If I learned anything from my first collegiate homecoming it's that everybody's now wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers. At a tailgate this past Saturday I'd venture to say that roughly 75% of those wearing sunglasses had on Wayfarers or some kind of knockoff. Don't get me wrong, I love Wayfarers and own a black pair which I wear a lot, but at some point we need to pump the breaks and switch gears. I own a few pairs of sunglasses and while there is no exact science behind picking which ones I wear out of the house, it just feels good to have options. In an effort to remedy "The Great Wayfarer Flood of 2009" I've listed some alternatives below. Note that I have left out prices for some and instead linked to eBay since you can almost always get the sunglasses you are looking for at about 40-70% off (even on a "buy it now").
I present to you Sartorially Inclined's Sunglasses Primer:
Persol is probably my favorite brand of sunglasses. Italian's know their shades and the proof is in the pudding, or should I say product. Instead of getting a pair of plastic frame aviators, try something like 0649's or 0714's which take the lens shape, but add a much more unique frame style. Not to mention the silver accents on the stems are killer. McQueen wore 'em. So can you.
Clubmasters just scream "old school Hollywood poolside cool". Hard to find for a while, Ray Ban's Wayfarer success has led to these badboys finding their way back into stores, onto shelves and into my heart. They have similar lenses to their Wayfarer cousins, but ditch the thick plastic frames for a much more subdued, sleeker silouhette. A must have for any serious sunglasses aficionado.
Ray Ban Aviators
Super Flat Top
You may have seen these on Kanye at some point this year as they were the rapper's go to shades for most of the year (they were one of his men.style.com's 10 Essentials). I like Super's modern take on classic sunglasses, and the Flat Top is a cool reinterpretation of the classic Wayfarer shape. These are a little harder to find as you'll notice by the sparse eBay listings. Check their website for retailers near you.
If you weren't lucky enough to nab the Common Projcets + Moscot callaboration, the Nebb is your next best bet. Moscot have been making glasses since 1915 when they set up shop in NYC and their original models are just as fresh today as they were then.
So I guess the moral of the story is to keep your Wayfarers and wear them with pride, but somewhere along the way let's add some variety and change things up every ONCE in a while.