Retro 80s style shades are very much in fashion, once again, and these particularly include Ray-Ban 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.
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...
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.
Best rated Wayfarers under £5
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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!
Amazingly, these colourful Wayfarer style shades by ASVP shop are not only available at a bargain price, but have been receiving very positive feedback from customers. There are 31 eye-catching designs in a wide range of colours.
These neon frame wayfarer style sunglasses were very popular in the 80s, and I remember owning a green pair.
This pair of low-cost, clear lens vintage Wayfarers is available in 12 colour choices and are less than £5 including delivery.
Available in 4 styles and a big choice of magnification strengths, these classic, tortoiseshell reading glasses have received lots of five star ratings and cost less than a fiver!
These shades are not only highly-rated, but are also real head-turners. Take a gander at these...
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!
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.
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