Currently, sunglasses are provided by many big or small brands. It is now possible for customers worldwide to get favorable sunglasses in many styles, shapes, colors and materials. When it comes to lens functionality, sunglasses are available in both prescription and non-prescription types. Even photochromic sunglasses which feature self-adjustment of lens darkness are widely manufactured. Sunwear styles always change, so does its fashion world. From a historical perspective, these different elements used in sunwear designs are generally dynamic. For instance, the application of bright colors in sunwear frames and lenses has a short history, while black and gray are traditional colors. This dynamicity is to a large degree a direct reflection of customers’ changing needs and tastes. Sunwear users living in different times always want to get a new look that is different from former generations. However, there have been some classic sunglasses that have been stayed in the mainstream for many decades.
It is important to state that frame color and material, lens color and material are relatively subtle factors which have slight influence on the overall design. The most decisive element is frame shape or structure. People with much eyewear experience will certainly know that most classic sunglasses and eyeglasses maintain their uniqueness from innovative frame shape or structure. There are a couple of classic examples in both eyeglass and sunglass fields. In the following part, we discuss two classic sunwear designs made by Ray Ban.
Manufactured by Ray Ban since 1952, Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses have a design which is considered as a revolutionary break from the metal eyewear of the past. These products took advantage of new plastic molding technology and marked the transition between glasses using thin metal and glasses made of plastics. But the secret of its extreme popularity in the 1950s and 1960s is its radically new shape. Another classic sunglasses design from Ray Ban is the Aviator. These products feature dark, often reflective lenses with a lens size that is two or three times the area of the eye socket. Their metal frames have either paddles or wire temples hooking behind the ears. Both of these two classic designs from Ray Ban are enjoying a revival.