Designer Sunglasses are incredibly cool; it's OK, you can admit it. There are thousands of different styles of sunglasses out there. In fact you should be able to find one to shoot all fashion styles and face shapes. So let's take a look at the most popular styles of sunglasses and give a brief description of each, this way you should be able to work out what these best type of glasses are for you. Of course there are plenty of other types of sunglasses out there; we suggest taking a look to see what the best style is for you.
The Aviator is possibly one of the most popular and well known types of sunglasses out there, although it isn’t to everybody’s tastes. These, as the name suggests, were originally developed for use by Aviators. They were launched in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb. In the 1960’s they quickly evolved to become a popular fashion statement amongst men. The most common type of Aviator nowadays is the Ray-Ban Aviator, although there are plenty of cheaper models out there. The best type of lens in my opinion on the Aviator Sunglasses is the mirrored lens, although it is available in all lens types. Some people do prefer the colored lens style.
Think of John Lennon, apart from associating him with the Beatles and music what is the first thing that pops to your mind? It’s most likely his glasses. In fact due to his love of these type of glasses you can now find them commonly known as John Lennon Glasses. They do not offer much protection from the sun, and are generally only worn for fashion statements. Their popularity amongst rock artists such as Ozzy Osbourne has made these glasses incredibly cool to wear.
These type of sunglasses don’t just cover your eyes, in fact they are designed in such a way to cover a lot of the area surrounding your eyes as well. Aviators are a sort of wrap-around type of sunglasses.
These types of sunglasses are made especially for those that need to wear corrective eye wear. As the name suggests these shades have a section that flips into place in order to keep UV light out, and therefore protect your eyes.
As you can see, there is plenty of different styles to choose from. Trust me however, you will find one that will suit your style; it may take a while however. The best tip that we can offer is to keep trying sunglasses on. Eventually you will find one that will make you look cooler than ever before.
Ray-Ban is by far one of the largest sunglasses manufacturers in the world. They could not grow this big through luck alone. Ever since their inception in 1937 as Bausch & Lomb this company has remained one of the most innovative glasses companies in the world and the majority of other designers have incorporated Ray-Ban ideals into their own designs. In this article, we will go over the history of Ray-Ban glasses as well as highlighting some of the most popular Ray-Ban Sunglasses that are out there.
The history of Ray-Ban can be put down to an American Test Pilot called John A. Mcready. His eyes became damaged during a hot air balloon flight; he then contacted Bausch & Lomb to see if they could come up with a solution. On May 7th 1937 the Aviators were officially launched upon the world. They seemed to solve John’s problems as they were quickly adopted by many pilots and military personal out there. Demand for the Aviator catapulted during World War 2 when a series of iconic photos were taken of the action where American military personal sported them.
In 1952 the next glasses type in the Ray-Ban Legacy was launched, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. It doesn’t quite hold the iconic status of the Aviators they are still incredible pairs of sunglasses. In fact, these types of sunglasses really show just how innovative Ray-Ban is as a company. These were the first type of plastic-framed glasses, which of course become a major part of their style. Popularity for this type of glass boomed during the 1950’s and 1960’s but it took a bit of a back burner before making a comeback in the late 2000’s. During this time they have gone through several redesigns. Ray-Ban have also launched various styles of sunglasses based on this design, popular ones include the Myth and Meteor.
Outside of the frames Ray-Ban has really been innovative in terms of the development of lenses. In fact they were making impact-resistant glasses over 10 years before it became the law that all glasses had to have them.
They were involved in the development of ‘Advanced Polycarbonate Lenses’, these lenses are a lot lighter than other types of polycarbonate lens, which enables sunglasses manufacturers to get a bit more crazy in their designs. They also are very resistant to cracking due to the manufacturing processes that they have to go through.
Ray-Ban is a pioneer in the use of Photochromic Lenses. This type of lens darkens when exposed to more light. Therefore they become clear during interior use and darken when used outside. These are therefore a common type of lens to use in prescription glasses. It would minimize the need to change glasses when you wish to protect your eyes from UV light. B-15 XLT Lenses are brownish in color. Only 15% of light will get through these sunglasses. The reduction in blue light that can get through the lens makes these lenses offer more contrast.
If you are after softer colors then many people opt to purchases sunglasses which make use of G-15 XLT Lenses. Things that are viewed through these types of lenses appear much more natural looking.
Polarized Lenses are a favored type of lens amongst those that carry out outdoor activities. This is due to their ability to block reflective light, in fact many fishermen rely on these so that their eyes do not become damaged. As you can see the history of Ray-Ban is incredibly long and fruitful. It is easy to see how Ray-Ban has become one of the largest manufacturers in the world. The company is constantly innovating, and I for one cannot wait to lay my eyes on their next design. Maybe this will be the one that changes history the way the Aviator or Wayfarer did.
RayBan's philosophy of 'Never Hide' was in full swing for the 2012 collection. With three notable updated takes on the classic Wayfarer eyeglasses, RayBan springs into high gear with their latest designer sunglasses.
RayBan Sunglasses unleashed the loud and proud Rare Prints series of Wayfarer sunglasses. There is definitely no hiding in these eyeglass frames! This very special collection combines colorful new patterns with the classic Wayfarer aesthetic. The frames in this limited edition printed series are considered collector's items, so a pair while you can.
Anyone who has ever tried on a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses will have fond memories of the classic Wayfarer. RayBan RB2151 Sunglasses. Available in tortoise or the infamous black frame color, the RB2151 is proof once again that the Wayfarer never goes out of style. Whether dressed up with a mens suit or dressed down with jeans and sneakers, this frame was truly made for everyday wear and all occasions. Following the same benchmarks of quality and comfort, the RayBan RB2151 provides the craftsmanship you've come to expect from the brand with the same classic look that you remember.
The classic Wayfarer design gets a modern twist with this limited edition folding eyeglass frame. This incarnation of the classic RayBan Wayfarer folds up into a compact shape perfect for front shirt pockets or small clutch purses. The Ray Ban Folding Wayfarer also comes with a leather carry case to prevent scratches and smudges on the lenses. Available in brown, black, tortoise, and variations on each, the folding Wayfarer is the next step in the evolution of this classic eyeglass frame.
It's hard to imagine that a company specializing in aviator sunglasses for aircraft pilots could turn out a sunglass frame as colorful and audacious as the sunglasses found in the Rare Prints collection. But it's exactly this brand of tenacity and reinvention that has kept Ray Ban relevant for over 70 years. Along with the aviator sunglasses, the Wayfarer continues to be the most popular eyeglass frame for Ray Ban year after year. The iconic frame continues to not only make an appearance every season, but contribute to each new eyewear collection put out by the designer giant.
Ray Bans are well-known for appearing on famous faces throughout history. Whether it be Tom Cruise in Risky Business and Top Gun, or General McArthur during World War II, the Ray Ban reputation definitely precedes itself. This reputation for style and quality easily transforms into the current line of prescription eyewear. Whichever pair of eyeglasses you choose, as long as they are authentic Ray Bans, you will not be disappointed. Just ensure that you order from an authorized reseller and you will be more than satisfied with your piece of history.