The Pick: The most famous sunglasses of all time

If their good enough for JFK, they're good enough for you

Muhammad Ali in Wayfarers

Ray-Ban have always made the most classic and wearable sunglasses in fashion. Simple, easy-to-wear designs have now become hard to find and have been replaced with novelty pieces that would be better suited to a fancy-dress festival rather than daily city life. Not the Wayfarer, though…

Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street

Established by Raymond Stegeman in 1952, the Wayfarer has countlessly been copied but nothing has ever come close to rivalling it, by any stretch of the imagination. This is a piece that will never go out of fashion and has retained the same level of style since its establishment all those years ago. There’s no doubt about it, the Wayfarer is a true icon of modern design and its status has only been elevated by the sheer number of famous fans who’ve worn the frames throughout the years; Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, members of Queen, Jack Nicholson, Elvis Costello, JFK. Take Tom Cruise in 1983’s Risky Business and appearances in world-famous films such as Miami Vice and The Breakfast Club. 

Tom Cruise in Risky Business
Jack Nicholson in Wayfarers

People of that stature, with that much style and charisma, aren’t just going to wear old piece, they’re going to wear something that elevates them as the most stylish gentleman in the room – and that’s what you should be doing, too.

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