Aviator shades have been a style staple for a long time now. Developed by Ray-Ban in 1937 with innovative anti-glare technology, the lightweight frames were a big hit with the US Army Air Corps.
Their popularity soared with the release of Top Gun, which saw Tom Cruise don his trusty Aviators.
The instantly recognisable teardrop shape lenses are what makes this style stand out.
Once the sphere of shades alone, right now the trend is for Aviator prescription glasses — and they look fab.
With stars like Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner getting in on the act, it looks like this fashion phase is sticking around.
Here are our top picks so you can try out this trend.
Get the look with these classic Ray-Ban Aviators.
Simple but chic, they’ll look just as good on a date night as they will in the library.
Available in three colours, light brown, gold and silver, you choose your own style.
Carrera CARRERA 137/V
If you’re looking for an update on this style, these Carrera prescription glasses are a great choice.
The chunky acetate frame deviates from the thin metal associated with classic Aviators, and adds a modern edge to these specs.
Tortoiseshell front frames, upper bar and temple tips add warmth, while a gold metal nose bridge and temple detailing refines these glasses and pays tribute to their origins.
Black sides break up the flow of these frames, giving a modern, deconstructed overall aesthetic — perfect for showing off your fashion credentials on nights out.
Carrera CARRERA 1103/V
This black plastic pair from Carrera bring a new versatility to the Aviator style — black goes with everything after all.
The frames have a functional feel to them and work perfectly with office wear.
The thinner top bar detailing matches a length on the temples, adding another dimension to these specs.
Thicker temple tips and rounded ends ensure a secure and comfortable fit.
Go vintage with these fab Retro glasses.
The Aviator-style frame is thinned and curvier than the original, for a refined take on this classic style.
The top bar is slightly dipped, adding interest, while the teardrop shape is rounded for a softer look.
Black plastic temple tips are the only interruption to the delicate metal frame, creating a polished and streamlined aesthetic.
If you’re looking for a really practical way to wear the Aviator style, try these specs from Essentials.
The frame is shorter than the original Aviator shape, giving a lighter wear.
The muted gold colour is super versatile, and you can also buy these glasses in gunmetal and bronze.
Thick temples have etched detailing that catches the eyes, while silicone nose pads and plastic-coated temple tips ensure optimum comfort.
Wear with sharp tailoring at the office for a high-flying look that’s right on trend.
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