18 Cool Aviator Sunglasses to Take With You This Spring Break
We are sure you won’t forget to pack your beach essentials—a swimsuit or two, plenty of sun lotion, and a cool pair of shades. If you happen to be in the market for the latter, then consider one of the most iconic all-American styles—the aviator.
Its history dates back to the 1930s, when lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb was asked by the U.S. Air Force to design a special lens to prevent pilots' headaches caused by the sun’s glare at high altitudes. The result, as you may have guessed, is the now-classic aviator lens shape that Ray Ban later introduced to the general public.
Since then, pretty much every brand has released its own version of the design. What we love the most about the aviator is its flattering shape that looks good on both men and women.
For an über luxurious and effortlessly cool take, look no further than Dior’s two-tone lenses or Porsche Design’s 80s-inspired sunnies.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite pairs and pick one to take with you to spring break.
Quay Australia 'Needing Fame' Aviator Sunglasses
These partly translucent oversized sunnies look modern and provide you with 100 percent UV protection.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $55
BP. Round Aviator Sunglasses
Round aviators look flattering on oval- and square-shaped faces.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $12
Chloé 'Isidora' Sunglasses
The floating double-border frames of these sunglasses look out of this world cool.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $396
Le Specs 'Demo Mode' Sunglasses in Matte Stone/Gold
Never has a pair of vintage-inspired sunnies looked so modern.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $69
PERVERSE Mark Sunglasses
We love the metal detailing of these retro shades. Bonus: The squared-off design is versatile and would look great on any face shape.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $42
Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses in Brown
Ray Ban has delivered a chic updated look on its most popular design.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $185
Nike 'Vintage MDL 82' Performance Sunglasses
If you are the sporty type then you’ll love Nike’s aviators—they are sturdy and comfortable enough to work out in.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $176
Fashionistas, meet your match—these bold Italian-made sunnies are as cool as they come.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $310
Smith Optics 'Bridgetown' Sunglasses in Blush
The pastel hue on these aviators’ frames is perfect for spring.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $99
Porsche Design 'P8478' Sunglasses
The slightly oversized frames look modern, but the shape of these shades is so 1980s.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $500
Oakley 'Tailpin' Sunglasses
These classic aviators feature Oakley’s HDPolarized lenses with clarity-enhancing high definition optics.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $240
Carrera Eyewear Sunglasses
This sleek pair of aviators is all about the details—check out the cool metallic browline and the vibrant lens color.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $70
Maui Jim 'Castles - PolarizedPlus2' Sunglasses
Nobody does quality eyewear better than Maui Jim, and this pair of scratch- and impact-resistant shades is proof.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $299
Carrera Eyewear 'Cool' Sunglasses
The design of these sunglasses totally lives up to their name and delivers 100 percent UV protection for your eyes.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $139
BOSS has reimagined the iconic aviator design in bold frames with textured temples.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $225
Ray Ban Custom Sunglasses
Put your creative skills to work and customize a pair of classic aviators to match your style.
To buy: ray-ban.com, $160
Illesteva Wynwood III Round Monochromatic Sunglasses
We are obsessed with the cool geometric brow bar of these boho sunnies.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $177
Dior Split Aviator Sunglasses
Amp up your fashion game with Dior’s cool two-shade aviators.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $555