Aviators have been a popular fashion choice for decades, ever since they were introduced by Ray-Ban in the 1930’s and made popular during the 50’s. Due to their cultural significance, Ray-Ban aviators have been the brand of choice for the general-public for many years, famed not only for the quality of construction and materials, but also for appearing in numerous films and TV shows throughout the decades.
While Ray-Ban’s own aviators remain a popular choice in 2018, their dominance on this style of sunglasses has slipped in recent years with numerous other high-profile brands introducing their own designs into the market. You can now by aviator-style frames from the likes of Tom Ford, Cazal sunglasses, Gucci, Prada, Hugo Boss and numerous others.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative to Ray-Ban aviators this summer, here are three brands you might want to consider as a genuine option:
Cazal sunglasses rose to prominence in the 1980s as the frames of choice for the hip-hop sub-culture. Even today they remain closely associated with this genre of music, constantly being worn and referenced by international superstars like Jay-Z and Kanye West. Their aviators are particularly popular, and they’re an excellent choice if you want a bold statement piece.
This global fashion icon needs no introduction, with their clothing and accessories being famous the world over. Their sunglasses are beautifully designed and are often quite bold and striking, with the aviators being no different. If Cazal are a little too ‘out there’ for your tastes but you still want your frames to make a statement, then Gucci should be a strong contender.
Tom Ford has been a global powerhouse for many years, but saw a major boost in public awareness after getting the job of dressing Daniel Craig in the most recent Bond movies. The brand certainly isn’t cheap, but has built a reputation on classic, sleek and stylish designs featuring a range of extremely high-quality materials. This extends to their range of aviators, which are far more subtle and classically stylish than the overstated frames from the likes of Gucci and Cazal.