Ray-Bans were the sunglasses brand two to three decades ago with their Aviator and Wayfarer designs (remember Tom Cruise in “Risky Business”?). They never really went completely out of style, but their designs lost market share to the oversized, oval wrap frame. The style took off as a fashion statement and even today virtually all celebrities sport a pair of gigantic oval sunglasses. Ray-Ban introduced its own range of oversized oval wrap frames to keep up with competitors, but the brand has also held onto the classic styles that originally launched it to fame.
I have never been a regular sunglasses wearer and I can’t really tell you why. I owned a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators 20 years ago, which I loved but barely wore. Ten years ago, I spent a fortune on a pair of black prescription sunglasses, and they too have hardly seen the light of day. Crazy.
But I admire lasses and blokes in fabulous sunglasses. It’s a killer accessory and a practical one too. In the spirit of fashion’s revival of 80’s looks and trends, the classic resin Ray-Ban Wayfarer has regained popularity. This particular pair of shades has really tickled my fancy so I’ve ordered a white pair and I can’t wait to try them on. Hopefully, the fun and nostalgia associated with wearing Ray-Bans again will make me actually wear them.
Note to self: stop squinting Angie and wear your new sunnies.
Today’s Ray-Ban Wayfarers. The design was originally brought to market in 1952 and it was popular for almost two decades. They returned in the 80’s and early 90’s, and are back again today.