It’s fair to say that Ray Ban may be one of the most iconic sunglasses brands in the world. Chances are when you close your eyes and picture a pair of sunglasses, one of their notorious designs is what you envision.
You may not even realise it, but some of the most iconic sunglasses moments in film history have featured a pair of Ray Bans. Think the Blues Brothers, Reservoir Dogs and even Wolf of Wall Street. Each of these movies have seen the stars donning a pair of these bad boys.
While their eyewear is made with the highest quality materials and protection in mind, this doesn’t compromise the timeless styles they have become known for.
Let us take you through 5 of their most iconic styles that you should get your hands on if you want to be an icon as well.
1. Ray-Ban Aviators
It’s hard to mention Ray Bans without acknowledging the Aviators. One of the most popular designs, and one that has spawned literally thousands of rip-offs, the Aviator’s design is the perfect balance of delicate craftsmanship and hard-wearing functionality. With a full rim made of lightweight steel and adjustable nose pads, the design is sleek, simple, and most importantly, protective, covering your eyes and the skin around it.
Made for the Mavericks among us (thanks Top Gun!) Aviators ooze style and fill the wearer with confidence. And because these babies have stood the test of time, they are now able to be customised, so you can create your own style without losing the iconic shape.
Protect yourself in the danger zone with a pair of Aviators today.
2. Ray Ban Clubmasters
Talk about reinventing an icon – the Clubmasters have been around for a long time, and guess what, they are not going anywhere. The browline design of the clubmaster is a style that was made popular in the 1950s. And this popularity has only increased, partly because the clean lined design is so unique but also because the ability to customise the browline has seen countless style options for the wearer.
While we’ve seen Clubmasters pop up on our screens for years, one of the most recognisable and memorable appearances would have to be when they were the accessory of choice for everyone’s favourite whip-smart and iconic teen, Ferris Bueller. While Ferris Bueller’s Day Off isn’t the only reason clubmasters have remained popular, there is certainly a generation of people who saved their hard-earned cash to get their hands on a pair.
Lightweight, versatile, and most importantly, protective, the Ray Ban Clubmasters work on any face shape, and are right at home on those of us who want to let our accessories do the talking.
3. Ray Ban Wayfarers
No, this isn’t an ode to the movies of the 80s and 90s, but it’s hard to not think of some of the classics when you see a pair of Wayfarers. It’s quite possible that Wayfarers have seen the most silver screen time. Think about it, Blues Brothers, Wolf of Wall Street, Men in Black and of course Risky Business all feature a pair. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that Risky Business is known more for the Wayfarers Tom Cruise sports than anything else.
Wayfarers are the epitome of cool and classic – oozing the energy of youth, these sunglasses suit any size or shape face. The shape is uncomplicated, making them work well for any occasion and let’s be real, there isn’t a person that doesn’t look good in a pair of these bad boys.
The popularity of these sunglasses has seen countless homages, with many brands inspired to come up with their own version of this design.
Nothing will beat the original though. Both for quality and icon status. Ray Ban’s Wayfarers are made from a durable acetate material that is lightweight, while the lenses block 99% of the harmful UV rays.
Like most of Ray Ban’s sunglasses, these ones are available in many different frame and lens colours, however, it is pretty hard to go past the classic black on black.
4. Ray Ban Rounds 3447
A style absolutely adored by celebrities is the Ray Ban rounds. A modern take on the round styles that were popular in the 60s – think hippy lifestyles, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, and flower power. While what you picture when you think of this era may not be something you would normally gravitate to, take a second to have a look at the design of the 3447.
The simple shape is less aggressive in its round shape than what you were probably picturing but it still screams retro appeal. And while the shape might be slightly less iconic than say the aviator or clubmaster, it is still unique and one that will suit most face shapes. In addition to their simple style the lenses provide 100% UV protection, and the full metal frame is lightweight, with adjustable nose-pads making them comfortable to wear all day.
There’s a reason these ones are loved by celebrities like Beyonce, and Margot Robbie, they enhance an outfit and with different coloured frames and lenses available, these sunnies will work on everyone for every occasion.
5. Ray Ban Erika
A more feminine design, the Ray Ban Erika sunglasses are perfect for the woman who wants to have that vintage glamorous feel while still retaining a touch of modernity.
The rim of the frames is made with a hypoallergenic propionate nylon that is lightweight, while the arms are made from metal that ensures these sunnies are flexible, durable, and easy to wear.
With lenses that offer 100% UV protection, these sunglasses are a touch oversized, giving the wearer an air of mystery.
There is a similarity to the wayfarer in the top half of the design, however, it’s rounded bottom half provides a dainty look and makes the lenses rather than the frame the star of the show.
The Erika’s are available in many different coloured frames and lenses, so whether you want to keep it classic with all black, or add some sophistication with tortoiseshell frames and brown gradient lenses, or really steal the show with mirrored lenses, you can find these options and more.
While these are some of the most iconic Ray Bans known to man, it is in no way all of them – check out the full Ray Ban sunglasses range available from Great Southern Sunnies. GSS specialises in providing you with the highest quality authentic sunglasses at affordable prices.