From the moment we laid our eyes on Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, we fell in love with both him and his aviators (If you’ve never heard of the movie, do yourself a favor and find a way to watch it now!). Formerly known as the pilot's sunglasses, aviator shades came about around the 1930s when pilots entering World War II felt the need for something to protect their eyes from the sun's glare. Ray-Ban's subsidiary, Bausch & Lomb, worked on a pair with a scientific glare protection and soon after, it became the standard eyewear for military men. The general public started picking it up when photographs of General Douglas MacArthur surfaced the front pages of newspapers during his arrival in Leyte, Philippines in 1942 wearing a pair of aviator shades.
Fast-forward to the present, these sunnies are best worn by women with heart-shaped faces as it offsets a strong jaw or pointy chin, but it’s also not called the universal shape for no reason because yes, anyone can pull off the frame. Scooped nicely in an inverted triangle shape, get instant swag by sporting the classic pair.
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