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Back to the future: cool retro sunglasses from cult label Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban has been one of the leading glasses brands for decades, with a loyal and ever growing fanbase. What started out with purely functional intentions evolved into a huge success story, and nowadays the cult label offers a massive variety of prescription glasses and sunglasses.

Many Ray-Ban designs have been adopted by other labels, but the famous Ray-Ban logo on the lens or temples means the originals will always stand out. A small but illustrious group make up the most popular models: Aviator, Wayfarer, Clubmaster and a few others are regarded as timeless classics on the sunglasses scene. Let’s take a look at what makes each model special, and find out which one is best suited to you.

Guide: face shape

How to find the right size Ray-Ban sunglasses

Every face is different, and that also goes for size. Narrow faces require a smaller frame than wider faces to ensure an optimal fit. Taking this into account, Ray-Ban offers some of its models in three different sizes: Small, Standard and Large. For most people, the Standard model is fine. When you buy Ray-Ban sunglasses for the first time, you can easily determine the right size for you with a bank card. The card is roughly as wide as the standard lens-size. Hold the width of the card next to your nose.

A If the end of the card’s shorter side covers the outer corner of your eye, go for the Standard size.

B If the end of the card extends beyond your eye, choose the Small size.

C If the end of the card doesn’t reach the outer corner of your eye, go for the Large model.

If you already have a pair of sunglasses, you can consult the measurements on the inner side of the temples. They’ll look something like this: 50-19-140.

  • The first number gives the width of the lenses in millimetres.

  • The second number gives the width of the bridge in millimetres.

  • The third number gives the length of the temples in millimetres.

You can also figure out the size of your glasses yourself. To learn how, click here:

Glasses size

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