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If you’re having fun in the sun, you better be protecting your precious peepers. And what better way to do so than with a pair of iconic Ray-Bans?
They’ve been in the biz of banning the the sun’s strong rays since 1936, and have been a staple style-maker donned by Hollywood royalty, politicos, and celebs for decades.
So which pairs are the best? Here they are, in no particular order:
Ray-Ban Classic Aviator
What better pair of sunglasses are there than the instantly recognizable Aviator shades? Even if you’re not a Top Gun, you can look the part with a pair of Ray-Ban Classic Aviators.
The original G-15 green lens is our fave, though you can choose whatever treatment you like, from flashy mirrored lenses to gradient tints.
Ray-Ban New Wayfarer
There’s nothing like an original, but sometimes a modern update to an iconic frame is even better. That’s our view at least on the New Wayfarer Classic – a more well-rounded version of the original Wayfarer.
These babies come with polarized lenses to cut out glare. We’re partial to the blue/gray gradient so it’s not so dark across the entire lens. You still get 100% UV protection without hiding behind your glasses.
Clubmasters are a favorite retro style dating back to the ’50s and ’60s hearkening back to when Malcolm X and James Dean made them iconic styles.
Nowadays, they’re not only back as popular eyeglasses, they also make a handsome pair of browline sunglasses too.
Spice them up with a flash mirror lens (pictured) to be just a little bit extra.
The Justin is another Wayfarer-inspired hit with larger rectangle lenses for full sun coverage. The nylon frame has a rubberized finish for extra durability, and cool colors and tints make this eminently customizable.
You can even have these made with prescription sunglass lenses in either single-vision or progressives if needed.
Ray-Ban RB2180 Round
The RB2180 is a perfectly round lens frame and keyhole bridge for a classy, sophisticated look. The style is timeless with silver rivets at the temples and raised Ray-Ban logo on the sides that indicates its authenticity.
You can choose from a variety of frame and lens colors, but we find the black frame/green lens combo the prime choice that goes with any look or outfit.
Let’s wrap things up with a fantastic variation to the classic teardrop-lens aviator with Ray-Ban’s Caravan frame.
The rectangular-shape of the lens here is sometimes referred to as navigators as opposed to aviators. It’s a great alternative if you like the overall look and feel of aviators but prefer a more angular lens.
Gradient lenses are a great choice, and they’re customizable with your Rx too.
How Do I Know If A Pair of Ray-Ban Sunglasses Will Fit?
Ray-Ban makes their sunglasses in varying sizes to fit most faces comfortably. For the vast majority of people, their standard fit will be just fine.
However, if you have a particularly narrow or broad face, you can figure out what size is best for you by checking your current pair of glasses or sunglasses for a three-number measurement separated by dashes (i.e., 55-17-140) on the inside of one of the temple arms.
These measurements correspond to the lens diameter (55), the bridge width (17), and the length of the temples (140) in millimeters.
This will give you a general guide for selecting a pair of Ray-Bans that will fit your face.
Of course, you can also head to the mall or an optical shop that carries Ray-Bans to try on specific frames.
Does Ray-Ban Offer Prescription Lenses?
Yes, Ray-Ban does have the ability to customize your lenses to your prescription strength.
You can order prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses through their website with authentic Ray-Ban lenses etched with their logo.
Single-vision and progressive sunglass lenses are available from +4.00 to -4.00 strengths, and are made with a shatter-resistant polycarbonate lens.
If your prescription exceeds those limits, you can either purchase the frame only and have your optometrist fill the lens for you, or you can order Rx Ray-Bans from an authorized retailer like GlassesUSA, EyeBuyDirect, or FramesDirect.