For a long time, I had been buying imitation Ray-Ban sunglasses from Target. But this year, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the real thing. However, I couldn’t make up my mind about one thing: should I get the Original Wayfarer or the New Wayfarer.
While I was reviewing the Ray-Ban website, I asked a few friends what they preferred. My friend Russ swore the New Wayfarers were the way to go, my friend Katie said she liked how big the lenses were on the Original Wayfarer. Their differing opinions didn’t help.
So I ended up buying both kinds (Go big or go home, right?); the Original Wayfarers in a dark tortoise shell and the New Wayfarers in black.
While I am not regretting this decision at all, I definitely noticed there are a few key differences that I should point out in the event that someone else out there is looking into buying some Ray-Bans.
The Original Wayfarer
I was the most nervous about how these would look on me. Not only are the lenses fairly large (especially for a woman) the frames tilt towards your face. Since I have “fuller” cheeks that often means that when I smile, the sunglasses don’t sit properly on my face. However, it’s not enough where I look strange: it’s a slightly weird feeling when the bridge isn’t even touching your face. I’m also curious to see how different these would look if they weren’t a “standard” sunglass color. Unfortunately, my finances limit me from having first-hand knowledge on that point.
The New Wayfarer
The New Wayfarer is perfect for people who don’t like the larger lenses. Personally, I love the larger lenses because I feel like they cover my face better, and there is no way that the sun is sneaking past those babies. Initially, it took me awhile to get used to having smaller lenses on my sunglasses, but these look great. The lenses are the same width as the Originals but they are significantly shorter (providing great cheek clearance when I smile). But when I bought these, I was really looking to having the “Ray-Ban” look to my sunglasses, and these don’t quite look like their Original comrades. So if you’re going for the traditional Ray-Ban look, you might want to count these out.
Ray-Bans in General
At first I was worried about the price tag since it seemed really steep to pay around $100 for sunglasses. Once I put them on, I realized that they were worth it. The plastic that they’re made out of is really durable and heavy – but the weight is still not too much that it feels overwhelming. The joints that hold the frames together are also put together really well. No need for that eyeglass kit to tighten the screws every time you feel them coming loose, like you do on your $5 pair. And the best feature; the warranty. If your Ray-Bans break or if something falls off, you merely send them in to Ray-Ban and they will fix it – for free – as long as you have your original purchase receipt.
So what are my final thoughts about these two types of Ray-Bans?
- If you want to make a statement, opt for the Originals.
- If your face is smaller or if you have smaller features, get the New glasses.
- To make sure you’re comfortable, try on both types of glasses at your local sunglass shop.
- Know that these are an investment – and they’re worth the hefty price tag.