Here’s the thing about wearing men’s aviator sunglasses: you can either wear them and look like Tom Cruise, or you can wear them and look like Tom Cruise. By that we mean you could either rock them and look like you’ve taken on the starring role in Top Gun, or you could look like a nearly washed up, kinda crazy, clinging-to-his-youth-and-glory-days nutcase. We’re pretty sure you want the former, and here’s how to do it:
The Lowdown: How To Wear Aviator Sunglasses
Aviator Sunglasses Look #1 – Mirrored Like Maverick
Choose a pair of aviators with mirrored lenses for an extra dose of badassery in an already badass look. Something about those impenetrable reflective surfaces says “Don’t mess with me, pal – I can kick ass, take names, and do it all without putting a single wrinkle in my impeccable designer suit.”
Aviator Sunglasses Look #2 – Smaller Like Scott Schuman
Aviator sunglasses are a strong look on their own, so you can get away with keeping the rest of your style simple. Take a cue from Scott Schuman, American blogger, fashion photographer, and founder of The Sartorialist. Go for a basic tee and simple trousers, and let the aviators speak for themselves.
Aviator Sunglasses Look #3 – Like A Russian Mobster
There are plenty of reasons not to mess with Russian mobsters, just one of which is their handle on the style game. The fur lining of this fine gentleman’s jacket is almost reminiscent of the classic pilot’s jacket, making it a perfect complement to his fighter pilot-inspired eyewear. Together they make a major statement.
Aviator Sunglasses Look #4 – With Your Best Suit
The classic style of a pair of aviators means you can wear them with just about everything, from your worn-in denim to your favourite suit. Some might call this a risk, but when your suit looks as good as this chap’s does, we say throw caution to the wind and don the sportier shades.
Aviator Sunglasses Look #5 – Like An Artistic Hipster
If we wrote a guide on how to be a modern day hipster, we’d have to include this look. Incorporating retro styles into your contemporary wardrobe is a huge part of mastering the hipster aesthetic (bonus points to this guy for also working in a bowtie and that sweater). Just please stop pretending you were wearing aviators before they were cool. We know it’s a lie.
[Image Credit: The Sartorialist and Tommy Ton]