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Hot Sunglasses: Wayfarers

Updated on July 26, 2013

In fashion, nothing is brand new. It is always recycled and then slightly changed for modern times. Lately, shades from the 80's have been seen on celebrities and everyday people. Also, the 60's cat eye style has been spotted as well. After awhile, you will begin to see how these vintage styles were inspiration for today's eyewear.

The Rayban company originated the wayfarer style for eyewear.
The Rayban company originated the wayfarer style for eyewear.

60's

The 60's way-farer look was all about glamour. They were over-sized and had rounded bottom edges. Notice that the top of the frames tilt upward slightly to form an understated cat eye. These were worn mostly with evening wear as they displayed ultimate sophistication.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

80's

The 80's style of wayfarers was about a simple design that was usually showcased in black. They were not quite as big around the eyes compared to the style from the 60's. It was considered more casual and could be worn with anything.

Tom Cruise displays the way-farers from the 80's.
Tom Cruise displays the way-farers from the 80's.
Edward Cullen (Robert pattinson) steps out with wayfarer style shades in 'Twilight'
Edward Cullen (Robert pattinson) steps out with wayfarer style shades in 'Twilight'

Recently

From 2009 to 2011, the wayfarer style of eye wear made a come back, but varied from the 80's style. Instead of basic black, many different colors and patterns were introduced to please a wide fashion palette. This gives a more modern feel to this classic style. I first noticed these when I watched the movie 'Twilight'; Robert Pattinsen's character, Edward, wore a black pair. From then on, I have noticed more and more that celebrities, fashionistas, and everyday people continued to propel this trend. Do you think this fad will last?

Zoeey Deschanel, from music duo 'She&Him' and 'New Girl', complements her vintage look with modern wayfarers.
Zoeey Deschanel, from music duo 'She&Him' and 'New Girl', complements her vintage look with modern wayfarers.
A modern pair with 60's cat eyes and the classic 80's black.
A modern pair with 60's cat eyes and the classic 80's black.
Celebrities wear the eyewear trend.
Celebrities wear the eyewear trend.
Rayban shades
Rayban shades

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for voting!

      We are all learning about one aspect or another every day. :)

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      6 years ago

      Voted interesting.

      I must confess I'm still learning about this subject :) .

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      alvinalex: Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it. :)

      Island Tropical: Thanks! I like them, too. Thanks for commenting!

      kittythedreamer: I appreciate your feedback! These sunglasses aren't for everyone, but they are classic yet trendy for today.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Not a wayfarer style sunglasses fan, but this hub is very well done! Great job, Ebower.

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      Island Tropical 6 years ago

      very nice glasses

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      alvinalex 6 years ago

      Nice Hub and pics. as well, thanks to share information!