Product Type: Ray Ban Sunglasses Gabbana
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Ray Ban RB 2132 Outsiders New Wayfarer
Member Name: SoadFan
Ray Ban RB 2132 Outsiders New Wayfarer
Advantages: Well made sunglasses
Disadvantages: Suit men more than women
~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.
Summary: A simple design with a retro style