Like many people who own them or who want to own them, I feel that aviators are plainly the coolest and sexiest type of sunglasses on the market. The design is simply iconic and they have a certain air of nostalgia about them. How did they get that reputation? Most people, especially youth, do not even realize that they were actually designed to be practical and originally for military use, not so much fashionable. I also doubt that most people realize that it was a very well known brand that invented the original design: Ray-Ban.
It's fascinating how apparel that has origins in military use, makes its way into fashion, from cargo pants to dog tags.
To be fair the aviation industry, more than the military, had a critical role to play in marketing the aviator design by Ray-Ban. Aviator sunglasses have earned their reputation not only through looks alone, but through the glamor, respect and mystique that surround pilots and the aviation industry.
At any given time, a legion of young boys and girls around the world have dreamed of becoming pilots who sport the essential pair of aviator sunglasses. I for one, know that I wanted to be a pilot and it remains a dream of mine to this day.
Furthermore, aviator shades are forever immortalized in great film classics such as the 1986 hit Top Gun, which featured revolutionary mirrored sunglasses that sparked a fashion craze. Almost every single actor in that film wore a pair of aviator shades at one point during the movie. Today, many of the world's largest celebrities sport aviators for almost any occasion. Some of them wear classic styles, but some are downright outrageous, gilded in gold and diamonds.
In the end, the simple aviator design is timeless and will continue to be a fashion icon for years to come. You can be sure that you are not buying into a fad, but into a classic design that will never go out of style.
When you do buy a pair of these sunglasses, you will not want to take them off. Wear them every day, wear them to the club or wear them when you go shopping. Remember that aviator shades do not just cover your eyes … they're a fashion statement as well.