Love the Wayfarer style, but unsure if you should get the New Wayfarer or Original Wayfarer? Both styles come in multiple colors and sizes, and feature the iconic Ray-Ban rivets and logo. However, the main differences between these frames lie in the functionality and construction of the frame. Keep reading to see the differences between the New Wayfarer and the Original Wayfarer!
Ray-Ban New Wayfarer vs Original Wayfarer
Ray-Ban first launched the Wayfarer in the 1950s. The Original Wayfarer is an icon in Hollywood and all over the world. RB2140 has been featured in classic films like Risky Business and The Blues Brothers, and can be seen on today's popular celebrities like Emma Watson, Taylor Swift, and Robert Pattinson. This unique style never goes out of fashion. Easily claiming its spot as one of the most popular sunglasses of all time, you'll be right on trend in the Original Wayfarer. The original Ray-Ban Wayfarer comes in two different eye sizes: 50mm and 54mm. The distinctive feature of the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer is its forward angle called pantoscopic tilt.
When wearing the Original Wayfarer, the top of the frame angles forward, away from your face. This angle is called pantoscopic tilt. It is easily distinguishable on the left in the image below, comparing the two frames. Depending on your face shape, nose bridge, and other measurements, the tilt may let in overhead sunlight. However, this style creates an awesome super-retro look that is flattering on most face shapes. It really comes down to personal preference if you want a frame with a dramatic tilt or not.
Following the popularity of the Original Wayfarer, Ray-Ban expanded the collection and introduced the New Wayfarer. The New Wayfarer got rid of the pantoscopic tilt. RB2132 is a little more modern, but stays true to that trendy retro-classic look of the original. They’re more comfortable and have a better fit — not to mention they don't let in as much sunlight. The New Wayfarer comes in 52mm, 55mm and 58mm eye sizes.
The first thing to think about is size. In general, the Original Wayfarer has a larger fit than the New Wayfarer. In the image above, you can see that the Original Wayfarer (left) has a taller lens height than the New Wayfarer (right). For example, the smallest Original Wayfarer size, the 50mm, has a lens height of 41mm and an SFW of 135mm. Meanwhile, the smallest New Wayfarer size, the 52mm, has a lens height of 38mm and an SFW of 130mm. Therefore, if you have a petite face, you'll likely want to get the New Wayfarer.
The next thing to ask yourself is if you want a comfortable, functional frame, or if you want a true iconic, classic Ray-Ban style? If you’re going for that real classic Wayfarer look and a casual fashion frame, go for the original. If you’re wanting something a little more comfortable and functional, go for the New Wayfarer.
If you're having trouble deciding, our opticians are happy to help you find the perfect pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. Give us a call! Want to know more about the entire Wayfarer collection? Check out our detailed Ray-Ban Wayfarer Collection blog for all there is to know about the Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
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