Aviators are big and bold sunglasses, with an oblique teardrop shape. Aviators were originally developed by Ray-Ban, and are similar to the sunglasses worn by actual military aviators, from which they get their name.
They were popularized in the ’80s by Michael Jackson as well as Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun. Aviators came to be one of the most popular types of sunglasses worn by movie stars and other celebrities, which helped spread their popularity.
With their military and Hollywood associations, aviators are a great pair of glasses to have if you are going for the movie star or rock star look, or if you want to add a hint of celebrity to your outfit. They are big, bold, and imposing, and convey dominance. They’re also very practical, because they block out a lot of sun.