“ Manufacturer: Ray Ban / Unisex / Prescription Ready. „
I wear sunglasses a lot in the summer months, mainly due to suffering from the dreaded hayfever (helps to keep the pollen out of my eyes). I had always worn cheaper sunglasses, due to not having a lot of money to spend on a decent pair. I was lucky enough to be given a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators as a present a few years ago and I loved them, they not only looked good, but they were so comfortable that I would forget I even had them on. I am a big fan of retro things from the 50's and 60's and I had seen lots of images of people wearing these cool looking sunglasses, that I just had to see if I could afford a pair, I expected them to be about £100.00 or something, so when I saw that they were only £53.00, I went online straight away and purchased a pair.
Ray-Ban had been making sunglasses since 1936, initially designed for pilots to help shield their eyes from the sun, Ray-Ban designed the Aviator, in 1937 they were made available to the public. Ray-Ban Wayfarers were designed in 1952 by American designer Raymond Stegeman, the design of these sunglasses was revolutionary, as until 1952 most sunglasses had metal frames and these were made of molded plastic. In the 1950's and 60's sales went through the roof, although declined in the 70's. In the 1980's there was somewhat of a resurgence in sales, as Ray-Ban made a product placement deal to place these sunglasses in movies and television. After Tom Cruise wore a pair in 1983's 'Risky Business', 360, 000 pairs were sold in that year and by 1986 sales had hit the 1.5 million mark. In the 1990's sales dipped again, as more and more people had started buying glasses with wraparound frames and the design was slightly altered on the Wayfarer. In the late 2000's Wayfarers became popular again due in no small part to more and more celebrities being seen wearing them, such as; Katy Perry, Robert Pattinson and Bruno Mars, sales were once again on the up.
1 x pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers
1 x Ray-Ban cleaning cloth
1 x Black Ray-Ban case
1 x Instruction leaflet
You can get these in a variety of colours but I opted for a black pair. The Ray-Bans arrived quite quickly and I couldn't wait to open my package and try them on. They came in a grey box with the Ray-Ban logo emblazoned on it in red. They looked as stylish as I had seen them in pictures. The glasses are hand made in Italy from black molded plastic, as is evident from the white writing on the inside of the right leg. They feel really sturdy, I was handling them like I was handling something really fragile though. The Ray-Ban logo is displayed all over these glasses; on the outside of both legs and at the top of the right lens, there is also the letters R, B etched into the left lens. Neither the logo on the right lens or the etching on the left lens alters your viewing at all, you don't even notice its there.
**The Case and Cleaning Cloth**
The glasses case is pretty neat and it offers good solid protection for your glasses, this is also black with the Ray-Ban logo displayed in gold with the words "100% UV Protection" in the left corner of the case. These glasses also came with a grey cleaning cloth with the Ray-Ban logo written in white on a red background.
This leaflet explains a little about the glasses and states that the lenses feature high optical precision and they are impact resistant, but they shouldn't be considered an unbreakable shield against impacts; In other words, they arn't indestructible. The frames are made of materials to guarantee lightness, comfort and mechanical sturdiness(nice reassurances there). There is also a warning message stating that you shouldn't look directly at the sun, and there was me thinking that was plain common sense. The leaflet also has some cleaning tips, use soap and water, avoid alcohol and abrasive substances when cleaning.
Shopping around for these, you can pick up a pair from between £50 - £60, not too expensive for a decent set of shades in my opinion. Beware when buying from sites such as ebay, there are a lot of fakes out there, there are also a lot of useful videos on youtube explaining how to spot fakes.
I absolutely love these sunglasses, they look stylish, they are very comfortable to wear, they go with anything and they compliment my look perfectly (well I think so anyway). I probably wouldn't by them again though (not in black anyway), and that is because I don't expect to, these sunglasses feel like they are built to last, I might by them in another colour if anything though. I haven't got a bad word to say about these glasses, they keep out the sunlight and the most important thing for me, the pollen, really well. Definitely one of this years top purchases for me(not that we had much sun).
My sister gave me a pair of stylish Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses for my birthday as I had been wanting a pair for ages! I love these style sunglasses because they are stylish, chunky, retro with a vintage twist. I love the way they differ from your standard over sized celebrity style glasses that you see so much nowadays. My Wayfarers have a black glossy frame with white matt legs. I love these colours because black and white goes with any outfit and therefore I am sure to get my wear out of them. However, there are many different styles and colours of Ray Ban Wayfares so you can undoubtedly find a colour/edition that is a appropriate for you.
Although they look very much like fashion sunglasses, they are also very practical as they have full UV protection and the big lenses ensure that the whole eye are is covered. However, my lenses are black and so I can't speak about the protection of other coloured lenses; if you would like to know this information just have a quick look on sunglasses hut, they have so much information about Wayfarers.
Wayfarers are chunky and sturdy sunglasses, unlike some other glasses that you can buy so I feel more comfortable carrying these around with me as I don't think that they would break easily. They come in a Ray Ban case with micro fibre cloth, which is good quality but would not protect them if weight was put on them so still be aware of this. Also, I would recommend that you are extra careful not to scratch Ray Bans as you may scratch the 'Ray Ban' logo off the lense. I recommend these sunglasses to anyone, they are comfortable to wear, chunky but lightweight and also very practical. Yes, they may be a little overpriced but you are paying for the name and from my experience, Ray Ban is a very good brand.
I own a pair of these due to my little brother buying me a pair from the duty free (awww!) so I couldn't tell you the price he paid. These are on sale for between £80 and £140, so shop carefully! Check Google shopping for a good price.
--Colours and designs--
The classic Wayfarer look along with the Rayban Aviators have been popular since the 1980s and are thought to be some of the best selling sunglasses designs ever. You can get these in so many different colours including certain special edition designs so you can pick to suit your colour and fashion preferences. My pair are black with white detail on the inside of the frame. I like the black design as they go with everything!!
--Designer style, designer price--
If it was me I probably wouldn't have bought these for myself due to the designer price! You can get rip off Raybans from a local market but these aren't as nice, so I'm a lucky sister to get these as a pressie!
--Do they do the job?--
Yes, these are perfect for bright sunny days, sunbathing, driving, whatever. They are large enough to stop bright light from getting round the edges which was the case with a smaller pair of glasses I used to have. They are also dark tinted enough to fully protect my eyes from the sun, they are UV lenses and they stop me from squinting. Many people don't realise how necessary sunglasses are, and I can safely say that these do the job. It's nice to own a proper pair of sunglasses as they are sturdily built and last forever if you take care of them. I keep them in the Rayban bag they came in to keep the lenses from scratching. I find that they do not scratch as easily as my old high street sunglasses.
I would say that these sunglasses are suitable for guys and gals, my pair got passed round the office and my guy friends trialled them and suited them well! It helps that mine are black.
I would recommend these sunglasses as a lovely fashion piece and a necessary item.
yes...it is the ultimate pair of sunglasses, the coolest people in history have worn these and they looked damn good too! There is a reason why a classic is a classic and that is because the design is timeless and stylish, looking as good today on hipster youngsters, trendy young professionals, beach bums or business types, as it did on the same respective groups 50 years ago.
The only thing is...everybody knows they are a classic and thats why everybody and their mother has got a pair, so maybe its high time we found a new classic to do to death like we did with this one. Something is only really cool if everybody else doesnt have it, if they do it becomes banal and commonplace. However, It may still be argued that this is a timeless classic and no matter how many people wear them it can never be a cliche.
The numbers of pretty good looking fakes or copies that are available is mind boggling so is it really worth spending 6 times the price for a real pair? definately!! The quality on a real pair of ray bans is not really comparable, since they are hand made in italy and undergo rigorous testing. A pair of these will last 6 times as long as the cheap knock off (unless you sit on them), look better and feel more comfortable, whilst still doing the ultimate job of protecting your eyes, which many copies do not do that well.
These glasses are really very comfortable, sometimes you get that annoying ache on your nose from where cheap sunnies don't really fit properly, but not with theses, they feel sculpted and fit perfectly so you can wear them all day without a worry. The plastic is smooth, so no chafing or anything, basically just super comfy so you wont know youre wearing them anymore!
If you do happen to break of an arm or something though, because the brand is so commonplace, any high treet opticians will be able to fix them for you, so long as you havnt properly destroyed the plastic.
They come in pretty much every colour combo you can think of too. so why not get a couple so you can mix it up and change your look on different days. Although if your gonna get only one, get the black since they are the archetype! Awesomeness!
I would argue that the timeless style of the wayfarer is never a cliche and never banal, no matter how many other people you see every day, you are safe in the knowledge that you all look damn good, just like Johnny Cash did!
~Raybans Wayfarer sunglasses~
Amongst the huge collection of sunglasses that I have unashamedly collected over the years are of course a couple of pairs of Raybans one of which, the Wayfarer design was an impulse buy that took me by surprise one afternoon when visiting TK Maxx. Amongst the array of beauteous and not so beauteous sunglasses I saw that day, many of which were not really designer-ish to my mind, in spite of their super cheap prices, I spied a pair of Wayfarers and much to my better judgement bought them.
The idea that a pair of Raybans could be bought for less than £60 seemed fantastic at the time and to be honest I still feel that I got good value for money, although upon getting home and checking out what else I already had in my collection I decided that these were not so amazingly different to at least 2 other pairs of sunglasses that I have in the same colourway. Although what is shown here is in a neat and simple black, the glasses I bought are a retro tortoise shell colour which is rather nice to look at, but not as smart to me as a Max Azzria pair I have, nor are these sunglasses as blingy as a Gucci pair I have, both of which are in a similar darkly detailed tortoise shell colour.
The fact that these are Raybans was in fact the one and only reason they came home with me that day as I am a sucker for a brand name when it comes to sunglasses, as although these are a good quality pair of glasses with nice clean lenses they are not in any way as interesting to look at as the other pairs I already had. One thing this pair of glasses do have in their favour is the fact that being a quality brand they do have well made working parts that haven't stopped working even with casual or rough wear. The hinges on the arms of the glasses work as well as they did when new and the lenses have not really clouded over or become scratched over time which I feel is a bonus.
The deep tortoise shell colour of the frames had a very shiny glossy finish when new which I was in two minds about really as I feel the pull of the Rayban brand is their retro look, which in my opinion shouldn't be all glossy and new looking. Over time the glossy finish has dulled just a little making these glasses look more aged and in keeping with their style which I feel suits them a little more. Once you take off the neat little Rayban logo sticker that you get on all sunglasses from the brand all that you can see to tell you who made these are the simple Rayban logos set on to the glasses arms which are very subtle.
Branding is never over done when you buy Raybans, although there are times when in my opinion a little bit of bling goes a long way and this is most certainly lacking with these sunglasses. On reflection I most certainly feel that whilst these can be considered to be a unisex design on the whole, this style is one that I feel will appeal far more to men than women. I know that given the choice between my Guccis with their blingy gold buckle design each side, the Azrias with their bigger more glamourous lenses and BCBG branding, or oops I've remembered another torty pair I have, made by Guess, with their ornate burnished gold metal side arms I would probably opt for the Wayfarers as a last resort. I suppose the Wayfarers are just too subtle for their own good in many ways.
Over all I feel that having worn these, the Wayfarer design is much more suited to male sunglasses fans and wearers as they do look rather good on the male face due to them having that retro feel that is very in at the moment. I have leant these to the OH and found they look far better as they sit better across the bridge of the nose and look quite distinguished from a side profile. The colour of the lenses being a nice warm honeyed brown also is very complimentary on a man, which is why I feel I may be giving these away some time soon as they are just not as attractive in my opinion when worn by a woman. My rating for these glasses is 4 stars based on the quality of the materials used and the reliability of the design as they are certainly well made, however they aren't a true favorite among my collection which is why I have deducted 1 star from the rating.
Ray-Ban is probably the most iconic sunglass brand and everyone has heard of them. Ray-Ban Wayfarers have gone in and out of fashion over the years, and at the moment they definately look like they are here to stay.
I bought my Ray-Ban Wayfarers a few years ago when on holiday in the US. I've also got a couple of other pairs of Ray-Bans as well; a pair of Aviators, and a pair of Jackie Ohhs. I think that Ray-Ban sunglasses are superb quality and they will last for years if you look after them. They are definately worth the money. Yes they are expensive, but you know that the lenses and the quality are top notch.
I figured that even if Wayfarers go out of fashion again, then because Ray-bans are such good quality mine will still be ok to wear again next time around. Or even to donate them to a younger relative, I have friends that are wearing original vintage Ray-Bans that they have inherited from their parents, how cool is that!
All of my Ray-Bans have been purchased from Sunglass Hut stores, I find that they have a great selection to choose from, and the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. I do have to admit that I have bought all of mine in the US as Ray-Bans are much cheaper over there.
The Ray-Ban Wayfarers that I have are the original Wayfarer colourway; a black frame, with the original Ray-Ban G15 green lens. I chose this colourway as I wanted the original vintage Wayfarer colour and look. And also I figured that if and when Wayfarers go back out of fashion, when they do come back into fashion the original colourway will always be fashionable and popular. It's probably always going to a cult item.
Ray-Ban Wayfarers are available in loads of different colourways; there are various different frame colours - from solid colour frames to two tone frames to funky patterned frames, many many lens colours - from solid colour lenses to graduated lenses to mirrored finish lenses, there are also Polarised lenses available which reduce glare even further.
Ray-Ban Wayfarers are available in different sizes as well; there are the Original Wayfarers which are larger and look more masculine, the New Wayfarers - which I have - which are smaller and less angular and are proably more suited to women or smaller faces, and I've also seen a folding pair of Wayfarers!
The shape of Ray-Ban Wayfarers doesn't suit everyone, my husband for instance just looks silly in a pair of Wayfarers. If your Ray-Bans are authentic then they will have Ray-Ban written on the top corner of the right hand lens (or Ray-Ban P, if the lenses are polarised).
Ray-Ban Wayfarers are quite a heavy frame, compared to most of the other sunglasses that I own, however they are not uncomfortable to wear, and I can wear mine all day with no discomfort whatsoever. They are easy to push up and wear on your head when you go indoors. I know that you are not really supposed to wear your sunglasses like this as it does bow the sides out over time, but the New Wayfarers have the spring loaded sides so this does give a little bit more flexibility and give in the sides. The spring loaded sides also help to make the sunglasses more confortable to wear.
I have been really impressed with my Wayfarers. They look good with my hair up or down, they go with whatever I'm wearing, they can be dressed up or down and they suit any occasion. They still look brand new even though they are actually around 3 years old. I would absolutely reccomend them.
One last quick thing to mention they do come with a case to protect them and a cleaning cloth.
The Ray ban New Wayfarer
I think everybody will have at least one pair of expensive sunglasses. Most people, as me, will see it as a little treat for themselves. I normally hate carrying my expensive sunglasses with me because I'm one of those people who are not very careful with them. I normally just put them everywhere and they often get sit on or per accident thrown on the floor. For that reason I rather take some cheap sunglasses into town but I have to say I'm getting better at it.
My last expensive sunglasses are the Ray ban New Wayfarer. I'm normally not a big fan with the Ray ban sunglasses as for some reason they don't really suit me. I'm more a Prada boy but unfortunately these aren't really cheap either. These Ray ban New Wayferer appealed to me the very first time I saw them. First of all they have a much more funky style then the Ray ban Aviator sunglasses and simply look much stronger in design.
This Ray ban New Wayfarer is on sale at Amazon for around £100 which I think for Ray ban sunglasses is not bad. They are available in the colour black and are made of plastic. I think the sunglasses look very chic and cool at the same time. You have the teardrop shape lenses with at one of the lenses the little ray ban logo. You can also find the logo back at either arm. The sunglasses have this very 50's look.
Comfort is very important with sunglasses. I hate sunglasses that are too tight or that slip all the time. Or sunglasses that sit too high on the face. A big advantage of the plastic is that they feel very light. You can easily wear them all day without having any problems or little dents at the sides of your noise. They don't put too much pressure on your noise. Also very important of course is the protection against the sun. They give me a very good protection with their dark lenses and they also offer protection against UVA and UVB light.
Maintaining them is very easy and only takes a second. I only have to rinse of the fingerprints sometimes and give them a quick rinse. They meant to be scratch free and although I haven't any scratches yet, I do wonder if it's really the case. I can't imagine that they will stay scratch free but we will see.
Overall I'm very pleased with these sunglasses as they are very comfortable, give me enough protection against the sun and they look very good! Five stars!
I have a confession to make. I buy a lot of sunglasses at sometimes ridiculous prices. They along with watches are my weakness and one that I spend far too much on. However I have to be careful with what sunglasses I end up buying and need to always try them on first as I am not the sort of person who suits every pair they try on and some of the bigger one's can completely mask my face and make me look like I have the world's tiniest head.
Through trial and error I have found that out of all the manufacturors of sunglasses Ray Ban are by far the best fitting glasses for me and the majority of their models both flatter my face and give me good protection from the sun.
-----The wayfarer ------
The wayfarer sunglasses are far and away my favourite sunglasses I own and I now have 5 pairs in various different colours.
Ray Ban have been manufacturing the wayfarer style since 1952 and there is a bit of an argument going on as to whether or not wayfarer or aviator sunglasses are the best selling design in history.
Although they were popular during the 50's and 60's they fell out of fashion until a product placement deal by Ray Ban saw the wayfarer appear in films such as The Blues Brothers and on Tom Cruise in Risky Business which saw them have a revival and become popular once again.
-----The Design -----
The Design of the Wayfarer is definately iconic and hasn't changed much over the years. What makes the wayfarer different from most glasses is that they have a tilt which angles them towards your cheeks and slightly out above your eyebrows.
The lenses are oval shaped and the frame is quite chunky but not overpowering and on top where the arms go they curve out slightly giving them a more distinct look, they also have little silver disks on both sides. On both the left lens and the 2 arms is the Ray Ban logo which yes I know it makes me shallow but I like to see it subtely but prominently displayed.
The material of the glasses is completely plastic with the exception of the screws which hold the arms in place. Now some people might balk at paying the price of Ray Bans for somethign that is made out of plastic but they are exremely well made and I have always found the plastic to be strong and durable and they feel solid to the touch and not toy like and as if they are going to break with the slightest little pressure.
----- Price and what you get for it -----
I bought my newest pair of wayfarers which are the plain black one's for a shade under £100 which although expensive is quite reasonable compared to some other designer sunglasses.
The glasses came in a Ray Ban box and inside was a brown leather case for the glasses. The case is lovely and the brown leather does give it a more masculine look although the glasses themselves are actually unisex. It has also been slightly reinforced making it a bit more rigid but I still wouldn't recommend putting anything heavy on top of it.
Inside the case along with the glasses was a cleaning cloth and a booklet from Ray Ban just stating some information about the glasses.
-----Wearing the glasses -----
Wayfarer are without a doubt the most comfortable sunglasses I have ever worn bar none. The plastic frames make them nice and light and I never feel uncomfortable in them or as if they are putting pressure on the bridge of my nose.
The way the lenses tilt towards the nose does take a little getting used to as to begin with I was always trying to push them to where I thought in my head they should be but I soon forgot about that and I now like the way they slant downwards and think it no only looks better but is more comfortable on my face too.
The thing about some sunglasses is that they slip and slide about but once I put the wayfarers on they stay in place until I remove them again. the arms give good support around my ears without being tight and the design shape again helps them to remain in place. I doesn't matter what I am doing I know hey won't move so they would be ideal for someone looking for a pair of sunglasses for outdoor sports.
Let's be honest I only bought these sunglasses for vanity because I thought they looked good but luckily they also give me good protection against the sun. Ever since I had my eyes lasered I have suffered from some light sensitivity so I find that sunglasses have become more important for me in srong sunlight. The wayfarers give me great protection against that direct sunlight and the dark lenses are good for absorbing the majority of it. They offer protection against UVA and UVB light so they will not only look good but give your eyes some protection too.
Because they aren't curved to wrap around he head they do let some light in the sides of them but as it isn't direct I don't find this to be a problem.
I find that maintaining them is a simple matter and I just give them a quick polish with the cleaning cloth everytime I wear them and occassionaly I will give them a rinse in some soapy water beforehand and I find that this is enough to get rid of all the smudges and keeps them looking pristine.
They are supposed to be scratch resistant but not scratch proof as on one pair I own there is a rather large scratch that I got whilst wearing them to the beach and cleaning them with sand still on them so you do need to be realatively careful witht hem to keep them looking good.
Well as you can probably guess from reading my review I am a big fan of these sunglasses so of course I heartily recommend them. I do think that with and sunglasses you need to try them on first to ensure that they suit your face shape but if they do then I find no reason not to recommend buying them.
They look absolutely fantastic on and as well as looking good they are comfortable and offer good protection against the sun.
There is a reason they have endured for so many years and that is because they are frankly still after all these years one of the best pair of sunglasses you can buy so if you are looking for a new pair for summer get yourself down to your nearest sunglasses shop and try a pair on.
I bought these sunglasses not too long ago before going on holiday to try them out and they were pretty good! I've always liked Ray Bans and these ones seemed to suit me quite nicely so I went for them. They came in the official Ray Ban case with a cloth.
The case is black and made of leather with a gold Ray Ban logo to the left hand side. They are shaped nicely to hold the sunglasses firmly in place. The sunglasses themselves are very nice too. They are black, although you can actually buy these in different colours (they tend to be fake however) when abroad - saw quite a few fakes in Corfu with two-tone checkered patterns and more!
The lenses are made of 52mm glass and give excellent UV protection. The lenses are black with a white Ray Bans logo on the top corner of the right lens. Even though you're not meant to, I gave a quick look towards the sun in these and it totally blocked out all rays - I didn't have to squint that much! The frames are quite stylish too. The lenses are oval shaped and the frame runs around this with a rather thick piece that lies on your nose. In the outer corner of each frame on the front is a little silver oval shape, which makes them look a bit classier.
Traveling down the bits that go over your ears, it's actually quite thick, which gives them a really nice modern look. The frames are similar to those of modern glasses you get from Specsavers! They fit round my ears nicely and rest on my nose well. I only have one criticism of these sunglasses, which is that the sun can leak in through the sides. This is due to a bit of a gap that you will notice whilst wearing them. Not only will sunlight leak in, but ordinary light too! It sort of distracts you from your nice darkened view out the front. Others can still see your eyes through from the front... just so you know! So don't go looking places you shouldn't be :P
However, this is where the design comes into play. The glasses have obviously been designed specifically and this is just something that has happened as a result of it. They suit me pretty well and if they suit you, I wouldn't let this put you off too much. Many sunglasses have this problem apart from the much larger ones that curve round your face slightly. They have an RRP of £106 - they are Ray Bans afterall! You can tell this by the logo on the upper corner of the right eye lens. However, you can get them for £80 on Amazon.co.uk at the moment, which isn't bad for a good pair of sunglasses. I'd try them on first at a shop offline to see if they suit you however!
Thanks for reading!
For effortless style and a heritage that can be traced back to the 50s although it is probably due to the 1980 classic, 'The Blues Brothers', that they have found the most fame. Despite this, the 1980s were a particularly bleak time for the range and they were almost cancelled. But the dawn of the new millenium saw celebrities such as Chloe Sevigny and Jenson Button weraing vintage Wayfarers and the style was reborn.
The New Wayfarer has a smaller frame and a shallower lens which ensures that it does not dominate the face in the way the classics do. In terms of sizing the lens measures a diameter of 55m while the arm is 145mm and the bridge is 18mm. The frame itself is made out of a durable plastic coloured in either glossy or matte colours.
The choice of frame and lens colours while not limitless, certainly possess enough variety to cater for all tastes. However, I do not think the calssic black lens and frame combo can be beaten.
The Wayfarers come complete with a RayBan glasses case and a 1 year manufacturers gaurantee. They are UVA UVB UV400. So are you going to buy them. Well with a recomended retail price of £115 they are not cheap. If you shop around you may find them for around the £90 mark, but still for a pair of glasses, it's a bit steep.
They work at blocking out the sun's rays and if you are giving me the choice between these and those Oakley things, then I'm going with the RayBans every time. They look good with any ensemble be it casual or smart and are fit for any occasion. They even help make me look half presentable!
So in short it's the price which is the issue. Which if you want to get by that, just do what I did, and buy them with your eyes closed. You'll never know!!