Timeless cool, right this way
You probably know this already, but if not, here's a little fashion factoid for you: Ray-Bans were first produced in the 30s to protect pilots (hence the aviator name) from the glare of sunshine at high altitude, and give them an alternative to goggles that would fog up and impair their vision.
At the time, they had green lenses and plastic frames, which were later replaced by metal, and thus, in 1939, the Ray-Ban Aviator was born.
The 1950s brought on another of cult classic, the Wafayrer. While during the war, it was all about utility, here it was all about glamour and frivolity, and everyone loved it.
It soon became a hit, with film legends such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn wearing theirs in style, and a few decades later, musicians like Bob Dylan, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Cindi Lauper followed suit.
These days, the likes of Miranda Kerr, Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna and Olivia Palermo are rarely spotted without their shades, and males celebs such as Robert Pattinson, Tom Cruise and Jude Law can't get enough of them either. That's the beauty of unisex style.
In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to walk down the street without seeing at least one person wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, but you'd be mistaken in thinking it's all about the Aviator and the Wayfarer.
Ray-Ban has added many other styles to its classics, and there's truly a little something for everyone.
If retro is your thing, then the Clubmaster, with its half frame inspired by the 50s, is a timeless bet, though we are quite partial to the Jackie Ohh, a modern take on the style the former first lady used to wear.
Obviously, you can't go wrong with a flattering Cat eye design, but for something a little more current, try the round Ja-Jo or the New Wayfarer in gradient metallic.
Shop our edit of the best Ray-Ban styles below, and for more choice, our guide to the best sunglasses for spring here.
These slightly oversized shades are great if you want to make a fashion statement.
Inspired by the 50s, this is the perfect choice for retro summer style.
If you’re an outdoorsy type, these babies will stay put on your face no matter the weather or activity.
Both Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have been spotted wearing red shades at Fashion Week, so it’s time you embraced the trend too with these 70s-style frames.
Inspired by the classic Wayfarers, the Justin works best in a gradient shade.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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