Ray Bans: Aviator vs Wayfarer

by admin on January 10, 2012

It’s probably safe to say just about everyone has a pair of sunglasses or two. But the most well known iconic brand of sunglasses are most likely Ray-Bans. Ray-Ban has been producing classic styles in fashion sunglasses since the 1930’s. The most popular styles that comes to mind are Aviators and Wayfarers.

The Aviator style was popularized by the U.S. Military in WWII, and they have been one of the most recognizable styles for over 70 years. These are the frames that actually gave the Ray-Ban their iconic name; created to “ban” pilot’s eyes from harmful sun “rays”. Because of their edgy but effortlessly cool look, Aviators were eventually made for public sale and not just for the military.

Wayfarers were developed by Bausch & Lomb in 1952, a revolutionary break from the metal eyewear of the past. The Wayfarers were “a mid-century classic to rival Eames’ chair and Cadillac’s tail fins,” according to design critic Stephen Bayley. The Wayfarer style was popular throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, but faded out in the 1970’s. Due to a 1982 product placement deal, Wayfarer sunglasses made a comeback and are currently enjoying a revival in the realm of most popular sunglasses.

Ray-Ban still remains a top designer in the sunglasses industry with their constant change in color, frames, and lenses. It would be hard to decide between the Aviators and Wayfarers, which are both the best-selling designs of sunglasses in history.

AC Lens carries all styles of Ray-Bans at discount prices; from Aviators, Wayfarers, Jackie Ohh and more!

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