Joe Biden’s journey back to the White House officially ended on Wednesday when he was inaugurated as the new president of the United States. Biden wore a Ralph Lauren navy suit and overcoat for the historic event, and while many people saw his dapper attire as a symbol of the return of decorum and decency in high office, some felt it’s incomplete as his signature Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses were nowhere to be found.
If you’ve been following Biden’s public appearances since the start of his presidential campaign in 2019, then you should know by now that the new POTUS has a thing for Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses. Those sunglasses are available in a wide variety of colorways, but if you’re going for a presidential look, pick Biden’s go-to style of gold frame and black lenses.
First introduced to the public in 1937, Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses were initially marketed to sportsmen. But when they were issued as a standard piece of gear for soldiers in World War II, the sunglasses became more appealing to people from all walks of life. After the war, Ray-Ban began to release new styles and colorways, and by the 1950s, the sunglasses had gone from functional gear to leisurewear.
Biden has been wearing Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses for most of his life. In an interview with The Skimm back in 2016, he said that he started sporting them when he was “a freshman in college as a lifeguard.”
When asked how many pairs of aviators he has, Biden replied: “I think Ray-Ban should [sponsor me], I tell you what. I probably end up with four or five pairs a year because I put them down. Sometimes people steal them for souvenirs.”