fake Ray-Ban rectangular Aviator sunglasses are as iconic as they come. From their beginnings as military hardware in the 1930s, they have become one of the most ubiquitous fashion accessories in the world, instantly recognizable and never out of place.
In the First World War, pilots wore big, bulky goggles, which protected the eyes from icing over in freezing cold temperatures, as well as wind and dust. Those early, open-cockpit aircraft flew low, slow, short journeys – but as technology evolved, pilots began to suffer more from the intense glare of the sun at high altitude. As wind, dust and cold were not a concern in closed cockpits, goggles were out, and designers began to innovate again.
Enter American Army Air Corps Lieutenant John Macready, one-time world record holder for both altitude and flight duration, and all-round aviation pioneer. After hurting his eyes while using goggles in an attempt to break the altitude record, he contacted Bausch & Lomb, thus beginning a productive partnership which led to the development of the “Anti-Glare” model, first introduced in 1936 and later renamed the Ray-Ban rectangular Green Classic G-15 Black-Black-Multicolor RB8316 Aviator.
The popularity of these sunglasses grew exponentially through and after the Second World War, in no small part thanks to their association with the American military. In fact, Bausch & Lomb was just one of several contractors making frames and lenses for the US Army Air Corps, and replica Ray-Ban rectangular was the “civilian” brand of the same company, which it remained until 1999.
In the meantime, Hollywood picked up on the style and ran with it. Starting with Marlon Brando’s 1951 film The Wild One, the Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses have been a perennial favorite among film stars and celebrities, featuring most famously in Tom Cruise’s 1986 smash hit Top Gun. After almost 80 years, the replica Ray-Ban Aviator remains one of the most popular and iconic fashion accessories in the world. Their classic design has proved itself to be a permanent fixture from Lagos to Los Angeles, and shows no sign of relinquishing its place.
Although the classic gold frame and dark green lenses combo may be the most iconic model, there is a wide variety of styles and designs under the cheap Ray-Ban Aviator banner. Read on for information on the dazzling styles available today. These include the classic Large Metal Aviator, the Outdoorsman, Flash Lenses, Light copy Ray-Ban, and the Folding Aviator.