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On the sunny side

By Marine Orlova | China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-09 07:56

Louis Armstrong famously sang, "Life can be so sweet - on the sunny side of the street." That's even more true when you're wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses

On the sunny side

Aviator Style: In 1937, Ray-Ban created the first polarized sunglasses - for United States Air Force pilots. The large lenses (originally green) were made to give these eyes in the sky optimal protection and crystal-clear vision. Easily recognizable by their thin metallic frame with a double bridge and their teardrop shape, they were very trendy during the '50s - every man wanted to be imbued with their heroic vibes. Wanna channel your inner Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Get a pair of aviators and make them your own; it fits just about everyone and looks just as badass on the sidewalk as it does in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

On the sunny side

'60s Chic:

In 1952, when the sunglasses style was all about metallic frames and the aviator shape, Ray-Ban launched the Wayfarer, a dramatically different model using a relatively new material called acetate. They were mistakenly associated with Audrey Hepburn's look in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's - in fact, she wore a pair of Oliver Goldsmith shades. Funnily enough, the movie significantly contributed to the fame of the Wayfarer. Mysterious, modern and dark, they're still a safe bet for hiding sleepy eyes or escaping from the paparazzi. And as they're unisex, why not share them with your betrothed?

On the sunny side

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