April 12, 2010

Style Timeout - Aviator Sunglasses

Lil Sippy Cup loves the sunlight.  My eyes, on the other hand, do not.  I'm not an underground cave-dweller or anything but my eyes are a bit sensitive to sunlight.  To strike a comfortable balance between my need to keep an eye on him as he frolics in the park while simultaneously not melting my eyeballs, I wear sunglasses.

As with all of my style/accessory choices, I've given this a good amount of thought.  Through trial and error and more than a few instances of public embarrassment, I have finally figured out what my favorite style of sunglasses are: the Aviators.

Aviator sunglasses are a style of sunglasses developed by Ray-Ban in 1936 for use by military fighter pilots.  However, when General Douglas MacArthur landed on the beaches of the Philippines during World War II wearing a pair of Aviators, the American public fell in love with them.  Eventually, the glasses were released to the general public in 1938.  They then enjoyed another rise in popularity several years later as style-conscious celebrities such as Steve McQueen, Robert Redford and Tom Cruise wore them both in their films and off-set as well.

The great thing about the Aviators is that (as with my previous style posts) they are subtle, classic and look great on any type of face.  Whether you have strong, chiseled features, a long and narrow head, or a flabby gelatinous mold sitting on top of your neck, these sunglasses will look good on you.  The Ray-Ban aviators are also suprisingly affordable and come in a wide-range of lens type, frame material, and color combinations.

Here is a photo of the gold-wire frames that I own:

Photo Courtesy of Zappos

It is an unfortunate reality that most dads I see in the playground are usually wearing some oddly shaped glasses more suited for either (a) bicycling through the French Alps or (b) fighting Agent Smith as you try to save the world.  Ultimately, I say, to each his own; nevertheless, for my personal tastes, I'd rather remind people of this guy as opposed to this one.

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