Back on solid ground, the pilot began working together with the optical company Bausch & Lomb to create glasses that could shield better from the rays. Macready provided the company with the shape and fit, and they developed the glass. In 1936, Ray-Bans – as the brand trademarked them – were introduced to the world, sold as sporting equipment and advertised for fishing and golfing. Their sleek teardrop design and protective glass made them iconic, and they were the shades of choice for American troops during World War II, perhaps most famously worn by General Douglas MacArthur.
When the war ended, the aviators had already become mainstream. The timeless design is one of the most replicated in the world, and the style is basically synonymous with sunglasses.
Aviators are effortlessly cool and will make anyone – regardless of age or style – look cooler. They’re loved by actors like Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, and always seen on icons like Hunter S. Thompson and Gloria Steinem. Today, we’re celebrating the shades by sharing our H&M favorites in the listing below. Browse and get a pair if you need to protect your eyes from sun rays or wind, and look like a star doing it!