17 Jun

Which Wayfarer is right for me?

Posted by LarumD on

There are a lot of unanswered questions out there like, what is at Area 51? Or who killed JFK? Or who shot JR from Dallas. There are two questions I hear all the time; how do I size the Ray-Ban Wayfarer and which size is right for me? Now those are tough ones. Heck, we have even dedicated OpticsPlanet forums and blogs to the topics.

I love History! Let’s start with the history of the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. The design was first produced in 1952 by Ray-Ban. They came up with a new groundbreaking style that changed the eyewear world forever. In the past sunglasses and eyeglasses were made with metal frames. They introduced the plastic molded frame that reminds people of the classic Cadillac fin of the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s a signature look of the era. The hype declined in the 1970’s but the Wayfarer wasn’t going away quietly. Ray-Ban placed the Wayfarer in movies and commercials causing the Pepsi generation to take a new look at this unique frame. Now that’s what I call marketing! Today the excitement is still there. JFK, Bob Dylan, Don Johnson and Tom Cruise all wore Ray-Ban wayfarers. So now it’s your turn.

Model numbers such as the Ray-Ban RB2140 called the Original Wayfarer offers sizes 50 and 54mm with the temple length of 150mm. The distance between the lenses is 22mm and 18mm. This style is more traditional. There is the New Wayfarer RB2132 with the lenses sizes of 52 and 55mm. Both sizes have a DBL of 18mm and the temple length is 145mm. There is another Ray-Ban Wayfarer that is called the Folding Wayfarer RB4105. This one is cool because it folds at the bridge and the middle of the temples for a compact result. This is perfect for the stylish person on the go. You can stow them away in a shirt pocket or purse. The RB4105 is the exact same size as the RB2140. Ray-Ban suggests that you that the lens size, multiply it by two and then add the distance between the lenses. For example take the RB2140; 50+50+22=122mm. This is not an exact science but it gives you an “approximate” idea. It’s always better to try them on. Here is a cheat sheet for you:

The Larger Wayfarer: Ray Ban RB2140: 54mm lens size

The Medium Wayfarer: Ray Ban RB2140: 50mm lens size

The Smaller Wayfarer: Ray Ban RB2132: 52mm lens size

Of course this is just a cheat sheet. The best way to figure out if a frame is right for you is to put them on your face. OpticsPlanet has them, order them and try them on. Experience tradition and make a statement. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer comes in several colors and original prints. Eyewear is fashion and just like your clothes they have to fit just right.


Larum Dean is a Senior Eyewear Expert, Fashion Eyewear Consultant and Optician at OpticsPlanet, Inc. "Being a natural salesman I bring class and sophistication to the team while making the customer feel valued. Most of my life has been in retail, be it shoes, jewelry, books or clothing, I know my stuff. Fashion and style are important to me."

2 Responses to Which Wayfarer is right for me?

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