What is the difference between the new Wayfarer and the original Wayfarer? New Wayfarer comes in a variety of cool frame and lenses colors, and Original Wayfarer comes in 4 black and brown classical colors. However, the main differences lie in the angle of the tilt and size of the frame.

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Ray-Ban first launched Wayfarers back in `1950 and since then this unique style never goes out of fashion. This original trapezoidal eyewear frame is in the list of top fashion sunglasses for decades.

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The distinctive feature of the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer is this forward angle called pantoscopic tilt. When you wear them, depending on your face shape, diameter, nose bridge, etc., the tilt allows a lot of sunlight to come in from up top. However, they do tend to create an awesome super-retro look at the majority of face shapes. The original Ray-Ban Wayfarer comes in two different eye sizes: 50 and 54. The 54 is a pretty big fit though.

New Wayfarer vs. Original Wayfarer - tilt, New Wayfarer vs Original

Sharper angle in the tilt on the original Wayfarer (left)

Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

The new Wayfarers got rid of that tilt. They’re a little more modern, but still, have an essence that trendy retro-classic look. 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 a 52 and a 55. Even though the number is bigger, the actual fit is still bigger on the original Wayfarer. Also, New Wayfarer has more than 10 available colors, there is a Wayfarer basically for everyone!

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Ray-Ban RB2132 New Wayfarer Sunglasses Black Frame Crystal Green G-15 Lenses

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So New Wayfarer or Original Wayfarer?

To sum it up, if you’re going for that real classic Wayfarer look, it’s the original. If you’re going a little more comfortable and modern, it’s the new Wayfarers. If you’re having trouble deciding, our opticians are happy to help you find the perfect pair of fashion Ray-Ban sunglasses. Just hit us up! Check out our detailed Wayfarer Guide for all there is to know about the Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

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