Updated 23 April 2021

Sunglasses: How to choose the right pair of Ray-Bans

Ray-Ban is the world's most popular manufacturer of sunglasses. From classic pilot's sunglasses like the Aviator models to the sophisticated Wayfarer model that can elevate practically any outfit, we'll be breaking down the models you can choose from, how to find the right size and what you should do if you damage your Ray-Bans.

Sunglasses: How to choose the right pair of Ray-Bans

A pair of stylish sunglasses will never go out of style. They also have the added benefit of protecting your eyes from harmful UV-light and in the best cases, they also provide better visual clarity and contrast via their lenses.

One of the most well-known brands is Ray-Ban with models like the Wayfarer, Aviator and Clubmasters, which have made them iconic within the sunglasses market.

Most popular models

Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic RB2140 901

Ray-Ban Wayfarer

In 1952, Ray-Ban released the Wayfarer model, which has since become iconic. In the 60s it was a must-have accessory amongst celebrities, musicians and artists. Some well known names who were known to bear Wayfarers were Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Muhammad Ali, just to name a few. Their popularity waned a bit in the 70s and in 1980 alone they only sold 20,000 pairs. A few more years into the 80s, Wayfarers started making a comeback after being featured in several popular films and TV series such as Blues Brothers, Miami Vice and The Breakfast Club. In 1985, Ray-Ban sold 1.5 million pairs and that popularity has held firm today as well.

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Ray-Ban Round Metal RB3447 001

Ray-Ban Round Metal Classic

Think John Lennon! Round sunglasses weren't only a staple in the latter part of the 60s and start of the 70s. They made a strong comeback in the 90s amongst rave-happy young people along with well-known figures in pop-culture like Woody Harrelson in Oliver Stone's modern cult classic Natural Born Killers. Regardless of if you're after a hippy vibe or if you want to ride the wave of 90s fashion making a comeback, the Round Metal Classics are the solid choice to protect your eyes from the sun. If you're curious about which celebrities have worn these shades recently, look no further than Beyoncé and Lily Aldridge!

Ray-Ban Predator 2 RB2027 W1847

Ray-Ban Predator 2

Ready to feel like an action hero? If so, you should look towards the Predator 2 model from Ray-Ban; even the name alone sounds straight out of an action film. These sunglasses are perhaps most well-known for being the shades Will Smith donned in the 90s film classic, Men in Black. Even if you're not planning on fighting aliens for erasing people's memories with the help of a "neuraliser", you can at least look like that's your night time hobby with these sunglasses!

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic RB3016 W0365

Ray-Ban Clubmaster

A few years after Ray-Ban released the Wayfarer model, they released the Clubmaster, which is something in between the Aviator and Wayfarer styles. Even these are classics in their own right, and you maybe remember them from films like Reservoir Dogs, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Malcom X. The frames have a clearly marked arch at the top and free lenses at the bottom, which together give a rather retro and laid-back impression.

There are loads of Ray-Ban models out there these days. Popular designs include, for example, the Meteor, Round and Caravan models. However, the models listed above are the ones most frequently mentioned when discussing Ray-Bans.

Ray-Bans: How to choose your size

When you buy a pair of Ray-Bans, it's of course important that you select the correct frame size for your face. If you buy them online, it's often mentioned in the description, but if you go into a store to look, you can often find the size or the frame or ask a store attendant for help.

The size numbers that you find on sunglasses frames can look like this, for example: 50-20-150, or 58-14.

The first number, (50 or 58 in our example) refers to the width of the lens. The other number, (20 or 14 in our example) refers to the width of the bridge between the lenses, the part which holds the sunglasses in place on the nose. The final number (150) indicates the length of the arms of the frames, which hold the sunglasses in place on your head and end just behind the ears. We should note however, that this final digit doesn't apply to all types of sunglasses.

Generally speaking, when it comes to glasses, size 50 is suitable for a slightly narrower face, while size 60 is for a wider one. In other words, 55 is a size that will fit most adult faces. The size is intended to indicate the estimated millimetre size of the lens.

That said, Ray-Ban themselves state that 58 is their standard size. The reason for this is that Ray-Ban produces them to match the average size their customers usually buy, as 90% of their customers choose the standard size; the logic is in essence, if it suits most people, it'll likely suit you as well.

A trick you can use to get a better idea of which size would suit you is to take a look at the the size on the other sunglasses you have at home. Check the size by reading the numbers on the frames of your sunglasses.

Ray-Ban also has a trick you can use to help you find out if their standard size suits you:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror
  2. Take a credit card and place it in vertical position against your face so that it covers half your nose
  3. If the credit card then aligns with the end of your eye, the standard size is fine for you. If the credit card goes beyond your eye you should go for a smaller size, and if the card ends before reaching your eye, you should opt for a larger size.

When it comes to sunglasses, it isn't not the most precise science figuring out sunglass sizes and dimensions. That said, it can also be cool to grab over-sized sunglasses as well (which is also trendy). So use sizes a bit of a guide, but also don't be afraid to test out sunglasses as well to make sure you're completely satisfied with how they look on you.

Different types of lesnes

Different types of lenses

On Ray-Ban models, there are many colours of lenses and lens categories and lens categories depending on which models you choose. Here are some of the most common types and what differentiates them from one another:

  • Classic lenses:

The original lenses on Ray-Bans, called "Classic" by the brand, are type of lens that their original 1937 models featured. It's a single-shade lens that was originally developed for fighter pilots. The Classic G-15 lens is green and is able to absorb 85% of visible light.

  • Polarised lenses

This type of lens is designed to reduce glare from shining objects, for example, reducing the glare from chrome, glass or bodies of water. Along with reducing glare, these also improve visual contrast as well.

  • Mirrored lenses:

This type of lens has a mirror effect and reflects light to protect your eyes and it also hides your eyes from being seen by others as well.

  • Toned lenses These lenses have a single color surface at the top which then fades to a different color at the bottom.
  • Flash lenses: These lenses are reminiscent of the polarised lenses, but have slightly more vibrant colors. In addition, they have the same function as the polarised lenses, i.e. reducing glare and improving contrast.
  • Premium lenses: For those who want a bit of luxury, there are also lenses plated with 18 carat gold.

In order to know exactly what options are available to you, you can check out Ray-Ban's website, choose the model you want and then see which type of lenses are available for that model.

Changing Ray-Ban Lenses

Sometime lenses get scratched or damaged and it makes more sense to change lens than buying a whole new set of sunglasses. If you want to change your Ray-Ban lenses for some frames you already have, you can always leave them at the nearest optometrist and they will help you. Chances are they already have Ray-Bans in their selection and also already have lenses for your frames.

If you're unsure about which model you own, you can always check the name on the inner side of the arms of the frame. The model name is composed of "RB" and four digits, you can search for these on Ray-Ban's website to check which model you own. For example, RB3509 is a pair in Ray-Ban's Active Collection

At the optometrist you can also get assistance in adjusting frames that have been bent and have lost their original fit. If you take your Ray-Bans to the optometrist you bought them from, you can often get this done for no charge.

How to choose Ray-Ban size On the inside you can see what the model is called and what size it is.


Ray-Ban: Who owns the Ray-Ban brand?

The company Luxottica Group SpA. Ray-Ban is an American brand, and originally belonged to the American company Bausch & Lomb, but now aforementioned Luxottica Group is domiciled in Milan, Italy. Luxottica Group is the world's largest sunglasses company.

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