It's one of the most iconic all-American styles.
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.
If you are lucky enough to be jetting off to a warm tropical destination this spring break, then we sincerely envy you.
We are sure you won’t forget to pack your beach essentials—a swimsuit or two, plenty of sun lotion, and a cool pair of shades. If you happen to be in the market for the latter, then consider one of the most iconic all-American styles—the aviator.
Its history dates back to the 1930s, when lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb was asked by the U.S. Air Force to design a special lens to prevent pilots' headaches caused by the sun’s glare at high altitudes. The result, as you may have guessed, is the now-classic aviator lens shape that Ray Ban later introduced to the general public.
Since then, pretty much every brand has released its own version of the design. What we love the most about the aviator is its flattering shape that looks good on both men and women.
For an über luxurious and effortlessly cool take, look no further than Dior’s two-tone lenses or Porsche Design’s 80s-inspired sunnies.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite pairs and pick one to take with you to spring break.
Quay Australia 'Needing Fame' Aviator Sunglasses
These partly translucent oversized sunnies look modern and provide you with 100 percent UV protection.
Chloé 'Isidora' Sunglasses
The floating double-border frames of these sunglasses look out of this world cool.
Le Specs 'Demo Mode' Sunglasses in Matte Stone/Gold
Never has a pair of vintage-inspired sunnies looked so modern.
PERVERSE Mark Sunglasses
We love the metal detailing of these retro shades. Bonus: The squared-off design is versatile and would look great on any face shape.
Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses in Brown
Ray Ban has delivered a chic updated look on its most popular design.
Fashionistas, meet your match—these bold Italian-made sunnies are as cool as they come.
Porsche Design 'P8478' Sunglasses
The slightly oversized frames look modern, but the shape of these shades is so 1980s.