Ray-Ban Wayfarers are a ubiquitous favourite among celebrities, hipsters and coveteurs of classic cool for a reason. The frames flatter a variety of face shapes; they look as good on Anna Wintour as they do on Joseph Gordon Levitt. And at $150-200 a pair, unlike high-end designer shades, they won't break the bank.
Or will they? After all, the definition of what breaks the bank is relative. If you're on a student budget or notoriously careless with shades, spending that much on a single pair may not be feasible. Luckily for the budget-conscious, knockoffs abound.
I have Wayfarers, but I've also been alternating them with a lookalike pair by Matix Clothing that I received from a media preview. The Matix pair is perfect for days when I want to wear sunglasses without toting a case for them. (What can I say? I'm OCD and worried about scratching more expensive shades.)
For the girly spirit, Urban Outfitters has these pink pearlized Sahara Wayfarer shades ($14). They even come with rose-tinted lenses.And for a quirky modern twist, the Meridian sunglasses ($24) from Anthropologie fit the bill nicely.
Would you wear Wayfarers or Wayfarer lookalikes?