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Retro 80s style shades are very much in fashion, once again, and these particularly include Wayfarer style, mirror lens and aviator frames which are great for everyday fashion. Robot/cyclops and shutter lens glasses look fantastic at fancy dress parties and clubs.

The cool thing about most of these retro style shades is that they are unisex, too, although it takes a brave man 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 for Adults

Aviators were originally designed by Ray-Ban for pilots back in the 1930s, but quickly became available for the public to buy. This style became very 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 cheaper replicas. However, if you're feeling flush, then nothing quite beats the feel of a pair of real Ray-Bans.

Let's take a look at the different styles that are available...
Reflective Aviator Sunglasses montage
Tom Cruise in Top Gun

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.

Best rated Wayfarers under £5

Top Picks by SimplyEighties.com

You don't have to spend a small fortune on a pair of Wayfarers. We've hand-picked these shades which are not only available at low prices, but are also highly-regarded by customers. Please note that prices are subject to change, but hopefully they won't!

ASVP Shop Wayfarer Sunglasses

Amazingly, these colourful Wayfarer style shades by ASVP shop are just 99p per pair and are 59 customers (as I write) have given them a five star rating! There are 39 eye-catching designs in a wide range of colours. 


Available in 35 styles and a choice of magnification strengths, these classic, big-sizes Wayfarer style reading glasses have received lots of five star ratings and cost less than a fiver! 

Pink clear lens Wayfarers by Boolevard Cosmetics Ltd

This pair of low-cost, clear lens vintage Wayfarers is available in 12 colour choices and are less than £5 including delivery.


The Blues Brothers


Most Eye-Catching Wayfarers

These shades are not only highly-rated, but are also real head-turners. Take a gander at these...

Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Of course, there's nothing quite like the feeling of wearing a real pair of Ray-Bans. This was, after all, the company the designed them!

Monoblock Sunglasses

Sometimes described as Robot and Cyclops style sunglasses, these 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.

Blue, Red or Silver
light-up pink shutter shades

Shutter Shades

These slatted sunglasses are also known as venetian blinders. 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.


white shutter shades with UV400 protection