Wayfarers, a Celebrity Trend

Jul 22, 2012 Olympic Eyewear


Wayfarers are considered among some fashion critics to be the best sunglasses design ever made. Since they were first created by optical designer, Raymond Stegeman, in 1952 – wayfarers have come a long way, often appearing and disappearing in fashion trends throughout the decades.

Manufactured by Ray-Ban since 1956, along with the classic aviator model, wayfarers had a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s, largely due to their strategic placement in Hollywood films and the resultant fame. In the years between 1982 and 1987, wayfarer sunglasses appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows each year. Especially after Tom Cruise debuted the shades in the movie Risky Business, wayfarer sales peaked rocket high numbers. Other popular movies that featured wayfarers were The Breakfast Club, Miami Vice, and Moonlighting. Musicians Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, and Madonna all wore them in the 1980s. By 1989, Ray-Ban had created over 40 models of wayfarers.

Wayfarers are a hot trend again in recent years, sported by the likes of Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Kate Hudson, Kanye West, Bill Murray, Mark Zuckerberg, and others. Wayfarers are still an overwhelmingly top choice for 2012.

Since wayfarers' domination of the fashion scene, the celebrated specs have been the product of many sunglasses design companies; these companies offer cheap wholesale sunglasses alternatives that allow wearers to get a little piece of the wayfarer action without paying mightily for it. Indeed, if there's anything that our modern, industrial era has taught us, it's that you don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy the same trendsetter styles as many of these celebrities.

Olympic Eyewear offers wayfarer sunglasses at wholesale prices. The collection is diverse, with selections in classic black or white, or in assorted colors. There are also frames with funky patterns to choose from, as well as un-tinted, clear-lens wayfarers for that “cool nerd” look. Olympic Eyewear is committed to offering a smooth and enjoyable experience for its retail customers, and present several convenient options for bulk purchase.

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