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A rundown of Maverick's iconic look in Top Gun

Written by Andrew I.
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In the 1986 classic film Top Gun, Tom Cruise plays Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator who is sent to Top Gun—a prestigious fighter weapons school—after a series of missteps. While at Top Gun, Maverick falls for his instructor, Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, and contends with the jealousy of his wingman, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw. Along the way, Maverick becomes one of the best pilots in the Navy... and develops a signature style that is as timeless as it is unforgettable.

Aviator Sunglasses

Are aviator sunglasses in style? Maverick often sported a pair of aviators in the 1986 film and again in 2022, so we say yes! Maverick's Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator sunglasses are arguably the most iconic part of his look. First introduced in 1937 for U.S. military pilots, aviators were designed to protect pilots' eyes from the sun while also being lightweight and comfortable enough to wear during long flights.

A prime event that thrust aviator glasses into the public light was a 1944 newspaper photograph of General Douglas MacArthur landing on a beach in the during World War II, coupled with an ornate hat and corncob pipe. These iconic shades were quickly welcomed into the fashion scene and are still popular today.

Some contend that the best aviator sunglasses are made by Ray-ban, but the American Optical brand is also a high-quality, popular choice. Their designer sunglasses come in a variety of different styles and colors, with stainless steel or gold frames, and reflective and polarized lenses to block UV rays and reduce eye strain. Browse around and find the perfect pair to step up your eyewear game!

Bomber Jacket

Another key piece in Maverick's wardrobe is his brown bomber jacket, often worn over a plain white t-shirt. Bombers were originally designed for pilots during World War II and were made from sturdy materials like leather or sheepskin to keep them warm at high altitudes. Today, they are still made from similar materials but are more commonly seen as fashion items than as actual functional outerwear. 

Bottom line

Whether you choose to make them part of your personal style or just want to turn heads at your next Halloween party, you don't have to fly with fighter pilots or be a movie star to pull off Maverick's classic style and strong look. That's good news for most of us. It's practically a scientific fact that you can increase your cool factor by throwing on a pair of aviator sunglasses and a bomber jacket.