To Aviate Is Man

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Sunglasses.  They’re practical, they’re stylish, and they’re a crucial piece of any man’s accessory portfolio. Some are angled to give you the eyes of a Transformer, others can attach via magnets to your prescription spectacles, and still others give you the large-eyed look of an owl or bug.

Done right, and you can elevate your style to another level.

You can hardly forget the iconic moments that sunglasses have seen over the years.

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John Lennon is perhaps the only one that could pull off the perfect circles of the Windsor Glasses.

His sunglasses are so associated with his style that the pair are inseparable.  You can barely conjure an image of John Lennon in your head without his choice of eyewear being involved.

Tom Cruise sported the Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Risky Business.
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He epitomized the classic look of the 1980’s and 90’s male.  The sunglasses he wore were an extension of his overall style.  They complete him.

While the Wayfarer is still a classic look, they have a bit of a retro feel to them. A bit dated, no one would fault you for having a pair in your collection.

It is the aviator, though, that is irreplaceable.

Since General Douglas MacArthur wore them upon his return to the Philippines, fulfilling his promise to a nation, they have been a staple in style.

 

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The aviator has proven timeless, spanning eighty years.  Developed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb, they get their name for their initial use; to protect the eyes of pilots while flying. From Douglas’ return to the Philippine’s in the 4o’s to Bradley Cooper wearing them in The Hangover trilogy, the aviator has been a part of the warrior, the professional, and the entertainer’s repertoire alike.

Whether you drop ten dollars at a drugstore or throw down a cool five-hundred for a pair of Ray-Ban shades, you must own a pair of aviators.

Simply put, to err is human.  To aviate is man. Only the divine can forgive you if you fail to include such a basic and essential component to your wardrobe.

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