Aviator sunglasses have defined summer shade styles for nearly a century. Originating with WWII fighter pilots, the legacy of aviators has endured generations. This American-born style represents freedom and independence in the face of adversity.
At Yesglasses, we set you up with limitless possibilities, making it easy to find and personalize the perfect pair of aviators for your budget and lifestyle.
What are the different types of aviator sunglass styles?
There are two main varieties to the aviator frame shape: teardrop and navigator. The teardrop style is the most well-known and classic “aviator” style.
Teardrop aviators have a straight brow bar and exaggerated lens shape that dips downwards covering the wearer’s upper cheeks. For ample coverage, pilots required both a wide and low-dipping lens. The teardrop shape was the perfect solution. This is a more “classic” or “old school” aviator design that remains popular today.
Navigator aviators also contain a straight brow bar. However, the frame is rectangular in shape, occasionally featuring a wrap-around lens. As aviation developed around the world, the styles worn by pilots also evolved. The navigator style is truer to most styles worn by modern pilots, providing greater coverage from the sides.
What face shapes go best with aviator sunglasses?
Aviators have two dominant shapes, meaning you might find either the teardrop or navigator style to fit your face better. We recommend taking a face shape quiz to see which is best for you. Generally, both teardrop and navigator aviators are good for oblong face shapes. Of course, those with an oblong face shape aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a nice pair of aviators:
- Teardrop frames are better for square, rectangular, heart, and diamond face shapes.
- Navigator frames are better for round, oval, triangle, and pear face shapes.
What are the most popular aviator sunglass styles?
While shopping aviator sunglasses, consider the following popular styles:
1. Black Aviators
Black aviator styles are by far the most popular. The main reason for their popularity is their dark and serious appeal. This style actually has a gray polarized lens, which appears black. For an even darker style, consider choosing a black frame finish for the frame.
2. Red Aviators
Red aviators are a flashy and hot style. We offer both red tinted lenses and red mirrored lenses. We recommend pairing either lens style with a silver or copper frame finish.
3. Silver Aviators
Many fans of the aviator style enjoy metal frames and mirrored lens styles. For the ultimate silver aviators, consider a silver mirrored lens and a silver frame.
4. Blue Aviators
Sky blue is a wonderful go-to color for this airborne look. When the beach is calling, blue lens styles are the perfect fit. Consider blue mirrored aviators with your choice of frame finish.
5. Amber Aviators
Amber is an elusive and charming lens color. We offer shades of champagne, yellow and brown to fit the desired amber look. Yellow lens sunglasses have become a recent fashion trend and are sometimes worn by pilots for greater clarity. Consider pairing amber aviators with a gold frame finish.
What is the difference between aviator and authentic pilot sunglasses?
Pilots don’t always wear the aviator style. The teardrop shape dates back to WWII. As the cockpit in modern planes developed, pilots’ needs also changed.
Some of the ways professional pilot sunglasses may vary from consumer aviators include:
- Lack of polarized lenses. Pilot sunglasses are not polarized. It’s essential for pilots to identify glare while in the sky, allowing them to spot when other spacecraft travel closely, calling for non-polarized lenses.
- Differently shaped arms. Pilot sunglasses are designed to fit under pilot helmets. The temple arms on true pilot sunglasses slide above the pilot’s temples rather than wrap around the ear.
- Not always teardrop style. Many pilots don’t wear sunglasses with the iconic teardrop shape. The shape was first invented for lens coverage below the eyes, which is no longer necessary.
Pilots today sometimes prefer wrap-around styles and navigator aviator styles with greater coverage for side-to-side peripheral vision. Many pilots choose their sunglass style entirely based on their personal preference, so long as the lenses and frame are high-quality and meet aviation specifications.
Are aviator sunglasses better for men or women?
One of the greatest things about aviator sunglasses is that they’re unisex. While other sunglass styles are sometimes geared towards one gender, such as cat eye sunglasses for women, the aviator sunglass style is an excellent fit for all genders.
Here are a few recommendations to help you pick a more feminine or masculine aviator style based on which you prefer:
- Feminine Features: Oversized shapes, colorful acetate frames, and bright frame colors.
- Masculine Features: Semi-rimless lenses, prominent brow bars, and thick frames.
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