So yeah, basically, though we all might think that RayBan was the originator of aviator glasses; they actually were developed by Baucsh& Lomb in the 1930’s. They were one of the first glasses made with either reflective lenses or as polarized sunglasses for pilots to use as protection from light and reflection while flying. Therefore the name aviators.
As airplanes started flying higher and exposing the pilots to all types of weather dangers, pilots had to wear goggles (lined with protective fur) to protect their eyes from the elements. But these goggles were not dark enough nor did they help when the weather created fog situations which made it hard to see at all. In fact, there is a story that one of the pilots worked with Bausch and Lomb to create the exact design. The shape and the light frame along with the polarization or the mirror coating became a standard for pilots; As well as within the public for fisherman to golfers and other outdoors sports. “The model’s signature feature was its so-called ‘cigarette-holder’ middle circle, designed to free the hands of the shooter.”
During the 1940’s they were worn by the likes of General Macarthur and most in the military. Ray Ban started to refine the styling and create offshoots to enhance their marketing as sunglasses started to become a statement of fashion instead of just for safety.
One of the most well-known historical figures to wear them as his signature style was Douglas Macarthur (General)
The 70’s built on this trend of style versus function. Celebrities were seen all over town sporting aviators.
Travis in ‘Taxi’ continued the trend of wearing polarized sunglasses for style as well as function with his gold aviators. Similar pop culture visibility helped to continue to propel the momentum of increased popularity of these glasses. Soon quite a few several “design houses” took this as a generic style and added their flare to it.
There was Michael Jackson’s appearance during the Grammy’s where he received 8 (wow, the most ever in one night) awards. Up to this point, aviators were largely seen on
men but soon that too will change.
As the 80’s rolled in a version for the ladies was created, with rhinestones and in “feminine” colors! And female celebrities were seen wearing the cool glasses!
Soon the frames where to be seen on the runways, with bling, and in interesting versions.
Today this iconic frame continues to be reinvented by design houses. Are you looking to setup up your style or wanting to relive you younger years?
Either way, you can add your faviourite style of aviators to your eyeglasses arsenal.
Clear as prescription eyelgasses or fashion glasses….or tinted in fun whimsical colors…maybe you like them mirror or polarized so that you can keep your cool!
What Are The Trends For Glasses This Summer ?
Let’s weigh in with what the stars have been wearing around town!
The hottest trends in eyewear — whether you’re looking for daily glasses or prescription summer shades.
Bold & Bright
~ Bright colors in classic or retro styles like cat eyeglasses or over sized glam glasses or the old wayfarer is the way to go. Seen on the streets was Gwen Stefani looking “HOT” in bright blue plastic round glasses and Miranada Kerr with bright yellow glasses
While most of us tend to see the trends as a basic guide there are some amoung us that are brave and daring with their sense of style. The designers of our time constantly show us what is on the far, far side of fashion.
The strongest trend by far are the round glasses , updated or vintage inspired…but here’s more:
Trend : Fun & Out There
Designers like Moschino and Nicholas K give us funky out-of-this world looks that are colorful and at times very funny! Prada shows great wooden frames taking the current trend of using wood as a medium to yet another extreme.
Yes this does continue with updated looks and style lines or with the classic look…sunglasses are either tinted or mirrored. This sporty yet polished look has now become a timeless and classic style that when seen through the special touch of each design house.
Trend: Cat Eye
Here is another classic that is fast becoming an essential must have! Though these seem geared toward the fashionista with a bit of style and punch, cateyes frames are a great addition to anyone with a looks of curves. The lines offer a nice contrast to the rounding effect and can give great balance to your look. This look is quite sexy whether you pick the more retro version with large designed motifs, the delicate chic-modern rimless tinted styles. or the more softer cateyes that enhance and invite!
What makes these very cool ( because these are just a type of frame that is always available) is the NEW trend that has updated this look…the rimless portion of the frame is usually at the bottom or as in the browline styles we see the rim going straight across and the rest of the lenses are rimless. Here the rim is curved cheekily down the side of the lenses and teasing to go around but doesn’t. I think these create a very seductive look and give the eye a very lovely type of enhancement. YAY let’s have some fun with our glasses people! Other designers are a bit more modernist looking (Miu Miu) here they leave the top portion of the frames as rimless and put the rim around the bottom of the lenses.
Trend: Round Glasses
Retro round glasses ala John Lennon or even the huge ones as we have seen with Twiggy in the 60’s continue to push forward…here is another trend that has seemed have caught on quite strongly and is fast becoming yet another staple.
Versace, Gucci, Pucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten and so many more show round glasses as the staple detail of their collection. So get your round glasses one!
These round sunglasses are the “summer’s must have” according to Style.com
Trend: Square , Flat Top or Geometric Frames
Well here we go…these are the quintessential retro frames, these scream out the 70’s. I don’t really feel that square glasses have really had their fair share of the stage so it’s time now wouldn’t you say. From Miu Miu and Prada to Georgio some designers do show a version of any of these there. They are fun and inspire such a sense of style and je ne sais quoi that they are a positive addition to your wardrobe. By next year I think this trend will catch on in a stronger way.
Well it’s that time of the year again, are you ready for the beauty, joy and happiness that 2015 is going to bring you?
Well you had better be, as it’s here in four days and we want to be sure you are on the mark with the coming trends for women. The trendy glasses that we have seen in the past have basically been retro and this coming year is not much different.
If the 70’s are new to you great enjoy the exploration of the yester years. For those of us that have been there I hope that
was one of the fun years for you so you can renew your hipness! The ’70’s continue to drive the looks for the coming year with just the slightest updates to the looks to match our current modern tastes.
The round glasses continue their mark as do the large sunglasses, mostly in geometric shapes (Square being the leading shape, but add aviator shapes too); then come the soft cat eye shapes (from the 60’s) rather than the sharp shapes we have been seeing.that give just the slightest tilt and contrast to your feature. The makeup gets softer too and a bit dreamier or saucy depending on which way you choose to go. Try some fun looks for a little spice in your everyday make-up routine
We see on the runways for Spring 2015 glasses with soft coloring, as well as animal prints with a lighter back ground color then what we would see in the fall. Tortoise coloring is great with the lighter shades.
Soft neutrals like the beige (eggshells), browns basically earth tones… and of course lets not for get the hottest colors for the coming year are shades of green (Aquamarine to olives) to shades of blue (Pantone says more blue others say more green) Bright prints ala Pucci keeping things hot, big prints colorful brushstrokes, abstracts, large flowers..all in the spirit of fun, openness and a carefree lifestyle. Anything romantic goes as with the makeup…laces, crochet all very bohemian in simple shapes that are nicely tailored. Understated elegance…hippie-chic….”ethnic” fashions are all in the realm of the 70’s retro look. Just let loose..baby!
Eyeglasses are now the “new nighttime accessory” according to style.com; so update you evening looks with crisp fashion glasses in all the right shapes and colors (and of course they don’t have to be prescription eyeglasses they can be clear).
Is it not great when you can look amazing however you present yourself. I’ve always said that true beauty (of course we have to have the eyes to see it) is consistent and doesn’t really need the adornment of this that and the other!
These 21 women listed here are the embodiment of beauty and further prove that women are alluring and beautiful when wearing prescription eyeglasses.
This has always been the case, I believe, even though there seems to be this calling out of women who wear eyeglasses. They are always given an allure and sexuality entirely because they wear eyeglasses.
Enjoy this great presentation with a slide that you can swing back and forth and see which is the best look for Anne Hathaway, Rashida Jones or Karlie Kloss to name a few..
When a lady wears her glasses and changes them to suit her flair, her mood of the moment. She is in control. Glasses can very easily and quickly show a style that is undeniable.
We suggest having several pair of glasses in different styles to show off exactly who you are.
Annett Benning looks beautiful and sophisticated when wearing rimless eyeglasses (try a golden rimless glasses for an updated yet classy look) These rimless glasses are excellent for daily wear when you don’t what “the glasses” to show up before you do, the same goes for thin framed glasses.
After wearing a black pair of eyeglasses that define Ms Benning’s face one sees a younger trendier woman. And this is by far the benefit of the thick black glasses, almost as useful as the little black dress it looks good on pretty much everybody.
The first things to consider when picking your glasses are: