Ray-Ban has been instrumental in developing various iconic sunglasses and the Wayfarers and Clubmasters are two of them. The two models are different but they have one big similarity, both are classic and timeless. You can buy them anytime and be rest assured that you will be using it for your life time.
The RAY-BAN WAYFARER
The Ray-Ban Wayfarer model was launched 1952, and once it was worn by legends like James Dean and Audrey Hepburn it became one of the most sought after fashion accessory. It introduced a revolutionary new style that changed the whole perception of sunglasses. In case of Wayfarer, the standard metal frames were replaced by the plastic molded frames.
The Wayfarer frame has a typical trapezoidal shape which gives a sturdier and a masculine look. The sunglasses feature a horizontally long brow frame very similar to the cat eye glasses.
Ray-Ban has now come up with a few redesigns that will enable people with almost all face shape to wear them.
The original RB2140 are available in lens sizes 50mm and 54mm and the temple length is 150mm.The New Wayfarer RB2132 comes in lens sizes 52mm and 55mm and the temple length is around 145mm.
The Wayfarer sunglasses are available in a wide variety of color and prints. Apart from the classy black and brown frames, there are gold, silver, red and white colors available. They also come in different prints such as floral, animal and tribal. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer now comes in a wide variety of different styles (made from different material,) colors and sizes! There is more variety for you to choose from a Wayfarer than a Clubmaster.
The Ray-Ban Clubmaster is another classic model developed by Ray-Ban. The main feature which sets it apart from other cult sunglasses is the bold upper part of the frame which accentuates the eyebrow line. In 1950s the Browline glasses were launched and it was popular only with the state heads or intellectuals. But in 1980s, Ray-Ban launched Clubmasters which was mainly a redesign of Browline. It gained immense popularity after it was worn by Kevin Coster in JFK, Denzel Washington in Malcom X and Michael Doughlas in Falling Down. The Clubmasters were no longer the sunglasses for the intellectuals; in fact they became part of the uniform for people who think differently.
The Ray-Ban RB3016 is the most popular Clubmaster. It comes in two lens sizes 49mm and 51mm and the temple size is 140mm. It comes in black and tortoise frames.
Another model of the Clubmaster is the RB2156 which is smaller and comes with a lens of 49mm size and temple size 140mm. The Clubmasters are now iconic like the aviators and the Wayfarers. They are now available in various models like Fleck, Aluminum, Flash lenses folding and color mix.
WHICH ONE IS FOR YOU?
Choosing between these two frames is really choosing between apples and oranges. They are very different in their own right and both just as cool as the other. They are both classic, iconic styles that at the end of the day, if you have to choose one, you choose the one you like better and fits your personal style better overall.