and lenses for different outfits.

Pair With a Plain White T-Shirt and Jeans

Aviator glasses make a statement. They are cool, strong, and striking, and they don’t need a lot of extra embellishment. Hands down, the best way to wear these glasses is with a simple outfit such as a t-shirt and jeans. The aviator frame’s robust features and dark lenses need nothing more to set them off than a basic, casual outfit.

Ladies, you can rock this look too. Kelly McGillis looked just as good as Tom Cruise in her aviators. Fitted jeans and a white t-shirt with aviators will create a classic look for women.

Resist the Urge to Wear Them in Formal Affairs

Aviators are versatile, but there are some situations where you’ll want to leave them at home, namely formal occasions. The original design took into account function over style. These are glasses for rugged activities and styles, which means they contrast a little too much with formal looks.

Avoid sunglasses at formal events, such as weddings, funerals, and professional work events. If you are at an outdoor event like these where sunglasses would otherwise be inappropriate, stick with a simple pair that isn’t flashy. Choose subtle colors and pair them with a simple outfit.

Avoid Adding Additional Accessories

Aviators need no other accessories. They don’t need a flashy or fancy outfit, and they don’t need any other elements either. The design of aviators is stark and draws attention to the face. Any other accessories may detract from this.

In particular, women may only need a pair of stud earrings at most to go with aviators and a relaxed hairstyle, such as a slicked-back ponytail or loose hair. For men, a simple outfit is best. Add a jacket if you want to, but a plain shirt and jeans outfit is the best look. Any jewelry will only take away from the look the glasses add to the outfit.

A Timeless Look

Aviator sunglasses will never go out of style. If you don’t have a pair in your collection, now is the time. Prescription aviators are practical and can also be your best style friend for sunny days outside to top off a casual but stylish look.

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