Why Aviators Don’t Always Fly

Ray-Ban Aviators mark their 75th anniversary this June, as highlighted in the June 2012 issue of InStyle magazine. InStyle relates that Aviators ascended to icon status in the movie Top Gun, worn by the movie’s strong-jawed protagonists:

Aviators have plenty of fans. In the June 2012 issue of Allure magazine, for example, a boutique owner assessing summer fashion trends promotes oversized aviators, saying that they “look sharp on all face shapes.” I disagree.

Before you jump on the Aviator bandwagon or wear similarly shaped eyewear, consider whether this frame shape is truly flattering. Aviators generally look great on individuals with square faces, which have strong angular jaw lines. They also look great on most  individuals with heart-shaped  or triangular faces with a narrow jaw, and on those lucky folks who have an oval-shaped face on which it seems just about everything looks good.

If you have any tendency toward jowls, or a soft and wide jawline, as with a characteristically short and wide round face or a pear-shaped face, however, aviator-shaped glasses are not  flattering. The shape of the frames draws the eye down and outward and the soft rounded lower edge of the lenses repeats the softness and roundness of your features.

1950’s style cat’s eye sunglasses, as those seen here in the June 2012 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, may be a great choice for you. Choose a style that brings the eye up rather than down.  And see if the visual lift created by the sunglasses doesn’t also raise your mouth up into a smile.