Yellow 80s Wayfarer Sunglasses

80s and Retro Sunglasses 

80s style sunglasses are very much in fashion, once again! Including Wayfarer style, mirror lens and aviator which are great for everyday fashion, and robot and shutter lens which look fantastic at fancy dress parties and nightclubs.

The cool thing about most of these retro style shades is that they are unisex, too, although I don't think I'm brave enough to wear some of those brightly-coloured wayfarers!

So let's take a look at what we were covering our eyes with back in the 1980s.

Aviator Sunglasses
This style was popular in the 70s and 80s and they featured heavily in TV shows and movies of the time. From Starsky and Hutch to Tom Cruise in Top Gun, they rarely seemed to lose their popularity, and they are still a popular retro choice today.  While the movie stars were wearing Ray-Bans, most of the general public bought cheap replicas.
Mirror lenses were just so cool in the 80s, and I bought a cheap pair of these from a local market stall as Ray-Bans were way out of my price league. Of course, horny teenage boys loved them as you could stare at a girl's cleavage without anyone noticing!

Aviators were originally designed by Ray-Ban for pilots back in the 1930s, but quickly became available for the public to buy.
Wayfarers
It was during the 50s and 60s that Wayfarers first became popular. During the 1970s their popularity faded, but after the release of the movie The Blues Brothers in 1980 there was a slight boost in sales. However, less than 20,000 pairs were sold. Out of desperation, Ray-Ban signed a movie placement deal and Tom Cruise popularised them style once more in the movie Risky Business (1983). Hundreds of thousands of Wayfarers were sold and a further boost in sales was experienced after they were worn in the film The Breakfast Club and TV series such as Miami Vice and Moonlighting. With pop stars such as Debbie Harry, Madonna and Michael Jackson also wearing Wayfarer's, sales were in the millions by 1986.
The Blues Brothers
Two Tone yellow and black wayfarers
Neon green Wayfarers
Classic black 80s wayfarer sunglasses
80s Neon Wayfarer sunglasses
Wayfarer Clubmaster
Wayfarer Clubmaster
Pink Wayfarer Sunglasses
Clear Lens Wayfarer Glasses
Robot Glasses
Robot style sunglasses (also called cyclops sunglasses) are just so 80s and match perfectly with the advent of the home computer age, robotic dancing and electronic synthesizer music. The brilliant video clip above features a robotic dancing competition from 1983 (being judged by Metal Mickey) and if you look carefully you will spot some robot style sunglasses, especially at 1:05.
Red Cyclops Sunglasses
The sunglasses above can be bought in the UK. If you select the red glasses you will see everything available on Ebay - the range is very extensive.

Shutter Shades

These slatted sunglasses are also known as venetian blinders and can be seen in the 1982 Simple Minds video for Glittering Prize. Shutter shades were created purely as a fashion statement and don't offer any eye protection, although some now have proper UV resistant lenses with the plastic shutters over the top of the lens.
blonde girl wearing shutter shades
glow in the dark shutter shades
10 pairs of neon coloured 80s shutter shades

 

 

 

Tom Cruise wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Tom Cruise wearing Wayfarers in the eighties film Risky Business.
Tom Cruise wearing aviators in Top Gun

 

man wearing neon blue glow in the dark shutter shades

 

Union Jack Shutter Shades

 

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