The smartest, most timeless sunglasses?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Trenchfriend, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

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    With the shape of my face, it's hard finding sunglasses that look right. Case in point, I tried on Ray Ban aviators at Sunglasses Hut and the sales person had a violent reaction. "No," she said. "You don't ever need to wear those." LOL

    I've got the Ray Ban New Wayfarer in matte black — very comfortable. Very casual.
    I've also got the Ray Ban Caravans in 57mm. They don't look quite so classic that big, but the 55mm just wouldn't fit my face.

    I had a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers (not the new, what they currently sell as the classic style) in tortoise with green polarized lens. Those looked amazing, but they were heavy and hurt the bridge of my nose something fierce. They got stolen a few months after I bought them and I wasn't too sorry to see them go, that's how bad they hurt. They did look incredible, though.

    I've also got 4 pair of Persol. Two of them are vintage frames from the '90s / early 2000s. One is a wireframe that somebody put rose colored lenses in and I love those things in the fall and spring, but they're pretty beat up. Another is just a narrow square Havana plastic frame with green lens that I got cheap to have for things like mowing the yard or working on the car. They were like new when I got them and I haven't done much with them, but they're actually starting to come back into style.

    My most-worn glasses are a pair of Persol PO3048 in Havana with brown lenses. I just had to have the temples replaced because a dog got into them (not the dog in my picture), but they look like brand new now. They have the classic Wayfarer shape and actually fit me comfortably, unlike the RayBan Wyfarers I had. I barely know that I have them on.

    I also have a pair of Persol 2803 in Havana with amber lens. Those are literally the most comfortable glasses I own but it took years of fitting them and having them refit to get them to a place where they don't slide off my nose. Now that they're right, I wear them a lot. They're not classic in the sense that most of you pull off, but they look good on me with a hat or with a ball cap or with a t-shirt or with a suit and tie. By far, they're the most versatile frames I own.

    My 3048s:

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    My rose-colored Persols:

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    Ray Ban Caravans:

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  2. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    RayBan Caravans..going to try a pair!! Aviators don't suit me but these might :)
     
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  3. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    They have that slightly squarer, Travis Bickle shape to them, much nicer than regular aviators.
     
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  4. Found this pair of circa-1969 American Optical Ripcords in a box of stuff from my mother-in-law's estate. Since I can't see six inches with them on I'll have to investigate getting some prescription lenses put in them. I like how these were built to last with seven-barrel hinges, etc.

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  5. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Say, what you want. Ed ist still the man of the century:
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    :D
     
  6. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    My favorite on the coast when I'm trapped in a bottle! :cool:
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    Fisherman style, heavy duty frame with glass polarized lens and film side lens.
     
  7. paxonus

    paxonus New in Town

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    Doesn't get much better than this:

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  8. Orvil Newton

    Orvil Newton One of the Regulars

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    Style wise, yes. But the worst possible choice for tiding a motorcycle without a helmet with face shield. The nose stand-offs direct the wind right into your tear ducts and the tears blow across your eyes, blinding you. Wayfarers are a much better choice in this application.
     
  9. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    Excellent points!

    At least Brando kept his mouth shut.
    Besides stinging the face, flying
    insects can be very salty unless you
    have a beer to wash them down.
    (From my days riding my Triumph on
    the hill country roads) ;)
     
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  10. Michael R.

    Michael R. Call Me a Cab

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    The bugs that went in my trap didn't slow down . It was straight down the hatch . Choke ! And cough .
     
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  11. JVanBro

    JVanBro Familiar Face

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    Yep I bought wayfarers months ago and the difference riding with them is very noticeable.
     
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  12. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    image.jpg Classic Wayfarers here
     
  13. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    Was given a pair of the Ray-Ban Wayfarer "Tortoise-shell" folding style
    last christmas.
    They are lighter and wear them all the time on the courts.
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  14. paxonus

    paxonus New in Town

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    Another classic look in the European style. I don't think I could pull this one off, but it is a cool look:

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  15. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    I'd have a go but without the 'smoke' :) Took long enough to quit em :)
     
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  16. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    I've always had a pair last few years..fit nicely into my work bag or jacket pocket when not needed :)
     
  17. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    @paxonus
    I would wear a pepita-flatcap on bike. :)
     
  18. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    "Hey Belmondo...You can still be "cool" without the smokes!"
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  19. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    "Better?"
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    :rolleyes:...oh definitely much better !










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  20. 2jakes

    2jakes I'll Lock Up

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    With or without "cheaters"....
    this dude reeked of "coolness" before it was considered cool! :D
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