The best Ray-Ban sunglasses 2021: Aviator, Wayfarer and more
The best Ray-Ban sunglasses come jam-packed with style.
If you want to look cool in the sun, one brand has long dominated: Ray-Ban. But with so many offerings, which frame do you go for? We're happy to say that we've come to the rescue, collating a list of the best Ray-Bans around.
UPDATE:Every year Ray-Ban launches a number of new sunglasses. Fair enough, many don't become as popular as Wayfarers or Aviators, but we love the chunky, retro stylings of one of the newest additions: State Street. We've added them to our list of the best Ray-Bans because we think they'll have huge appeal for those who want the unrivalled quality and eye protection of Ray-Bans in a style that oozes style and old-school glamour.
Most famous for its iconic Wayfarer and Aviator lines, the company has made stylish eyewear since the 1930s and is practically the byword for great looking sunglasses - but the big question is: which are the best Ray-Bans for you?
There’s plenty to discover beyond the big names – and we’ve got the scoop. Here’s our pick of the best Ray-Bans for you to buy this summer and the best Ra-Ban Black Friday deals around right now.
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1. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Colour Mix
You can’t beat the original Wayfarer, can you? Effortlessly cool, they go with pretty much any outfit. These are an update on the classic, allowing you to mix and match various colourways to create your perfect pair.
The Red Havana frames with pinky brown lenses are our fave, but you can also go for a light blue colour, a brown variant and a grey, so there’s plenty to choose from.
2. Ray-Ban RB3689 Aviators
A twist on an old classic, these Aviators have been relaunched in a wider colour range and with flatter temples – meaning you can put your prescription lenses in if you need glasses.
The glasses also come in eleven colours – you can pick from light blue, light brown, purple, brown, various greens and oranges, red, blue and yellow.
3. Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators
Like the Wayfarer, Aviators are a cornerstone of Ray Ban’s offerings – and you can see why. They’ve looked cool since they first launched several decades ago, and they still look cool now.
Again, the line comes with several lens options – silver, purple, blue and goldy yellow. You’d be hard pressed to pick.
4. Ray-Ban State Street
Ray-Ban has created fantastic sunglasses for years, but many of the designs look functional rather than stylish – or at least in our opinion they do. That's why we love the latest style: State Street. These sunglasses have the same square frame we're used to seeing from Ray-Ban glasses, but they have a chunky, retro look that brings a bit of old school glamour to Ray-Ban's functional brand. This style is available in a range of colours, including tortoiseshell, black and grey.
5. Ray-Ban Square Evolve
If you’re after a cool 70s style, you don’t need to look much further than the Square Evolve. It's a remake of an actual line created by the brand in the 1970s themselves. Authentic stuff.
Oversized metal frames are fitted with a variety of lens choices: there’s the classic green lens, and a number of other variants. They all look great, but we particularly like the gold and orange combo.
6. Ray-Ban Oval RB3547 sunglasses
Another 70s look, these oval sunglasses are perfect for a festival. Much like the Square Evolve, the Oval RB3547 sunnies are based on an original 1970s design.
There’s a number of combinations available, with all lenses featuring a matte finish and mirror look. Our favourite combo is the black top with yellow lens, but for a true 70s cool you might be best with the gold and blue gradient option.
7. Ray-Ban Wings II
Alright, we admit it: these aren’t going to look good on everyone. The glasses’ hefty frame makes for a statement look – but they do look great if you think you can pull them off.
Available in seven colours, these are 100% statement glasses – all you need is a bit of confidence.
8. Ray-Ban RB4304 Round Frames
A retro-looking pair, these oversized round frames look like they’ve been plucked straight from the 1960s.
A more traditional tortoise design has a subtler look, but you can also choose from seven other colours if you want something a bit more eye catching. The pink design is particularly striking.