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Take Off In Style
From the runway to the red carpet, aviator sunglasses are taking off in high style this summer. Check out the most wanted frames sported by your favorite trendsetting stars. Find the right pair for your face by trying on styles with the ESSENCE Makeover Magic Tool.
By Qianna Smith
Make a fashion-forward investment in a pair of aviators and rock the block like Rihanna, who looks effortlessly chic in the timeless style.
It’s a “Fantasy Ride” in the fast lane of style for pop princess Ciara, who is workin’ it in these Marc Jacobs 107/s sunglasses. Oversized aviators add a touch of mystery to the eyes if you want to go incognito at a hot pool or beach party this summer.
You can’t go wrong wearing a classic aviator shape like these Armani Exchange Easy Aviator Sunglasses, $70, nordstrom.com, that define sleek.
Find the Right Fit
If you have a heart-shaped face like Oscar nominee Queen Latifah, your ideal sunglasses should be rimless aviator in a light color like the ones pictured here, which will soften your facial features.
Are you getting ready to fly the friendly skies? Take a cue from Alicia Keys, who sported a chic pair of aviator Ray-Ban shades while in London. Ray-Ban developed the aviator frame in 1937 and it’s still a must-have style in eyewear.
Fly Like Me
Show off your original style in these Ray-Ban Wrap Aviator Sunglasses, $130, saks.com, that will look good in any color you choose.
Beauty & Brains
Catwalk diva Naomi Campbell is wise enough to know that sunglasses not only help you step up your style, but UV lens protect your eyes from harmful sun rays.
Get Kerry-ed Away
Take a cue from actress Kerry Washington and make use of your aviators in every way. She sports them as a stylish headband to keep her luscious locks in place. Just remember scratch-resistant lens don’t exist, so make sure you protect your shades by using a case to extend their life.
Whomever said price equals style was wrong! We are lovin’ these cheap and chic Forever21 Metal Aviator Sunglasses, $5.80, forever21.com, that come in five fab colors.
Model and author Veronica Webb shows the versatility of aviator shades to make any classy or casual outfit look fierce.
Actress Gabrielle Union looks like a fab jet-setter donning a pair of tinted Carrera Vintage Sunglasses at their launch party at Chateau Marmont in Los Angels.
Look gorg like Gabby wearing these Carrera Champion Aviator Sunglasses, $120, saks.com. They’re lightweight to ensure effortless style.
Know Your Face Shape
Lil’ Kim may be known for her “Hard Core” fashion sense, but she looks sweet and chic wearing oversized retro shades that work well for her face shape.
Lusting for Labels
Embrace your inner Gucci girl sporting these metal aviator sunglasses with interlocking goldtone G’s on temple.
Gucci Oversized Aviator Sunglasses with Interlocking “G’s,” $330, bloomingdales.com.