A style soaring high since its inception in the 1930s, the aviator glasses frame is an enduring classic.
The Takeoff of Aviator Sunglasses
Aviator sunglasses were originally designed for pilots and were first created in 1936. They have been dubbed "pilot’s glasses" as they were specially crafted with that specific occupation in mind. However, the design got an upgrade. It was made increasingly lighter, sleeker and stylish — providing pilots with an aesthetically pleasing choice ahead of conventional flight goggles.
From Military Essentials to Pop Culture Phenomenon
Following the end of World War II, aviator sunglasses went from being purely utilitarian items worn by soldiers to being recognized globally for more fashionable activities. They gained prominence thanks to their links with courage and exploration, along with delivering significant eye-protection that has been scientifically tested. Combined with its entertainment flair made famous by Elvis Presley's variation (that remains iconic to this day) the popularity reached unprecedented levels and has been embraced universally.
Embellishing the Classic Aviator Frame
The aviator glasses saw an evolution in the '70s with a more cheerful approach that included colourful frames, gradient lenses, and bedazzled temples. Popular icons like Gloria Steinem and musicians Debbie Harry and Stevie Nicks showed the style’s mainstream popularity by wearing them frequently. As each fashion season rolled around, there was always a fresh spin on the classic "pilot's glasses" with practicality for eye protection remaining key, all while keeping up the undeniable cool factor.
It’s definitely deserving of celebration as an enduring design worthy of confident wear.