[Exhales serenely] Joe Biden is officially in the White House. And while President Joe Biden’s aviators weren’t on hand to witness the inauguration ceremonies alongside the star-studded crowd of attention-getters—including Barack and Michelle, Lady Gaga, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff with his fit-god daughter Ella, a pair of Dior Jordans—you can be sure they’re already waiting for him at 1600 Pennsylvania.
Ray-Bans have been Biden’s go-to sunnies since he was a teenager, and have become shorthand for Joe himself. Ray-Ban makes its aviators in a variety of colorways, but if you want to look fully presidential (or go full Maverick) you want the classic combo of gold frame and black lenses.
A quick history lesson: Aviators were first developed in the 1930s for Air Force pilots, made to be more lightweight, clearer, and more fog-resistant than the bulky goggles pilots had been using. Eventually, Bausch & Lomb, an early contractor for the military sunnies, marketed the style to civilians, trademarking them as Ray-Bans. Now you can find dozens of aviator variations in a grip of materials, colors, and lenses, from affordable gas station fare to high-end precious metal renditions. Probably because aviators look good on damn near every face imaginable. But you’ll only find the originals on the President.
With 46 now piloting the country and the release of a Top Gun sequel on the horizon, the future is looking brighter. Grab yourself some shades.