In a time when we have to face so many political and cultural challenges, Eric Steginsky invented glitter eyeglasses and launched the distinctive eyewear brand Planet i. These are nothing like the eyeglasses with glitter frames you often see on festivals. Eric Steginsky infused glitter in the actual glass, so you can have a glitter rain everytime you put on your eyeglasses. They look whimsical and surreal. You’d get a feeling that you are in your own real-life fairy tale.
“It’s such a depressing time and there’s so much going on in the world. I want people to take a little vacation every time they put these on,” the mastermind behind the glitter eyeglasses told Vogue.
So far, the brand offers a few different styles, from bold ones to relaxed 70s aviators. The names are innovative and compliment the glasses’ aesthetic. Lightrider, Space Cowboy, Extraterrestrial, and Moonwalker are just a few of the names of the glitter-infused styles. Since these are not your ordinary eyeglasses you would be able to find them in an array of fun colors from purple and red to tangerine. Eric Steginsky has worked on this unique idea for a while until he found the right amount of glitter that won’t distract the way you see through these eyeglasses. He went from party store to party store and became a glitter pro. When he finally found the right sparkles and glitter to glass ratio he launched Planet i.
The glitter effect on the glasses is best experienced on a sunny day. The sun will enhance the sparkly effect and instantly elevate your mood. No need to mention that you’ll get all the attention with these and upgrade your style just by putting them on.
“It’s never been done. They’re like a Snapchat filter for your face,” Steginsky claims.
In a time when everybody is obsessed with Snapchat and Instagram filters, it seems that real-life glitter filter is just what the world needs now. If anything, these eyeglasses will for sure make their way all over your Instagram feed. Just imagine what the Infamous Kira Kira app that makes your world sparky could do with these sunglasses.
The idea for the eyeglasses with glitter lenses was a result of Steginsky’s interest for cosmology. His “science nerd” dad skipped the classic fairy tales for a good night. Instead, he was talking to him about big cosmic questions. Later in life, Eric got interested in fashion too, so the glitter eyeglasses are a fusion of his passions.
Photo By @planet.i/Instagram
It seems that every single trend from the 90s is making a comeback this year. The young supermodels keep channeling their favorite fashion icons from that decade. Starting from wearing denim from head to toes, to wearing tracksuit with heels, all of these styles come from way back. The next big thing is the tiny-framed sunglasses, coming straight from the trendiest influencers. If you don’t remember, these sunglasses were the must-have item in the 90s. Now they are back on the fashion scene and are available in different shapes and colors.
Bella Hadid enjoys wearing these tiny sunglasses. Every time that she steps out, Bella rocks a different pair of them. The small-framed sunglasses fit perfectly with her distinctive street style. Her older sister Gigi is a known eyewear-maniac. According to the supermodel, sunglasses are her favorite item, and she already owns an impressive collection. Gigi recently debuted her line with the brand Vogue Eyewear. There is a tiny pair of rose-tinted sunglasses in the model’s collection. Gigi wore this style for the launch.
The Jenner sisters are also in love with the tiny eyewear. Kendal often wears these sunglasses in multiple shapes that compliment her perfect facial features. Kylie and Kendall even included a pair of Matrix-like eyewear in their collections. They instantly became popular and were sold out during the first day.
The biggest style icon of this generation, Rihanna wore a tiny pair of white sunglasses at the Cannes Film Festival. The singer set Cannes on fire with her white voluminous Dior gown. The glamorous look was completed with the chic eyewear. If Rihanna is wearing something, it always becomes a trend.
Starting from Elsa Hosk’s fun red sunglasses, to Kaia Gerber’s round ones, here are some of the chicest pairs of sunglasses that celebrities wore.
Statement accessories are one of the best parts of every Fashion Week. Designers love presenting show-stopping bags, necklaces, earrings that are complimenting the items of their collections. Many famous fashion houses showed their spring collections during Milan Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Bottega Veneta came back to the capital of fashion to show their latest collections and incredible accessories.
Dolce & Gabbana is the fashion house that always shows out-of-this-world accessories. Recently the Italian duo decided to turn to high-end fashion and introduced a line of luxury jewelry. This season Dolce & Gabbana went again with the excessive glamour. There were mesmerizing crowns bejeweled with multicolored crystals and pearls. The earrings and necklaces were all red carpet material.
For Spring 2018 Donatella Versace traveled back to the 90s. She paid tribute to her late brother and recreated his most iconic creations. There were many beautiful hair accessories, eye-catching earrings, and unique handbags.
Gucci and Alessandro Michele, on the other hand, went back to the 70s and 80s. Alessandro loves doing excessively accessorized looks, and this time, things weren’t any different. He had Gucci’s logo all over the bags and jewelry. Michele involved sparkling hats from the 70s and square old-fashioned eyewear. Most of his necklaces featured the two G’s together with pearls and crystals.
Miuccia Prada said yes to another huge trend for Spring 2018. The Italian designer had her models wear chic Matrix-inspired sunglasses. For a bolder effect, she added colors such as red and yellow to the eyewear. The entire collection was all about women’s empowerment. So the accessories carried that vibe. The sunglasses gave the models a superhero look, so they fit ideally with the designs.
Take a look at the biggest accessory trends seen during the SS 2018 Milan Fashion Week.
Virgil Abloh and his brand Off-White are rising names in the fashion industry. The fashion brand released a limited edition collection with Warby Parker. The two brands joined forces on three new distinctive styles of sunglasses.
“I welcomed the idea of bringing a unique concept to life, one shape extended and compressed to express a different emotion within eyewear. I’m honored to work with such a progressive company like Warby Parker, who was able to help me fully realize my vision.”- said Virgil Abloh.
If you still think that the blue and pink aviators are the styles you should go for this summer, you are terribly wrong. With many fashion influencers such as Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner rocking the Matrix-style sunglasses, it is more than clear that that style is taking over. Virgil is another designer that decided to go that way and implement this cool new trend in the Off-White X Warby Parker collection.
The sunglasses are all black, edgy, and are very much in the style of Off-White. The names are just as simple as the designs. There are three different silhouettes for men and women. They are called after their sizes- Small Sunglasses, Medium Sunglasses, and Large Sunglasses. The small ones are actually the edgier ones, that very much remind of that Matrix-esque style. Definitely meant for the bold ones and the trendsetters. The large ones are big and modern, while the medium pair is the most classic one and can be worn anywhere. All of them are made of zero base super-opaque lenses that have an additional anti-reflective coating. The rectangular black frames are made of extra-thick acetate.
“Both Off-White and Warby Parker were born from the idea that good products shouldn’t be limited to a small community. It only feels natural to collaborate on a frame that’s equal parts accessible and elevated.” –said Neil Blumenthal, the co-CEO, and co-founder of Warby Parker.
Each pair of sunnies costs only $95, which is a completely affordable price. They are already available on warbyparker.com and in selected Warby Parker and Off-White stores. Everything that Abloh creates sells like candy, so you’d better hurry up and get your favorite pair.
Virgil has collaborated with many huge brands recently including the Swedish furniture brand Ikea, a line with Levi’s and an upcoming collection with Nike. Warby Parker have also been pairing with many popular brands and influencers in the past, such as Amanda de Cadenet, Suno, and Tyler Oakley.
Photo Courtesy: Warby Parker
The ultimate It girl and one of the most in-demand fashion models in the world is on fire lately. Gigi’s fashion influence is definitely very strong both on and off the runway. Her latest release is the capsule collection that she designed for Vogue Eyewear. This is not the first time for Gigi to get in a designer role. The model recently renewed her contract with Tommy Hilfiger with whom she has two very successful capsule collections. We all love Gigi’s cool style and luckily now we can wear both clothes and accessories that she has created.
Gigi Hadid announced the collaboration with Vogue Eyewear on her Instagram profile with a picture of herself wearing orange hued aviator-style shades. Under the picture Gigi gave us some more details:
“SURPRISE! I designed a capsule collection for @VogueEyewear ft. 3 styles (each in 6 color/lens options!!!) !!!!!If you know my obsession (and collection) with glasses, you know how much this means to me!”
You could see the collection that Gigi designed on the company’s website, but you can’t purchase the items from there. The collection will be available for purchase at the Sunglass Hut’s website. The exciting news is that the entire collection is available for pre-order at Sunglass Hut and the eyewear retails for unbelievable $140. The reasonable price will definitely help Gigi reach to all her fans.
The capsule collection features three sunglasses styles. Gigi designed an aviator style, a sexy cat-eye, and an oval shaped frame as well as one classic glasses frame. In Vogue‘s words, the collection features “stunning retro-chic shapes, luminous colors, and essential details—all in the eclectic vibe of the ’90s. Gigi Hadid makes her style statement by designing an exclusive collection for Vogue Eyewear.”
The company revealed that Gigi is their new brand ambassador at the end of May this year. Since then, we spotted several interesting ads that Gigi has made for Vogue Eyewear on their Instagram.
It’s definitely safe to say that the company couldn’t choose a better person to promote their designs than Gigi. Besides her enormous fashion influence and millions of loyal followers on Instagram, the model is also known for her obsession with sunglasses. Gigi has made unbeatable sunglasses statements in the past and we can finally get a piece of her unmistakable taste in eyewear.
Yellow Sunglasses are an accessory for the “too cool for school trend”. Why? Because these glasses are meant to be worn indoors with no F’s given. Supermodels like the Hadid sisters and celebrities from Selena Gomez to Rihanna have been spotted with these marigold-hued sunnies. Shop Yellow hued lens sunglasses.
Wear these lenses from dawn till late after dusk
Aviator sunglasses have the timeless look with the unmistakable teardrop shaped lenses. Their utility becoming popular among celebrities, rock stars and citizens of the world alike. You can find it at Ray-Ban.com
DIFF sunglasses are crafted from clear acetate in a cool color blocked effect. This polarized pair is inlaid with yellow gradient lenses that are fully UV protective. A keyhole bridge amplifies the retro attitude of sleek, full-coverage sunglasses finished with logo inlays at the temples. Shop them at Ray-Ban.com
3. Thin Rimmed
Extra-large, round lenses in solid, light colors allow wearers to tune into the positive mood and vibes of music festivals. The lemon adds a pop of youthfulness to any festival look, as well as Boho-chic outfits. These are available at Sunglasshut.com!
4. Golden Glitter
Dolce & Gabbana’s Resort 2017 collection was packed with playful accessories, including these glittery yellow acetate sunglasses. Meticulously crafted in Italy with round yellow-tinted lenses, they’re set on a gleaming silver-tone metal frame and finished with logo-engraved arms. Available at Matchesfashion.com
Classic rounded sunglasses with shiny metal frames + 100% UVA/UVB tint lenses. Finished with plastic coated tips + silicone nose pads for all day, every day effortless cool. Find these at urbanoutfitters.com
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Who says makeup cannot inspire fashion, and vice versa? Karen Walker’s brand new EYESHADOW line of ultra-cool sunglasses takes makeup and turns it into a dream array of three new sunglasses that are literally to die for.
Already available in stores and at karenwalker.com, Karen Walker’s EYESHADOW eyewear line consists of three different silhouettes, namely a rounded one, a classic cat eye and a vintage-inspired aviator one, each available in silver mirror, pink, gold, tortoiseshell or marigold lenses. The line’s price tags range from $220 to $250, with the silhouettes soon to be available for purchase at Nordstrom, Shopbop.com and Barneys New York, too.
“People wear sunglasses, yes to protect their eyes from the sun, but it’s so much more than that now. It’s about making a statement and completing the look. Sometimes you want to just wear eyewear because it looks awesome with your outfit,” Walker explained to WWD. “Sheer lenses and more transitional lenses-can actually become a fashion statement indoors and outdoors.”
Karen Walker’s latest accessory line thus plays with the idea of a pair of sunglasses that not only got inspired by makeup, but that could also actually function as a sort of unconventional eye makeup. Each one of the sunnies is, in fact, rimless, creating thus a more delicate look that, thanks to the see-through effect of the lenses (with the sole exception of the silver mirror ones), makes it possible for your actual eye makeup to blend in with the lenses themselves.
Moreover the lens colors, which are all “really soft and pared back,” were specifically made to create the illusion of makeup, as the designer “wanted to play with the idea of going from eyewear to a beauty product”, giving “the impression of a dusting of an eye shadow over the eyes…rather than pale frames,” as Karen Walker continued.
Of course, with Karen Walker’s EYESHADOW sunglasses 2017 line being all about makeup, the designer couldn’t exempt herself from collaborating with one of the coolest beauty brands around – MAC Cosmetics, which teamed up with the designer for the collection’s ad campaign. Karen Walker’s EYESHADOW sunglasses ad campaign also coincided with MAC Cosmetics’ acclaimed and awaited release of its brand new Colour Rocker matte lipstick line, the shades of which got featured in Walker’s campaign, basically killing two birds with one stone.
Styled by makeup artist Kiekie Stanners, the MAC Cosmetics x Karen Walker EYESHADOW ad campaign could really give anyone one of the month’s biggest shopping spree, so get ready to fill your wish lists with a plethora of different sunglasses and lipsticks!
Photos courtesy of Karen Walker
Choosing the right polarized sunglasses for you can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t exactly know what polarized sunglasses are, what’s the difference between regular and polazrized sunglasses, and it’s your first time shopping for the right eyewear in this category. To help you, here we present a comprehensive guide telling you absolutely everything you need to know about polarized sunglasses, including how they work, what makes polarized sunglasses different, which situations and sports they are best for, and lastly, where to get the best polarized sunglasses for women. Enjoy!
Do you ever find yourself suddenly blinded by a strong ray of light, reflected off of a piece of glass or metal? Sometimes this situation can be especially dangerous, for example when one is driving. You might even be wearing sunglasses, but while those dim overall light, they can eliminate those sudden glares. That’s where polarized sunglasses come in, and save the day!
Continue reading or jump on to the section that interests you most!
• What Are Polarized Sunglasses
• How Do Polarized Sunglasses Work?
• Difference Between Tinted Glasses and Polarized Glasses
• Difference Between 100% UV Protection on Sunglasses and Polarized Sunglasses
• Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses
• Drawbacks of Polarized Sunglasses
• Which Sports Are Polarized Sunglasses Best For?
• Which Sports Are Polarized Sunglasses Bad For?
• How to Tell If Your Lenses Are Polarized?
• Types of Polarized Lenses
• Best Polarized Sunglasses for Women
In the simplest terms, polarized sunglasses are glasses that reduce blinding glare. In slightly more complicated terms, polarized sunglasses are glasses covered in a chemical film that absorbs horizontal light waves – the light waves responsible for glare. The result is no more moments of blinding light, and overall clarity in one’s vision.
The dangerous glare occurs when rays of sunlight, which tend to go in all directions, are reflected on a flat surface. These rays are sent only in one direction, which makes them much more powerful.
The lenses of the polarized sunglasses themselves are made of polyvinyl acetate, which is dipped in iodine. When those magnified rays pass through those lenses, which have been “polarized”, because they only come from one direction, the lenses are able to eliminate them either partially or completely.
Tinted sunglasses are simply darkened, so they reduce the overall amount of light one sees. However, they are unable to reduce harsh glare. You can still be blinded by a strong ray of light when wearing regular sunglasses.
However, the film over the polarized sunglasses doesn’t reduce all light, it simply absorbs the light that hits it all from one direction, so that you can still see clearly, without worrying about glare. Polarized sunglasses target a much more specific issue, while also making one’s vision much clearer.
Lastly, unlike regular tinted glasses, polarized sunglasses are able to more thoroughly protect the eyes from destructive UV damage.
So while polarized sunglasses do offer quite a bit of UV protection, they do not necessarily filter away all UV. 100% UV protected sunglasses, however, fully protect the eyes from both sun damage to the skin around the eyes, as well as sun damage to the eyes themselves, that could degrade one’s vision over time.
Nowadays, most reputable brands make polarized sunglasses that also offer full UV protection, so you do not have to compromise on either clarity or sun protection!
There are many benefits to wearing polarized sunglasses. The obvious ones are that polarized sunglasses reduce glare, and ensure that you won’t experience sudden momentary blindness because of a stray ray of light. The UV protection they offer is also extremely beneficial for long-term eye health.
In addition to that, the same ability to absorb light can also make one’s vision much clearer. Sometimes, when the sun is too strong, whatever we see in front of us becomes overly saturated, to the point where details can totally disappear.
Think, for example, about a person standing in front of a bright light – because all you can see is the light, the person in front of it is just a dark silhouette. When wearing polarized sunglasses, however, the light becomes neutralized, and the person standing in front of it is fully visible.
Polarized sunglasses can also help reduce computer glare. If you work with computers all day and find you are starting to develop eye strain or headaches, brightness and glare might be at fault. Polarized sunglasses should be able to block extra light, and make long-term computer work much less harmful to the eyes.
Lastly, polarized sunglasses make it possible to see more clearly through bodies of water. Normally, we can’t see through water in the daytime, because it reflects light. Instead of seeing what is below the surface, we see a reflection of the sky.
Since polarized sunglasses absorb the reflection, it is possible to see what is in the water very clearly. However, this only works if you look at the water from an angle. If you look at it from straight up, it will not work.
There aren’t many drawbacks to wearing polarized sunglasses, but they do exist, and are important to know. Before deciding whether to wear polarized sunglasses, regular sunglasses, or no glasses at all, you must consider what kind of activities you will be engaging in.
For regular driving, for example, a sudden blinding glare can be extremely dangerous, since it could distract the driver and cause a car accident. However, while skiing or snowboarding, the glare from a patch of ice could warn the skier that they should avoid a particularly dangerous spot. The same could apply for motorcyclists, who might not recognize wet pavement.
Polarized sunglasses can also make it more difficult to judge distances and sizes, because they alter the look of light and shadow. This could be dangerous for any sort of sport that requires careful maneuvering through uneven terrains.
Lastly, polarized sunglasses can sometimes interfere with backlit screens, like cell phones and computer screens. While they can give the eyes some relief from a bright computer screen, they might also make it harder for you to read your text messages or check Facebook.
Polarized sunglasses originally became popular amongst fishermen. Because they eliminate the light that reflects against the water, fishermen wearing them were able to clearly see through the water surface, making it much easier for them to find fish. It also took much less of a toll on their eyes to spend so much time staring at the lake or ocean.
Polarized sunglasses are also excellent for boaters, water skiers, surfers, and other similar sports that happen in proximity to water. Additionally, wearing polarized sunglasses during any outdoor sport where momentary blinding could cause an issue would also be a good idea. This can include cycling, jogging, golfing, and even low contact team sports like beach volleyball.
In some sports, seeing a bit of glare can help you know if there is a dangerous surface coming up – especially, icy or wet surfaces. This means that for skiing, snowboarding, or cycling and motorcycling in wet weather, it’d be best to wear regular sunglasses that will reduce the intensity of light, but will still allow you to know when there is a wet or icy patch coming up.
Telling if your lenses are polarized is fairly easy. This is how you can test whether your sunglasses are polarized or not:
• Remove your glasses, and hold them up in front of your face.
• Look at some sort of reflective surface through the glasses, but stand off to the side, so you won’t be looking at your own reflection.
• Rotate the glasses so they still face you (and you can still look through the lenses). If, as you move the glasses around, the reflection changes its intensity, it means you have real polarized sunglasses! If, on the other hand, the reflected image looks the same, it means your have regular sunglasses.
There are two main types of polarized sunglasses. The main difference between the two is their thickness.
0.57 mm polarized sunglasses are the thinner option, while 1.1 mm polarized sunglasses are thicker and more durable. While both types of sunglasses are equally able to protect from glare and increase overall clarity at the same level, the thicker polarized sunglasses are more suited to extreme sports, when a lot of damage could be done to the glasses.
For more casual sports and everyday wear, the 0.75 mm sunglasses will probably be more than enough.
Are There Regular Polarized Glasses, Without a Tint?
Unfortunately, there don’t exist polarized sunglasses without a tint. Polarized lenses will always reduce light intensity by around half. However, if you desire both polarization and light reduction, you can purchase tinted polarized sunglasses.
Are Polarized Sunglasses Cute?
While once upon a time polarized sunglasses were the domain of burly fishermen, nowadays they are available in a variety of chic designs! For example, all the classic Ray Ban sunglasses are also available with polarized lenses, so you can rock polarized sunglasses without anyone even knowing.
Other stylish brands that offer polarized sunglasses include Prada, Oakley, Maui Jim, Burberry, and many more!
These are some of the best polarized sunglasses for women. No matter what kind of style you like, or what kind of face shape you might have, you will find the perfect pair on this list.
1. Ray-Ban Original Aviator Polarized Sunglasses ($200)
What hasn’t been said about the Ray-Ban aviators? They are a classic in the world of glasses, so it is great to have them available as polarized sunglasses with 100% UV protection to boot. Keep in mind, these timeless lenses are quite large, so if you have a small face they might be overwhelming. They are available Nordstrom, both in gold and in black frames.
2. Alexander McQueen Acetate Polarized Sunglasses ($305)
Trust a house like McQueen to produce such a stylish and unique pair of polarized sunglasses. These 100% UV proof polarized sunglasses offer maximum protection, while flattering your face shape (especially if you have a wider jaw), and helping you stand out of the crowd. Pick them up at Net-A-Porter!
3. Prada 56mm Polarized Sunglasses ($277.50)
We can’t have a list of the best polarized sunglasses for women, without mentioning a fascinating Prada creation. These sunglasses have a copper metal frame that develops a thicker, black stripe along the top that is slightly tilted upwards. They would be perfect for anyone with a longer face shape, especial an oval face shape. You can find them at Nordstrom.
4. Tom Ford Aaron 53mm Sunglasses ($415)
These polarized sunglasses stand out for their totally unique shape. Because of the way the bridge sits along the top of the frame, with a bit of negative space just above the nose, these glasses really hold our attention.
The slight thickness of the frame along the lower, outer edge lends these polarized sunglasses a puppy dog eye effect that would suit anyone with a narrower jaw. They are available in 3 different colors (including a yellow that is reminiscent of the ‘60s) at Nordstrom.
5. Burberry 57mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses ($245)
Burberry’s take on the classic aviator style is a worth contender, as one of the best polarized sunglasses for women. Their overall design is similar to the Ray-Ban’s, but their frame design is pure a Burberry pattern.
The bridge design is a bit straighter, and they are an excellent option if you want the aviator style without the Ray-Ban follower reputation. These aviators are available at Nordstrom.
6. SALT Elkins Polarized Sunglasses ($490)
If you dig the tortoiseshell style, with its retro-modern appeal and hipster coolness, you’ll be happy to know the hippest of the glasses brands has a tortoiseshell take on polarized sunglasses. These sleek frames are a little top heavy, so they are perfect for anyone with an oval face shape.
Like most other glasses on this list, they do offer 100% UV protection. They can be picked up at Neiman Marcus.
7. Le Specs ‘Thunderdome’ 52mm Polarized Sunglasses ($59.25)
The Thunderdome glasses design has just a hint of punk-futurism about it, thanks to the almost hexagonal frames. These polarized sunglasses are unique enough to suit any face shape, but they would certainly pair better with a more mod or color blocked overall fashion sense.
They are available in an edgy dark black plastic frame, or a playful transparent baby blue frame. Despite the bulky appearance, these polarized sunglasses are actually feather light. They can be purchased at Nordstrom.
8. Seafolly Malibu Polarized Sunglasses ($70)
This is the kind of frame you can really hide behind, perfect for those days when eye makeup was just not going to happen. The thick black frames have the cutest hint of a cat’s eye, but thanks to their bulk they prove that you are no nonsense.
These are definitely “don’t mess with me” polarized sunglasses, and they come with the 100% UV protection trimming. You can pick them up at Revolve.
9. Smith Optics Clayton 54mm Polarized Sunglasses ($129)
These durable lenses combine some of the best elements of the aviator style: the sleek double bridge, and the rounded bottom. However, the dual color of the frame is especially modern and much less severe, while the slight wideness and top heaviness of these polarized sunglasses make it more suitable for even rounded face shapes. This gorgeous pair of glasses is available at Nordstrom.
10. Dolce & Gabbana 58mm Polarized Sunglasses ($215)
This sleek pair from the Italian superstar designers is the only semi-rimless offering on this list of the best polarized sunglasses for women. They come in an earthy brown shade that would work well with a summery wardrobe, and they are also mercifully wider set than many of the other pairs on this list.
They offer full UV protection, like any respectable pair of polarized sunglasses must. They retail at Nordstrom.
Have you had a chance to try polarized sunglasses? Do you prefer them to regular sunglasses, or do you find the glare-reducing effect confusing? Which of these pairs of polarized sunglasses is your favorite? Comment, and let us know!
Photos courtesy of @alenushka_live
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Aviator sunglasses are super cool, especially if your go-to style already lines up with ‘70s fashion. This style of frame is especially chic for the coming seasons, since we have seen so much of that decade in fashion and accessory collections.
There are so many innovative variations to this iconic shade style, between frame design and lens tint, so even if your wardrobe isn’t erring on the side of ‘70s fashion, aviator sunglasses are an essential addition to your closet. You’ll find that they can be the perfect final touch to your looks; some aviator styles will add edge, while other styles are simply chic!
What Are Aviator Sunglasses?
Developed by Bausch & Lomb in 1936, aviator sunglasses are a type of shades with an inverted teardrop shape, which are now commonly referred as Ray-Ban aviators. Also known as “pilot’s glasses”, they normally come with dark, reflective lenses that cover the entire eye, and super-thin metal frames.
However, the modern types of aviators are available in a variety of other styles and colors as well, including clear-lens aviator sunglasses. There are sporty, navigator (squared) and classic teardop-shaped aviators, as well as ones featuring metal or plastic frames.
Who Should Wear Aviators?
Aviator sunglasses are among those universally flattering shades that match almost any face shape, and you just need to pay attention to the size to see which one suits you best. That being said, aviator sunglasses flatter round faces, oval faces, heart-, triangle- and diamond-shaped faces. Pay attention to the color of the lenses and the size to find your best fit.
Aviator sunglasses are perfect to wear both with day-to-day casual outfits, like a pair of jeans and a simple t-shirts, and with more polished looks, such as office pencil skirts matched with elegant blazers.
Here are 21 amazing women’s aviator sunglasses for 2017 that will kickstart your new sunglasses obsession!
1. “Eva” Aviator Sunglasses
Tom Ford created these chic rose gold aviator sunglasses with a totally obsession-worthy shade of rose gold as the frame. These shades are the perfect definition of sophisticated aviators and how the style can translate well into mature city fashion. They come with a beautiful white leather glasses case, and are available on Net-a-Porter.
2. Double-Wire Aviator Sunglasses
These innovative aviator sunglasses are characterized by their double-wire frames. Karen Walker designed the shades, and as such they feature the label’s signature arrows at the side of each lens, connecting the frame and the lens together. You can buy a pair from Moda Operandi.
3. Metal-Trimmed Aviator Sunglasses
Givenchy designed these black acetate aviator sunglasses for 2017, which were styled to be super casual while still being a great accessory. The metal nose bridge is a great aspect that gives it some character, while keeping the overall silhouette simple. They are available from Neiman Marcus.
4. “Isidora” Aviator Sunglasses
Don’t be deceived by the lovely light brown tint of these aviator sunglasses; they actually still offer 100% UV protection, and promise to shade your eyes where it’s most needed. The light lens shade is complemented beautifully by the double-bar rose gold frames. These are another sophisticated aviator sunglasses for 2017, and you can find them at Net-a-Porter.
5. Thin Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
Another chic and sophisticated option, these Oliver Peoples aviator sunglasses are thinly framed in gold, and the overall style is simple and lovely. The lenses being in a silvery hue makes it the perfect overall pair of shades for your everyday sophisticated styles or for even your cool throwback looks. They are available from MyTheresa.
6. Blue-Tinted Aviator Sunglasses
Victoria Beckham knows how to keep modern trends classy, so it’s no wonder these aviator sunglasses are the epitome of class and sophistication, even in their shade of “Flash Blue.” The lenses are rather opaque, making them a beautiful focal point against the thin gold frames. Buy a pair from Net-a-Porter!
7. Basic Aviator Sunglasses
These aviators by Valentino are deceptively basic. The style is just what you’d expect from a pair of aviator sunglasses; the gold/brown pattern at the temples at the nose bridge, on the other hand, elevates the classic silhouette. You can find these shades at Neiman Marcus.
8. Lightweight Gradient Aviator Sunglasses
These 2017 aviator sunglasses for women marry classic sunglasses and classic aviators. The Carrera Eyewear shades have the frames of your favorite old (but still stylish) sunglasses and you’re also getting the trendy aviator lens shape; the overall old-yet-modern sunglasses could easily be your next go-to pair. They are available from Nordstrom.
9. Black Teardrop Aviator Sunglasses
These sleek, black, mirrored aviators come from none other than Alexander McQueen. The deep teardrop shape of the lenses adds an interesting twist to the sunglasses style, and the thick black bridges add even more character. You can pick up a pair of these modern, cool aviator sunglasses for 2017 from Shopbop.
10. Contemporary Gold Aviator Sunglasses
Prada has created these luxurious gold-lensed and accented aviator sunglasses for women. The thick black frames make for a less severe design, while the gold nose bridges bring a lot of focus, making these a true statement accessory; the gold lenses make for another great twist. Find these aviators from Matchesfashion!
11. Black and Gold Aviator Sunglasses
These Linda Farrow aviator sunglasses are totally classy and chic, keeping things super simple and elegant with black lenses and all gold framing, made from acetate and titanium. These luxurious shades can go with anything; so regardless of your personal fashion options, these are a great fit. They are available from LuisaViaRoma.
12. Sleek Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Both the lenses and the frames of these Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses are gold. The monochromatic style is perfectly sleek, especially since everything else about the shades is classic to the style. You can buy a pair of these sophisticated aviator sunglasses for 2017 from Net-a-Porter.
13. Split Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
The two-toned mirrored lenses of these Dior aviators in the real draw. The colors available are blue, brown, and rose gold (my favorite), and each is perfect for different styles, so there’s room for personal senses as well. These sleek aviator sunglasses are available from Saks Fifth Avenue.
14. Mysterious Black Aviator Sunglasses
Tommy Hilfiger created these all-black, classic aviator sunglasses for 2017. The mystery here comes in the design concept, since the color scheme and the upper bridge just exude this bold aesthetic. Any other variation in color would have made these simply classic aviators, but the deceptively simple monochromatic choice makes them fabulous. Find them at Nordstrom!
15. Crystal-Trimmed Aviator Sunglasses
These Versace shades bring the trendy aviator silhouette to the glitzy uptown crowd. By trimming the frame with crystals, these make for great accessories, especially the pale gold option. The olive color choice makes the frames edgier, with more of a rocker vibe, so the crystals aren’t only for glamour! These aviator sunglasses are available from Saks Fifth Avenue.
16. Rainbow Mirrored Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
These colorful aviator sunglasses for 2017 were designed by Ray-Ban and are centered around the leading blue-purple shade. They’re real eye-catchers and the mirrored lenses make them actually practical to wear on a sunny day. So, the trendy aviator sunglasses silhouette is perfectly matched with the striking colors, making these all-around fabulous shades. Find them at Net-a-Porter!
17. Thick-Framed Aviator Sunglasses
These aviators by Chloé are retro-inspired, and come in three shades; two are patterned brown shades and one is a solid black. They were created in a smooth acetate with metal accents, and their classic style and construction make them perfect go-to sunglasses, especially if you’re not a fan of the harsh aviator styles. Find these aviator sunglasses from Saks Fifth Avenue!
18. Pink “Stacy” Aviator Sunglasses
The pink lenses of these aviator sunglasses by Tom Ford are made even more striking due to the thick black frames surrounding them. The boldness of the frames and temple guards is beautifully juxtaposed against the light lenses and silver arms, amplifying their retro style. Find these shades at Neiman Marcus!
19. Pink Leather-Trimmed Aviator Sunglasses
For the pink fanatics of the world, you’ll love the style of these aviator sunglasses. Roberto Cavalli created these smooth shades in a monochromatic pink, from the lovely thin wire frames and arms to the accented temple guards and leather trim to the sides. They bring a great air of femininity to the aviator style. You’ll find these stunning pink sunglasses from Saks Fifth Avenue.
20. Shiny Metal Aviator Sunglasses
The ultra-shiny silver that frames these simple aviator sunglasses is a perfect touch. These shades come from Marc by Marc Jacobs, and the only color that really peeps through is at the temple guards. These are sleek and sophisticated enough to be worn with elegant looks, but simple enough that they would perfectly accessorize edgy looks as well. Buy a pair from Bloomingdales!
21. Thick Metal Aviator Sunglasses
These aviator sunglasses aren’t as thickly framed as some of the acetate shades, but for a wire-framed pair of shades, these are particularly thick and bold. The frames encircle the lenses, giving the visual effect of goggles, while not leaving out the classic aviator silhouette. You can buy these aviator sunglasses by Acne Studios from FORWARD!
Photos courtesy of @negin_mirsalehi, Net-a-Porter, Neiman Marcus
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