Comparing Ray-Ban Aviators vs. Ray-Ban Wayfarers Sunglasses



With winter officially started, we’ve got sunglasses on the brain. And when it comes to buying a new pair, we all must decide: Wayfarers or aviators? Of course, this leaves plenty of room for debate and our editors are rarely quiet on such issues. It seems we have more Wayfarers fans than aviator devotees on the team, but where do you stand?

“To me, there’s nothing more classic than a solid-colored pair of Wayfarers. They’re the ultimate unisex, looks-good-on-pretty-much-every-face-shape shades and have the most delightful ’80s Bret Easton Ellis vibe. I love mine so much that I actually own them both in basic black and a folding version with mirrored lenses that I can squeeze into even the teensiest clutch. Hey, you never know when searing rays of sunshine might strike!” – Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor

“You know that girl who uses a proper cleaning cloth on her sunglasses instead of her t-shirt hem? I’m not her. I’m the idiot who tosses sunglasses in her handbag without a case alarmingly often and just hopes for the best. So for me it’s not a style issue but a practicality one: Wayfarers can take a bit of a beating but aviators are wiry and bendy. I deform them all within a month, so Wayfarers win.” – Natalie Matthews, Digital Fashion Writer


“I’m so pro-aviator—they look good on everyone. Boy, girl, old, young…they are the perfect sunglasses!” – Lisa Goldstein, Fashion Market Assistant

“I bought a pair of aviators once for a Halloween party. That was the last time I wore them.” – John Jannuzzi, Contributing Digital Editor

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