When it comes to style, we’re not the type to argue The blue brothers. Or Elvis Costello. Or Mohammed Ali. Or one of the criminals in costume Tank dogs. They all redefined what it was to be cool in their own way, and all wore Ray-Ban Wayfarers. It is not a coincidence. The style of sunglasses of choice for generations of discerning men, Wayfarers are – we hate the word – timeless. They are like the goggles biker jacket, but easier to wear. They are suitable for most face shapes, men and women. They work with your suit for a summer wedding or shorts and a t-shirt at the beach, and pretty much any dress code in between. And as long as you don’t sit on them, they will last. Compared to almost every other style, Wayfarers have trend-proof stamina. Only the aviators really approach it. Round, enveloping frames, these little ones Matrix– cybergoth-inspired glasses – they’re all on-trend occasionally, but although their time in the sun lasts about as long as the average British summer, Ray-Ban’s signature glasses have been lounging around for over 60 years.
A brief history
The Wayfarer has always been cool, since its inception in 1956. Created by Bausch & Lomb – the former parent company behind Ray-Ban – the man responsible was Raymond Stegeman, a designer who wanted to move away from traditional metal frames and use acetate. The trapezoidal shape and sturdy arms made it a mid-century design classic, worn in the ’60s by Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol. After a relatively quiet period in the 1970s, the Wayfarers exploded in popularity in the 1980s, in part because of The blue brothers and in part because of a nifty product placement deal that saw them on everything from Miami vice to Tom Cruise’s smiling mug in Risky business. After that, Wayfarers meant energy and rebellion.
Tom Cruise wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarer in Risky Business (1983)
The trend wheel has turned once again, however. In the ’90s, despite Quentin Tarantino’s best efforts, plastic sunglasses were dominated by Oakley, with wrap-around styles throwing more retro designs into the shadows. Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban to the Luxottica Group in 1999 for $ 640 million, and the Wayfarer was relaunched again in 2001. Since then, the style has been adopted by subcultures as diverse as nu rave and Pitti peacocks, its place in men’s fashion. Fully cemented Hall of Fame.
The shape of the right face
It’s a democratic style and Wayfarers are still suitable for most face shapes, but not all. “Travelers are more flattering to people with round and oval faces, because the square of the frame complements the features of the wearer,” says Kate Pop, style advisor at Glasses connection. âAs a general rule, you want to choose a shape of glasses that contrasts with your facial features. So, square or rectangular wayfarers will soften the more rounded contours of your face and balance your look. This does not mean that Wayfarers are off limits to those with angular bone structures. Ray-Ban offers an abundance of customization choices, with various sizes in abundance. According to the brand, the standard size is fine for 90% of people, but there is one definite way to check: just use a credit card. Place an edge, vertical magnetic strip, in the center of your nose. If the other edge ends at the corner of your eye (A), the standard Ray-Ban size will fit. If it extends well beyond the end of the eye (B), you need the small size. If the credit card does not reach the tip of the eye, you should go for a size Large (C):
Finding the right fit for your sunglasses isn’t as complicated as your tailor, but it’s not far. If you have an old pair of Ray-Bans, look at the numbers printed on the inside of the left temple. You will see three numbers on most models, much like a sort code (for example, 50-20-150). The first is the diameter of the lens, the second is the width of the bridge over your nose, and the third, if there is one, is the length of the temples (or branches) – all in millimeters.
The first number measures the width of the lens from the bridge. This should be used not only to ensure that the glasses are proportionate to your face, but also to prevent light and UV rays from seeping in to the sides. Sometimes the vertical length of the lenses will also be displayed.
The second number in the sequence refers to the width of the bridge – the acetate section between the lenses. This is important because it will affect the comfort of your glasses on your nose. Typical widths are 12-26 millimeters, so measure your own nose for a tight (but not tight) fit.
The final number refers to the length of the temple or arms. This is not always shown, but it is another factor to consider as it affects the comfort of the glasses on your ears.
What to wear with travelers
Strictly speaking, this is a casual style, but that hasn’t stopped them from stepping out of their intended dress code. âThe Wayfarer quickly became a flexible option,â says Callan Smith-Sheerin, style editor at Direct vision. âThe bold frames make them ideal for eyeglasses in the office, as well as sunglasses on sunny days. “
with a suit
As Jake and Elwood have proven, there is no shame in pairing Wayfarers with a costume, but stick to the usual rules when wearing sunglasses with something formal. Keep it as relaxed as possible, go for the tortoiseshell with any suit that isn’t black, and for god’s sake, don’t forget to take them off when you get inside .
It is the natural habitat of travelers. Whether you go for bespoke separate pieces, a crisp Oxford shirt, or follow DiCaprio’s lead in The wolf of Wall Street with a stylish polo shirt you can not fail to look stylish.
Resist the urge for trendy frames or lenses. It’s a menswear classic, so avoid the Club 18-30 look by sticking to darker colors and wear them with other basics like a biker jacket or a nice crew neck t-shirt. adjusted.
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Choose your pair
As the founding father of Wayfarers, the classic shape is the very first edition, favored by Bob Dylan. The feline silhouette is a bit to the left of the usual tastes, but these are as authentic as they get.
Travelers mark II. The newer design is relatively similar to the original, but this style minimizes frame tilt for lighter wear and increased comfort. And, despite having a larger diameter at eye level than the original design, the new Wayfarers are generally less bulky.
Inspired by the original Wayfarers but wider in the frame and more rectangular in the lenses, the Justin is a more relaxed design and very suitable for the beach. As such, the color options are much wider (not that we strictly recommend sunset red lenses).
It was only a matter of time before the Wayfarers hit the eyewear market. Since then, city workers and creatives have adopted larger frames for a more Mad Men as middle management.
How to spot counterfeits
Beware of Roy-Bins, especially if you are shopping online and not from a selection laid out on a Thai beach towel (in which case we suspect you know what you are doing). Yes, you have to pay more for the real deal, but complete UV blocking will actually protect your vision and it’s one of the most affordable ways to invest in real designer gear. Use this checklist to make sure.
- “Ray-Ban” must be printed on the top of the right lens, not the left
- A small “RB” must be engraved, not painted, in the left lens
- The True Wayfarers have oversized metal hinges. Don’t accept anything else
- New models should have “Hand Made in Italy” imprinted on the inside of the right temple.
- Your glasses must be delivered with a leather case with a printed or embossed round logo stating “100% UV protection – Ray-Ban – Sunglasses by Luxottica”. The popper will also have a logo on it
- New models come with a cleaning cloth. This will be wrapped in plastic and will feature the Ray-Ban logo
- If you have purchased polarized lenses, check by looking through your glasses in front of a computer screen, then rotate them 60 Â° – if they are polarized, they will turn black